Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Windermere is an upscale neighborhood with great views and a private atmosphere.
Windermere developed alongside nearby Laurelhurst. Shortly after the native trees were removed, many moved into the area to try their hand at farming. This endeavor didn’t last long, as people recognized the potential for real estate development—especially suited for the wealthy. The neighborhood was annexed into Seattle in 1910, but it wasn’t for another thirty years or so that the area filled up with residents. Since then, little has changed. Windermere has kept the quiet residential feel that made it so popular to begin with.
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.
- Corporate Climbers - High-income, high-expense urban singles.
- Urban singles with an up-and-coming income, but with higher-than-average living costs. Most have college educations and are employed in mid-management professions.
- 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.
|Median Household Income||$81,866||$45,736|
|Homes With Kids||35%||18%|
|Commute Time||25 min||27 min|
The overwhelming feeling here is that of safety, security, and neighborliness. There aren’t many community events, and you won’t find a business district to appeal to visitors, but somehow when you’re there, you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. After all, when you have an amazing house with a stunning view, what else could you want?
Activities and Attractions
Residents enjoy the amenities of a private park that has a playground, a ball field, tennis courts, and a lakefront beach. There is also easy access to the business district along Sandpoint Way, which has many options for shopping and dining. We like the always-good Pagliacci Pizza and the lesser-known Sand Point Grill.
The Burke-Gilman trail runs right through the neighborhood, so if you enjoy biking, blading, or just a scenic stroll, you’ll have the perfect place to do it.
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