South Lake Union, Seattle, WA
South Lake Union in Seattle, Washington
About South Lake Union, Seattle
Voted one of the 15 Best Seattle Neighborhoods by Seattle Magazine, South Lake Union is one of Seattle’s newest neighborhoods, defined by chic, upwardly-mobile residents, urban restaurants, natural landmarks and a myriad of high-tech employers all within easy walking distance.
The energy of South Lake Union is defined first by its namesake, Lake Union one of Seattle’s signature bodies of water, and second by the drive of urban ambition.
Defined by tech innovators Paul Allen and Jeff Bezos
The recent relocation of the Amazon headquarters to South Lake Union has meant improved pedestrian paths, access to alternative transportation choices including a street car, metro system, and bike routes. There is even a place to moor your boat or land your float plane.
Paul Allen originally envisioned the South Lake Union neighborhood as a grand central park which didn’t come to fruition, but his development plans have combined retail, housing, commercial development with pea patches, pubs, coffee houses, and seasonal farmer’s markets.
Live, Work, Play
The residential options of South Lake Union embrace density with high rise options with incredible views of Lake Union to the south, Seattle Center and the Space Needle to the west, and downtown Seattle to the north. Loft living is also an option with live/work studios and courtyard condos.
And for the super adventurous, try the houseboat communities made famous in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” And whether you rent a kayak or have your own, you’re just five minutes away from connecting with the neighborhood’s natural environment.
Parks and Museums
South Lake Union may be Seattle’s newest neighborhood, but it also is home to one of Seattle’s oldest parks and the recently opened Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
Denny Park was deeded to the city in the 1864 first as a cemetery and then as a park by one of the original pioneers of Seattle and is now a peaceful oasis in an urban setting.
MOHAI opened in the historic Naval Reserve Building in 2012 and holds the unique history of Seattle’s heritage. Flanked by one of Seattle’s newest parks, Lake Union Park celebrates Seattle’s maritime history with boat rentals, festivals, and conservation classes.
A Restaurateur’s Paradise
The best restaurateurs have flocked to the South Lake Union which now hosts over 45 restaurants from legends such as Tom Douglas. Almost every cuisine is represented and diners can choose from elegant dining options to an ever-changing assortment of food trucks that frequent the neighborhood.
Happy hour bars, confectioneries, coffee shops, and a throwback from the 1940s with 13 Coins 24-hour dining make this a neighborhood for the most discriminating palette.
Flagship Retail & Cultural Icons
South Lake Union hosts the flagship retail store for REI (Recreation Equipment, Inc.) complete with climbing rock as well as the organic Whole Food Market with its wide assortment of fresh and prepared foods.
Boutiques, salons, and yoga studios dot the neighborhood and Cornish College of the Performing Arts lends the neighborhood its youthful and creative flair.
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