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“You’d never know,” a Seattle resident recently cooed. A drive through Lake City’s charming, tree-hung streets unveils a tucked-away 1950’s neighborhood. It is peaceful, unpretentious, colorful and traditional, with lush gardens and uniquely tended yards.

Lake City gets a bad rap for being the main corridor of Auto Row, strip malls and a clutter of seedy businesses. But jump a block or two off Aurora (the sinful strip that dissects the neighborhood) and you’re in the middle of a varied collection of mid-century homes, bungalows and ramblers, bricks and A-framed add-ons. On the east side of Aurora some blocks evoke Grandma.  Other blocks spring forth with tasteful remodels; none of the remodels veer too far outside the traditional aesthetic here. The west side of Aurora has more condominiums and apartments, and the roads twist and turn over a hillcrest into a forested neighborhood.

There is a charming old-town business district on Lake City Way, a line of single-story stores with awnings. This tree-lined street has an eclectic mix of restaurants and small shops.  Look beyond the reputation and there’s plenty to admire here.

Over the last couple years, Lake City has been part of a restoration effort.  Trees were planted along auto row, and sidewalks have been added to engage pedestrian traffic. Art and public sculptures are in the works to decorate the bus stops. As for the growing community, an influx of immigrants is fast-defining the diversity of Lake City, especially on the west side of Aurora.


DEMOGRAPHICS: Families with children, couples, singles

TYPES OF HOMES: Mid-century, Bungalows, Ramblers, Bricks


LIBRARY: See Seattle City Library Lake City Branch, located at 12501 28th Ave. N.E.Seattle, WA 98125, Tel. 206-684-7518

FARMERS MARKET: Lake City Farmers Market, open Thursdays, 3 to 7 pm, June 2 through October 6, next to the Library at NE 125th and 28th Ave NE, Seattle, 98125

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Toyoda SushiThai One OnSantorini Pizza 

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS: Bean City CoffeeMinoo BakeryKaffeeklatsch

Our Blogs About Lake City

$2,000,000 for Our Neighborhoods

Feb 10, 2017
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People on People on People

Feb 11, 2016
Seattle is now the #10 U.S. city for density. Density isn’t what usually comes to mind when most people think of ou [more]
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Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance

Jul 02, 2015
Do you know the new rental licensing requirement, SMC 22.214 (Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance)? The Re [more]
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Photo Contest: Seattle Bloomin’

May 13, 2015
It’s springtime in Seattle! For May’s photo contest, send us pictures of nature in bloom. Step 1: Take [more]
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What does your zip code say about you?

Oct 23, 2014
  Age? Check. Income? Check. Neighborhood? Check. Overall lifestyle? Check.     It’s creepy, but onc [more]
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Beat the Seattle Commute

Oct 14, 2014
The commute, the dreaded commute! Bumper-to-bumper for miles, moving down I-5 slower than you backed out of your dr [more]
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Of Parks and Pianos

Jul 29, 2014
Seattle is known for many things. Music, coffee, rain. Good scenery and great parks. And this summer, you can combi [more]
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Our Listings in Lake City


2210 NE 92nd St #303

$ 330,000
Spacious light-filled unit with peaceful tree-lined views. Updated kitchen with granite counters and cork floor, wood burning fireplace, and brand new carpet. Enclosed patio perfect for home office/st [more]
Spacious light-filled unit with peaceful tree-lined views. Updated kitchen with granite co [more]
21 1,017 ft2full info

12341 35th Ave NE #205

$ 318,000
Remodeled corner unit in a quiet, self-managed building. Look out every window and see lush foliage. Fireplace in the living room open to the dining room and kitchen. Patio doors to deck. Remodeled ki [more]
Remodeled corner unit in a quiet, self-managed building. Look out every window and see lus [more]
21.75 917 ft2full info