Many Seattleites haven’t a clue about the magnificent estates and streets of Mount Baker. We’re talking embassy-style homes facing grassy, tree-lined meridians. All of this hidden behind the fun and fanfare of Lake Washington Boulevard. However, this doesn’t represent all of Mount Baker.
The homes are a vibrant range: multi-story brick, Tudor, modern architecture and modest all-American bungalows. The gardens are well-tended, some of them quite big, many of them overflowing with plants and flowers. While there are still some fixer-uppers around, this is a neighborhood of the fixed-ups. Mount Baker is also a neighborhood of long-timers.
The flavor of Mount Baker is community, community, community. The historic site of the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse has a motto that reads: “Get together, get busy, boost!”
This is a busy neighborhood. Mount Baker is the local host for the yearly hydroplane races and the Blue Angel air shows; it’s a main thoroughfare for bicyclists, joggers and triathlon trainers. It’s the host to rowing regattas and clubs. Mount Baker Beach comes with a bathhouse, a sandy beach with a floating dock and lifeguards. In the winter, there’s a parade of Christmas ships.
Also a portal to Seattle, Mount Baker is a straight shot to Seattle, or to the east side of town. It’s just off I-90, a gateway interstate that runs east and west.
DEMOGRAPHICS: Diverse population, middle and upper middle class, married couples, families with children
TYPES OF HOMES: Multi-story Brick, Tudor, Modern Architecture, Bungalows
LIBRARY: closest is Seattle Public Library Beacon Hill Branch, located at 2821 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144, Tel. 206-684-4711