South Lake Union, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Union, is bounded by Denny Way to the south, Interstate 5 to the east, Aurora Avenue (or Highway 99) to the west and Lake Union to the north.
This neighborhood is right at the geographical center of Seattle. For commuters it is a very easy place to get to and from. Meanwhile, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, and the city’s first modern streetcar put South Lake Union residents within easy reach of the downtown core and its connections to the region’s new light rail system.
South Lake Union, known as SLU by residents, offers a convenient location close to everything downtown has to offer. Within South Lake Union, you’ll find plenty of parks, a Whole Foods market, and plenty of new and stylish high-rise condo buildings to call home. This community offers plenty of outdoor activities, including Lake Union Park and Denny Park.
South Lake Union sponsors new approaches to transportation, sustainability, recreation, and what-goes-where. It’s a recipe that’s yielded an exceptionally livable, walkable, and hospitable place.
Some of the most creative businesses and organizations in Seattle are located here, including REI’s flagship store, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Cornish College of the Arts. Recent development plans mean South Lake Union is poised to become a hub for science and biotechnology research in Seattle. Many of these companies are housed in landmark buildings constructed in the early decades of the twentieth century, giving much of South Lake Union a uniquely historical feeling.