Laurelhurst,_Seattle Latitude and Longitude:

47°39′37″N 122°16′48″W / 47.66028°N 122.28000°W / 47.66028; -122.28000
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Laurelhurst residential street, near Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst is a residential neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, US. It is bounded on the northeast by Ivanhoe Place N.E., beyond which is Windermere; on the northwest by Sand Point Way N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, beyond which are Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, and University Village; on the west by Mary Gates Memorial Drive N.E., beyond which is the East Campus of the University of Washington; on the southwest by Union Bay; and on the east by Lake Washington. Seattle Children's Hospital is located in its northwest corner. Once a seasonal campground of the Duwamish people, the neighborhood has been a part of Seattle since its annexation in 1910. [1]

The community center is an official city landmark. [2] The Laurelhurst Beach Club, Laurelhurst Park, and its Laurelhurst Community Center serve as gathering places.

Laurelhurst has had several famous residents, including Melanie Griffith[ citation needed] and Antonio Banderas,[ citation needed] who rented a house on the waterfront one summer while filming a movie; musician Duff McKagan, bassist for Guns N' Roses.[ citation needed] Bill Gates lived as a young child in Wallingford before moving to the neighborhood, where his father Bill Gates Sr. lived. [3]

The neighborhood is one of the most expensive in Seattle, with median home prices around $1,649,000, over double the overall Seattle median of $735,000, as of September 2018. [4]


The name Laurelhurst dates from between 1906 and 1909, when Joseph McLaughlin and R.F. Booth, incorporated under the name McLaughlin Realty Company, acquired property from several owners in the already established areas of Scottish Heights and Yesler Village. They established a new plat, introduced the new name, brought in water, electricity, and sewer services, but failed to attract a streetcar line. [5]

"Laurel" stands for the plant name Laurel and "hurst" means "wood" in archaic English. [6]


Laurelhurst is home to Laurelhurst Elementary School, Villa Academy, an independent grade school, the Wu Hsing Tao School, and the Seattle Midwifery School.

News sources

The community was served by the North Seattle Herald-Outlook, which printed a weekly edition until it was shut down – in January 2012 – by owner Pacific Publishing Company. [7]


  1. ^ Rochester, Junius. "Seattle Neighborhoods: Laurelhurst — Thumbnail History". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for L Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Accessed online July 13, 2008
  3. ^ Harville, Tim (April 4, 2009). "Laurelhurst is a good place to move up to". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Laurelhurst Home Prices & Values". Zilloe. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Valarie Bunn, "The McLaughlin Realty Company (The Earl J. McLaughlin Plat in Wedgwood)", Wedgwood Echo (Seattle), Volume 26, Issue II, March 2011, p. 3.
  6. ^ "Hurst definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary".
  7. ^ Carder, Justin (January 10, 2012). "New ownership readies a revamped Capitol Hill Times". Capitol Hill Seattle. Retrieved January 26, 2023.

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47°39′37″N 122°16′48″W / 47.66028°N 122.28000°W / 47.66028; -122.28000