The character of a neighborhood can change drastically once one goes over a hill and gets a water view. This exact change is very pronounced in Mount Baker! On the west side facing Rainier Valley and South Beacon Hill, the houses are small and modest. On the east side of Mount Baker Boulevard facing Lake Washington, one finds much larger homes on substantial plots of land. The two halves are separated by a green belt and Mount Baker Park. This area conveniently connects to Colman Park and the beach.
In the summer, Mount Baker is brimming with tourists for the annual Seafair Weekend Festival, but for the rest of the year, it’s quite peaceful. Residents enjoy a few neighborhood haunts and some great commuting options. Don’t tell anyone but there is a secret lesbian owned bar that we all like to got to called The Velvet Elk. But that little nugget is our secret.
There’s easy access to I-90 and downtown via multiple bus routes and the Mount Baker Light Rail station. The main drags, Rainier Ave and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, are lined with shops large and small. These thoroughfares also connect residents to the International and Central Districts to the north, and Columbia City to the south.