Waterfront Report



On the east side of Seattle, notable waterfront communities abut Lake Washington including Matthew’s Beach, Sand Point, Windermere, Laurelhurst, Mount Baker and Leschi. The western shore is also home to the University of Washington campus, along the water’s edge just south of Laurelhurst down to the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay.

On Puget Sound, a bluff and the Burlington Northern railroad track separate many prominent water view communities from the waterfront along Richmond Beach and past waterfront landmarks such as Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Shilshole Bay, and the Ballard Locks. Private waterfront homes are located just north of Discovery Park along the inlet to the locks, in Magnolia along Perkins Lane, and in West Seattle along Alki and Fauntleroy.

Seattle had 41 private waterfront sales in 2015 with 21 above $2 million and 13 above $3 million.



Mercer Island's private waterfront homes are situated along the shores of Lake Washington around the perimeter of the Island. While it is an island, Mercer Island is connected to Seattle and Bellevue via Interstate 90 making it an ideal location to commute to either metro locale.

Its central location tops the list of attractive attributes of the "Rock." The Island has many waterfront micro-markets as its terrain, vegetation and topography vary significantly from point to point.

The sunny west side of the Island benefits from afternoon sun, Seattle views, and spectacular sunsets. The rugged eastside is more forested in true NW style with brilliant sunrises and afternoon shade.

Mercer Island had 30 private waterfront sales in 2015 with 27 above $2 million and 19 above $3 million.



The Eastside's private waterfront consists of homes sited along Lake Washington from just north of St. Edwards State Park to Newcastle Beach Park; encompassing the cities of Kenmore, Kirkland, Bellevue, Medina, Newcastle and Renton.

The water's edge along the east side of Lake Washington includes many desirable points, bays and vistas—especially those centrally located in the Yarrow Point, Hunts Point and Medina neighborhoods.

Unlike those homes situated on the west side of the lake, the east side enjoys exceptional sunsets from their vantage point along the eastern shore line. Many homes feature low or no-bank waterfront providing level beach access and spacious docks.

The Eastside had 50 private waterfront sales in 2015 with 42 above $2 million and 27 above $3 million.



Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in the state of Washington, located 8 miles east of Seattle and just north of the I-90 corridor.

It is an outstanding freshwater community with a 24-mile circumference and an abundance of local recreational activities. It is bordered by two large and active regional parks–Marymoor Park to the north and Lake Sammamish State Park to the south.

The sunny east side of the lake benefits from afternoon sun and stunning sunsets. The shady west side boasts morning sun and is more likely to be steep and forested. Lake Sammamish enjoys convenient access to Bellevue, Seattle and the Microsoft campus.

Lake Sammamish had 38 private waterfront sales in 2015 with 23 above $2 million and 3 above $3 million.


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