East Lake

Close to City Life
Eastlake is a shoreline neighborhood that is flanked by Lake Union. Its name comes from the fact that it lies east of Lake Union, and many popular parks are situated on this lake’s shores. Lynn Street Mini Park and Terry Pettus Park are signature parks that locals like to explore on their day off. Here, the residents get to relax while enjoying the scenic views and everything the lake has to offer. The neighborhood is popular for those attending the University of Washington since it is only a five-minute drive away - making it a perfect spot for students wanting an easy commute to school.

The neighborhood of Eastlake may be small, but there are plenty of options to choose from when hungry or thirsty. Throughout town, there are bars and restaurants great for hanging out and socializing. Bars in the area include Zoo Tavern, Roanoke Park Place, and Purr Cocktail Lounge. Restaurants in the area include Pazzo's on Eastlake Restaurant and Bar, Cicchetti, and Otter Bar and Burger. Eastlake is a great spot to live, thanks to its convenient location and easy commute to the nearby University of Washington.
What East Lake Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
9.0
amenities
6.5
social
8.0
management
8.0
Median rents in East Lake
Studio
$
1,100
1 Bedroom
$
1,400
2 Bedroom
$
2,400

Living in
East Lake

Quiet and Safe
Well-Maintained
Lake Access
Close to Downtown
Less Traffic
East Lake — 7.2/10 Rating (based on 5 neighborhood reviews)
East Lake is nice and walkable and has several good restaurants for how small it is. The big downside is that there is no grocery store right there, so if you don't have a car grocery shopping can be challenging.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Lake Union Terrace
Eastlake is a fairly quiet, very residential neighborhood, yet with very easy access to get on and off I-5, get to downtown, capitol hill, or the University District. Some traffic through the neighborhood between South Lake Union and the University District, but not much. There are a few bars and restaurants that are more hidden jems then super popular destinations. Access to the lake, and walking/biking is fairly easy as well.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Villa Anita Apartments
Close to the Landing and downtown Renton. Neighborhood is full of families and single unit homes, no high rises.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Villa Capri
Eastlake is quiet and safe. It's small and primarily residential; it's a great spot for kids and dogs. The downside is that there aren't a ton of shops or restaurants, and there's no grocery store, bookstore, movie theater, etc. However, the restaurants we have are great - Pazzo's Pizza, 14 Carrot Cafe (which has a killer breakfast menu), Mammoth (beer and sandwiches), and Pomodoro are the primary ones I can think of. Eastlake is a super easy commute to school - the 70 picks you up right on Eastlake Avenue, and from Eastlake and Lynn (my stop), it's about 10 minutes to the law school. Eastlake is also right on Lake Union, which is nice - you can sit by the lake and study, or take a walk along the water as a study break.

After three years in Eastlake, I have a new appreciation for neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Wallingford, which are bustling and full of things to do. That said, I've been happy in Eastlake. It's an easy place to feel at home in - it's easy to get to know.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2221 Yale Ave E
Eastlake has a good mix of apartment building and small homes. It's a lot of older couples which means it is quiet and well maintained. Eastlake has some fun bars and is close to every other neighborhood in Seattle
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Neighborhood Rating
Minor Terrace Apartments


Getting to Know
East Lake

Neighborhood Boundaries
dining
Grand Central Baking Company
Le Fournil
Louisa’s Cafe Bakery & Bar
Mammoth
Pecado Bueno
Voxx Coffee
grocery
Trader Joe's
fitness
Elite Fitness Training
Pocock Rowing Center
Union Pilates
parks
Elite Fitness Training
Union Pilates
coffee
Sebi’s Bistro
bus
70 (bus)

Best Apartments
in East Lake



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Studio $1,548
1 Bed $1,779
2 Beds $2,248

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Studio $1,720
1 Bed $1,751
2 Beds $2,550

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