Having Echo Lake Elementary within the vicinity makes this a popular settlement for young families, but college students are also present due to the proximity of Shoreline's community college. The average resident holds positions in business or management and several commuters use alternative methods to get to work, such as walking, taking the bus, riding a bike, and a small percentage even utilize a ferry.
While a mostly urban area, wildlife and nature are still present in certain corners of this Shoreline community. Locals report spotting coyotes, turtles, rabbits, mallard, herons, and even the patriotic eagle. Typically the local wildlife will stay away from heavily populated areas, but there have been reports of coyotes in some of the adjacent parks, and those with pets are recommended to keep their furry family members indoors at night as well as keep any dog or cat food exclusively indoors.
Washington state, in general, is known for its regal landscape and is home to several mountain ranges. Within just a 2-hour drive in any direction, Shoreline itself provides its community members with the option to drive to more than four national parks, three of which contain mountains. You'll find that Echo Lake isn't as craggy as its surroundings, allowing for simple, effortless strolls through this mostly flat neighborhood.
However, should an excursion or ambitious hiking trail be desired, all are within a short drive or at most, fun day-trip away. It's on these excursions that terrain varies from its central suburbia, giving way to elevation and rocky footpaths.
North City Park is just east of the Echo Lake neighborhood and heavily wooded, giving its trekkers ample shade during the heat of warmer months. Dogs are allowed on the woodland's hiking trails as long as they are leashed and picked up after. This is, in fact, the case for all parks in the Shoreline township. However, if you desire an area for your dog to burn some energy and play with others, there is Shoreview Park Off-Leash Dog Park just a 10-minute drive away.