8.6 out of 10

Magnolia

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Seattle
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Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 09, 2010

"Old School and In The Mix"

One of the largest neighborhoods in Seattle, Magnolia’s location near downtown makes it an accessible spot for people who like the action without being fully immersed in the traffic and crowding. The residents generally reflect a suburban, out of the way appeal: around half of all residents are married couples living together, and around another half are single occupants or living with roommates. Easily half the residents are in their thirties or below. The area also leans toward affluence, as supported by the cost of living with factors like housing prices and consumer goods.

The area around Magnolia has some of the best views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Compounding the outdoor experience is Discovery Park, which is easily Seattle’s largest park. Trails run through the park to accommodate bikers, walkers, and runners. The park’s amenities don’t stop with trails, also present is a shoreline where seals and sea lions conglomerate, and around 300 different species of birds have been identified as residing in the park and on the waters near the park. Also within the bounds of the park are the now decommissioned buildings that were once Fort Lawton, including officer’s homes and other buildings with historic meaning.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
Jul 31, 2010

"Home to two of the coolest parks and they know it"

You want big, then you want Magnolia the home of Discovery Park, which is one of the largest parks in the City and is the home of many Seattle based festivals. To truly take in the wonder of the park though, I recommend acquiring Seattle Audubon Society’s species checklist as it gives you a ton of species to be on the lookout for and I’s a great way to make sure that your taking in all the scenery while you’re walking the numerous walking trails, like the Loop Trail, which the park has. The shoreline is also a great destination on your visit.

Magnolia Park is also a great destination while in the area, this park has tennis, picnic tables and less of a wilderness hike feel. Although the Magnolia area is large it’s not the easiest part of Seattle to access as visitors need to travel over the Magnolia Bridge to get there. Some great, expensive, homes line the water though. It’s a nice area to visit and not just because of the two parks. Shopping, food and businesses - large and small - call the Magnolia area home too. And because this area covers a lot of Seattle more than one trip is recommended, because believe me you can’t pack it all in a 4-hour visit.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
Jul 15, 2010

"Quiet and Peaceful Retreat From The City"

If you want to live in the city but dread the thought of traffic and noise, Magnolia is for you. This large, quiet neighborhood is situated on a peninsula, just west of Queen Anne and south of Ballard. There are only three bridges connecting Magnolia to the rest of the city. Despite its location in the heart of the city, because it is surrounded on three sides by water Magnolia still feels like a small suburban town. Residents love it because they feel like they can really get to know their neighbors.

This is a great place for people of all ages, especially families with children who are drawn to this peaceful and safe neighborhood. Although there's no bad place to live in Magnolia, if you want to avoid the noise of the railroads, avoid the eastern side. Many of the streets through this area are quite hilly; depending on the area where you live, you may get views of water, mountains, or the downtown skyline. Although houses can be pricey here, there are some condos and rental homes for those looking for something a bit more affordable in this beautiful neighborhood.

The north end of the Magnolia neighborhood is consumed by Discovery Park, Seattle's largest park. Formerly an Army fort, it is home to an expansive range of wildlife, from herons and eagles to foxes and beavers. Many miles of trails provide a true wilderness experience. Near Discovery Park is the West Point Lighthouse, built in 1881. On the south end of the community is Magnolia Park, which offers picturesque views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the downtown skyline.

If you live in Madrona, you may never want to leave. You may never have to, thanks to the growing business district along McGraw Street, where you'll find coffeehouses, award-winning restaurants, and specialty stores. If you do want to venture out, Madrona's close-in location means you can be downtown in ten minutes or less.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 09, 2010

"The Suburb Within The City"

If you desire to live close to the city without giving up a slower pace of life, Magnolia is your neighborhood. The population density is low for such close proximity to the urban core. Each time you cross one of the bridges into here, it's a breath of fresh air.

The BNSF Railway (http://bnsf.com) is to thank for semi-isolation from the rest of Seattle. The railway lies to the East and can be a large source of noise by night. Whatever is lost to cacophony is gained by the rest of the neighborhood. Parks are Magnolia's specialty, with Discovery Park (http://seattle.gov/tour/discov.htm) as its showcase. Discovery is Seattle's largest park, which also contains Fort Lawton (http://bitly.com/hWympj). The oldest lighthouse (http://1.usa.gov/hITtZ7) in the area can be found here too.

The park contains a myriad of trails for the whole family, ultimately leading to a semi-private beach (http://1.usa.gov/hEiPRP). My wife and kids have spent several afternoons here, enjoying a variety of Seattle weather conditions. We enjoy parking on the south side off Emerson Street, then taking the trails westward through the forest and down to the beach. Part of the reason we started entering the park from this side is because parking fills quickly by the main building and you have to obtain a parking permit to drive to the beach (there are only a handful of permits they can give out anyway). Dogs are welcome around the trails of the park, but not at the beach.

To the east of Discovery Park, southern access to the Chittenden Locks (http://seattle.gov/tour/locks.htm) brings another unique Seattle adventure. Also within minutes of the park is the "Magnolia Village" with restaurants and specialty stores.

Biking proves extremely popular in Magnolia, with beautiful and safe routes around the area. Of course, commuting downtown by bike is simple by catching the path off of 20th Avenue. I have cycled this a few times. It was interesting riding through the industrial area to reach Elliott Bay (http://bitly.com/fwDmPB), however.

The residential streets of Magnolia are hilly, quiet and quaint. Visiting a friend who lived here a few years ago proved to be a challenge as I struggled to pull into my parking spot on a high grade slope.

Magnolia is a great place for all ages, especially for those who don't mind some locomotion in their backyard.
Pros
  • Good parks
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Family friendly
Cons
  • Expensive housing
  • Noise from railyard
  • Limited access
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jun 17, 2010

"One of Seattle's Best Places to Live"

Magnolia is surrounded by water on three sides, and the railroad tracks separate it from the rest of the city to the east making Magnolia like a serene haven in the midst of a big, bustling city. Discovery Park, in the northwest corner, takes up almost half of the neighborhood, providing recreation, nature and scenic beauty that overlooks Puget Sound, the Olympic Penninsula and the San Juan Islands.
Because of the community-centered attitude of the residents, there is no bad place to live in Magnolia. The residents take pride in the area, support its businesses and make visitors feel welcome. Few leave Magnolia without a profound appreciation for the responsibility the people of Magnolia have for their community.
Most of the homes are beautiful with stunning views. Depending on where you live in Magnolia, you could have city, water, mountain views or even all three. The peacefulness of the neighborhoods is a perfect place to relax and raise a family. The safety of the area is far and away the best in the city.
There are three access points to Magnolia at W. Emerson to the north, Dravus St. in the middle and the main Magnolia Bridge at W. Garfield to the south. With such restricted access to the community, it's no wonder Magnolia feels like a place far removed from the fast-paced activity of the rest of the city.
The proximity to downtown Seattle is so close, though it feels worlds away. Magnolia offers its own fabulous restaurants, pubs, shopping and extracurricular activities, and often hosts events at Discovery Park. Magnolia also boasts Fisherman's Terminal where local and Alaskan fisherman sell their catches on the docks for a fraction of what you can get it for in town or at the store.
The beaches around Magnolia and the immense greenery that surrounds nearly every neighborhood provides a huge draw for new residents.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Apr 10, 2009

"Boasting a Huge Park within the Neighborhood"

The neighborhood of Magnolia is beautiful. It is like entering another world, like a fairy tale on an island, almost. While it’s actually a peninsula, Magnolia is located minutes from downtown, but set off from the rest of Seattle by three bridges.

Magnolia feels so serene because of the pristine landscaping along with an almost nonexistent presence of any construction. Even though it’s tucked away from the rest of Seattle, people make the trip here on gorgeous evenings for front-row views of the sunset, Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic mountain range. Nothing beats it.

On top of the views offered by the neighborhood of Magnolia Seattle, there is a small neighborhood feel due to the great little restaurants and shops in the middle of Magnolia. Magnolia is a great self-contained neighborhood. If you ever want to venture out of Magnolia, you can be in the neighborhoods of Downtown, Belltown, Queen Anne, and Uptown in less than 10 minutes.

Many different styles of houses abound in Magnolia, from Tudor-style homes, mid-century charmers and contemporary styles, to bungalows, small brick and box houses. Gardens are well-manicured with sculpted trees and bushes. Mixed in with a predominance of homes are condos and a few rental properties, which can keep a pricey neighborhood slightly more balanced.

Magnolia’s business district is along McGraw Street. The area has a sweet selection of shops and restaurants, with all the mainstream amenities. Another popular spot is Fisherman’s Terminal, a marina with restaurants and retail that also houses the Alaska Fishing Fleet.

Magnolia’s jewel is Discovery Park, the Seattle’s largest park. There are over 530 acres that include seven miles of trails winding along a cliff and down to the beach. Its inhabitants are eagles, herons, falcons, seals, owls; visitors include dogs, joggers and walkers. Paths also run along tall-grassy bluffs that look over Puget Sound. If this isn’t enough, there are historical homes above these bluffs, remnants from an old naval base, Fort Lawton; and there’s Daybreak Star Cultural Center, a cultural center for the United Indians of all Tribes Foundation.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Magnolia

1

West Bertona St

4.5/5
"Beautfiul residential street in Magnolia"
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"Premier residential street in beautiful Magnolia"
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"Get out and take a drive"
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"Beautiful neighborhood with pricey 1900s built homes with a view"
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5

Montana Cir

3.5/5
"A beautiful nature drive"
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"A Street With A Strong Community"
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Unranked Streets in Magnolia

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