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Lake Washington, Seattle

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Lake Washington is a large freshwater lake adjacent to the city of Seattle. It is the largest lake in King County and the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington, after Lake Chelan. It is bordered by the cities of Seattle on the west, Bellevue and Kirkland on the east, Renton on the south and Kenmore on the north, and surrounds Mercer Island. The lake is fed by the Sammamish River at its north end and the Cedar River at its south.Lake Washington received its present name in 1854 after Thomas Mercer suggested it be named after George Washington, as the new Washington Territory had been named the year before. Prior names for Lake Washington have included the Duwamish name Xacuabš (Lushootseed: literally great-amount-of-water), as well as Lake Geneva, Lake Duwamish, and the Chinook jargon name, "Hyas Chuck," meaning, "Big Lake."The lake provides great sport fishing opportunities. Some species found in this lake are Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Black Crappie.
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  • Many times crossed the Lake by car across the bridge. Types of really beautiful, and Lake-just a lake. Somewhere here say Bill Gates House.
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  • You can access this big lake from plenty of parks. It's a beautiful lake, all depending what park you come from. The floating bridge crosses this park, and they hold the seafair! It's great for boatin...  more »
  • Water tends to be a bit cold and somewhat murky/unclear. Good for boating/cruising and lots of points have tourist spots. Good views of Rainier and Seattle/Bellevue/etc. depending on which side of the...  more »
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  • Pros: I have been living here a little over a year and have been loving it. I use to live in a studio apt in Seattle and was paying more for less space. Moving here helped me save money and now I get to have a bedroom, yay! The grounds are well kept and the location is nice and quiet in my corner. Walking distance to parks, shops and restaurants is a plus. The staff is helpful, friendly, and Shelleen is a ray of sunshine. Cons: It does get a little stuffy during the summer just like most places in and around Seattle, so it's important to keep a good air flow in the apartment and to spray around the area with bug replant so they don't get in. Also it would be nice if they had more than one treadmill in their gym but other than that I'm happy with 2000 Lake Washington.
  • Great location and staff that goes above and beyond to make an Apt "feel like home" and they take pride in taking care of the pool, grounds, units and the tenants needs day in and day out. Did I mention the location ? Renton and the Landing are growing into a huge hub and you can walk to all you need: Movies, great food, shopping
  • Real sense of community. Good people. Rent increase has been hard but I love Paula and Chalene!
  • Thankfully my the lease is up. I've had my car broken in to twice, bike stolen, both neighbors on the bottom floor have had their apartments broken in to and property stolen, and friends have had their cars broken in to as well. This has all happened in the last few months -- and the frequency of theft/break-ins is on the rise. The location is great! But I can't afford to live here at the rate thieves are breaking in and stealing my property. And one thing to be aware of if you do chose this property: the front office will do nothing to prevent break-ins or car prowlers. Don't expect to have decent lighting around your car at night, security cameras, or a police officer circling the parking lot every now and again.
  • Looks ok big flats close to Boeing