The affluent community of Montlake is located northeast of downtown Seattle, Washington. Its boundaries include Portage Bay to the north, Interlaken Park to the south and west, and Washington Park Arboretum to the east. The University of Washington lies just north across the bay and Capital Hill is located to the south and west.
Homes in Montlake are primarily early twentieth century American Craftsman bungalow and Tudor style. There are also some apartment living options in the area. A small commercial corridor along 24th Avenue East provides residents with nearby restaurants, nightlife, a library, market, and cleaners.
The close proximity to the University of Washington is a plus for those looking to continue their education. This public university, commonly called U-Dub was founded in 1861 and is the largest university in the northwestern United States. In 2010, the University was ranked 16th Worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The beautiful Washington Park Arboretum has been called “a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington”. Its 230-acres feature a wide assortment of trees, plants, and flowers, many of which can only be found here. The Japanese Garden is a must see. Public tours of this scenic masterpiece are offered. The garden is also popular for photo sessions, which must be pre-arranged.
Interlaken Park is a densely wooded area of over 50 acres, located to the west and south of Montlake. The paths and trails throughout the park are popular for bikers, hikers, and joggers. The Seattle Yacht Club, located in the Montlake neighborhood, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
An interesting and educational place to visit nearby is the Museum of History and Industry, located just off of State Route 520 in northern Montlake. This museum is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle.