The upscale residential neighborhood of Laurelhurst was established in 1910 and is located adjacent to Lake Washington. It boasts a landmark community center, the Laurelhurst Beach Club, a fantastic elementary school and close access to the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Bill Gates grew up in this neighborhood and lived in a waterfront house until 1994. Laurelhurst residents can also take advantage of their proximity to University Village, a large open-air lifestyle shopping center with a mix of locally owned boutiques, signature national retailers and unique eateries.
It is bordered on the northeast by Ivanhoe Place N.E., beyond which is Windermere; on the northwest by Sand Point Way N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, beyond which are Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, and University Village; on the west by Mary Gates Memorial Drive N.E., beyond which is the East Campus of the University of Washington; on the southwest by Union Bay; and on the east by Lake Washington.
Typical residents of Laurelhurst are affluent and educated. You will mostly find larger, historic homes with manicured lawns and mature trees in this neighborhood. The median sales price for homes in Laurelhurst, Seattle is $827,506, over double the median sale price in Seattle. Average price per square foot for homes in Laurelhurst was $426 in the most recent quarter.
Parks & Playgrounds: Laurelhurst Beach Club, Magnuson Park Wetlands, Laurelhurst Playground
Top Restaurant Picks:
Jak’s Grill Laurelhurst – aged steaks, martinis and happy hour
3701 NE 45th St.
Seattle WA, 98105
Sandpoint Grill- Casual American Bar & Eatery
5412 Sand Point Way NE
(between N 47th Ave & N Princeton Ave)
Seattle, WA 98105
The good: great parks, bike-friendly, quiet & serene, great medical facilities, tight-knit community, high resale value, clean, lush & green
The bad: mediocre interstate access, high cost of living, few nightlife options
Perfect for: affluent families, retirees, employees of UW and the Children’s Hospital