A hidden gem with a European vibe, Madison Valley is located north and east of Capitol Hill, and is enclosed on the north by The Montlake Cut, Lake Washington on the east, and downtown Seattle and I-5 on the west. You don’t really pass through Madison Valley to go anywhere but there, so it is a slower destination neighborhood than many other Seattle burgs. The main arterial of E. Madison Street hosts wonderful independent businesses and shops, and because of the numerous French restaurants, it has been known as Little France.
Historically, the Madison Valley was a summer tent city destination for vacationers and was also home to Seattle’s first professional baseball team, the Seattles in 1890. One of the most impactful changes to the valley in 1920 saw a 62-acre tract of land given to the city of Seattle for the Washington Park Arboretum, for the purpose of housing every indigenous plant and shrub native to the northwest.
Madison Valley’s park-like ambiance is not only due to the presence of the arboretum, but many greenbelts and several other parks such as Denny-Blaine, Lake View, Plum Tree, William Grose, Julia Lee, Prentis Frazier Parks, and the Madison Valley Pea Patch.
Today, residents and visitors alike can enjoy the Greater Madison Valley Community rummage sale and spaghetti dinner, as well torus of highlighted homes and gardens. Schools include The Valley School (pre-K-5thgrade), McGilvra Elementary, Madison Middle School, and Garfield High School to the south.
Known as one of Seattle’s more affluent neighborhoods, Madison Valley is ranked #13 in Seattle’s most livable neighborhoods with a livability score comparison of 82. It has a very stable housing market and a higher income per capita than other Seattle bugs. Crime is 60% lower than Seattle and a high school graduation rate 5% higher than the rest of Seattle. The median household income is 72% higher and median home value is 17% higher than the rest of Seattle.
Strolling along Madison Avenue, shops, salons, day spas, fitness studios and restaurants abound: Voila! Bistrot, and Luc, for delicious bites. Find garden inspiration at City People’s Garden Store, wonderful consignment clothing at Sugarlump, find your vintage cookware and goods at Marine Area 7, and everything your pet’s heart desires at All the Best Pet Care.
Truly a community feel is a unifying force in the Madison Valley. After you have taken your stroll through the parks, had your latte, and pedicure, check out the latest news and happenings in the MadisonValley.org site.
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