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West Seattle Waterfront Real Estate

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West Seattle's Alki Beach area has been called the Riviera of the Northwest, and for good reason. It spans prime waterfront coastline from the mouth of Elliott Bay down the westerly beaches of Seattle, mixing along the way with elegant condos, older homes, new contemporary statements, and lots of people. West Seattle mixes private property and public parks like no other waterfront community in the Seattle area. Residents enjoy the open expanses of beach, mix of shops and cafes, and the wide pathways for strolling, biking, skating, or walking the dog. People come from all over to visit the area and soak up it's wonderful community energy.

Alki Beach Park, Alki Point Lighthouse, Mee Kwa Mooks Park, Lincoln Park, and the Vashon ferry are all interspersed in between stretches of private residences. The area has busier streets than other waterfront communities, but that adds to its ambiance. Most condos and homes in the northwestern part of West Seattle are located across the street from the popular waterfront parks that are so important to the character of the community. West Seattle is especially well suited for people who like to get out, exercise, meet neighbors, and enjoy the waterfront lifestyle of a summer getaway resort, all within easy commuting distance of Seattle.


(Also: Magnolia waterfront homes for sale right across Elliott Bay)

Seattle Overview

Seattle is the largest city in Washington state, located along the eastern shore of Puget Sound on Elliott Bay. Seattle is a major deep water shipping port, a direct supplier to Alaska, an expanding home base for advanced technology, and a primary trading partner with Pacific Rim countries. Local employers include Microsoft, Boeing, REI, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, Eddie Bauer, Starbucks, and Amazon.com. Seattle is home to medical facilities of worldwide renown, and excellent schools of higher learning, including the University of Washington and its fine research facilities. Established in 1851, Seattle’s population is now around 570,000 people. Population of the greater metropolitan region exceeds 3,300,000.

Seattle shipyards and city skyline

Downtown Seattle is filled with vibrant experiences, elegant shops, magnificent new stores, fine restaurants, art museums, live theater, performance halls, and all major sports arenas. The red brick buildings of Pioneer Square historic district frame its unique boutiques and galleries. Pike Place Market is renowned for its bustling aisles of fresh produce, arts & crafts, colorfully displayed seafood, espresso stands, and fragrant foods from around the world. Stairways lead to lower level shops and on down to the import stores, restaurants, aquarium, ferry dock,tour boats, horse drawn taxis and clanging streetcars along the waterfront.

Seattle and surrounding cities are served by a network of major freeways and arterials. Local bus routes are enhanced with Park & Ride lots at major freeway interchanges providing free parking, and express busses have frequently scheduled routes in and out of town. Sea-Tac International Airport is located alongside I-5 halfway between Seattle and Tacoma. The islands and peninsulas in and across Puget Sound are served by the largest ferry system in the United States, with 25 vessels carrying 26 million annual passengers to 20 different ports of call.


Seattle's Other Neighborhoods

Seattle has many defined neighborhoods that have very distinctive flavors of their own. Fremont - "The Center of the Universe" - is an eclectic enclave of spirited people and a fanciful arts scene. Magnolia has grand mansions with amazing views that span city, water, and mountains. Belltown is known for its trendy urban lifestyle and "happening" city lifestyle. Refined residential neighborhoods such as Laurelhurst, Madison Park, Leschi, Mt. Baker, and others provide for many great neighborhoods to call home. And up and coming neighborhoods in Beacon Hill, Central, Columbia City, and Rainier Valley provide in-city homes at affordable values.

Seattle waterfront

Housing varies from contemporary condominiums and high-rise apartments downtown to the older homes of in-city neighborhoods, generally built between 1900 and 1940. There are unique colonies of houseboats on Lake Union and Interbay. The Pacific Northwest is timber country; homes are primarily built of wood, with brick used as an accent material. The hilly nature of our topography provides expansive views of water, islands, the rugged Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and 14,410 ft Mt. Rainier. Air conditioning is not typically needed in this mild climate.


Seattle Schools

The Seattle Public Schools system provides a wide variety of schooling options for its many diverse neighborhoods. Private and parochial schools also exist throughout the city. The college scene is dominated by renowned University of Washington, and it's huge number and breadth of programs has a lot to offer both students and non-students alike. There are also many very good community, technical, and associate degree colleges from which to choose.

Seattle's University of Washington


Seattle Parks and Recreation

The Seattle Parks system is truly exceptional and has been in the making for over a century. Waterfront parks and scenic trails are available at the breathtaking Discovery Park and Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound, peaceful Magnuson Park and Seward Park by Lake Washington, and small picnic parks on the downtown waterfront. The famed Arboretum awaits anyone with an appreciation for trees, plants, and pleasant strolls. Green Lake Park is a popular place for people to congregate, exercise, or just have an ice cream cone in the summer. Neighborhood parks and p-patches (community garden space for residents) are also within walking distance of many homes throughout the city.

Seattle ferry in Elliott Bay


Seattle Information Resources

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Seattle Times

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