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    Montlake

    Montlake is the northern most neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just south across the Montlake Bridge spanning the "cut" between Lake Washington and Lake Union and the University of Washington. Parks and waterways surround the entire neighborhood: Portage Bay on the west, the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum and the popular kayaking waters of Union Bay that's part of Lake Washington on its eastern border, and the greenbelt of Interlaken Park running along the entire southern border of Montlake, connecting the Arboretum to Portage Bay. All the park space helps to insulate Montlake from the 520 freeway and floating bridge that takes you to the eastside, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville. The 520 freeway crosses over the north end of the neighborhood. The Montlake neighborhood is very convenient to the University of Washington, University Village, and downtown Seattle and the eastside. And when the new 520 bridge and freeway are complete the traffic congestion on the Seattle side will be greatly relieved as well as making the commute to the eastside much easier and faster.

    Montlake is not a large neighborhood and the most of the homes were mostly built in the 1920's and 1930's so we find many craftsman and Tudor style homes. Some have fabulous park and water views. Then the Floating Homes or Houseboats on Portage and Union Bay are some of Seattle's most prized real estate. Very few condos are available in Montlake. The Seattle Yacht Club is located in Montlake as well.