It’s hard to believe that a tiny lake could have an entire neighborhood named after it, but that’s a testament to the special feel of the private little waterfront and surrounding area.
Let’s call Haller Lake a ‘late bloomer’ of a neighborhood. No one really settled in the area until the mid-1900s; with the many other smaller neighborhoods nearer to downtown, there was no reason to. The majoring of households were on large plots of land with enough room far farm animals and orchards. The small lake, originally owned by John Welch and then bought by Theodore Haller, was the most desirable place to settle.
A woman named Clare Huntoon saw potential, however, and purchased a bunch of land. Nothing much became of it as far as housing is concerned, but her land is now home to major businesses and community centers, ranging from Ingraham High School and Helene Madison pool to Northwest Hospital and the Evergreen-Washelli cemetery.
Residents of the community have long resisted expansion and population growth due to their love of the environment and their disdain for traffic congestion.
The atmosphere in Haller Lake varies widely depending on where you are in the neighborhood. On its edges, near Aurora Avenue to the west and Northgate Way to the south, are the business districts (and the traffic we mentioned before). As you head towards the center, the activity fades and quiet residential streets take over. With larger plots of land than other places in the city, residents can spread out a little and enjoy the quiet.
Activities and Attractions
Haller Lake itself has a ‘secret garden’ kind of feel; only one road lends public access, and the four or so parking spaces only further the sensation that you’ve stumbled across something private. The water has that glassy quality from being sheltered from wind and watercraft, and the small shore is perfect for a picnic or just sunbathing.
Nearby Northacres Park is perfect for letting the dog out for some off-leash time on the woodsy trails, or bringing the kids for some wading pool action.
Haller Lake also offers the only granite curling facility in the area. Grab a broom, join a team, or sign up for some practice time at one of their monthly open houses to try your hand at that newly-famous sport!
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