North Seattle Neighborhoods: Bitter Lake

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Bitter Lake

North Seattle Neighborhoods: Bitter Lake

This small, mostly residential neighborhood is bordered by Highway 99, (Aurora) on the east, North 130th Street on south, Greenwood Avenue on the west and North 145th on the north. It is on the northern boundary of Seattle (northern boundary neighborhoods also include Broadview, Cedar Park, Haller Lake, Jackson Park and Olympic Hills).

The North Seattle lakes were all created by the vashon glacier over 50,000 years ago.  The glacier created Lake Washington, Union Lake, Green Lake and Haller Lake as well.

Bitter Lake is 19 acres and 31 feet deep.

The lake had a bitter taste and horses would not drink from it, hence it's name.  The bitter taste came from tannic acid created by a sawmill which was located on the south west corner of the lake in the early 1900s.

A piece of trivia unknown to many is that from 1930 until 1961, Bitter Lake was also home to "Playland", an amusement park.  The Seattle's World's Fair in 1962 proved to be too much competition and Playland closed.

Other than the park adjacent to the lake, Bitter Lake is mainly residential with several single family houses and a few apartments and condos.  There are several businesses lining Aurora (Highway 99): Outback Steakhouse, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Staples, LA Fitness, Kidd Valley, Hertz Rent-a-Car and many more.

Bitter Lake has very easy access is and only ten minutes to downtown via Highway 99 or I-5.

Recent sales in this North Seattle neighborhood have been: two bedrooms from $295,000 - $300,000; three bedrooms from $307,000 - $330,000.  Condominiums have been selling for $131,000 to $201,000.

Many condos have lake views and about twenty homes sit right on the lake.  It is pretty affordable lake living right in Seattle!

Bitter Lake allows you to live on a lake in Seattle affordably.


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