hudsonite

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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 15, 2010

"Quiet West Seattle Community With A Secluded Coastal Drive"

A quiet community, nestled on the coast, between the Genessee, Fairmount Park and Gatewood neighborhoods. Seaview's boundaries are SW Edmunds Street on the north, California Avenue on the east, the intersection of 48th Avenue and Beach Drive on the south, and Puget Sound on the west.

Coveted property, for obvious reasons, lies along Beach Drive. This is a gorgeous drive, on the way to Alki Beach. Most of the neighborhood is residential, with many businesses along California Avenue. Places to highlight are C & P Coffee (www.candpcoffee.com) and Chittenden Bed & Breakfast (www.chittendenhouse.com - located in the southern portion of Seaview).

Recreation options are plentiful in surrounding areas, but the Morgan Junction Park (http://bitly.com/b0RAWW) is within Seaview's jurisdiction. It is a simple space, across from a pub and host to many events throughout the year, having just been dedicated in June 2009.

Access is a challenge, with many surface streets to traverse before reaching the West Seattle Bridge or Highway 99 (Southern route towards South Seattle or Sea Tac Airport). Serenity is king, however, especially along the coast, which is separated by a wooded section. For those seeking refuge from the noise and chaos of the city, this is the place to settle.
Pros
  • Quiet Community
  • Good nightlife venues
  • Excellent cafes
Cons
  • Long commute to downtown
  • Lack of parks within neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 10, 2010

"A Diverse Neighborhood With Class"

The Mt. Baker community is as different economically as it is racially. The neighborhood, occupying an area from around Interstate 90 in the north to Hinds Street and Sayres Memorial Park in the south. It spans from 23rd Avenue and Rainier Avenue in the west to Lake Washington (http://bitly.com/dXcYNZ) in the east.

A quick look at income levels reveals a sharp increase moving west to east. The dividing line, economically, seems to be around 33rd Avenue. In fact, the area south of Mt. Baker Park (http://1.usa.gov/gioc49), along the coast, has a median income average of $200,000. This is shocking, considering that just six to eight blocks to the west the median income is around $46,000!

Despite these large differences in residents' pocket books, newer housing has emerged on the west side. Some friends of ours live in the lower income area, in an attractive new development.

Any eating establishments or small businesses can be found along Rainier Avenue or Martin Luther King Jr. Way, or "MLK" as referred to by residents.

An area where this section of the city shines is in its recreation, especially with the waterfront property and parks that share it. A fun experience is exploring the park above I-90, with its walking paths culminating in a tunnel that leads out to a terrace overlooking the lake and the interstate bridge. A few blocks south, Colman (http://1.usa.gov/e925oc) and Mt. Baker Park offer residents green space with woods, sporting fields and play areas. The Mt. Baker Park even has space for weddings and ceremonies.

On the southern edge of the neighborhood lies the Mt. Baker Rowing and sailing club (http://mbrsc.org), on the shores of Sayres Memorial Park (http://1.usa.gov/geXWsb). There are four wide boat launches, giving the public a great entry point into the lake. This place also services the hydroplane boats during the Seafair (http://seafair.com) races each year in August.

From the rougher urban side of Mt. Baker to the serene east side, this place has much to offer residents and tourists. If your a cyclist, like me, you'll enjoy a ride through the tunnel (http://bitly.com/hQV6gk) and down Lake Washington Boulevard, absorbing the views and coastal treasures in all their glory.
Pros
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Beautiful mountain and lake vistas
  • Quiet surroundings
Cons
  • Expensive housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish