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Posted on Jan 31, 2020

Neighborhood Profile: Waterfront Living in Lake Stevens

For those who wish to live in the greater Seattle area but want to avoid city prices, Lake Stevens is a lovely, growing lakeside community between Snohomish and Marysville, just east of Everett. The town offers both convenience, with a fairly central location and plenty of amenities, as well as mountain views and easy opportunities to get out on the water.

As part of its downtown development plan, Lake Stevens recently completed major renovations on its North Cove Park to increase lake access and visibility. The city is also developing an extensive trail network to connect local and regional spots for bikers, joggers, and hikers.

If you’re interested in real estate in Lake Stevens, or elsewhere in the greater Puget Sound area, call or email Pickett Street at or (425) 502-5397.

In the meantime, here’s our quick guide to life in this town.

  1. Neighborhood Vibe

Lake Stevens is currently home to around 33,000 residents, and as the 23rd best school district in Washington, it’s known for excellent schools. The town centers around the beautiful Lake Stevens, which, from the 1920s to 1950s, made this town a resort community with beach hotels scattered around the shore.

The median price for a Lake Stevens home is $274,900. One resident notes that the city is “far enough away from [Seattle] that there’s less noise and bustle, a friendlier suburban feel, but near enough for a decent commute.” Lake Stevens’ cost of living is about average for towns outside of Seattle.

  1. What To Do

The lake offers nearly 200 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces. Visitors can swim, relax on the sandy beach, or explore interpretative stations along the salmon spawning creek at Lundeen Park

At the newly renovated North Cove Park, visitors can walk along the public boardwalk, shop at the forthcoming summer farmers market, and attend the town’s popular Aquafest, which includes everything from a boat parade to paddleboard yoga to a water skiing tournament. North Cove Park also features the city’s boat launch for those who want to take advantage of the lake’s 1,000 acres. Willard Wyatt Park is also a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and boating.

The town of Lake Stevens is also just a fifteen-minute drive from Everett, which offers plenty of museums, Puget Sound beaches, restaurants, and shopping.

  1. Where To Dine

One local favorite is the family and dog-friendly Lake Stevens Brewing House, whose Trainwreck Double IPA recalls the town’s early logging industry days. For great cocktails near the waterfront, enjoy the “upscale-casual” Mexican restaurant Francisco’s Kitchen and Cantina.

For food, check out the German-style restaurant Brat from Deutschland with its mouthwatering schnitzel sandwiches (oh my god!), giant pretzels with beer cheese sauce, and homemade sauerkraut. Rice Up Thai Cuisine is a great Thai food option. Or, visit the brand new breakfast spot Biscuit and Bean, which offers excellent coffee, fresh biscuits, and other southern fare.

Luckily, you don’t have to navigate finding a home in Lake Stevens or elsewhere alone! Let the Pickett Street team help you by reaching out to them at or (425) 502-5397.

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