Located just across Elliott Bay from downtown Seattle, West Seattle offers its residents tight-knit communities within four main neighborhoods: Admiral, Alki, Fauntleroy and Delridge. The salt-water air and beachy charm of Alki is a favorite, with first-rate views of the city, Puget Sound and the mountains. Fauntleroy offers pretty much the same but with a view of the islands rather than the city.
West Seattle living is a mix of traditional mid-century bungalows, single family homes, large craftsman style homes, and modern, million-dollar condominiums that line up along Alki Beach.
For dining and entertainment, California Avenue is one of the main strips, with a wide assortment of shops and restaurants. If you want to get to Seattle, it’s a quick trip across the West Seattle Bridge. Or, in the spring and summer months, hop on the passenger ferry that transports riders across the bay. Don’t forget to breathe in that fresh salty air!
DEMOGRAPHICS: Upper and middle class families with children, couples, singles
TYPES OF HOMES: Mid-century Bungalows, Craftsman, Modern Condos
COMMUNITY BLOG: West Seattle Blog
LIBRARY: Seattle Public Library West Seattle Branch, located at 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116, Tel. 206-684-7444
FARMERS MARKET: West Seattle Farmers Market, located in the heart of the “Junction” at 44th Ave SW & SW Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98116. Open every Sunday, 10am to 2pm, year-round, except Dec 25 and Jan 1.
FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Buddha Ruksa, La Rustica, Kokoras Greek Grill, Jak’s Grill
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS: Bakery Nouveau, Original Bakery, Uptown Espresso