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The full Working on a Dream album is due for release on Jan. 27, less than a week before Springsteen and the E Street Band play the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII.

A COUNTRY FEEL INSIDE THE CITY; Neighborhood of the week; Sand Point.(Real Estate)

The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) October 18, 2009 Byline: Blythe Lawrence; Special to The Seattle Times In the 154 years since surveyors bestowed the name “Mud Lake” on it, marketers have come up with far better slogans to recommend the Sand Point neighborhood.

“Country living within city limits” is the one Sue Rockwell remembers best. “Country living … ” was used several years ago to highlight how the area can seem removed from fast-paced Seattle, even though when traffic is favorable, the city center is only a few minutes away.

“You still have that sense of you’re not in the thick of downtown, yet you’ve got everything you need,” Rockwell said.

The neighborhood hugs Sand Point Way Northeast, which begins just off Northeast 125th Street in Lake City and parallels the shores of Lake Washington before being bisected by Northeast 65th Street. Sand Point’s neighbors include Lake City to the north, View Ridge to the west and Windermere and Laurelhurst to the south.

Housing in Sand Point ranges from the apartments and condominiums that line Sand Point Way to upper-end developments where prices start in the $800,000s.

Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15 of this year, there were seven home sales in the Sand Point neighborhood, according to statistics compiled by Windermere Real Estate. The median sales price was $610,000 and ranged from $295,000 to $875,000.

The area’s biggest attraction — literally — is Warren G. Magnuson Park, named for the former U.S. senator who acquired the land for Seattle after the Sand Point Naval Air Station shut down in 1970.

A chunk of the land was given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Much of the rest became Sand Point Park, which was renamed for Magnuson in 1977. (He died in 1989 and had served 43 years in Congress). After Magnolia’s Discovery Park, Magnuson, which covers 350 acres, is Seattle’s second-largest park (after Discovery Park in Magnolia). go to web site windermere real estate

Compared to some of the area’s other popular parks, Magnuson Park can feel refreshingly devoid of the multitude of joggers, skaters and cyclists that flock to such places as Green Lake, said Rockwell.

“It’s a great place to play,” added Joie Gowan, a Windermere Real Estate agent who has lived in the area for most of her life.

In addition to Magnuson, Matthews Beach provides a panoramic view of Lake Washington, and playfields in the View Ridge neighborhood provide recreational opportunities.

It’s not a bad place to live if you happen to work at Seattle Children’s hospital or the University of Washington, either, since both are easily accessible from the Sand Point neighborhood. go to site windermere real estate

As a UW student during the 1980s, Rockwell housesat in the neighborhood. She liked it so much that she and her husband bought their first house in the same area. When they first moved in, Rockwell considered her neighbors people whose homes were within eyesight of her own. But the community’s neighborly spirit — the way you meet people walking your dog in the park, for example, she said — has changed her mind about that.

“Now I consider friends that live five to six blocks away in the neighborhood my neighbors,” Rockwell said.

Although the area is highly sought after and home sales can be few and far between, Gowan believes “there’s real affordability” in Sand Point.

“People are always trying to move over here,” she said. “They like it and they try to stay here.” Sand Point Distance to downtown Seattle: About 7 miles Schools: Sand Point is served by the Seattle School District.

Recreation: Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. The park named after the longtime U.S. senator sits on a mile-long stretch of Lake Washington shoreline. At 350 acres, it is Seattle’s second-largest park. This former Navy facility features boat launch, beaches, biking, community center, dog off-leash areas, picnic areas, playground, sports fields, tennis courts, walking trails, wading pool, and windsurfing.

Historic fact: Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Sand Point on Sept. 13, 1927.

— Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf CAPTION(S):

Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times: It’s easy to get away from it all in the Sand Point neighborhood. Here a man and his dog enjoy a stop in Magnuson Park on Lake Washington. (0410107163) The Seattle Times: Sand Point (G5T1LFCEM) Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times: Sand Point has a mix of condos (these are along Sand Point Way Northeast), apartments and single-family homes. (0410107169) Windermere Real Estate : This 1955 colonial in Sand Point recently sold for $722,500. It has five bedrooms and 2.25 baths. (0410083135) Windermere Real Estate : This updated rambler in Sand Point recently sold for $826,000. It has three bedrooms, 1.75 baths. (0410083127) Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times: A Sand Point landmark is the colorful display of boats on the roof of Seattle Raft & Kayak, just off Sand Point Way Northeast. (0410107172) Many homes in Sand Point have that distinctive midcentury look. (0410107170) Not far from the homes and busy streets of the Sand Point neighborhood is wide-open Kite Hill, also known as Sand Point Head. (0410107171)

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