North Seattle Apartments for Rent
North Seattle runs from Portage Bay in the south and along the western shore of Lake Washington all the way north to State Route 523. Interstate Highway 5 is the dividing line between this area and Northwest Seattle. The Sand Point Country Club and Jackson Park golf courses are here, as is the mega-sized Northgate Mall. The area near the lake is also known as Lake City.
North Seattle is part of the land mass that was incorporated into the City of Seattle back in 1954, separated from downtown by the Lake Washington Ship Channel. This waterway connects Lake Washington to Puget Sound and eventually the Pacific Ocean. The most exclusive area borders Lake Washington and is called the Riviera. Homes here are upscale and mostly of the single family variety, built between 1940 and 1969. Later developments have added small and large apartments to the mix. Streets are tree-lined and the water views are ever changing in this pedestrian friendly part of town.
Lake City has a rich history as a hotbed of speakeasies and playing houses during Prohibition. It is not far from the historic shopping districts of the University District and Fremont.
North Seattle is more densely populated on a topography that changes from relatively flat to undulating hills. This makes the area pedestrian-friendly as long as the pedestrians can handle a strenuous walk. Most of the homes date back to World War II and boast mature trees and gardens. Large and small apartment buildings were added later, particularly in the areas closer to Interstate 5.
Some of the schools in the area are the Olympic Hills Elementary, Addams Junior High, and Summit High. Lake City Presbyterian, the Seattle Mennonite Church, and St. Matthews are just some of the houses of worship. Most businesses are along the Interstate 5 corridor, NE 125th Street, and Lake City Way NE.