Waterfront homes make up a large percentage of the luxury real estate in Greater Seattle. Shoreline and other nearby cities will often have waterfront homes available in a variety of locations. Seattle-area waterfront properties include luxury lakefront homes on Lake Washington, Puget Sound waterfront estates, and floating homes and houseboats on Lake Union.
Shoreline is a city just North of Seattle with around 50,000 residents. Incorporated in 1995, Shoreline has a well-regarded school district and a number of well-known neighborhoods near the Puget Sound waterfront in the west. Short commutes and more affordable housing in central Shoreline are strong pulls for many home buyers who work in Seattle. The Highlands, an extremely-private luxury community on the bluffs of Puget Sound, became a part of Shoreline during incorporation, though it operates nearly independently as its own city.
Shoreline is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is located between the city limits of Seattle and the Snohomish County border, approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Downtown Seattle. As of the 2010 census, the population of Shoreline was 53,007, making it the 20th largest city in the state; by 2019, the population had risen to an estimated 57,027. Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Shoreline ranks 91st of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
The Shoreline area was inhabited by the Native American Duwamish people for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers began platting the neighborhood of Richmond Beach, on Puget Sound, in 1890, in anticipation of the arrival of the Great Northern Railway the next year. Over the next two decades, Shoreline was connected to Seattle via the Seattle-Everett Interurban streetcar line (1906) and North Trunk Road (now Aurora Avenue N., State Route 99) (1913), helping to increase its population.
The name "Shoreline" was applied to this stretch of unincorporated King County in 1944 when it was given to the school district, since the school district boundaries stretched from "Shore to Shore" (Puget Sound to Lake Washington) and "Line to Line" (the old Seattle city limit of 85th St to the Snohomish County Line). Though the modern borders of the city do not stretch to Lake Washington, the area has kept the "Shoreline" name.
After the incorporation of Lake Forest Park in 1961, the remainder of the Shoreline School District remained an unincorporated portion of King County. The school district remained the main identifier for the area for several decades; a set of welcome signs were installed in 1983 by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce bearing the name. The City of Seattle began studying an annexation of the area in 1988, causing local residents to organize an incorporation measure to retain their separate school system. A half-century after it had been named, on August 31, 1995, Shoreline was officially incorporated as a code city, and it adopted the council–manager form of government. Residents used Seattle as their address until 1995, when the city was formed and addresses changed to Shoreline.
Shoreline contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. Deputies assigned to Shoreline wear city uniforms and drive patrol cars marked with the city logo. As of 2012, there are 52 full-time employees assigned to the Shoreline Police Department. The Shoreline Police Department has a burglary/larceny unit, traffic unit, and a street crimes unit.
Shoreline is located at 47°45′23″N 122°20′23″W (47.756519, -122.339657).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.70 square miles (30.30 km2), of which, 11.67 square miles (30.23 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water. The city of Shoreline also contains a gated community, The Highlands, which manages its utilities separately from Shoreline. The Richmond Beach neighborhood occupies the northwest corner of the city, around 47.7695415°N 122.3901313°W.
Shoreline's 25 parks hold a total of 330 acres (130 ha) of park land. Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park, which abuts Shoreline Community College, contains Boeing Creek, flowing on its way to Hidden Lake and Puget Sound.
Shoreline is divided into 14 neighborhoods, according to the city government's designation. The neighborhood boundaries have been laid out more-or-less rectangularly according to street maps, rather than following socioeconomic or natural boundaries.
The city maintains a council of neighborhoods, with the intent of bringing together community leaders from each of the neighborhoods for discussions and coordination of city programs that affect the neighborhoods.
If its offer to annex Point Wells is accepted by the developer, Shoreline will extend into south Snohomish County. As of 2018, this issue has not been finalized.
The City of Shoreline has designated the following landmarks:
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