Those in search of an easygoing neighborhood close to the city should consider relocating to West Seattle. This community lies between Elliot Bay and the Duwamish Waterway. It can easily be accessed by taking the West Seattle Bridge from either Interstate 5 or East Marginal Way S. In addition to the waterfront location (where individuals routinely go kayaking and sunbathing), locals enjoy a host of conveniences and amenities.
Around the neighborhood, there is much to see and experience. From parks to eclectic restaurants, this trendy part of the city has it all. Spend time at one of West Seattle’s many parks (including Puget Park), a bee garden, Alki Beach, the local skatepark, West Seattle Golf Course, or at the Seattle Chinese Garden.
Prospective home buyers quickly notice that West Seattle provides wonderful value for any budget. You can easily find a single-family home or spacious condo unit for well below Seattle’s average home price of $831K. In fact, you can typically find a two-bedroom home in the mid-$500s.
West Seattle has the feel of a hip and trendy suburban town in the Pacific Northwest. Mid-century bungalows line the streets, ensuring that the community has a one-of-a-kind feel. In select spots, homes are a bit more spacious and secluded. When you’re browsing for the right property, you can also find modern builds scattered throughout the area.
This neighborhood is ideal for anyone who desires life in a laid-back environment just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown. People who like spending time at the beach and at local parks will find West Seattle to be highly desirable.
The shopping and dining scene in West Seattle is fantastic. Steps from home, you’ll find places to pick up your daily essentials or spend an afternoon out on the town.
In the center of the community, you can check out some don’t-miss locally owned shops. Uncover one-of-a-kind used clothing for men and women at Cherry Consignment. One block away, you can find more gently used goods at Stop ‘N Shop Thrift store. Other top-rated stores in the area include Capers (gift shop), FLEURT Collective, and Northwest Art & Frame.
Drive up and down California Avenue SW to find West Seattle’s selection of top dining establishments. Resident favorites include Mashiko, Itto’s Tapas, JaK’s Grill, Agave Cocina & Tequila, Raccolto, and Ma'ono. Elsewhere in West Seattle, you can find other top restaurants, including Luna Park Cafe, Allyum, Il Nido, Circa, and La Rustica.
Between the beach, parks, and museums, there is plenty to do around West Seattle. No matter the day or time of year, you can always uncover fun experiences minutes from home.
West Seattle locals especially appreciate living so close to the beach. While it can only be enjoyed to the fullest on a seasonal basis, the waterfront is a wonderful place to be when the weather warms up. Alki Beach is the area’s top beach. It features popular sand volleyball courts, views of Puget Sound, areas for swimming, walking paths, and much more. On the far end of the beach, you can tour Alki Point Lighthouse June through August.
Away from the water, make plans to visit the many other parks and attractions found throughout West Seattle. Highlights include Log House Museum (which was constructed at the start of the 1900s), Schmitz Preserve Park, Hamilton Viewpoint Park, Delridge Skatepark, West Seattle Golf Course, and Jack Block Park.
West Seattle is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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