Laurelhurst

Laurelhurst


Laurelhurst is a residential neighborhood just east of the University of Washington. Located on a peninsula sticking into Lake Washington, it has been a part of the city since 1910, maintaining a reputation as a well-to-do neighborhood chosen by those wealthy people who want to remain connected to the rest of the city. To the south of Laurelhurst is Union Bay, a calm bit of water, who’s other side is part of the University of Washington Campus. To the south of Laurelhurst is more of Lake Washington, crossed by the State Route 520 Floating Bridge. To the east of Laurelhurst is more of the lake, while the northern border is Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, Windermere and Sandpoint neighborhoods.

While not an especially large neighborhood, it does house a number of good amenities, including the Laurelhurst Beach Club, a private waterfront club with membership open to neighborhood residents only. There is also Laurelhurst Park and Community Center, which are open to the public. Along the northern part of the neighborhood is Children’s Hospital, an excellent facility with a national reputation for great work, operated as part of the nearby University of Washington.

The proximity to the University is a big draw for people to live in Laurelhurst and many of the residents are affiliated with it in some way. It is also a convenient place to live for people who commute via State Route 520 to the east side of the lake, to companies such as Microsoft and Nintendo, both of which are located in Redmond. In fact, two of Laurelhurst’s most prominent citizens at a time were Bill Gates, of Microsoft fame and the president of Nintendo of America. Cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) and Duff McKagan, bassist for Guns n’ Roses have also resided in Laurelhurst.




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