The Broadview/Bitter Lake area was once heavily forested, but much of it succumbed to the boom during the Klondike Gold Rush when farmers and logging companies cleared much of the land and processed the lumber at a sawmill operation on Bitter Lake.
Development of the Broadview area was spurred by the Seattle-Everett Interurban trolley and later became home to the Playland amusement park/dog racing track/speedway in nearby Bitter Lake.
Broadview was annexed into Seattle in 1954. Playland shut down shortly after. It is now a popular residential area for Seattleites.
Broadview is decidely residential. While Greenwood Ave is packed with apartments, condos, townhomes and a few small commercial areas, everything west of there is a quiet neighborhood filled with single-family homes.
Most homes were built betwenn 1940-1980, so it is one of the newer Seattle neighborhoods. As you might guess, homes in the flatter area to the east are modest and affordable. As you move down the slope towards the Sound, stunning views give way to fancier and pricier homes. There are even some gigantic estates tucked back in the forested areas.
Activities and Attractions
The Playland amusement park at Bitter Lake is long gone, and this neighborhood doesn’t have many particular attractions except one truly exceptional one. Carkeek Park easily ranks as one of Seattle’s top parks. The park has 220 acres of watershed and forest with miles of hiking trails that culminate at the beach. Views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are stunning. It is hard to resist living nearby this gem of a park.
The main commercial area, like grocery shopping, is actually a little further south on Holman Rd in Crown Hill, but there are a few eateries of note. Bick’s Broadview Grill is an unassuming neighborhood restaurant that serves slightly upscale comfort grub with a spicy kick. Saltoro also has many local devotees for their Italian fare.
Homes in Broadview
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Broadview is a neighborhood tucked in the far northwest corner of Seattle, bounded by the Seattle city limits on the north, Puget Sound on the west, Carkeek Park on the south and Greenwood Ave on the east.
Broadview is perched on a slope that overlooks the Puget Sound. Its name is pretty obvious, as many homes have sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Olympic mountains.