Haller Lake/Bitter Lake
It drew its identity from an amusement park called Playland that operated on the south shore of Bitter Lake for 30 years, beginning in 1930. The Seattle-Everett Interurban trolley line ran through the heart of the neighborhood, bringing people and goods to the area and hastening its development. The Bitter Lake area was a timbered land of Douglas fir and cedar, often eight feet in diameter, inhabited by Native American lake people who gathered and fished from abundant resources.
Fortunate early settlers found available flatland to farm and, since there were no roads, floated their produce to Seattle markets via Puget Sound. Other farmers farther inland and farther north raised poultry. A small, lake-bound sawmill operation at the southwest corner of Bitter Lake. The tannic acid from logs dumped into the lake was so bitter that horses refused to drink from it, thus giving the 20-acre pond its name. The Bitter Lake Sawmill remained active until 1913.
Average Rent: $
Small Apartment Buildings
Medium Apartment Buildings
Downtown Seattle 20 minutes
Eastside 35-40 minutes
The Haller Lake and Bitter Lake neighborhoods are situated west of I-5 and are located at the northern-most part of Seattle's northwest neighborhoods. The rental housing options here include some small- to medium-sized apartment and condominium properties but are primarily dominated by single-family homes.
The price ranges in rental housing in these areas are similar to the other north-Seattle neighborhoods. These area rentals are quite affordable when compared to the neighborhoods a couple miles to the south that are closer to downtown Seattle.