Homes for Sale in South Lake Union
South Lake Union has become synonymous with Seattle’s rising technology industry, but it has deep blue collar roots. South Lake Union used to be the hub of Seattle’s shipping industry. Back then, it was known as the Cascade neighborhood, and was home to many Greek and Eastern European immigrants who flocked to the area after the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened in the 1917, connecting the waters to Lake Union. Factories like Seattle’s Model T Ford factory quickly opened along the canal. St. Spiridon Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the area, still stands a reminder of Cascade’s first population boom.
Unfortunately, starting in the 1930s South Lake Union became increasingly less residential, and after I-5 bisected the area and much of it was rezoned to accommodate industry-only structures, the area began to lose most of its character and appeal as a neighborhood. And then things changed again.
Several buildings from Vulcan construction went up in South Lake Union, encouraging the subsidized construction of a new street car line. When Amazon headquarters took root in South Lake Union, along with other tech and research businesses motivated by the low rent and new streetcar line, the neighborhood was quickly transformed into a valuable, thriving, and pedestrian-friendly campus of new buildings and new jobs. Today, South Lake Union is almost unrecognizable from 20 years ago, and new tree-lined boulevards, restaurants, gyms and shops have made it a very attractive housing location for tech workers hoping to reduce their commute.