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Lake City is the general name given to a collection of neighborhoods at the northeast corner of Seattle. The eastern border is Lake Washington with the Burke Gilman trail running alongside and popular Matthews Beach park at the southern end of the neighborhood. In addition to the lake and beach, the many branches of Thornton Creek flow through the area, making the health of the watershed a top priority for Lake City citizens. The Thornton Creek Alliance works closely with other citizen, business, government, and environmental groups to educate the public and provide monitoring and stewardship of the creek. The health of a creek in an urban setting is always tenuous, but Thornton Creek has been a success story with Pacific salmon and trout still migrating to their historic Lake City home.
Homes for people in Lake City are likely to have a water view. In the Matthews Beach and Cedar Park sections of Lake City there are hundreds of beautiful homes with lake views and many with waterfront access. Homes in this area can run into the millions, especially right on the water, but there are nice, large, view homes available for less than you would expect. Homes on the Olympic Hills/Victory Heights side tend to be more modest ranging from small ranches built in the 50s/60s to brand new town homes and condos with a few classic homes from the 1920s here and there. Lot sizes also range from grand historic estates to zero-lot new construction. There truly is a home size, price, and style for everyone in Lake City. Neighbors in Lake City take special care to gather together to eat, celebrate, and enjoy each others company and talents.
The busy Lake City Community Center is adjacent to the newly remodeled landmark public library branch. The original library architecture, with metal and stone artwork incorporated by internationally acclaimed local artist, George Tatsukawa, was award winning when built in the early 1960’s and looks even more spectacular today with the addition of new artworks, updated services, and expanded capacity. The Center, Library, and surrounding park and parking lot serve as a central gathering spot for countless community gatherings and events, including many of the annual Pioneer Days events and the monthly Lake City Flea Market. The weekly Farmers Market fills a nearby lot with fresh produce and other edibles from local farmers, butchers, bakers and fishermen. The length of Lake City Way is lined with restaurants, car dealerships, stores, and services. If pressed to name our favorite Lake City destination it would have to be Chiang’s Gourmet, a deliciously authentic northern-style chinese restaurant. Come explore the neighborhood and see for yourself why the residents (human and salmon) love Lake City.