A scenic neighborhood along Lake Washington Blvd and a common meeting place for cyclists, Leschi is an economically and racially diverse neighborhood nestled between Madrona to the north and the Mt. Baker neighborhood to the south and stretching from the shores of Lake Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. Way. You will find an eclectic mix of homes ranging from waterfront mansions to a quaint Tudor tucked into a hillside or a condo on the lake. Views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier and the Cascades from the narrow winding streets and parks welcome you throughout the neighborhood; Leschi is a great community that appeals to all age groups.
A small commercial district offers waterfront dining and a piano bar at Seattle’s famous Daniel’s Broiler and a more casual culinary experience at BluWater Bistro where the Tollhouse Magic dessert has been known to draw patrons of all ages! The Leschi Mart offers a wide variety for a neighborhood grocery including a fabulous wine selection. Starbucks is a favorite meeting place for neighborhood residences as well as many avid cyclists. There are a few other conveniences including a hair salon, a bike shop, a deli, and a dry cleaner.
A Brief History
Originally an ancient glacier, the neighborhood’s interesting terrain of steep hillsides and ravines was formed over time by earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides many years ago. Named after Nisqually Chief Leschi who was hung in 1858 after his conviction for his role in the ‘Battle of Seattle’ on January 26, 1856.
As a terminal to a cable car that ran along Yesler Way between Lake Washington at Leschi and Pioneer Square from September 27, 1888, and August 10, 1940, you will still find some of the old tracks in certain parts of the neighborhood. Prior to the construction of the Lacey V Murrow Memorial Bridge in 1940, there was a ferry run from Leschi Park to the Eastside.
Leschi Park was home to Seattle’s first zoo which moved to Woodland Park in 1903. Leschi Park now offers tennis courts, picnic tables and a playground. Sunrise over Mount Rainier from Leschi Marina – there is not a better start to a clear day than to sit on the dock as the sun rises and illuminates Mount Rainier!
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