The Portage Bay neighborhood is located at the intersection of I-5 and the 520 floating bridge, just off the Portage Bay/Lake Union waterway. Traditional homes on the hillside of Portage Bay have sweeping views of the lakes and University District, while homes near the water offer a wide variety of choices. Floating homes and houseboats cover most of the shoreline, while some traditional waterfront homes are also available.
Portage Bay in Seattle has few parks. Bagley Viewpoint in Delmar Dr E (it looks out over 520 and Portage Bay). Astrid's Park E Edgar St Shoreline Street End (located west of Portage Bay and has public water access). And, Roanoke Park is located on the north of Capitol Hill (has fruit trees, a play area, and ideal for a picnic). There are also few restaurants in this neighborhood. Little Lago in Fuhrman Ave E is located near Shelby Street End Beach. Sebi's Bistro, a Polish restaurant in Eastlake Ave E located near Pocock Rowing Center. And, Johnny Mo's Pizzeria in Fuhrman Ave E #100.
The nearest school in Portage Bay are UW Children's Center at Portage Bay (Montessori school) in 15th Ave NE, Seattle Preparatory School in 11th Ave E, Bertschi School in 10th Ave E, and Montlake Elementary School in 22nd Ave E. And the nearest library is Montlake Branch - The Seattle Public Library in 24th Ave E. Homes in the Portage Bay area have recently sold for between $530k and $3.5 million. To see today's real estate listings in Portage Bay, Seattle, please click the link below.
The Portage Bay neighborhood is located in Central Seattle. Homes for sale in Portage Bay include foreclosures (bank-owned homes), short sales, new construction, and traditional resale homes. Home styles range from condos to townhomes and single-family homes.
Portage Bay is a body of water, often thought of as the eastern arm of Lake Union, that forms a part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, Washington.
To the east, Portage Bay is connected with Union Bay—a part of Lake Washington—by the Montlake Cut, over which spans the Montlake Bridge carrying State Route 513. To the north is the campus of the University of Washington. To the west, Portage Bay is spanned by the University Bridge, which carries Eastlake Avenue between Eastlake and the University District. Its westernmost limit can be said to be the Ship Canal Bridge, which carries Interstate 5 over the water; past this bridge, the body of water is deemed to be Lake Union. In the southern portion, Portage Bay is spanned by the Portage Bay Viaduct, which carries State Route 520 from the Eastlake/Capitol Hill district to Montlake.
Portage Bay was named in 1913 because of the portage across the Montlake Isthmus that used to be necessary to move logs from Union Bay to Lake Union before the construction of the Ship Canal. The bay is home to two yacht clubs, the Seattle and the Queen City, and many houseboats, as well as the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the University of Washington's College of Ocean and Fishery Science.
In 1860, landowner Harvey Pike tried to cut the first ditch connecting Lake Washington's Union Bay and Lake Union's Portage Bay, but gave up and deeded his land to the Lake Washington Ship Canal Company, which built a transiting rail line for portaging goods between the lakes. This rail line continued use until 1878. In 1883, David Denny and Thomas Burke had a canal built for floating logs.
Cheshiahud lived and carved canoes on the shores of Portage Bay for many years from 1885. In 1909, the Pay Streak, a vaudeville and sideshows section of the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition, ended in a gondola ramp and esplanade on the north shores of Portage Bay.
For 14 years following World War II, the Fantome was stranded in Portage Bay pending payment to King County of back taxes.
The small residential neighborhood of Portage Bay is located on the southwestern shore of the bay. It is bounded on the south by State Route 520 and on the west by Interstate 5, and features one of the larger remaining enclaves of houseboats in Seattle.
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