Protected by the towering Cascade Mountains, Lake Stevens is a spacious, quiet community named for the lake which it surrounds. Public beaches and boat launches allow locals access to a plethora of water-centric activities such as canoeing, boating, skiing, and fishing. Lakefront property offers lucky residents a chance to own their own slice of paradise, while an abundance of new construction has provided several options for spacious, brand-new homes on very large lots, for a great value compared to other nearby communities.
In the early 20th century, Lake Stevens was a paradise for summer homes and resorts, drawing thousands of visitors to the lake. Growth was slow, yet steady with the development of year-round residential communities and the addition of a large shopping center in the ‘50s. In more recent times, downtown revitalization plans are in the works to bring this quiet community into the future. Residents enjoy unmatched peace and quiet without being too far away from Seattle’s urban excitement.
A quiet sense of seclusion away from the sometimes-chaotic sounds and bright lights of the big city is enjoyed in Lake Stevens. However, lucky locals find they are still closely located to dozens of modern conveniences. Lake Stevens Marketplace is home to several nationally recognized brands such as Starbucks, Target, and Ulta, while a vast Costco just down the road is expected to open in late 2022. Leisure time is enjoyed in the company of Mother Nature thanks to the 1,012-acre Lake Stevens. Here, endless summer days are spent leaping from the docks, skiing from shore to shore, and the scenery is appreciated year-round from one of the community's 61 trails and walking paths.
A Lake Stevens staple is found at LJ’s Bistro & Bar. A higher standard of cocktails and cuisine is served, making LJ’s the undisputed go-to for locals to celebrate special occasions, the end of a long week, or a spontaneous day out. This family-owned and operated establishment has built a solid reputation for perfected classics such as their juicy pork chop, smoked gouda mac & cheese, and plentiful variety of vegetable-centric creations.
The Pines is a modern gastropub with an inviting, warm atmosphere serving updated takes on traditional pub staples. LJ’s sister restaurant has brought warm pot pies, Scotch eggs, and a creative offering of craft cocktails to the people of Lake Stevens, along with weekly entertainment looked forward to by all. Game nights, Saturday roast suppers, and a stellar happy hour has made The Pines one of the Lake Stevens’ more elevated communal gathering spots.
Francisco’s Kitchen & Cantina specializes in three very important food groups: steak, seafood, and tequila. This upscale, yet casual Mexican-inspired establishment has developed a loyal following for its hearty steaks paired with buttery seafood and ice-cold cocktails. A weekend prime rib special and daily happy hour are the cherries on top of this fine addition to the heart of downtown Lake Stevens.
The warm comforts of woodfired pizza are enjoyed at Bruno's Pizzeria, featuring a wide array of traditional and contemporary pies, along with other Italian favorites to accompany a feast of any size. Stuffed mushrooms, garlic bread, and tortellini have been described as “to die for,” “delectable,” and “perfectly on point” by patrons.
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Being a bit removed from the big city has its perks, as Lake Stevens residents are afforded access to 195 acres of trails and open space situated throughout the town. Many popular parks located on the lake feature boat ramps, barbecue facilities, outdoor sporting fields, and sandy beaches. Sunset Cove Park is a favorite spot for picnics, sunbathing, and fishing. The Centennial Trail is a 30 mile-long paved pathway stretching across the county, passing right through the heart of Lake Stevens. In addition to walking and cycling, the Centennial Trail is also a unique spot for horseback riding. The natural beauty of the region is truly celebrated at the end of July during Aquafest. For 60 years, this quintessential Main Street-style festival consists of carnival rides, parades, fireworks, and more.
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Lake Stevens residents are zoned to a top-notch public school district and are also close to great private school options. Some local schools include:
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