GET TO KNOW Broadview/Bitter Lake
Like many north Seattle neighborhoods, Broadview and Bitter Lake are almost entirely residential, though things do get considerably denser and noisier the closer one gets to Aurora Ave (SR 99) to the east. Broadview and Bitter Lake are separated by Greenwood Ave, which also has some sparse commercial properties and multi-family housing, but those who want a lively street life should look elsewhere. Bitter Lake had its heyday of local festivals and an amusement park when it was first built, but those days are long gone. Expect to eat in (or grill out) unless you want to take a long taxi ride into town for a night out. The area isn't completely isolated, however. On Aurora Avenue (SR 99), one will find a higher concentration of grocers, home supply stores, services and cheap eats, and Northgate Mall isn't far either. North Seattle neighborhoods appeal to people who want suburban quiet, not a lively centralized community...and this is as far north as it gets within the city limits. However, there is also the selling point of its fantastic green spaces and parks. The properties tend to get more desirable as one heads west through Broadview, so named for its unobstructed views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Of course, everyone can enjoy those views from Carkeek Park, a 216-acre waterfront reserve on the southwest edge of Broadview. Others who want a more private outdoor experience can also reserve a tour at the nationally acclaimed Dunn Gardens, or head to the densely wooded (and still largely unknown) Llandover Woods Greenspace.
WHERE TO SHOP
Asian Food Center: A regional chain offering fresh veggies and meats and hard to find imported items.
WHERE TO CHILL
Diva Espresso: A charming, family-oriented neighborhood cafe on the very edge of the city limits.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Carkeek Park: 220-acre beachfront park with miles of wooded trails, a fruit orchard and wetland paths.
WHERE TO EAT
La Cabaña: Delicious homemade, Central-American food with very friendly service and atmosphere.
WHERE TO DRINK
Saltoro: Cozy dark-wood decor with red accents and warm lighting make for relaxed, romantic wining and dining.
LIVE IN Broadview/Bitter Lake
$425 kCondo Avg.
$722 kSingle Family Avg.
$24002 Bedroom Rent