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South Lake Union

The heart of Amazon and biotechnology industries growing up right before us.


SLU was the forgotten child of development until the City of Seattle and Vulcan Real Estate began to help move the area from a fading light industrial zone to a planned sustainable business/residential community. Amazon moved into the area in 2010 and since then, the area has changed beyond recognition with new restaurants and apartment buildings. This area is still under development, so you have to deal with road closures and changes because of construction.


South Lake Union is located at the southern tip of South Lake Union and bordered by I5 to the east, Belltown to the southeast and downtown Seattle to the southwest.


South Lake Union has boomed in the past few years with a large influx of businesses and construction. Though new endeavors are bringing in lots of new business, there are still many traditional Victorian homes, view condos, and floating houses in the area.


South Lake Union sits in both Seattle Public School District III & IV depending on your location. Though there are no schools right in the neighborhood, you are never far from both public or private schools.

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landmarks & Scenes:

Lake Union Park offers access to the water. One of the most heavily trafficked lakes for sea-planes, Lake Union makes it easy to catch a ride to Victoria B.C. or the San Juans. The Seattle Streetcar route is nearby and offers a short service to downtown following an oval route.

Food & Drink:

The Amazon campus is the place to go for a plethora of food trucks at lunchtime. Also, our iconic Seattle chef Tom Douglas, has set up several restaurants, but this area is still in development. There are a few older pubs nearby including the German “Die Bierstube.”


All the basic needs are met with several grocery stores and drugstores. A new Trader Joe's has finally opened up on the Plateau.

Sports & Outdoors:

For outdoor enthusiasts, there is the flagship REI store with a huge climbing wall or Moss Bay on Lake Union for kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding. There is also a multi-use loop around Lake Union with public art, which is perfect for the multi-tasker.

arts & culture:

SLU has the MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry), along with the Historic Ships Wharf, Center for Wooden Boats, and the Puget Sound Maritime Museum. There are also a few galleries and performance spaces used by the Cornish College of the Arts, but again, this is an area of growth and transition.

The Cornish College of Arts is situated in the Denny Triangle. This institution is the oldest music conservatory on the west coast.


While there aren't very many playgrounds, they do exist in South Lake Union. The housing consists of mostly newer apartment buildings mixed in with the older buildings and conversions.