Talk about unique curb appeal. The Flower Houses are a local gem here in West Seattle, where they bring life and character to their stretch of Alki Avenue.
This part of Alki once consisted of small family cottages heavy on beachcomber charm (think floats, starfish, and vacation-home décor), but in the past few decades, emotionless, multistory condos and apartment buildings have moved into the neighborhood. These aren’t bad buildings—some are actually quite nice—but they have forced out much of the area’s quaint charm. Much, but not all.
The Flower Houses are two cottages that survived the development. They stand out now like beacons, adorned with dozens and dozens of potted flowers: reds, blues, pinks, purples, whites. It’s a charming sight, and it’s part of the reason I love Seattle so much. No matter how much we develop, this city’s uniqueness will always shine through.