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The Unique and Wonderful Neighborhoods of Walla Walla

Each neighborhood in Walla Walla, WA, has its own distinct character, catering to a variety of lifestyles and preferences. Whether you're drawn to the historic charm of Downtown or the scenic vineyards of the Wine Country, Walla Walla offers a diverse range of living experiences. While Walla Walla has many “micro-neighborhoods” these are some of the main neighborhoods in the area.

Downtown Walla Walla

The heart of the city, Downtown Walla Walla is characterized by historic architecture, charming boutiques, and a vibrant arts scene. Enjoy a stroll along Main Street, lined with local shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. The summer months bring the most active time for Downtown. You’ll hear live music on Saturday nights at Heritage Park or at one of the tasting rooms like Bontzu Cellars. Later in the summer is don’t miss the Wheelin’ Walla Walla car show.

Whitman College Area

Home to Whitman College, this neighborhood is one of the historical areas of Walla Walla and sits adjacent to downtown. It features beautiful tree-lined streets, historic homes, and easy access to the college and downtown. The area blends academic charm with a sense of community. Don’t miss Alvarado Terrace St. aka “Honorary Adam West St.”. Yep! Batman was born here.

Mill Creek/Northeast Walla Walla

While the Mill Creek and NE Walla Walla neighborhoods couldn’t be more different, they are relatively close to each other. NE Walla Walla has a high density of small, older homes but many of its streets are “in transition” as builders are tearing down the old homes and building new ones. The area is a mix of these older neighborhoods and apartments. It’s also home to Walla Walla Community College and Bennington Lake Reservoir, an excellent place for hiking.

Just to the north east of this area however is the lovely Mill Creek Road and Upper Mill Creek. A mix of acreage homes, wineries and the famous Inn at Abeja are located here. Echolands Winery is building a large new tasting room and Bledsoe/McDaniels recently purchased the gorgeous A’Maurice property. It produces some of Walla Walla’s best grapes and will continue to be a draw for high end wineries and large estate homes. Follow this road east then south through beautiful forested areas and you’ll end up in Oregon.

Southside/Wine Country

South of the main Walla Walla metro is the Southside. This area is renowned for its vineyards and numerous wineries. The scenic landscapes, rolling hills (views of The Blues), and access to some of the finest wine tasting experiences make this a favorite place to visit and taste wine as well as to purchase acreage property for custom home construction. It's a haven for wine enthusiasts and those seeking a more private, rural lifestyle while still being only 10 minutes from downtown.

Eastgate/Hospital District

Home to the Providence St. Mary Medical Center, this area is convenient for healthcare professionals and residents seeking proximity to medical facilities. It also features a mix of housing options from apartments to 1900’s bungalows to 1960’s ranch style neighborhoods. Hopefully you won’t mind the helicopters flying in and out of the hospital throughout the day.

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College Place

Adjacent to Walla Walla, College Place is known for its newer residential neighborhoods and proximity to Walla Walla University, a private Seventh Day Adventist college. It offers a quieter atmosphere, more big box stores and chain restaurants while still providing easy access to the amenities of both cities. The rising home values in the city of Walla Walla have driven many younger residents to the more affordable College Place. While Walla Walla school district has seen declining enrollment, College Place is currently planning to expand enough to take in all the new young students. Several large housing developments in the works will add to this growth in the coming years.

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Pronounced “Too-chee”, this area west of Walla Walla and College Place along Old Hwy 12 has a similar feel to the Southside in that it’s made up of acreage and equestrian properties and many custom homes. Views of the Blues can be had here as well. It’s a little farther of a drive into Walla Walla, approximately 15-20 minutes but it’s a beautiful area with a high-end rural feel.

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The adorable town of Waitsburg is about 26 miles northeast of Walla Walla. It's small and sleepy but filled with turn of the century charm. 

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