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New: Neighborhood Article: Fobes Hill

Posted on Jan 8, 2016

Just north of Seattle, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound, lies the secluded and quiet suburb of Fobes Hill. Located in Snohomish County, Fobes Hill is home to not only roughly 2,000 residents, but also the classic charm that characterizes so many quaint and respectable Washington towns.

The borders of Fobes Hill include the Snohomish River, Bickford Avenue, and Highway 9. Considered an unincorporated area of the city, its location is perfect for people looking for generously-sized lots within close proximity to the shopping and charm of Snohomish, the antique capital of the Northwest. The Fobes Hill area is home to many hidden, independent cultivators and farms; beekeepers, blueberry fields, and pumpkin patches are all part of the landscape of this beautiful community. As such, it’s hardly surprising that it’s common to see your neighbor riding her horse down the road, or a herd of llamas waddling through rolling, patchwork fields.

When you want to get out of the house, it’s easy to stretch your legs in the historic downtown of Snohomish, a town with good food, great wine, and an abundance of character. Boasting an assortment of 30 restaurants and bars, 40 specialty shops, and more than 10 spas and salons, Snohomish manages to fit a surprisingly abundant array of diversions into its small setting. With a Northwest-inspired menu and 22 rotating taps, the Trails End Taphouse and Restaurant is an ideal place for either a good meal or a night out with friends, while the Hungry Pelican  offers a quirky and relaxing atmosphere for those looking for a tasty lunch or a light dinner. Additionally, Snohomish is home to several museums and galleries, including the Arts of Snohomish and the Blackman House Museum. In short, though it might not be downtown Seattle, Fobes Hill will never be far from excitement and culture.

Fobes Hill is fortunate to be a member of the excellent Snohomish educational community. The Snohomish School District serves nearly 10,000 students using a team of over 500 teachers, over 50% of whom hold a master’s degree. Rich in spirit and tradition, residents of the area often don schools’ colors during major parades and other events, such as home football games. All in all, there are fifteen schools in the Snohomish School District, two of which (Cascade View Elementary and Riverview Elementary) are located directly in Fobes Hill.

The Fobes Hill neighborhood is considered middle class, and a majority of the homes in this region are owner occupied. The median value for homes in Fobes Hill is about $350,00, with most homes falling between $250,000 and $370,000. While there are a few blocks of smaller lots, most properties are generously proportioned, a majority being between 1 acre and 20 acres. Additionally, the age of homes range from historic buildings from the early 1800’s to brand new models.

In short, Fobes Hill offers many attractive amenities ideal for any homeowner. Its abundance of natural beauty, reasonably priced land, and comfortable prosperity ensure a stable and nurturing atmosphere, while its proximity to the rich historical culture of Snohomish ensures that you’ll never be far from fun and excitement. For help searching for homes in Fobes Hill, contact Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or


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