Broadview is a beautiful neighborhood in northwest Seattle, not far from boating, sea fishing, and sunbathing on one side and the cosmopolitan glory of the greater Seattle area on the other. It is just to the west of the Interstate 5. Once considered a suburb of Seattle, Broadview has grown to become a part of the greater metropolitan district stretching from Fremont and Wallingford on the shores of Lake Union through Ballard just north. Broadview is not far from downtown Ballard, a hub of art galleries and excellent restaurants, including local favorite La Carta de Oaxaca, a southern Mexican oasis in the drizzly cold Northwest.
Nearby Carkeek Park, on the shores of the Puget Sound, offers miles of walking trails through the Piper’s Creek watershed. In the autumn, locals can see chum salmon return to spawn in the pools, tributaries and main artery of the park’s creek. Kids can be swallowed up by the “salmon slides” in the local playground.
The original inhabitants of Broadview were American Indians. The community grew expansively during the Klondike gold rush. Later, nearby Bitter Lake became a repository for a lot of logs that were sawed for lumber. The name of the lake comes from the bitter taste given to the water by the logs that were floated in it. Broadview still sports numerous massive Douglas fir trees. Many of these trees are 10 to 12 feet in diameter and hundreds of years old.
Seattle Golf and Country Club is a few miles away, as is Jackson Park Golf Course. The former is an 18-hole course with beautiful fairways and greens. Jackson Park Golf Course is well-known and maintained by the city of Seattle. This is an 18-hole championship golf course with another 9 holes for executive play.