Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: West Seattle
Anybody who’s been to West Seattle knows that calling the peninsula a “neighborhood” is kind of a joke. The geographic mammoth is not only Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, but it’s also home to a sporty beach life and some of the best homes in the city.
First settled by the Denny Party in 1851 prior to their move across Elliot Bay into downtown, West Seattle is home to such notable Seattleites as Eddie Vedder, Dyan Cannon, and some of Nirvana’s first practice facilities and recording studios. The historical sites and structures along Alki Beach are worth the trip alone and dropping in on the boardwalk in the middle of summer, one could easily mistake the beach for Malibu.
During the summer, a huge section of Alaska Junction is closed to traffic and a huge open-air market emerges with great food, homemade products, and live music with a beer garden. West Seattle Fest is less rowdy than other street festivals in town, which makes it perfect for both parents and the kids during the hot summer months.
Access to downtown and the rest of town is easy with the West Seattle Water Taxi and the West Seattle Bridge. It’s a great place to live even if you work in another part of town and many residents commute via the easily accessible WA-99 and I-5.
The distance from the center of town has its benefits, too. Commutes are generally short and the distance from the densely populated downtown and Capitol Hill means there’s a lot less foot traffic in West Seattle compared to other neighborhoods.
If you want to make West Seattle your next home, give Seattle Mortgage Planners a call and we’ll see how we can help make that a reality.