The location of the Magnolia neighborhood (map) in Seattle feels like a secluded island. Three bridges provide access to Magnolia, just west of Queen Anne, north of Downtown, and south of the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. This unique part of Seattle is on a natural peninsula, and the lack of major city thoroughfares through the neighborhood helps Magnolia retain in small community atmosphere amidst a huge urban city. Magnolia is part of the Seattle School District.
Along West McGraw Street is the main shopping area and the Magnolia trees that give the area its name. Being situated near the water means that there is abundant natural beauty in this area. Magnolia homes are famous for being among the most expensive, and many have incredible views. Owners of Magnolia homes love the park at the south end of the neighborhood with its inviting picnic tables and tennis courts.
Magnolia is home to the largest park in Seattle and Magnolia residents often enjoy free time at the 534-acre Discovery Park. Here, you can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the shoreline of Discovery Park faces the southwest, so this is a great place to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. While it has only been here since 1973, Discovery Park is now an important part of the area. Fort Lawton, with its former military officer’s quarters remade into private residences, is located within the boundaries of the park.
Another landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisade restaurant. As you walk up the steps of this Magnolia restaurant, you will realize that you’re in for a real treat. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular of any restaurant in the area. In addition the Palisade, there are many tasty local restaurants in the Magnolia area to chose from.
The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep you up-to-date on all things Magnolia while the Queen Anne & Magnolia News is a more traditional source of local news and information.. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce and Community Center. The nearby Magnolia Playfield are well used for football, softball and soccer.
Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. While only three bridges connect it, this area of Seattle is an inextricable part of Seattle life. From a fine Magnolia restaurant to the hours of fun at Discovery Park, Magnolia will show you a taste of the good life in the Pacific Northwest.
Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Magnolia neighborhood.
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