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Life in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

As the seventh-largest city in Snohomish County, Mountlake Terrace offers a lot for residents to enjoy. Due to its idyllic location in the Pacific Northwest, you can spend your days outdoors enjoying nature, wine tasting at a local vineyard, or shopping til you drop.

Your next shopping spree is awaiting you at Alderwood Mall, the area’s premier shopping destination! When you call Terrace Station home, you are conveniently located to retailers like Costco and QFC. Need to make a quick trip to the pharmacy? Rite Aid is only a two-minute drive from your front door! Are you looking to switch up your style? Stop by Bellis Salon to get pampered! Terrace Station is also just a quick drive from Maida Hair Salon. And most importantly, only a half-mile away from the nearest Starbucks!

Other coffee shops in the area include Espresso Break, just a four-minute drive up the road from Terrace Station, Urban City Coffee, known for their coffee and sandwiches, and Woods Coffee, where we like to get our favorite seasonal drinks!

Shopping can really work up an appetite, thankfully Mountlake Terrace is a melting pot of different cuisines! If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean you have to check out Time Out, a Greek American fusion restaurant. Craving Mexican? Las Espuelas will feed your appetite! And our personal favorite, Italian food from Sorelli Pizza!

Schooling In and Around Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace is home to Edmonds School District. Terrace Station is within a 5-mile proximity to 16 schools ranging from preschool to high school. Edmonds Community College and Shoreline Community College are both only a short drive away. Also in the area include Cascadia College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Western Washington University at North Seattle College.

Spend your Days Outdoors Surrounded by Natural Beauty

Located just five miles from Puget Sound and within 100 miles of six different national parks and forests, Mountlake Terrace is a nature lovers’ paradise. Just in Mountlake Terrace alone, there are nine neighborhood parks and countless trails!

If you’re interested in the history of Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding area, pay a visit to Heritage Park to learn about its unique past.

Any bikers out there? Go for a ride along Interurban Trail, an 11.8-mile paved trail that is friendly to bikers, joggers, and walkers, and yes, that includes dogs! During the cooler months, enjoy the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavillion, equipped with an indoor swimming pool and lazy river! During the warmer months, head down to the dock at Lake Ballinger where you can enjoy an afternoon of fishing, quiet boating, or playing at the waterfront.

Whatever activities you enjoy, whether it be trying out a new restaurant or hiking Mount Rainier, Mountlake Terrace is the perfect place to call home. And after an action packed day of activity, there’s no better place to come home to than Terrace Station Apartments!

During these uncertain times we encourage you to check the Covid guidelines being enforced at each of the places mentioned above before you go so you are aware of any closures or restrictions that may be in place. To stay up to date on the most recent news and developments regarding the Coronavirus, please read the Washington State Coronavirus Response.

All You Need to Know About the Idyllic town of Mountlake Terrace, WA

Your Guide to Living in Mountlake Terrace, WA

When you call Mountlake Terrace home, you get to enjoy all the benefits of city life but without, well, living in an actual city! This quaint town, located right in between major employment centers Seattle and Everett, gives you all the benefits of city life minus the noisy traffic, overpriced rent, and fast-paced lifestyle. If you’re not too busy enjoying all of the amenities available to you at Terrace Station Apartments, there’s a lot to fill your time in the surrounding area!

A new year means it’s time for a home decor refresh! Whether you’re looking to completely revamp your space or just add a few touches to spruce it up, Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding area is home to a variety of home decor shopping options.


Find timeless and versatile pieces big and small at Pottery Barn, just up the road from Terrace Station in the Alderwood Mall. Get lost in their vast selection of bedding, dinnerware, rugs, and more! Although on the more high-end side, this is the perfect place to invest in staple pieces for your home that will last a lifetime! 


Just next door to Pottery Barn you’ll find Home Goods. Cost friendly and the perfect place to find decor for any upcoming holiday, Home Goods is your one stop shop for finding incredible deals on funky and unique pieces! 


Our neighboring town, Lynnwood, Washington, is home to a Restoration Hardware Outlet. This upscale home furnishing company is typically on the pricier side but this outlet sells all of your favorite home decor pieces at a fraction of the original price! Score on all the latest and greatest home decor trends without having to break the bank! 


Take a trip to Edmonds, Washington, where you’ll discover Cost Plus World Market! This eclectic specialty import store is the perfect place to find unique decorations and furniture that will give your space a bohemian and alternative vibe! Also check out their fake plants section for those of you who don’t have a green thumb! 


As always, it is important to support our local small businesses, BuyItInSeattle.com is a great place to shop online and find one-of-a-kind, original  home decor all while supporting the local community! 


If we learned anything in 2020, it was how important it is to have your home be a place that you enjoy spending time in. It doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg for you to transform your space into something that reflects your own unique personal style! Stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram as well as our blog where we continually highlight local favorites in the Mountlake Terrace community! 


Spice Up Your Home Decor with these Local Home Goods Shops

Local Shopping in Mountlake Terrace WA

Whether you’re looking to completely revamp your space or just add a few touches to spruce it up, Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding area is home to a variety of home decor shopping options.

Seattle is nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Due to its idyllic location and dry summer subtropical climate, this city is bursting with natural resources.


As Seattle has evolved over the years, one thing remains consistent, people are flocking to this city! It was first inhabited for thousands of years by the Coastal Squamish peoples before the arrival of the Europeans in 1851. It is then that a lot of extensive trade and social networks that are still used today were developed. The name “Seattle” is derived from the Duwamish Indian Leader, Sealth.


The coal and lumber economy was skyrocketing, and a growing economy meant a growing population. In 1889, estimates report Seattle was gaining 1,000 new residents every month! The massive fire of June 1889 did not hinder the growth rate but rather made it that much more explosive. Seattle was rebuilt, bigger and better than before, buildings were required to be made of steel and brick and the city gained its own professional fire department.  


Seattle became even more of a boomtown with the arrival of the second transcontinental railroad in 1893 and the discovery of gold near the Klondike River in 1897. Things didn’t slow down there. During World War I, Seattle’s shipbuilding industry turned out 20 percent of the nation's warships. 


Seattle was notorious for its boom-and-bust economy. The 1920s were a dark time economically and the city became overrun with Hoovervilles. The start of World War II sparked a rebirth as shipyards once again flourished. The Boeing Company brought a breath of fresh air to the city but even it had its economic slumps. 


Regardless of the ups and downs, Seattle has always remained optimistic. Companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google now help fuel the economy and \ employment. Today, Seattle is known for its arts and cultural institutions, multiple universities and their collegiate sports, as well as,  professional sports teams, and historical landmarks like Pikes Place Market and Pioneer Square. 


To learn more about the rich history of Seattle, visit the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Although currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, their website is packed with resources and history lessons.


Your Virtual History Lesson of Seattle!

In the 20-minutes it takes to drive south from Terrace Station Apartments into Seattle, your laidback lifestyle will be replaced with the hustle and bustle of city life!

When you’re in the mood for Thai food, Savvy Thai Cuisine is the place to go. The owners moved to the Seattle area from Thailand and are cooking up all your favorite Thai classics but also adding their own flair by introducing never before tasted dishes that are sure to become your new go-to's!  Although Thai food has a reputation of being spicy, Savvy Thai Cuisine perfectly blends tangy, spicy, a pinch of sweetness, and a touch of saltiness in all of their dishes!

There’s never a bad time for Chinese food and that’s why Wonton Noodle House is one of our top picks! Their huge menu includes handmade wontons, noodles, and dumplings stuffed with shrimp, pork, and Chinese mushrooms. Their noodles come severed in a hot bowl of broth accompanied by marinated eggs, bean sprouts, and crunchy sweet onions.

If you’re looking for more than just a delicious dinner but an experience, check out Ka Won Korean BBQ. Open since 2001, not only have they mastered the art of Korean BBQ using high-quality ingredients but they excel in customer service. We recommend the Kawon Deungshim! 

Wild Wasabi arrives at the top spot for our favorite sushi restaurant. They’re serving up real rolls, nigiri, and sashimi masterly prepared with only the freshest ingredients. If sushi isn’t your thing, try one of their Japanese favorites like udon, tempura, or teriyaki. At Wild Wasabi it’s so much more than just the incredible food but the friendly staff that makes your dining experience so enjoyable. 

Nothing warms up our bellies on a cold day here in the Pacific Northwest quite like a hot bowl of pho from Pho Ha Restaurant! Famous for their original pho recipe the owner learned when living in Vietnam, you can’t find it more authentic than this! Other favorite dishes include their oxtail pho, Bahn Mi, and spring rolls. 

So next time you and your partner are going back and forth saying “I don’t know what do you want?”, “I don’t know what do you want?” when discussing dinner plans, browse over our top picks! We promise you, there’s no wrong choice! 


Best Asian Cuisine in the Mountlake Terrace Area

There are so many great restaurants in and around Mountlake Terrace that it can be hard to narrow down which one to choose for dinner tonight, so we’ve come up with a guide to the best Asian restaurants in the area!

Stay up to date with us as we explore everything that Mountlake Terrace has to offer!