Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eastllake @ Twilight


Eastllake @ Twilight
Photo & Text Copyright 2009 Seattle Daily Photo. All rights reserved, including reproduction or republishing.
This is a compressed view looking across Lake Union to Eastlake and the north end of Capitol Hill behind it. There are two long docks of houseboats/floating homes on the water, but you can only see the front row. If you look behind the classic liveaboard boat "Owl" on the right you will see the upper deck of a houseboat with a line of colorful chairs--a nice place to watch the sunset, non? Behind the floating home community on the water there are apartments, and beyond those, condos, apartments and houses marching up the slope of the hill, and a school on the upper right. The lighted street heading uphill is Roanoke Street. Wave if one of these sunset windows with the lake view is yours :-).

It might interest you to know that the Roanoke Reef floating homes you see here which usually sell for well over a million and a half dollars each are actually fronting quite an historic piece of Seattle real estate. A controversial proposed block-long 60-foot high over-water condominium complex was blocked from being built here years ago, and these houseboat docks use the pilings originally installed for that. "A court challenge by the Eastlake Community Council and the Floating Homes Association stopped the over-water project, but not before the historic 188-foot long Boeing hangar on the site had been demolished (its footprint is now occupied by the Roanoke Reef houseboats). The first Boeing airplanes were assembled and painted here, and William Boeing himself piloted the company's first test flight in 1916 (his next words: "Gentlemen, we are in the airplane business"). The world's first international mail flight originated here in 1919, as did the birth of United Airlines." (from Eastlake, Seattle)

11 comments:

Marta said...

Impressive! I'd like to see it in person soon!

Eleonora said...

I love your dusk photos, so evocative and romantic.

Ciao
Eleonora

Steffe said...

Looks like a beautiful place to live.

Oh, and it'd a fine photo, but you already knew that.

Lachezar said...

Beautifully captured, the perfect time of day for a stroll and photography!

brattcat said...

Fabulous shot. How fantastic it would be to live this life.

Bibi said...

Beautiful photo that would lend itself to a painting, I think.

Davine said...

That is such a fabulous shot - good work.

Tash said...

Such great view & the lighting makes the photo just right. We ate at the Eastlake grill(?) on our visit in 2008. Nice tie in to Boeing history - much appreciate reading that.

Louis la Vache said...

Nice shot and even more interesting history, Kim!

Chow Down Seattle said...

Great photo! I used to live in the Eastlake neighborhood, just to the left of this photo. I love Eastlake and hope to move back soon!

Carolyn said...

Reminds me a bit of Sausalito, don't you think?