Audubon-Downriver: Where Walkability Meets Affordability

Straddling the Spokane River bluff, the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood is one of Spokane’s hottest neighborhoods. Bisected by Northwest Blvd., Audubon-Downriver is close to everything. This neighborhood has been affectionately dubbed the “poor man’s South Hill” – a reference to Audubon-Downriver’s walkability, hipster feel, and affordable price points.


But the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood isn’t just a cheap knockoff of somewhere better. The neighborhood’s namesake, Audubon Park, is one of the best in all of Spokane, no matter the season. And the uncommon combination of walkability and affordability makes Audubon-Downriver one of the most desirable neighborhoods to be in right now.


Here are are four of the best things about the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood:


#1 The Unique Style and Personality


Architecturally, Audubon-Downriver is fairly diverse, but the majority of homes can be described as being of the English Cottage style. Red brick is common and gives the neighborhood a distinct flare that sets it apart from the surrounding areas. Many homes are set back off the street and have stairs leading up to the front porch and doorway, lending the homes a sense of privacy while adding a charming touch.


The majority of the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood was constructed in the 1920s, making it one of the older neighborhoods in town. Rather than feeling old, though, Audubon-Downriver feels established. There are old growth trees lining the streets on both sides all throughout – in fact, these trees are one of the biggest visual giveaways that you’ve entered the neighborhood. With homes set back off the sidewalk and tree-lined streets, Audubon-Downriver really is one of the best neighborhoods for strolling with loved ones.


#2 The Park


If you’re looking for a little more to do outside, be sure to keep strolling until you hit the neighborhood’s namesake, Audubon Park. With 27 acres of pine trees, splash pads, playgrounds, basketball courts and ball fields, this neighborhood park is nothing to sneeze at. Audubon Park is adjacent to Finch Elementary, making it a great destination for parents with young kids who are looking for a smaller, fenced off portion of the playground while older kids and adults enjoy the courts and fields.


In the winter, the rolling hills in Audubon Park are perfect for snow sledding. In the summer, the park serves as a meeting place for parties, events, and festivals. One of the big draws to the park is the open air concerts hosted by Spokane’s Northwest Neighborhood Council during the summer months. Whatever your family is looking to do in any season, you’re bound to find it in the park.


#3 The Walkability


One of Audubon-Downriver’s best features is its walkability. Not only can residents walk to the park and the local schools, but because the neighborhood is bisected by Northwest Blvd., there are dozens of restaurants and bars right in the center of the neighborhood. The Flying Goat is a neighborhood favorite, but you’ll also find amazing brunch options at the Downriver Grill and healthy fares at the 5 star-rated Ephata Cafe. Cascadia Public House and Elliott’s Urban Kitchen serve up delicious American gastropub options for those looking to try out modern American tastes.


But Audubon-Downriver doesn’t just have great restaurants and bars. The neighborhood has just about every type of store or shop within walking distance, including a hardware store! The only thing the neighborhood lacks in walkability is a grocery store, but there are several within short driving distance.


#4 The Prices  


Audubon-Downriver boasts the same vibe and culture as the South Hill, but home prices run an average of $100,000 cheaper. Many 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom homes in the neighborhood run in the $200,000 – $250,000 price range, with large front yards.  


For those interested in investment real estate, the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood is a great investment. College students are attracted to the area for its walkability and nightlife, and the demand for rentals is high, while purchase prices are low.


Looking to Buy a Home in Audubon-Downriver?


Real estate in Audubon-Downriver is highly sought-after, which is why the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team recommend setting up a search early on. Even if you’re just considering the area amongst others, an MLS search can give you an accurate and timely idea of what’s available and for what price. I specialize in helping people relocate to Spokane, and Audubon-Downriver is one of the most popular neighborhoods my clients move to.

If you’re looking at moving to Audubon-Downriver or anywhere else in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize (or all three!), we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact me today to set up a custom search and learn more about how you can find and buy a house even while still living out of state.

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