Mill Creek Washington is a planned community that turned into a city.
When the golf course was constructed in 1975, a planned country club community was built around it. Incorporated in 1983, in 2013 it was ranked at #36 in Money Magazine’s top 50 places to live in the United States. One of the newest cities in Washington, it is also one of the fastest growing, with a population growth of more than 58% from 2000 to 2013.
Affluent, well-educated buyers are drawn not just by the golfing lifestyle, but by the high quality of schools available to their children through the Everett School District, and the lower cost of housing compared to nearby suburbs. Jackson High School, Heatherwood Middle School, and Mill Creek Elementary are highly-rated schools located within the city limits, and students do have access to schools in neighboring cities.
As of late 2015, the median sales price for a home in Mill Creek Washington was $410,000. This is an increase of 4.4% over the previous year. In keeping with the strong population growth, the number of home sales increased by more than 22% from 2014 to 2015.
Home prices start at around $200,000 and go to more than $1 million, with the greatest number being in the $400’s and $500’s and the majority of offerings under $300,000 being condos.
The 19,760 residents occupy a variety of neighborhoods which offer housing ranging from single family homes, to cottages, townhomes, to apartments.
Anyone who purchases a home, townhouse, condo, or apartment complex within the original planned residential development of Mill Creek becomes a voting member of the Mill Creek Community Association – an honor that does come with a dues payment. Membership in the Association numbers approximately 10,000 – slightly more than half of Mill Creek’s population.
The Mill Creek Community Association owns and maintains 160 acres of common areas, which includes the playgrounds and parks, a large nature preserve, and the trails, sidewalks, and paths within the city.
The heart of the community is, and has been, the Mill Creek Country Club and Golf Course.
The 18-hole course, designed by Ted Robinson, ASGCA, features 6,349 yards of golf and a par of 72. It’s a private, member-owned club featuring upscale dining, numerous social events, and reciprocal benefits through ClubCorp.
The Growth of Mill Creek
As the city grew, demand for services grew with it. The Mill Creek Town Center was the response to many of those demands.
Opened in 2004, this center is not simply a collection of more than 88 retail shops, restaurants, and services. It’s an outdoor mall, nestled among creeks and nature trails for a park-like atmosphere. Dubbed a “lifestyle center, it is a gathering place for the community, with plazas for relaxing, visiting, and people-watching.
Medical care is always a priority, and Mill Creek is well served, with the Providence Mill Creek Walk-In Clinic, the Mill Creek Campus of the Swedish Medical Center, and a Children’s hospital. Mill Creek is home to several dentists, including those who specialize in children’s dentistry. Pet lovers can look to several veterinary clinics, including one that specializes in animal skin and allergy treatment.
While the Town Center and various other commercial enterprises do require employees, most Mill Creek residents commute the 30 minutes to Seattle for jobs in technology and aerospace.
A Patriotic Citizenry
One remarkable feature in the City of Mill Creek is the Veterans Monument, which was dedicated in May of 2010. These six basalt columns are surrounded by native plantings in reds, whites, and blues, and are engraved with the name, rank, and branch of service of men and women who served in the armed forces.
Residents savor the great outdoors
Although the city encompasses only 4.69 square miles, North Creek, Penny creek, Nickel Creek and others flow through the city. One, originally known as Smokehouse Creek and now named Mill Creek, is located entirely within the city limits.
Mill Creek is also known for parks and trails, and offers more than 23 miles of nature trails. The scenic North Creek Trail runs just west of the Town Center along the North Creek Greenway from McCollum Park to the southern city limits.
Nine parks grace the neighborhoods in Mill Creek, offering both relaxation and recreation. The Sports Park features a lighted, artificial turf ball field for youth soccer and little league, along with a skate park. Others are Nickel Creek Park, Heron Park, Highland Park, and Cougar Park. North Creek Park and McCollum Park are both located in the county, just outside city limits. Penny Creek flows through a private nature preserve located in the heart of Mill Creek.
For a map of Mill Creek showing the parks and other Mill Creek amenities, click here. (link to: http://www.cityofmillcreek.com/DocumentCenter/View/279)
Dining out in Mill Creek
Mill creek is home to several sports bars and a variety of restaurants offering everything from burgers to steak, pizza, and ethnic cuisine such as Mexican, Chinese, and Italian. Several restaurants include lounges and some have live entertainment.
For special events, The Mill Creek Country Club offers catering services in one of three venues.
· The Cedar Room and Outside Patio will accommodate up to 200 people for receptions.
· The Terrace Room will seat up to 50 and has an adjacent outdoor patio. This is a popular choice for rehearsal dinners, and business meetings.
· The Board Room is the choice for smaller business meetings, as it accommodates up to 12.
The Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair, held each July, offers citizens a wide array of activities, including live music on three stages, more than 200 booths offering everything from crafts to good eats, a pet palace with live animal acts, and much more.
Mill Creek Parks and Recreation 3-on-3 Main Street Madness Basketball is a part of the celebration, and invites participants of all ages.
Mill Creek Town Center Summer Concert Series
Each summer, Mill Creek residents and visitors are invited to enjoy free concerts at the FORUM at Creekside Village each Wednesday night. This is a family friendly event offering a wide variety of performers.
Christmas in Mill Creek In December, the Rotary Club of Mill Creek and Mill Creek Parks & Recreation sponsor the annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Event in the Mill Creek Town Center. This event is accompanied by a variety of special holiday events, displays, and sales sponsored by Mill Creek businesses.
If you’re planning a move to Mill Creek, keep your eye on News of Mill Creek (link to: http://www.newsofmillcreek.com/) for timely updates on local news and coming events.
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