Homes for Sale in Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf is bordered on the west by I-5 and on the South by NE 85th Street, making it one of the northernmost major neighborhoods in Seattle. In fact, it’s rumored that the neighborhood was named “Maple Leaf” because, as the early settlers would say, it was “so far north, it might as well have been Canada.” However, the name probably comes from the Maple Saw Mill on Lake Washington, but that story isn’t nearly as fun.
Maple Leaf is an extremely residential neighborhood, and has many single-family homes for more affordable prices than you’d find further South. Most of the architecture is classic “Seattle Box” style homes, bungalows, Craftsman houses, and Tudoresque houses, though in the last decade many of these older homes have been bulldozed and replaced with higher-end manufactured housing like townhomes.
The two major exceptions to this residentially-heavy neighborhood are Northgate Mall and the area along Roosevelt Way. Northgate is a fantastic shopping resource and home to anchor stores like Nordstroms, Macy’s, or J.C. Penny as well as hundreds of other businesses. The Roosevelt area has a more community-driven and independent feeling that Northgate Mall, with neighborhood gathering places like the Roosevelt Alehouse, the Reservoir Bar, or the adorable and high-quality Cloud City Coffee.