Other North Cities
From the time when originally founded, Everett had become an industrial town fairly quickly. The cities first mill, Puget Sound Pulp and Paper Co., was located downtown and many referred to Everett as the “City of Smokestacks.” Everett’s enormous railroad system was known for transporting minerals and mill products all over the state. A vacant roadbed can only now trace a railroad that once carried ore from the mines of Monte Cristo to the smelters of Everett. Before the initial discovery and industrial boom, Everett was known to be an old Indian Campground. This city has since preserved and respected the native cultural aspects of the community.
As a city “built for and settled by war veterans,” Mountlake Terrace still has traces of the two-bedroom, concrete block townhomes that were made for the World War II Veterans.
Balancing nature, culture, and business are only a few of the priorities that are stressed within the Edmonds community. Edmonds is known for its spectacular views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. From the waterfront many can gather to watch whales and enjoy the peaceful scenery, in which is strictly protected by all community members.
In recent years, Everett has made an effort to expand and develop more lodging, parks, restaurants, gift shops, a microbrewery, and a larger marina.
Recently, Edmonds has opened up to expansion in tourism, real estate, and economic development. The community has joined together to encourage tourists to visit Edmonds and enjoy all it has to offer. As far as permanent housing, there are about 35,000 residents and within the next 5 years a population boom is expected.
The mills have now diminished and have turned Everett from being a “run-down mill town” to an upscale living community. More than a third of Everett’s 87,000 jobs have been offered by the city’s main employer, Boeing Co.
Mountlake Terrace is 75 percent residential and has become a popular place to reside. In the downtown area, the homes are enriched with historical old world charm and are great for starter homes. Because this city is just less than 4 square miles, the community members are closely linked with each other and local businesses.
Where the mills of Everett once remained operative, they now remain vacant and have become tourist attractions. Hiking and biking trails run through the old milling grounds and wildlife attractions have boomed. Everett offers many wildlife watching tours and parks for those who enjoy the venturing out into the wetlands of the Snohomish River. Boeing also brings in an enormous amount of tourists to its Paine Field plant where the 747, 767, and 777 jetliners are assembled.
Average Rent: $$$
Small Apartment Buildings
Medium Apartment Buildings
Downtown 10-15 minutes
Eastside 35 minutes, 45 minutes with traffic