Seattle Neighborhood Profile: Mount Baker
It’s time to profile another one of Seattle’s awesome neighborhoods, and we have to say, choosing from the treasure trove isn’t easy! This time we chose one of Seattle’s many waterfront neighborhoods, Mount Baker.
Located due southwest from downtown, Mount Baker is bordered by I-90 and Leschi on the north, Rainier Ave and Martin Luther King Jr Way to the west, East Seattle to the south, and Lake Washington to the east.
Mount Baker gets its name from – where else – the great view of Mount Baker across the lake. Historically the site of many sawmills, today the area is full of beautiful canopies of trees.
Mount Baker is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of Seattle, with an almost equal population of Asian-American, white, and African-American residents. The average selling price for a single family home in Mount Baker was $484,000 in 2011. The area has a wide range of housing options, from new families just starting out, to larger families looking to expand.
One of the most anticipated events held annually in Mount Baker is the Seafair, which takes place over 8 beautiful summer weeks. There are over 75 events and attractions, from challenges like a marathon and triathlon to the simply fun, like the Milk Carton Derby. There is also the Seafair Cup, which is a hydroplane race, and an air show from the Blue Angels.
In addition to stellar produce and fish markets on Rainier blvd, Mount Baker is also home to some of the city’s best taco trucks, which are a fun alternative to regular restaurants.