Looking for that great neighborhood feel? West Seattle has it all!
West Seattle is comprised of a dozen or so neighborhoods in one, all located in the hilly district of Seattle just west of the Duwamish River and across Elliott Bay from downtown. Alki Beach is perhaps the biggest draw to West Seattle, along with the views of the skyline, Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range. Individuals and families looking for homes in Seattle, will find true comfort in the beautiful neighborhoods of West Seattle.
Alki Point is actually considered the founding point of Seattle, before downtown was moved across Elliott Bay. West Seattle celebrates this heritage with a weeklong Seafair summer celebration that includes a reenactment of the original landing of the Denny party of explorers in 1851. Alki Beach itself is perhaps Seattle’s favorite beach, embodying the true-laid back Pacific Northwest style with breathtaking views, plentiful people watching, volleyball games, evening bon-fires, and a great shoreline path perfect for a day out on a bicycle or a leisurely view-filled stroll.
There are plenty of other recreational opportunities nearby, too, including the heated saltwater pool in Lincoln Park, Schmitz Preserve Park, which features an old-growth forest and plenty of hiking and nature trails; and a four mile trail running the length of Longfellow Creek.
All West Seattleites know that the heart of our community is often considered The Junction, the intersection of California Avenue and Alaska Street. Here, you will find a street, lined with more than a dozen restaurants ranging from steaks, wings, sushi, craft beer, artisan baked goods, cupcakes, ice cream, coffee and a number of ethnic options. Sundays welcome the popular year ‘round West Seattle Farmers Markets, held in the junction from 10am-2pm.
I may be slightly biased but I have to say that West Seattle is an amazing place to grow up… My first 28 years were spent right here in the city, within the city. My hometown will always hold a special place in my heart. My folks still live in the same home, where they raised 4 children over the past 36 years! This is a true testament to the close-knit community, and it’s quite common for West Seattleites to establish long standing roots with no intention of moving.
Looking to explore West Seattle? The Water Taxi is a great way to access our hidden gem! The King County Water Taxi offers service between Seacrest Park in West Seattle and Pier 50 on the downtown Seattle waterfront.