The area that is now Montlake was originally a marshland, inhabited by the Duwamish people for thousands of years. In the 1850s, the first white settlers arrived and began logging the forest and draining the marshes. The first homes were built in the late 1800s, and the neighborhood became popular with Seattle’s elite in the early 1900s. The opening of the Montlake Bridge in 1913 made the neighborhood more accessible and further spurred development.
Today, Montlake is a highly desirable neighborhood with a mix of historic and modern homes. The architecture ranges from grand, early 20th-century mansions to mid-century modern homes and newer, contemporary designs. The real estate market in Montlake tends to be competitive, with homes selling quickly and often above asking price.