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Sandwiched between Eastlake and the Washington Parks Arboretum, Montlake is a quiet neighborhood with ample park space. Because most of its homes were built before 1940, it maintains a charming old school feel.

 History

In 1861, Montlake was known as Union City and was hoped to become a booming business town with shipping and freight opportunities. It didn’t quite work out in that way, but people did see the area’s potential for a beautiful residential neighborhood. In fact, land developers required a minimum dollar amount be spent on each new home constructed ($3,000 to $5,000 depending on where you were). People quickly snapped up plots with lake views, which were only made better after the Montlake Cut project was completed in 1917.

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Who Lives Here?

Urban Power Families - High-income couples with children.
Six-figure salaried couples with children who live an upscale life in a metro center. Highly educated professionals working in finance, medical, and high-tech fields.
Power Singles - High-income urban singles.
Highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees. They draw a handsome salary and have reasonable living expenses while living a hip, upscale life in an urban center.
High $$ DINKs - Urban high-income couples with no children.
Middle-age Dual Income No Kids couples living in the city and making very comfortable combined household incomes. Most own their own homes and are highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees.
Montlake Seattle
Median Household Income $101,319 $45,736
Owners/Renters 82%/18% 48%/52%
Median Age 37 37
Single Males 19% 23%
Single Females 13% 19%
Homes With Kids 29% 18%
Household Size 2.5 2.1
Commute Time 23 min 27 min

 Vibe

This is a community that rallies together to solve issues, usually revolving around environmental preservation. Hot-button issues include the ever-evolving debate about the Highway 520 bridge that cuts through the neighborhood, habitat restoration, and the upkeep of the area’s parks. Not that they can’t let loose and have fun. The community center hosts events like a fall festival, Minute to Win It nights, all kinds of sports and music lessons, and ‘tot’ programs for the little guys.

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 Activities and Attractions

Much of the draw of Montlake is in its park system. Interlaken Park, which forms the border between Montlake and Capitol Hill, had some of Seattle’s first bike and buggy trails, which today make for great hiking. The Washington Parks Arboretum (which means, literally, ‘tree museum’), marks the eastern border and has flower gardens, trails that go over land and water, and a cool Japanese garden. The small business district on 24th Avenue has all of your basic needs—Fuel coffee, Mont’s Market (aptly named, wouldn’t you say?), pizza and Italian at Café Lago, and the standard neighborhood pub, Montlake Alehouse. Every September, the St. Demetrios Church holds their Greek Festival—one of the most famous events of the year in Montlake.

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