8.0 out of 10

Green Lake

Ranked 13th best neighborhood in Seattle
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Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
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  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Mar 02, 2016

"A coffee and a stroll"

I have a tradition of getting a coffee at Fix CoffeeHouse and walking around the lake to catch up with a friend. It’s the perfect length for a leisurely stroll and conversation. If one lap wasn’t enough to finish the conversation, you can do another lap. It only takes about 40 minutes or so. And honestly even if it’s raining it’s fine because the path is paved. But we’re not the only ones that have figured this out, so it’s usually a VERY crowded path.

I thought about living here when I was looking to buy a condo, but it’s an extremely popular place to live, to say the least, and there was almost nothing on the market. The little I did find was a bit far from the lake, and on busy roads. Ideally Green Lake would be the place to buy a house, but they will cost you a pretty penny in this charming neighborhood.

Part of the charm is Green Lake’s downtown, with all the little shops. It’s the kind of place where you have everything you need within a few blocks. PCC groceries, gym, lots of sports stores, restaurants, coffee shops, it’s all there. No big shopping centers, but it’s only 15 minutes to Northgate Mall.
Pros
  • Water recreation
  • Best park in Seattle
Cons
  • Limited real estate on the market
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
Feb 27, 2016

"Hub for bicycle shopping"

Seattle certainly doesn’t have a shortage of bike shops, and Greenlake is an excellent place to begin shopping, for two reasons: 1. Gregg’s Cycles is there, which is one of the biggest and best bike shops in the city. 2. There are plenty of other bike shops nearby depending on what you’re looking for.

--Gregg’s: often voted Seattle’s best bike store, Gregg’s is a good place to start. They have a wide variety of bikes, parts, clothing and accessories. They also do repairs for those things you can’t repair at home, though I must admit the wait times can be frustratingly long in the summer. Once a 20-minute repair with them had a 2-week wait! My other complaint is that they do not educate all of their staff well enough. Many employees are very knowledgeable about bicycles. But there are some who clearly don’t know enough to be giving advice just yet. Recently I was looking for a new pump and asked the sales clerk to help me find a specific type. He then proceeded to confidently pointed me to the wrong type.

--Ride Bicycles: just across I-5 from Greenlake, Ride Bicycles is much smaller, but manages to fit a diverse selection of bikes fit for all types of commuters, mountain, and road bikers. The price ranges from $150 kids bikes to $6,000 electric bikes. Most bikes are in the higher range.

Then just east of Greenlake, across Highway 99, are 2 specialty bike stores.

--Hendrick Cycles has a showroom if you’re a serious enthusiast and are intrigued by the newest designs in top-tier road bicycles. They cater to a very specific, very wealthy, crowd that can afford a bike that costs more than most people’s car.

--G&O Family Cyclery also has specialty bikes, of the family variety. They have lots of cargo bikes—the kind where you can haul something behind you, or put a child in a seat. Plus all the accessories, bins and boxes that make them useful. Their other specialties are folding bikes, electric bikes, and children’s bikes. They have a small section of “conventional bikes” to serve the rest of us. Personally it’s not my style at the moment, but I know where to go if I need one of those.

--Lastly I’ll mention “Rack n Road Car Rack and Hitch Superstore” on Aurora, near Green Lake. If you are serious about biking, you’ll want to get a rack that treats your bikes and your car well. This is the place to do that. They are very knowledgeable about all their equipment, and will install the rack same day, and make sure you know how to attach your bikes. I’ve never been disappointed with our purchases.

There are many other bike shops in the area, so if you have more time, you might head just south to Fremont, to visit Recycled Cycles, Big Tree Bikes, the BMX Bike Haus, Cascade Bicycle Studio…. I could go on.
Pros
  • Bicycle stores
  • Great area for fitness
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
Feb 25, 2016

"City walk and good bookstore"

Green Lake is a busy place for a walk, but nice for a park in a city. It’s a long walk with a child, unless they have a bike or scooter or stroller. My daughter (4) likes to take her scooter. The path at Green Lake helps her learn to steer.

When she is older we will try a paddleboat in the summer. I see people rent them near the concession stand. You can paddle to the small “duck island.” There are lots of ducks also near the shore but you should not feed them.

We went to the Pathway of Lights in Mid December last year. It was very nice. The whole pathway around the Green Lake was lit with lights. We brought our own candles to add to the pathway. Then we stopped at the stations to participate in activities. There was a singing choir to listen to. Also other musicians, and artwork. It was also a fundraiser for the food bank. Of course we stopped for hot chocolate because it was very cold and rainy on a December night.

The Seattle Youth Soccer Association teams practice here, and also south in Woodland Park. Woodland Park has many trails for exploring too.

Also in Green Lake is Mockingbird Books. They have a storytime, good after a walk around Green Lake. They also have a very good selection of children’s books. Their saying is “books give children wings.” What’s nice is the employees know all about the books and what books are best for what ages. We will visit many times.
Pros
  • Good walking path for children
  • Great book store
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
Jan 24, 2016

"Crowded path but nice views around the lake"

Green Lake is a super popular jogging place. Actually, it’s too popular. It’s a flat 2.8 mile paved path, with one lane for walkers/joggers, and another lane for wheels. If you go in the early morning, in the middle of a weekday, when it’s raining, or at dusk, it’s fine. But other than that, this place is slammed. I generally avoid it for running unless I happen to get a really early start. It is helpful to know exactly how far you’ve gone and what to expect, so you can train on it, though. The other plus is that it’s a nice view over the lake, especially at sunset.

Woodland Park just south of Green Lake is a little better, but still pretty crowded.

The other main reason I go to Green Lake is to go to one of the running stores.

At Road Runner Sports you can do the Rundog assessment here that scans your foot and gait and helps you pick the perfect shoes. It actually works pretty good. Not a piece of equipment you generally find in any sports store.

Super Jock n Jill probably has better service though. They also do training runs for people who are doing the Jingle Bell Run around Green Lake. That’s a charity run in December.
Pros
  • Paved jogging path
Cons
  • Crowded
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Greenlake"

Pros
  • Lot's of activities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Just far enough away from the city center to be peaceful and quiet."

The main draw of Green Lake neighborhood is Green Lake. It’s as simple as it sounds. The lake has a 2.8 mile paved path that runs around the perimeter, and it’s always busy. In the summer you practically have to merge into the single-direction line of walkers because it gets so crowded. You can also rent a paddleboat or a kayak from the community center on the Eastern edge of the lake. I’ve seen people swim in the lake but I personally wouldn’t recommend it (it is in the middle of a city…). It’s also fun to watch the local crew teams row across the lake.

The other feature worth mentioning is Woodland Park, which is attached to the South end of Green Lake and is a wooded network of trails. Most people on the trails are walkers or joggers, but you’ll occasionally see a mountain biker. In fact, there was a mountain bike race there in November, with a small course. Though not officially part of Green Lake neighborhood, if you cross one of the walking bridges over Aurora/99, you can go to the Woodland Park Zoo to see exotic animals. It’s not on my list of to-do’s though, because they’ve been under fire for keeping elephants who are not accustomed to our Northwest climate in too-small enclosures, when they should be in a sanctuary.

But I digress. Green Lake, the neighborhood, is on the smaller side, being squeezed between I-5 on the East and Highway 99/Aurora on the West. This is what makes it so appealing to a lot of people—being close to the two main arterials is very convenient.

The culture is similar to other north Seattle neighborhoods. Very quiet and low-key, with relatively affluent residents, some families, and quite a few young professionals. In the next neighborhood north, you’ll find North Seattle Community College, and to the south-east is the University of Washington, so there’s a small college community living in Green Lake as well. Rent is on the higher side, especially in the new apartment buildings popping up, with new studios running for $1500/month at the time of writing (Dec 2015). There are still some more-affordable, older apartments, but I would count on rents continuing to rise as Seattle grows. Much of the neighborhood, however, is full of large, single-family houses for well-off Seattleite families. The ones bordering the lake are gorgeous, and they are all in high demand.

There’s a group of stores and restaurants on the north-east corner of the lake, including a PCC Natural Market, some yoga places, and sports stores. And of course you’ll always find local coffee shops nearby in Seattle. Aurora/99 also has a cluster of stores, with *another* PCC Market. Green Lake isn't the best place for nightlife, though, which is part of what makes it so quiet and family-friendly.

One thing I like about Green Lake is the neighborhood feel to it. There are little community events like the Pathway of Lights where they light up the whole path around the lake and have music, theater, and food from the community one evening in December. Year-round, there are plays at the Seattle Public Theater in “the bathhouse” which is a little building on the Western edge of Green Lake. There’s also a nice public courtyard area with a fountain and tables right outside PCC, in case you want to avoid the crowds at the lake.

In my opinion, this neighborhood appeals most to professionals and families who don’t want the city rush, but still desire the convenience of being a few minutes drive from downtown. Just factor in the relatively pricey rent, and the crowds at Green Lake!
Pros
  • Neighborhood spirit
  • Water recreation
  • Best park in Seattle
Cons
  • Expensive
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Limited accommodations
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Home to Seattle’s best park and a short commute to downtown."

Green Lake is one of Seattle’s local gems. It is home to Seattle’s best park, which carries the same name as the neighborhood; Green Lake.
The park is a major attraction for Seattle locals. The lake has two swimming areas, a boat rental and grandstands for rowing races. In the summer the lake is filled with paddle boats, stand up and paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, and lots of swimmers. Beyond water activities the park has a 3 mile shared paved path for runners and walkers, which is extremely popular. The park also has baseball fields, tennis courts, a skate park, bmx jumps, BBQ areas, and much more.

The Green Lake neighborhood has several great restaurants, cafés, and stores, which mostly caters to the active neighborhood. In fact there are no less than 3 running stores.

The neighborhood is mostly single family homes, but there are many apartments including the newly finished Green Lake village complex. Green Lake is a perfect place to live for singles who prioritize the activities the lake has to offer over downtown living. The neighborhood has plenty of restaurants but it doesn’t have much of a diverse night life. The University of Washington is nearby making Green Lake a good choice for students.

For families, Green Lake is amazing – it’s quiet, close to I-5, and near downtown. For kids the park had tons of activities, and the Woodland Park Zoo is 5 minutes away. Its only drawback is the prices for new homes, which tend to sell fast and for above asking price.

Some of my favorite places in Green Lake are:

Gregg's Cycles - consistently voted best bike shop in Seattle.
Super Jock n Jill - local running store, join their group run on Monday nights.
Shelter Lounge - contemporary lounge
The Butcher & the Baker - go here for brunch
Pros
  • Best park in Seattle
  • Lot's of activities
  • Water recreation
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A place to play, no matter your game"

Green Lake is an idyllic, chic area that has a great mix of residencies and places to hang out. And for that reason, it’s also one of the most chronically crowded areas in Seattle, especially in the summer.

The variety of housing in Green Lake is appealing to all types of people. A lot of the houses have been remodeled since they were first built and there’s an abundance of apartments and condos to get the most out of the small space. In the interest of full disclosure, the Democratic Party is very well organized and influential, especially in this area. Registered republicans are encouraged to maintain a low profile, mostly for their own sanity.

Complementary to the residential area are the other institutions like the 5,000 square foot Green Lake Library, an elementary school, a high school, and a Green Lake Small Craft Center which is the center for a public rowing program and the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club.

The actual lake is a recreational spot unto itself. A three-mile path runs around the lake and is popular for runners, walkers, skaters, bikers, and a great place to walk a dog. The open fields and sports fields are often used by the residents and University students for sports like Basketball, Frisbee, Football, and also great stopping places to people watch and have a picnic.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"In the city, but worlds away"

The Greenlake neighborhood is located to the north and east of beautiful Green Lake. Green Lake is the most popular attraction in the neighborhood. Though it does not allow power boats, the lake is popular for swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, and more. Many types of native wildlife can be viewed on and near the lake. It is also surrounded by a pedestrian and biking path measuring 2.8 miles. It often becomes crowded on weekends and sunny days. The park is also home to a community center, tennis courts, and the Evans Pool. Green Lake is next to Woodland Park to the southwest, providing more green space for residents' enjoyment.

Residents often compare living in the Green Lake neighborhood with living in a nature preserve. Living in this neighborhood, residents are within walking distance of the lake. There are many historic homes in this area of tree-lined streets. Although there are newer homes, Green Lake is defined by craftsman homes and bungalows dating to the turn of the century.

This trendy neighborhood is also home to many great restaurants and boutiques. Though it can be a bit expensive to live here, it's a great place for Seattleites to spend a weekend afternoon. Though it's just to the North of Downtown, Greenlake feels like miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place for trendy people"

The Green Lake area really has quite a bit going for it. It's got some beautiful homes, a very large lake and recreation park, and some great restaurants and boutique shops.

It's also got its share of drawbacks. The area is very trendy, which means that everyone wants to live and visit. The homes, while beautiful and mostly well maintained, are very close together offering very little privacy to residents. Woodland par, the recreational area and Green Lake itself are visited year round, rain or shine. Traffic can be quite annoying, especially to residents. And people visiting the area are often confused since the streets wind around the lake and follow no real structured layout. There are some fantastic restaurants in the area, though customers generally have to compete for on-street parking with other diners, shoppers and local residents.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"The “it” place to be on a nice day"

It’s considered somewhat cliché to walk around Green Lake’s lake on a nice day as it seems like everyone is strolling around it the minute the sun comes out from behind the clouds. But where else can you find such a tranquil setting on a nice Seattle day? Green lake and it’s lush country atmosphere is only minutes from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Seattle and it’s the perfect place to take a stroll, ride your bike or skate around for some exercise or just to stretch your legs in an outdoor setting.

The lake area has more to offer than a walking path though, a rental center can get you on the lake for a fee where you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddle boat, and you can often see the rowing crew on the lake during any type of weather.

After a stroll around the lake pedestrians can find anything they need at their finger tips, just mere blocks away. One favorite is Café Lulu on Latona Ave where you can never go wrong when seeking a caffeinated beverage or the many pubs and cafes, many with outside seating when the weathers nice. Green Lake is the place to be on a nice day, and oasis away in the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Place That Does Not Disappoint"

Located in the heart of North Seattle, Green Lake harbors a body of water after its own name. Locals and tourists descend upon water’s edge to enjoy walking, jogging, water recreation, lakeside restaurants and more. Where exactly is the neighborhood? It forms, more or less, a square that is bordered by North 85th Street on the North, Roosevelt Way NE on the East, Aurora Avenue N on the West and North 50th Street on the South.

History

Discovered by surveyor David Philips in 1855, then in 1869, Erhart Seifried (http://bitly.com/hKVSqR) became the first white settler. He, also known as Green Lake John, and his wife collaborated with Indians and cleared an area to plant an orchard. Guy Phinney (http://bitly.com/ehj3ya) purchased 179 acres on the southeast side of the lake that he developed into Woodland Park (known today as Woodland Park Zoo http://zoo.org). A rapid population expansion began in the 1880s, bringing large numbers to build around the lake. In 1911, for the sake of adding green space near the lake, John Olmsted (http://bitly.com/dP69AG) requested the lake be lowered to add 100 acres of dry land. Unfortunately, the lake endured further abuse from unsuccessful efforts to control algae through use of chemical agents. For nearly half a century, motorboats were commonplace on the lake, until banned them in the 1980s. Today, Green Lake (http://bitly.com/bMrWYh) is the busiest in the state with more than one million visitors every year.

Demographics and Income

Packed with young adults and middle age couples, Green Lake has been known to attract fitness enthusiasts. Honoring its roots, the neighborhood continues to draw primarily Whites. Incomes are higher than Seattle averages, with the highest-salaried households nestled near the lake. Well-to-do couples and singles make up most of the population, with transient lower-income singles comprises the remainder of the demographic.

Culture

Exploring this area gives the feel of being on a Spring Break vacation where you can abandon the car and ingest the natural beauty and creative venues. Most of the vacation-like activity is on the east side, where the "downtown" section contains several small stores and restaurants. Head south and breathe in the creative home restorations, occasionally finding an embedded cafe or pub.

Real Estate

An even distribution of home sizes make up the market in Green Lake. Structures are primarily circa 1920s, averaging 1510 sq. ft. The owner versus renter split is almost fifty-fifty. Housing values have dropped sharply since 2008, losing roughly $150,000.

Local Business Tour (Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee Houses, Shops and other Amenities)

Pockets of activity can be found around Green Lake, with most, obviously, within a stone’s throw of the water. Beginning on the north side, not to ignore the infamous Aurora Avenue: Eddies Pan Asian Restaurant (http://eddies1989panasianrestaurant.com) - Featuring Chef Eddie, awarding winning restaurant owner for Thai restaurants; Barriga Llena (http://mendozasmercado.com) - Owned by Edgar Mendoza, bringing the on-the-go mentality of Mexico City, which is everything on the torta; DaVinci’s (http://i5pizza.com) - Top-rated pizzeria with late-night hours and mobile ordering; Duck Island Ale House (http://bitly.com/guQRkw) - Multiple beers and top, but a limited food menu; Beth’s Cafe (http://bethscafe.com) - A world-famous greasy spoon establishment that features a 12 egg omelette; Uber Tavern (http://uberbier.com) - One of the largest on-tap and bottled ale selections around; and PCC Natural Markets (http://bitly.com/gGD7AB) - Natural food market with nine locations around Puget Sound.

The north side of the lake, boasting a more residential feel than the Highway 99 corridor: Green Lake Wines (http://greenlakewines.com) - A wine shop with a twist, featuring a cozy wine bar; Shoefly (http://shoefly.com) - Men and Women’s designer shoes; Dukes Chowder House (http://dukeschowderhouse.com) - Duke Lore, owner, admits to his weakness of only wanting the finest when it comes to seafood; Zeeks Pizza (http://zeekspizza.com) - Delicious neighborhood pizza that features dine-in, delivery, and corporate delivery; Bluwater Bistro (http://bluwaterbistro.com) - Seasoned owners, Dan and Bart, deliver excellent food and help foster a unique ambiance; and Chocolati (http://chocolati.com) - Established in 2000 to make savory chocolate, fostering a unique experience for the senses.

The east side, where the “downtown” is found, has much to offer: Amante Pizza (http://amantepizzaandpasta.com) - Pizza, pasta and family dining with 10 locations around Puget Sound; Greenlake Bar and Grill (http://greenlakebarandgrill.com) - The ideal lakeside experience with a diverse food and drink menu; Rosita’s (http://rositasrestaurant.com) - A family-friendly Mexican restaurant offering traditional favorites; Revolution Espresso & Bakery (http://bitly.com/g6TLn8) - A great addition to the Green Lake experience with ample seating, lots of outlets, free wifi and even dog-friendly; Little Red Hen (http://littleredhen.com) - Seattle’s home of live country entertainment; Bottega Italiana (http://bottegaitaliana.com) - Authentic Italian gelato and family-style atmosphere; Turnpike Pizza (http://turnpikepizza.com) - Local pizza at its best, including a gluten-free crust; Nell’s Restaurant (http://nellsrestaurant.com) - European-inspired New American cuisine with the finest Northwest seasonal ingredients; Mockingbird Books (http://mockingbirdbooksgl.com) - Offering a great selection of children’s books, even featuring a coffee shop; Exit Space (http://exitspacedance.com) - A school of dance focused on helping others enjoy its art; and Gregg’s Cycle (http://greggscycles.com) - Plenty of bike supplies and helpful service in three locations.

On the south side, also known as the Tangletown district: Mighty-O Donuts (http://mightyo.com) - where Vegan donuts are baked fresh daily; Meridian Market (http://meridianmarket.com) - Featuring everyday low prices with fresh, local produce; and Zoka (http://zokacoffee.com) - A coffee roaster and tea company with three Seattle locations and three in Japan.

Schools

Education is not overlooked, amidst the gorgeous scenery: Blanchet High School (http://blanchet.k12.wa.us) - A Catholic, college preparatory high school; Daniel Bagley Elementary (http://danielbagley.com) - Offering children a choice of two curriculums in a diverse learning environment; Billings Middle School (http://billingsmiddleschool.org) - Developing not only great minds, but exceptional leaders; Green Lake Elementary (http://greenlakedragons.org) - A small school, where every child can be known; and Green Lake Preschool (http://greenlakepreschool.org) - Providing developmentally appropriate activities and materials for growth.

Recreation

The two and a half mile loop around Green Lake provides ample room for walking, biking, rollerblading, or just a leisurely stroll. The green space on the east side is a mecca of activity when the Sun shines (a rarity). Here, a large playground, recreation center (http://bitly.com/ez4xRE) and sporting greens can be found. Woodland Park (http://bitly.com/hQ29wA), to the south, has a small par 3 golf course (http://bitly.com/f09Wvj) that is great for kids. Rowing teams (http://greenlakecrew.org/) feel at home here, and can be found preparing and cleaning their boats near the stadium on the south edge of the lake. Head northwest on the trail and catch a production at the Seattle Boathouse Theater (http://seattlepublictheater.org). Water activities include a beach for swimming (both sides of the lake) and Greenlake Boathouse (http://greenlakeboatrentals.net Northeast side) to rent kayaks, canoes, and even stand up paddle boards (New in Summer 2010). Parents will enjoy the wading pool (http://bitly.com/dUy9zB) on the north side that's just across the street from ice cream, coffee and fine dining.

Accommodations

The best (and only) choice for accommodations in the neighborhood is the Greenlake Guesthouse (http://greenlakeguesthouse.com). A 1920s Craftman-style house offering four casually elegant rooms with private baths.

Medical and Wellness Facilities

No hospital is located within Greenlake, but a few helpful facilities for various needs: Skinlogic (http://skinlogicskincenter.com) - Offering sophisticated skincare products and advanced clinical facials; Greenlake Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic (http://greenlakeacupuncture.com) - Owned and operated by Dr. Rusheng Zheng; Zoe Lotus Healing Arts (http://zoelotus.org) - Promoting mind/body/heart/spirit, and enhancing connection to our center through self-healing; and Sugar Sugar (http://sugarseattle.net) - The art of body sugaring and organic skin care.

Spiritual Centers and Churches

A number of spiritual experiences surround the lake: Bethany Community Church (http://churchbcc.org) - A fast-growing church with locations also in North Seattle and West Seattle; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (http://saintandrewsseattle.org) - Inspiring worship, lifelong Christian learning to experience daily life as an extension of God’s creative work; Bethany Lutheran Church (http://bethanyluth.org) - Organized in 1908 by Swedish immigrants and draws mostly from the Green Lake, University District and Northeast Seattle areas; Fairview Church (http://fairviewministries.net) - Established in 1906 and associated with the Church of God (http://chog.org); Calvary Christian Assembly (http://ccassembly.org) - Founded in 1927, with a diverse congregation and strong accomplishments, like the founding of Northwest University (http://northwestu.edu); Seattle Formosan Christian Church (http://seattlefcc.org) - Holding both Taiwanese and English speaking services with a history dating back to 1969; Church in Seattle (http://churchinseattle.org) - A simple gathering of believing Christians, with all welcome; Green Lake United Methodist Church (http://greenlakeumc.org) - Experience the love and beauty of God in a castle-like structure that was built in 1903 by the original members; and Keystone United Church of Christ (http://keystoneseattle.org) - Worshipping God through acts of compassion and justice.

Transportation Access and Tips

Location is king for this neighborhood, with easy access to the interstate. Buses and bike routes lead easily to the city center via several arterial streets. Close proximity with the University of Washington (http://washington.edu) keeps this place young, but Seniors are very welcome with a living center just steps from the lake (http://thehearthstone.net).

Summary

Whether you have an hour or the entire day, this locale will not bore. This “in-house” recreational lake is the ideal piece for residents, not just for those who live in the Green Lake Neighborhood, but people throughout North Seattle.
Pros
  • Great area for fitness
  • Water recreation
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Limited accommodations
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Living on a natural preserve"

Green Lake Seattle is a beautiful neighborhood in an area about 15 minutes north of Downtown Seattle. The neighborhood gets its name from the lake that occupies most of the neighborhood. During the spring and summer months, there are people jogging, walking, and roller blading around the three mile trail that circles the lake.

Living in this neighborhood means living within walking distance of this luscious lake, along with a surrounding array of restaurants and shops. Single family homes are located on all sides of the lake with new condominiums and town homes cropping up on the east side of the lake. There are signs of new construction around the neighborhood, but Green Lake is defined by its turn-of-the-century craftsman style homes and bungalow architecture.

Green Lake is a natural preserve to hundreds of species of plants and trees, along with waterfowls and birds. There’s even a Bathhouse Theater that features a local theater company. An estimated one million people visit Green Lake every year.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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4.5/5
"A cozy street with access to some of the BEST that Seattle has to offer."
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"Don't you wish you could live here?"
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"Beautiful lakeside homes with private beach"
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"My Favorite Place to Roll"
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"Beautiful street and fun for kids and adults"
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Unranked Streets in Green Lake

"Green, but not inviting"
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