A beautiful neighborhood of tree-lined streets and grand scale homes, Washington Park is named after the nearby city park ‘Washington Park Arboretum’ located to its northwest. Boasting many historic homes, Washington Park is conveniently located just south of Madison Park and all of its quaintness and conveniences. Overlooking Lake Washington sits the home to the president of the University of Washington which is situated on 5 acres of grounds rivaled by few in the city. The estate was donated to the University of Washington with the stipulation that it must house the current UW president.
Washington Park is also home to the Seattle Tennis Club, Seattle’s oldest private family club which offers tennis (both indoor and outdoor), a private beach, pool, exercise room/classes, basketball and dining options. The Seattle Tennis Club was founded in 1890 and was originally called The Olympic Tennis Club until 1896 and the original facilities were located at Madison and Minor. The Seattle Tennis Club purchased its current location which was previously the “Firloch Club Grounds” and moved to the shores of Lake Washington in Washington Park in 1919. The land was originally part of the John J McGilvra land claim of 1870, a lawyer originally from New York and then Chicago was friends with and appointed by Abraham Lincoln as the US District Attorney for Washington Territory in 1861. In 1864 McGilvra purchased 420 acres of land along Lake Washington and made a dirt road from the city to his land which is now Madison Street. Madison Street remains the only direct route from Lake Washington to the Seattle waterfront.
Soccer fans can head down to the Washington Park Playfield at the south end of the Washington Park Arboretum to take in an adult – or youth – league soccer game.
To the north of Washington Park is the Broadmoor neighborhood and to the south is Denny Blaine. Stately homes in the heart of the city, many with views and mature foliage, Washington Park is a perfect place to call home!
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