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    Laurelhurst

    The Laurelhurst neighborhood is located northwest of downtown and on the Seattle (western) side of Lake Washington. It is a peninsula that extends into the Union Bay part of Lake Washington. Laurelhurst's western boundary is the University Village and the University of Washington campus. Union Bay forms the southern boundary, and Lake Washington the eastern boundary, and Sand Point and Windermere neighborhoods the northern boundary. It was once a summer campground of the Duwamish Indians. Then in the 1860's, King County's first sheriff built a homestead there. Seattle annexed Laurelhurst in 1910, and today it is a high-end community close to the University of Washington, University Village, and Children's Hospital.

    Laurelhurst has long been one of Seattle's prestigious neighborhoods. The home styles are diverse, but tend primarily towards the traditional Tudor, colonial, and craftsman styles as most of the homes were built in the 1920's 30's and 40's. Over the past several years, and like in other top neighborhoods, some of the older homes have been torn down and replaced with beautiful new construction. Multi-million dollar estates line the Lake Washington waterfront and they have extraordinary views of the water, mountains, and Kirkland on the east side. The neighborhood was planned very well with wide streets and large lots giving most of the homes the feeling of space and of privacy for a close-in city neighborhood. Residents also can take advantage of the private "Beach Club" with sailing lessons and a sailing fleet of small sailboats and the Laurelhurst Playfield and Community Center. It is also very close to Magnusson Park, with a huge and wonderful off-leash dog park.

    The car commute to downtown can be challenging at times. Traffic can get backed up going through the Montlake cut at the University of Washington. But the location is otherwise superb. The schools in the neighborhood are top-rated schools. Laurelhurst Elementary, Eckstein Middle and Roosevelt High Schools are all excellent public schools. And the Villa Academy is an outstanding private school. Laurelhurst is also on the Burke-Gillman Trail.