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Montlake is the northernmost neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just south across a short bridge from the University of Washington. Parks and waterways surround the entire neighborhood: Portage Bay on the west coast; the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum and popular kayaking inlets of Union Bay on the east; and the greenbelt of Interlaken Park running along the entire southern border of Montlake, connecting the Arboretum to Portage Bay. All the park space helps to insulate Montlake from the 520 freeway that crosses over the north end of the neighborhood.
Montlake’s home choices are few but fabulous. Floating homes on Portage and Union Bay are some of Seattle’s most prized real estate. Montlake’s on-land homes are also quite nice. Some have fabulous park and water views. Most are classic 1920’s craftsman or Tudor style with tasteful updates. Very few condos are available.
Even though Montlake is a rather small neighborhood, it has its own public elementary school, library, and community center. The commercial area is also small but popular. Cafe Lago is a popular destination, touted by many as the spot for the best lasagna in town. Fuel Coffee is a big hit in each of its three Seattle locations. Montlake Bike Shop is one of the city’s finest places to purchase, rent, ;or repair a bicycle, no matter your level of cycling. It is also very easy to get from Montlake to Downtown and other Seattle neighborhoods or to pop over to the Eastside cities via the 520.
The Seattle Yacht Club is also located in Montlake. They sponsor one of Seattle’s longest running and most eagerly awaited annual events, Opening Day. The festivities kick off Seattle’s boating season each spring with a parade of decorated boats through the Montlake Cut – from the bridge to the totem pole – followed by the Windemere Cup crew races and many deck, dock, and shoreline parties.
Tour Montlake to find your own winning property; you are sure to like what you find.