Magnolia is like entering another world-a fairy tale on an island, almost. While it’s actually a peninsula, Magnolia is located minutes from downtown, but set off from the rest of Seattle by three bridges.
One reason Magnolia feels so serene is the pristine landscaping along with an almost nonexistent presence of any construction. Even though it’s tucked away from the rest of Seattle, people make the trip here on gorgeous evenings for front-row views of the sunset, Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic mountain range. Nothing beats it.
Living styles here abound: from Tudor-style homes, mid-century charmers and contemporary styles, to bungalows, small brick and box houses. Gardens are well-manicured with sculpted trees and bushes. Mixed in with a predominance of homes are condos and some rentals, which can keep a pricey neighborhood slightly more balanced.
Magnolia’s business district, McGraw Street, has a sweet selection of shops and restaurants, with all the mainstream amenities. Another popular spot is Fisherman’s Terminal, a marina with restaurants and retail which also houses the Alaska Fishing Fleet.
Magnolia’s jewel is Discovery Park, the city’s largest park. There are 534 acres that include seven miles of trails winding along a cliff and down to the beach. Its inhabitants are eagles, herons, falcons, seals, owls; visitors include dogs, joggers and walkers. Paths also run along tall-grassy bluffs that look over Puget Sound. If this isn’t enough, there are historical homes above these bluffs, remnants from an old naval base, Fort Lawton; and there’s Daybreak Star Cultural Center, a cultural center for the United Indians of all Tribes Foundation.
DEMOGRAPHICS: Upper to middle class families, married couples
TYPES OF HOMES: Tudors, Mid-century, Contemporary, Bungalows, Brick, Box Homes, Condos, Townhomes
COMMUNITY BLOG: Magnolia Voice
LIBRARY: Seattle Public Library Magnolia Branch, located at 2801 34th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98199, Tel. 206-386-4225
FARMERS MARKET: Magnolia Farmers Market, located at 33rd Ave West and West Smith Street, in the heart of the Magnolia Village. Open Saturdays, 10am to 2pm, June 18 – October 8, 2011.
FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Red Mill Burgers, Nikos Gyros, Palisade, Bay Cafe
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS: Q Cafe,Upper Crust Bakery, Serendipity