3.8 out of 10


47.8303851957101 -122.30838659172
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5

"Destination Mall"

There is not too much in Lynnwood besides the Alderwood mall. However there is one nice placethe Meadowdale Beach Park. It is a 1 mile walk through the forest down a small hill. When you get to the bottom there is a short walking tunnel under the train tracks to get to the beach to Puget Sound. However the tunnel is currently a stream. We did not bring our rain boots so we could not walk through the tunnel to the beach last time we went. But the walk in the forest was good too.

We like the Alderwood Mall because it has a good variety of many stores. There are not just the stores inside the mall but also many stores nearby. However our favorite store is the American Girl Doll Store. Our daughter got an American Girl Doll last year and it is her favorite toy. But it is disappointing that they do not carry any Asian American dolls. At the store in Lynnwood, you can buy things for your doll, and also have a tea party with your child and their doll. The doll even gets a special seat so she can sit at the table. My daughter is always asking if we can go back to this store.

Dont go shopping at the Alderwood Mall just before Christmas. The thousands and thousands of parking spots will be full and the mall is too busy. More busy than a normal mall at holiday time. I think it is because it is the biggest mall for many miles around. People come from all over.

But it is true what the other reviewer said. There is no real downtown area in Lynnwood. There is only the mall and some more shops on very busy, wide streets. There is no area to walk around outside that is a community place. I dont think we would want to live here because of that. But it is a nice city, very clean and friendly.
  • Lots of shopping
  • Nice big park
  • No community atmosphere
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5

"Strip Mall Sprall at it's Boring Worst"

I have gone from indifferent to really disliking this space in Washington. There doesn't seem to be a defined "down town" area, and when you ask locals what they consider down town Lynnwood you get blank stares and some version of "...uh the mall?"

Unless you like shopping at Fred Meyer (there are two now) it is difficult to find a decent grocery store. You can drive out to Hwy 99 on the far west side and go to Trader Joes or Safeway. I believe there are no less than a dozen traffic lights between the mall area and Hwy 99 and one on 44th that you can easily sit through 3 cycles before you can turn onto 196th.

Traffic lights? Watch those rolling stops kids, Lynnwood has placed camera's on many of it's intersections to help generate revenue for the city, the policy are aggressive in their radar traps so much so that one local business is called "speed trap espresso" Go up the hill? 35 MPH, crest the hill? Drops to 30 for no reason other than they sit at the bottom on motorcycles trying to catch people who are picking up speed going down hill. On top of that rumor has it they have adjusted the lights with camera's to have shorter yellow lights to help catch more people.

There is a speed trap camera on 44th just north of 196th. One of my favorites is the speed trap over by the Keg on Alderwood Mall Blvd, when they are done ticketing the car a few blocks up the street, the motorcycle cops then DRIVE ON THE SIDEWALK back to their favorite spot.

I can't think of anything about this city that has any positive charicteristics. I guess I could say the kids at the mall are not as big of punks than Tacoma Mall or South Center Mall, actually they aren't bad at all now that I think about it.

I live and work in this city.

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