The Matthews Beach neighborhood is located in North Seattle. Condos for sale in Matthews Beach include foreclosures (bank-owned condos), short sales, and traditional resale and new construction condos.
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Matthews Beach is a neighborhood on the shores of Lake Washington in Northeast Seattle. Matthews Beach Park is the largest freshwater swimming beach in the city of Seattle, named after John G. Matthews who homesteaded the site in the 1880s. Originally a wetland area, the site became a stable building space as Lake Washington was lowered in 1916 with the building of the ship canal and Ballard Locks. Homes in Matthews Beach are almost entirely single-family homes, from modest mid-century cottage to luxurious waterfront homes. Matthews Beach is one of Seattle's older neighborhoods.
Matthews Beach is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington; it and Meadowbrook are the southern neighborhoods of the annexed township of Lake City (1954). Matthews Beach lies about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of the University of Washington, about 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Downtown.
The general boundaries of Matthews Beach are:
Neighborhoods in Seattle are informal. The residents living west of Sand Point Way may consider themselves belonging to the adjacent neighborhoods of Meadowbrook or Wedgwood. The entirely residential neighborhood abuts Lake Washington and includes Matthews Beach, a seasonally popular city park with the largest freshwater swimming beach in the city.
Matthews Beach is named after John G. Matthews, who had his homestead on the site in the 1880s. What is now Matthews Beach neighborhood has been inhabited since the end of the last glacial period (c. 8,000 BCE—10,000 years ago). The tu-hoo-beed (Thornton Creek) hah-chu-ahbsh (Lake People) of the Duwamish (Dkhw’Duw’Absh, People of the Inside) tribe Lushootseed (Skagit-Nisqually) Coast Salish village was about 1/4 mile (.4 km) north.
The Burke-Gilman Trail borders Matthews Beach Park on the west and follows the course of the old Northern Pacific Railway line, originally of Judge Burke and Daniel Gilman's Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (c. 1886). The low-lying areas of the park and adjacent neighborhood is a former wetland which surrounded the mouth of Thornton Creek. As with nearby Magnuson Park at Sand Point, most of the wetland disappeared when the Army Corps of Engineers lowered the lake in 1916 by building the Montlake Cut and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The area south of the main beach was the site of Pan American World Airways' offices and the dock for Pan Am’s Boeing "Clipper Ships"—the world’s first commercial air transports over ocean.
Matthews Beach Park now boasts a hilly knoll with towering Douglas firs and other trees, picnic tables, a playground, and a swimming beach with lifeguards and a diving platform in summer months. Thornton Creek empties at the southern end of the park, which has been partially rehabilitated to include a wildlife pond, native plants, and bird nesting areas. The Thornton Creek watershed has hosted at least five indigenous species of Pacific salmon and trout, and has been the subject of daylighting efforts at locations further upstream.
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