Lake Forest Park
Lake Forest Park is a hilly, forested city at the north end of Lake Washington where the schools are good, homes are well maintained and the sense of community is strong. Since its earliest development, the city’s focus has been on preserving the rustic, natural woods, streams, and open spaces. No industrial development exists within the city limits, and home based businesses account for more than half of all registered businesses.
Lake Forest Park is primarily a single family residential community. Older homes are built on half acre to one acre lots. There are also a small number of duplexes and multi family units. Rentals account for less than 20% of the city’s housing units. The central gathering spot in town is the Lake Forest Park Towne Center, in the very popular Third Place Commons. City Hall, also located at Towne Center, houses the Municipal Court, Police Department, and Passport Services. Throughout the city, parks and playgrounds, as well as the lake front Burke Gilman Trail offer recreational opportunities. Annual events include the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park garden tour in June and a Sunday Farmers Market from Mother’s Day to October. Each year a communitywide summer “bookclub” culminates in a visit from the author.