Madrona prides itself on being a neighborhood rich in diversity and history. It offers a refreshing change to the poshness of nearby Madison Park and Washington Park. Madrona is located on a slope rising from Lake Washington, so there are hill-top views that go east and west. To the east, views overlook Bellevue, Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains and moonrises; to the east it’s downtown Seattle, the Olympic Mountains and sunsets.
The homes are a mix of mid-century, contemporary, brick and bungalow styles. This is a spectacular walking area, with parks and gardens that unfold and bloom throughout the seasons. The small but growing business strip is on 34th, which includes restaurants, shops and retailers, cafes, a local winery and a renovated yellow-stucco gas station (now a frame shop and gallery).
Along the lake you have Madrona Park, which comes with a snack bar, picnic tables and covered shelters that can be reserved through the Public Parks system. A bathhouse doubles as the home to a dance company and offers year-round classes. This swimming beach is full-service: lifeguards, a roped-in swimming area, floating dock and facilities.
DEMOGRAPHICS: Racially mixed middle-class and upper-class families
TYPES OF HOMES: Mid-century, Contemporary, Brick, Bungalow
COMMUNITY BLOG: Central District News
LIBRARY: Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library, located at 1134 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122, Tel. (206) 684-4705
FARMERS MARKET: Madrona Farmers Market, open every Friday from 3-7 p.m., from May 20 to September 30, 2011, located in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E. Union Street.