Eastlake, one of Seattle’s oldest and best defined neighborhoods, sits east of Lake Union, south of the University Bridge, west of I-5, and north of Mercer Street. It is a pleasing mix of businesses, houseboats, single family homes, apartments and condos, many with incredible water views. In the early 1900s, industries including Boeing’s first factory fronted much of the shoreline. During the ’40s and ’50s, houseboats replaced factories, and Eastlake’s bohemian houseboat character was born. Today, bohemian houseboats have become floating homes, and high end condominiums and homes are replacing older models. A waterfront development offers floating homes, a mega yacht marina, and office space. Several small, street end parks can also be found along the waterfront. E Louisa Street Park features outstanding water views and a sand court for Petanque ( A French version of Bocce). Fairview Park offers a small boat hand launch, P-Patch, and picnic tables. A block away, businesses, shops, restaurants, and galleries line Eastlake Avenue, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare.