Communities North of Seattle
Bothell | Edmonds | Lynnwood | Mill Creek | Mukilteo | Shoreline
The scenery changes quickly as you drive north out of Seattle. Depending on how far you go, you may end up on a winding road amidst the expensive waterfront homes of Edmonds or pulling into one of Bothell's ultra-modern corporate campuses. You may find yourself cruising Lynnwood's vibrant retail core or-if you really put the pedal to the metal-you'll soon be swept up in the pastoral grandeur surrounding Arlington and Snohomish.
These communities aren't just scenic satellites of Seattle; they are also viable residential options. The northern suburbs and towns avoid the hustle and bustle of the city while remaining close enough to take advantage of its economic and cultural benefits. If you're looking to commute, none of them are more than an hour's drive away, and many provide abundant professional opportunities within their own city limits, making any worries about a commute, well, moot.
Located northeast of Lake Washington, Bothell is a mix of wooded hillsides, quiet residential neighborhoods and growing commercial districts. Though Bothell is experiencing a technology boom, the city remains rural at heart, prizing its small town atmosphere.
Bothell is well known for its educational facilities. Currently there are extension programs offered through the University of Washington and Shoreline Community College. A new facility, the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus, provides additional educational resources. Bothell annexed Canyon Park, a high-tech center at the junction of I-405 and the Bothell-Everett Highway, in 1992. Outside this business core you'll find rolling hills mixed with suburban neighborhoods.
Residents enjoy the convenience of nearby businesses, retail centers and employment opportunities. The Sammamish River Trail is enjoyed by thousands of recreational canoeists, kayakers, walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Downtown Bothell is a great place to stroll and enjoy the quaint shops and restaurants. Country Village offers an assortment of antique and specialty stores.
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Edmonds is reminiscent of small-town America. There's an old-fashioned Mill Town (now a complex of unique shops), a hardware store with a real red barn, and a historic log cabin right in the heart of Edmonds-juxtaposing the rural lifestyle with the micro-urban. Downtown shops offer friendly service. Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains create a scenic backdrop for the town's restaurants and specialty shops.
Edmonds is celebrated for its public art. European-style streets spoke out from a central fountain. Old-time streetlights draped with hanging baskets accent these streets. The "Edmonds in Bloom" competition gardens have been featured in Sunset magazine.
Intimate bistros offer continental, Cajun, French and Asian cuisine. Browse art and antique shops for handcrafted, Northwest-contemporary furnishings and house wares. Shop at funky designer boutiques, and the many book, toy, garden and gift stores located in the city.
Residents enjoy Edmond's Cascade Symphony, Olympic Ballet, Driftwood Players and the Edge of the World Theatre. Summer festivals include the Waterfront Festival and the Taste of Edmonds.
At the foot of Main Street, the Washington State Ferry Terminal handles regularly scheduled daily service to Kingston, taking passengers and their cars and bikes to Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula.
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With more than 3,000 licensed businesses and no B&O or utility taxes, Lynnwood is the business and commercial center of South Snohomish County. The city is also a community of homes, parks and recreational opportunities, with 237 acres of parks and open spaces. The Interurban Trail runs through Lynnwood, offering a paved recreational area for non-motorized activities.
Lynnwood is a shopper's paradise. The main attraction is Alderwood Mall; though more than 300 stores are located throughout the city. Lynnwood contains an extensive collection of public art, including pieces of bronze sculpture, blown glass, paintings and carved brick.
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Mill Creek is known for its lovely homes and condominiums. Residents also enjoy Mill Creek Country Club, with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a restaurant and banquet facilities; and the Mill Creek Swim Club. Mill Creek is clean, shopping areas are upscale with family restaurants, streets are free from litter, homes are immaculate, lawns are mowed, cars and boats are out of sight. The mostly upper middle-class residents commute to jobs in Everett, Bothell, Bellevue and Seattle.
Mill Creek housing is beautiful, country-club style. Its neighborhoods consist of new homes, condominiums and apartments built since 1983. The city and homeowners associations enforce strong covenants.
Citizens are encouraged to become actively involved in the growth of the city. Community get-togethers include a semi-annual citywide garage sale, parade and the Run of the Mill 5.5K fun run. Jogging and walking paths, bicycle lanes, nature preserve and parks offer outdoor recreation.
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Mukilteo-in Native American means "good camping ground"-was deeded to the Tulalip Indians in 1855 and incorporated in 1947 with a population of 775. Today this quaint waterfront town has grown to 17,180, with projected growth of 23,000 by 2012.
The city provides a full range of services to its citizens with a small town feel, and provides some of the best schools in the South Snohomish County. The city encompasses 6.25 square miles and is located 25 miles north of Seattle at the northern end of the technology corridor that extends north from Bellevue. The city's location provides access to a wide variety of opportunities within a few miles.
Harbour Pointe, south of downtown, is a popular, master-planned neighborhood, featuring high-end homes. New homes are also being built in the neighborhood of Paine Field. The Mukilteo Ferry connects to Clinton on Whidbey Island. This 15-minute ferry run is one of the state's busiest.
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Shoreline offers the convenience of suburban living with the attractions of nearby urban opportunities. Although it is a new city, Shoreline boasts a unique history and character derived from original settlements dating back to the late 1800s. Over the years, the Shoreline community has developed a reputation for strong neighborhoods, excellent schools and abundant parks.
The City of Shoreline is comprised of 14 neighborhoods, each with its own distinct qualities. Shoreline is home to a diverse population contrasting exclusive, wealthy waterfront living with moderately priced housing. Within the city's boundaries are more than 40 churches, 11 public elementary schools, two public middle schools, two public high schools, private schools, a community college, two libraries, a historical museum, arts council, teen center, senior center and a growing business community. Shoreline's 350 acres of parks and open space include 26 sites offering a range of recreational activities including a community pool. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, with its sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, is just one example of Shoreline's rich park resources.
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