Mount Baker

Mount Baker


Mt. Baker is a strange enclave of enormous mansions and large single-family homes mingled in a small neighborhood. The nicest of the homes are atop a hill, with a view of the mountain for which the area is named—on a clear day. The neighborhood drops down steeply to Lake Washington and beaches to the east and more gradually to the west toward Rainier Avenue and the Rainier Valley. To the north is Leschi, to the south is Columbia City. Despite its tiny size, Mt. Baker packs in a number of significant features into a small area. Franklin High School serves as a front for the neighborhood, facing out onto Rainier Avenue. An elegant piece of architecture, it provides an excellent greeting from the grimy buildings on Rainier to the classy houses of the neighborhood. On the other side of the hill, fishing docks jutting into the lake and the Mt. Baker Crew Boathouse are the entry point to the neighborhood. Winding up from the water, visitors to Mt. Baker get to pass through the park that is a center piece of the area.

There is not much of a commercial center, other than the Rainier Avenue facing stores on Rainier and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. There is a small enclave of adorable boutique type stores and a single restaurant located across the street from the park. Here is also the community club that serves as a neighborhood gathering point, purportedly the oldest continuously active community club in the United States.

The Mt. Baker Neighborhood has a rich history that includes playing host to the annual hydroplane races for Seafair and the events that go along with that. The other piece of sports history here is Sick’s Stadium, home to the Seattle Rainiers Seattle’s original baseball team.




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