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Yarrow Point, WA

For those who work in the city, renting an apartment in tree-filled Yarrow Point can allow for a gentle escape while still leaving residents close enough to the Emerald City - just five minutes from downtown - to take advantage of all of the attractions it offers as well.

The town itself occupies just 231 acres, but with an estimated population of just over 1,000 residents, it doesn't get too crowded. The town says that a full quarter of homes in the area have waterfront access, while others who rent Yarrow Point apartments have views of Lake Washington, which surrounds the small peninsula on three sides.

The nearby Yarrow Bay wetlands also offer Yarrow Point apartment residents a view of a unique habitat. According to the Seattle Times, the wetlands were originally created back in 1916, when the Chittenden Locks in Ballard dropped the water level in Lake Washington - creating wetlands in areas that used to be underwater.

The area is also less well-known than some other waterfront parks, such as Kirkland's Juanita Bay Park, the paper reports, although recent developments have helped make it more accessible. A number of Yarrow Point apartments and offices are located in the surrounding area, and a trail to the wetlands now leaves from Points Drive, allowing residents to leave the sounds of the city behind and catch a peek at some of the area's unique wildlife, including herons, beavers and many different types of aquatic life.