NW of Shoreline is the beautiful town of Edmonds with its city center sitting right next to Puget Sound. It has a charming resort feel and restaurants and cafes, art galleries, 20,000sf of flower beds, saltwater estuaries, birding trails, performing arts and the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry. Edmonds lives on a natural shaped bowl allowing for great views in many places and has a variety of home and property options and pricing. Mountlake Terrace lies east of Edmonds and south of Lynnwood and is part of Edmonds School District. The city is currently revitalizing the town center which will also provide for the expanded light rail.
Both Kenmore and Bothell are in the desirable Northshore School District and have a small town feel without being far from the more urban cities of Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue. Kenmore is located at the northern tip of Lake Washington and features the spectacular St. Edwards State Park, Inglewood Golf Course, Bastyr University, the Burke Gilman trail and attractive neighborhoods.
Bothell straddles the line between King and Snohomish counties and was founded on the north bank of the Sammamish River. The heart of the city is being expanded and is reconnecting downtown to the river with outside dining parks and kayak/canoe launch spots. It's a great place to live, play and shop, with great old standards like the Country Village, antique shops and Hillcrest Bakery, as well as the University of Washington Bothell campus.
Just north of the Seattle city line is the city of Shoreline. My childhood stomping grounds! Back then, it was just North Seattle, and about 20 years ago it became the city of Shoreline, now with around 55,000 residents. Shoreline is known for its 50’s and 60’s architecture, varied neighborhoods (Richmond Beach, North City, Innis Arden, and Parkwood to name a few), acres of parks and open areas, The Crest Theater, large yards and good schools. Northeast of Shoreline is Lake Forest Park which shares Shoreline schools.
Woodinville was first settled in by Ira and Susan Woodin in 1871, yet it wasn’t until the 1960s that the town really started to grow. In 1973 Chateau Ste. Michelle, the first winery, was built and many others soon followed, making it a wonderful place to experience some of Washington’s best wine. Chateau Ste. Michelle’s summer concert series line-ups are always great and varied. Woodinville also has breweries and distilleries. Redhook Brewery holds outdoor movies and other events in the summer. Two of the distilleries include Pacific Distillery, which specializes in absinthe & gin, and Woodinville Whiskey Co. specializing in whiskey and vodka, which has an event space for private parties. A couple of the amazing restaurants are The Herbfarm and Barking Frog at the Willow’s Lodge. You can go skydiving, or, for a smoother ride to take in the views, go for a hot air balloon ride. Woodinville is in the highly regarded Northshore School District and many of the homes have large lots perfect for gardening.