Sandwiched between Eastlake and the Washington Parks Arboretum, Montlake is a quiet neighborhood with ample park space. Because most of its homes were built before 1940, it maintains a charming old school feel.

Between the ridiculously beautiful natural setting on the shores of Portage Bay and Lake Washington, the perfectly quaint houses, and densely wooded streets, this might be the most adorable neighborhood in all of Seattle. Montlake is super popular, which has led to an increase in the price of housing over the past decade or so, but you really get what you pay for here.

This is a community that rallies together to solve issues, usually revolving around environmental preservation. Hot-button issues include the ever-evolving debate about the Highway 520 bridge that cuts through the neighborhood, habitat restoration, and the upkeep of the area’s parks. Not that they can’t let loose and have fun. The community center hosts events like a fall festival, Minute to Win It nights, all kinds of sports and music lessons, and ‘tot’ programs for the little guys.

Most of the residents here own their homes and make a handsome salary. As Zillow shows, the majority of people are between the ages of 30 and 60, and 29% of households are home to children. Part of the appeal of Montlake is its close proximity both to Downtown Seattle and to the 520 bridge, which can transport people across the lake to their jobs on the east side.

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