Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: Roslyn

Roslyn is a charming historical mining town in Central Washington about 80 miles southeast of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Roslyn and neighboring Cle Elum are popular locales for vacation homes, due to their proximity to lakes, rivers, and all kinds of outdoor recreation. Cle Elum is on the dry side of the Cascades, and as a result its climate is much warmer and sunnier than Seattle’s.


Roslyn began as a mining town in the 1880’s, and its population boomed until the early 20th Century, and the area was home to an ethnically diverse population of workers. The last of its coal mines shut down in 1963, but remnants of the industry are still on display in the town today. Roslyn’s claim to fame in the 1990’s was its role as the backdrop for the TV show “Northern Exposure,” and tourists flocked to the area. The city’s population has been on the rise since 2000.

Points of Interest

Roslyn is designated as a National Historic District, and maintains strict historical preservation standards, which serve to maintain the beauty and uniqueness of the town’s small downtown area. To honor its coal-mining heritage, Roslyn hosts Coal Miner Days each Labor Day weekend. Home to favorites such as the Brick Tavern, the Roslyn Cafe, and the Roslyn Theater, Roslyn is a popular tourist destination and sought-after place to own a home.