Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: Leschi

Leschi is a residential neighborhood that sits on Lake Washington, between Mt. Baker to the south and Madrona to the north. A lakeside commercial core and marina give Leschi the feel of a seaside town.  Furthermore, many of its beautiful homes have views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker.  Like Madrona, waterfront homes are limited because of the parks along the lake.  Nevertheless, Leschi does have waterfront homes, waterfront condos, and waterfront apartments between I-90 bridge and Leschi Park.

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Named for Chief Leschi of the Nisqually tribe, the area became an attractive area for logging and milling in the early 19th century, including for mill owner Henry Yesler. Later, a cable car line traversing the area’s ravines was built in the late 1880s.  In addition, a marina was built just north of what is now Leschi Park in 1905. Thus, the cable-car access made Leschi a popular destination in the early 20th century, and at one time featured a zoo, a casino, a Vaudeville theater, and ferry service to the Eastside.


Leschi Ferry June 1914

Points of Interest

Leschi has a small but well-established commercial core along Lakeside Avenue.  For instance, the neighborhood features the Leschi Market.  The market was established in the 1940’s and known for its homemade deli items and excellent wine selection. Moreover, the neighborhood Starbucks is a popular destination for bicyclists who ride the route along Lake Washington.  Additional places include Blu Water Bistro, Meet the Moon, and Daniel’s Broiler that all provide dining options for residents. Leschi Park is a beautiful green space that looks out over the lake and connects to Frink Park.


Leschi Park –  Postcard 1910


Leschi Seattle
Median Household Income $57,709 $45,736
Single Males 21% 23%
Single Females 19% 18%
Median Age 36 37
Homes With Kids 22% 18%
Average Household Size 2 2
Average Commute Time (Minutes) 25 26

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Leschi with Downtown Seattle in Background