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Friday, October 19, 2012

Living in West Seattle

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Seattle neighborhoods have distinct communities, resources, beauty, and convenience. Picking the right neighborhood for you can be challenge when looking for somewhere to live. West Seattle is the oldest neighborhood, the first point in which travelers landed and established Seattle in 1851 at Alki Point. West Seattle is a peninsula located west across Elliott Bay from Downtown Seattle.

Alki beach is one of the most popular places in West Seattle. The draw of the water, shops, restaurants, rentals, and parks brings a unique beach town experience within minutes of downtown. Several view points around West Seattle display spectacular images of downtown Seattle, the Cascades, and the Puget Sound. 

Other West Seattle neighborhoods include Admiral, Beach Drive, Delridge, Fairmount Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Park, Puget Ridge, Sunset and Westwood.

The average household income of West Seattle is $80,566 with about 20,000 people enjoying its charm. Home values in West Seattle are also above national averages. 

West Seattle features amenities like the Water Taxi from downtown to Alki, easy access to bus transportation, schools, grocery stores, parks, and services. The Alaska, Admiral, and Fauntleroy Junctions offer a plethora of stores, restaurants, thriving nightlife and entertainment. Enjoy relaxing at a cafĂ©, a pub, a theater house, a Mexican restaurant, antique shopping,  spa services and more. Last, but certainly not least, the Sunday Farmers Market is not to be missed!

            For people who like to be active there are a variety of fitness options in West Seattle. Several health spas, gyms, yoga studios, and even a dance studio are located throughout the community. Several large parks also offer trails and scenic views; Lincoln Park, Ercolini Park, Schmitz Park, and more. There are several community centers that host recreational activities, with 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.
           
            For those with families there are several schools both public and private to choose from. The community is friendly and often family oriented in its activities. During the summer music and street festivals host activities for the whole family.

            There are several ways to travel from West Seattle without having to drive over the infamous West Seattle Bridge. Public transportation can be found easily throughout West Seattle and is quick and convenient into Downtown. There is a lower bridge that can be used for alternate traffic, including a lane for bicyclists. The water taxi is a foot service ferry transport system with a free shuttle that takes its riders from West Seattle to Alki. The taxi runs during rush hours, and between downtown and Alki beach.

Even with all of the breathtaking views, beautiful homes, and exceptional restaurants, it is the people that really make West Seattle great. It is a common sight to see our neighbors out for evening strolls with their dogs and or kids throughout our neighborhoods.  

For a free list with photos of West Seattle homes for sale, please visit Best Buys in Seattle Here.

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