From U District north to Maple Leaf or east to Windermere, Laurelhurst and Sandpoint are as varied as the price point. With plenty of options to shop and dine and a close commute to downtown, calling this locale home is easy to do. Each neighborhood has a unique identity giving you plenty of options when deciding where you might want to live.
COMMUTE TO DOWNTOWN:
8.3 miles / 25 minutes
Bus 62 or E Line
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The History of Laurelhurst & Sandpoint
Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, located on the Seattle (western) shore of Lake Washington, is a peninsula that extends into the Union Bay part of the lake. Laurelhurst’s western boundary is University Village and the University of Washington campus. Union Bay forms the southern boundary, Lake Washington the eastern boundary, and Sand Point and Windermere the northern boundary. It was once a seasonal campground of Duwamish Indians. During the 1860s, King County’s first sheriff built a homestead there, and Henry Yesler (1810-1892) built a sawmill. By 1887, the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad (on a route followed today by the Burke-Gilman trail) had reached Laurelhurst. Seattle annexed Laurelhurst in 1910, and today it is a high-end community close to the University of Washington with easy access to downtown. It is also the home of the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, which moved to the neighborhood in 1953.
Under a variety of official designations, Sand Point, a peninsula in north Seattle that juts into Lake Washington, served for almost 50 years as an air base, aviation training center, and aircraft repair depot for the U.S. Navy. Growing eventually to more than 400 acres, the Sand Point Naval Air Station hosted at its peak during World War II more than 5,600 Naval personnel, more than 2,400 civilian workers, and hundreds of aircraft. Units trained at Sand Point participated in some of the critical battles in the Pacific war.
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