HistoryLake Forest Park began in the late 1800’s when loggers took up residence to harvest the forest and ship the lumber to Seattle. An enterprising developer named Ole Hanson recognized real estate potential caused by the growth of Seattle. He bought up land and platted it as “Lake Forest Park,” promoting the pristine topography and remaining forest to prospective residents in 1912. The explosion of suburban growth in the 1950’s brought lots of new development, but longtime residents of “The Park,” as it was commonly known, were resistant to urban sprawl and annexation by Seattle, so they incorporated the city of Lake Forest Park. Today’s Lake Forest Park is heavily forested with roads that serpentine along hills and ridges, much as it was advertised back in the early 20th century.
VibeOther than the huge amount of traffic that pulses along Bothell Way every day and the Town Center shopping center, Lake Forest Park is quiet residential bedroom community for Seattle workers. While many of the homes here were built from the 1950’s-70’s, developers clearly resisted the urge to clear cut and many homes are in heavily wooded areas. Most homes are perched on a hill that overlooks Lake Washington. Where the forest allows, some homes have fabulous views. There is also a pocket of pricey waterfront homes along Beach Drive.
Activities and AttractionsFor the most part, Lake Forest Park is quiet and residential. This city takes compact to a new level in the one commercial area along Bothell Way. The Town Center mall has all of the groceries, banks and everyday shopping you may need, along with the library. It also houses a very popular bookstore called Third Place Books. This is no ordinary book store. It has a food court, a community room, a stage and over a thousand free public events each year. It is the gathering place for the community. City Hall is right next door so you can take care of your utility bill or parking tickets when you’re done at Third Place Books. Outdoor enthusiasts will like the close access to the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs along Lake Washington. If you are lucky enough to live on the east side of Bothell Way, the Burke-Gilman may pass right next to your house.
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