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Homeowners in Lake Union Have the Best View in Washington

Lake Union is one of Seattle’s two major “inland” bodies of water and offers some of the best views in the entire city. In fact, some would argue that the land around Lake Union is among the most desirable in all of Washington State. Although the lake is large enough to be bordered by several clearly-defined districts, many residents who live within easy walking distance of its clear blue waters refer to themselves as denizens of “Lake Union.” To the east, Lake Union is connected to Lake Washington by Portage Bay, Montlake Cut and Union Bay. To the west, the lake empties out into the Puget Sound via Salmon Bay.

Lake Union Resident Enjoy Plenty of Activity

If you’re an active Seattle resident, you’re probably aware of the existence of the nearby Burke-Gilman Trail. Stretching some 40 miles from its starting point in Gasworks Park on Union Lake’s north shore to its terminus at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Burke-Gilman passes some of the Seattle area’s most beautiful green spaces. This paved masterpiece also winds through some of its most distinctive urban districts, including the University District, University Village and Olympic Hills. Bikers and distance joggers love the mid-section of Burke-Gilman for its extensive Lake Washington frontage, and nature lovers appreciate the suburban stretch for its nearly unbroken string of green space.

Beautiful Views

Tucked into a peninsula on the north shore of the lake, Gasworks Park offers sweeping views of several north Seattle neighborhoods as well as a prime look at the gleaming towers of the city’s central business district. Many longtime Seattle residents argue that Gasworks Park is the Emerald City’s quintessential green space. Regardless, it offers one of the best urban views in the United States and needs to be on every local’s Pacific Northwest bucket list. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the elevated areas to the north, southeast and southwest of the park to catch views of the densely-populated hills on either side of Lake Union.

The Lake Union area has plenty of other green spaces. Not far from the lake’s east shore, St. Mark’s Greenbelt and Interlaken Park both offer jogging and biking trails as well as multi-use fields for residents’ enjoyment. On the opposite side of the lake, McLean Park and the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt offer rugged walkways and sweeping lake views.


Whether you live in Wallingford on Lake Union’s north shore or South Lake Union at its southern tip, you’re never far from a public or private boat dock. In fact, the lake’s shoreline bustles with marine activity of all kinds. Tucked amid the functional commercial docks, private slips and public marina spaces are a number of high-quality restaurants and shops. In particular, South Lake Union features waterfront institutions like Chandler’s Crabhouse, JOEY Lake Union and Citrus Lake Union. Nearby, the Seattle Museum of History & Industry offers kids and adults an inside look at the city’s rich cultural and economic history. The adjacent Kenmore Air Harbor even provides seaplanes with a safe place to touch down.

Lake Union is also houseboat-friendly: Near the intersection of Fairview and Lynn on the lake’s east shore, the Floating Homes Association offers shelter for folks who have had enough of landlocked living. In fact, boat owners from neighborhoods like Queen Anne, South Lake Union and Capitol Hill use the lake’s connections to the region’s other waterways to escape the city on warm summer days. If Seattle’s central waterways serve as the circulatory system that keeps its urban landscape fresh and dynamic, Lake Union undoubtedly functions as the city’s beating heart.

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