Green Lake

September 14, 2010 in Green Lake, Seattle Communities

Green Lake is a lake (usually more blue or gray than green, but certainly surrounded by lovely green trees and grass) set in the middle of Green Lake Park, which is surrounded by Green Lake neighborhood, one of the most beloved treasures of Seattle.  Kayaking, running and jogging, roller blading, biking, walking, dog strolling, baby strolling, and combinations of all of the above abound.  Not to mention the tennis, rugby, picnic areas, playground, basket ball courts, and coffee shops and eateries that dot the north end of the Green Lake area.

Green Lake used to be half an hour away from Seattle and in fact it is where many prominent Seattlites had a summer vacation home where Mother and the children would stay while Father worked in the city and “came up to the Lake” on the weekends.  Now in high demand as a walkable residential district, there are both grand view homes, high end condos, lovely stately craftsmen built 100 years ago as well as brand new modern eclectics which have the atmosphere of the craftsmen of yesteryear and preserve the air of history so prevalent.  Add to all this the proximity of Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and Ballard to the west and the U District to the east, and Woodland Park Zoo close by, and just south Fremont and Queen Anne, and there could not be a more convenient yet laid back residential district in all of the city.  Prices do tend to be higher than most other popular neighborhoods because it’s so close to I-5 for commuting and there are less residences in the neighborhood than in some larger areas, with high demand.