Demythologizing Major Seattle Attractions

by nabewise

This post attempts to clear up common misunderstandings concerning what I believe to be three of Seattle’s most popular attractions. The information is absolutely indispensable, and soon to be broadcast to the masses in the form of a public service announcement. You, lucky readers, get it first.

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Whittier Heights

Whittier Heights

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While some may say Whittier Heights is in the shadow of Ballard, locals know better. Off the main streets filled with brand-name shopping centers, Whittier Heights has some fantastic local stores strewn throughout the backroads. Whittier Heights' mostly flat terrain and unzoned residential areas make this nabe easy to …

Shoreline

Shoreline

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Shoreline is consistently ranked as one of the best nabes in the country by everybody who does such rankings. Just north of Seattle proper, Shoreline is close enough for convenience, but far enough out to offer a slower and more peaceful pace of life. This community centric nabe is well …

Washington Park

Washington Park

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Washington Park is definitely one of Seattle's areas where housing seems to be bought by the acre. Washington Park is calm and tranquil, yet its nestled right between some of the fastest developing areas of Seattle metro. Close to chic feel of Madison Valley, its great for people looking to …

Wallingford

Wallingford

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Sometimes people own so much land that a neighborhood is named after them, and residents of Wallingford can thank John Noble Wallingford for this very thing. Located in North Seattle at the southern tip of Green Lake, Wallingford is a laid back, artistic and creative community featuring residential homes, eclectic …

Laurelhurst

Laurelhurst

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Laurelhurst is a small, classy residential community that has been home to many famous people over the years. It is situated just east of Lake Washington, and is bounded on the northwest by Sand Point Way. Here you will find superb public amenities, plenty of parks, beach clubs, and top-notch …

Alki

Alki

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A charming beach community bordering Elliot Bay and Puget Sound, Alki boasts some of the nicest waterfront property and beach leisure in all Seattle. Catering to those craving the southern California beach scene, Alki is a popular tourist destination for Seattleites, and one may frequently find them biking, rollerblading, and …

Wedgwood

Wedgwood

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Wedgwood is known for having protected its old-growth forest during its construction. As such, Wedgwood is spacious and gorgeous, with multitudes of huge pines providing a sense of rural living within the Seattle city limits. Single-family homes dominate the area and businesses owned by long time locals serve to keep …

Seola Beach

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Seola Beach has seen a bit more development than some other struggling Burien nabes. While mostly a residential area, Seola Beach has easy access to the West Seattle staple, Westwood Village. If you plan on living here, a car is a definite need — you'll often find yourself trekking out …

Victory Heights

Victory Heights

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Victory Heights is one of those areas whose history is a bit more eclectic than other parts of seattle. During prohibition, this spot was home to a collection of speakeasies and other taverns that housed rabble-rousers. As it began to mature, an influx of future young Seattlites solidified this nabe …

Greenwood

Greenwood

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Greenwood is a stunning pseudo-suburban nabe with enough amenities to keep you from ever having to leave. Atypical of north Seattle nabes, Greenwood offers a seemingly ridiculous amount of cool restaurants and intriguing bars to whittle away your hours in. In fact, there are so many dining and shopping options …

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Broadview

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Located in the northwest corner of Seattle city limits, Broadview residents like its stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Once a bustling hub during the days of Playland–a large amusement park located in Broadview that was demolished by the city in 1961–this nabe has since calmed down, …

North Admiral

North Admiral

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Sitting atop a bluff in West Seattle, North Admiral hosts a warm community home to some of Seattle’s oldest families. This nabe is served by an array of parks–think big acreage and great views of the Seattle skyline. North Admiral's downtown is covered in cute commercial spots and awesome historic …

Cedar Park

Cedar Park

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Slower to develop than the rest of the city, Cedar Park is a lakeside nabe that still maintains some of that old Seattle charm, especially in the areas close to Lake Washington. The houses nearer to the lake are larger and more luxurious than those that are a bit further …

South Beacon Hill

South Beacon Hill

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South Beacon Hill is generating quite a buzz from Seattleites. The Light Rail is drawing commuters as potential residents and putting money in the pockets of business owners. No one will argue about it — South Beacon Hill is in a developmental stage. As a result the community …

Seward Park

Seward Park

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Believe it or not, there is an actual neighborhood to go along with Seattle's magnificent 300 acre Seward Park. The houses along the water follow a curve in the land upward, allowing a stunning view of Lake Washington and Seward Park. Other than 50th, shops are sprinkled throughout …

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

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One of the last remaining vestiges of old Seattle, Pioneer Square retains an old town vibe that has been lost elsewhere in the metropolis. Turn of the century brick buildings now fill the spaces left over by wooden buildings lost to the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, and …

High Point

High Point

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High Point, like NewHolly, was originally constructed during World War II as a housing project and then completely redeveloped by the Seattle Housing Authority in the early 2000's. The streets and infrastructure were removed, along with all the housing, and a new nabe was plopped down in the …

Eastlake

Eastlake

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This central Seattle nabe is located on the east side of Lake Union, just north of Downtown and south of the University District. This centralized location makes it an ideal spot for students of the University of Washington and people who work in Downtown. Filled to the brim …

Central District

Central District

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You probably woke up this morning and said, “I wonder where Sir Mix-a-Lot was raised.” Look no further than the Central District, one of Seattle's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, and home to a rich history of civil rights action. Located just south of Capitol Hill, Central District …

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Richmond Beach

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Richmond Beach is a northern suburb that feels more like a community than a suburb. There is a wide range of amenities in this nabe to keep residents happy and at home, just the way a community should be. Many houses feature incredible views of Puget Sound and …

Madison Park

Madison Park

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A genteel nabe located in east central Seattle, Madison Park formed as a summer getaway nabe for the city's early elite. Today it offers prime location, great beaches, elegant homes, and a lingering sense of prestige. Here you will find a number of chic boutiques, hair salons, some …

Matthews Beach

Matthews Beach

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This nabe’s namesake freshwater beach is the largest of its kind in Seattle. Matthews Beach is a relatively spacious residential nabe and most houses have large front or back yards. Like a lot of Seattle nabes well removed from Downtown, sidewalks are practically non-existent. There are a few …

Brighton

Brighton

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Brighton is a peaceful nabe bordering South Beacon Hill and benefiting greatly from the recent addition of a light-rail line connecting SeaTac and the Central District. Convenient and quiet, Brighton once was a far flung nabe due to its relative lack of transportation options, but now with multiple …

Madrona Seattle

Madrona

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A diverse nabe with an air of tranquility, Madrona sits east of Lake Washington between State Route 520 and Interstate 90. A main attraction, pedestrian-friendly 34th street is dotted with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Outside the charming business district, the area is home to beautiful parks and a …

Highland Park

Highland Park

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Highland Park once catered almost exclusively to employees at Boeing Field and people who worked in the Industrial District. As the focus on industrialism shifted away from manufacturing, Highland Park found itself throwing away its working class roots and reinventing itself as something a bit more multifaceted. Today …

International District

International District

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The International District is Seattle’s version of Chinatown. Like most Chinatown’s around the country, this nabe is filled to the breaking point with incredible cheap restaurants and weird shopping options. International District is a major tourist destination in Seattle, but it brings in the locals as well. Excellent …

Arbor Height

Arbor Height

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This nabe located in southwest Seattle is almost entirely residential in nature, providing little in the ways of shopping or dining. Gorgeous tree-lined streets flow downhill towards Puget Sound and many houses offer stunning views of water and the Olympic Mountains. Foliage dominates the streets and yards, preventing …

Olympic Hills

Olympic Hills

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Olympic Hills is mostly residential, packed with huge pine trees, and super cute. Even though it is located within the city limits of Seattle, this nabe has a more pastoral vibe than most of its neighbors. Businesses are sprinkled here and there throughout Olympic Hills, and most are …

Belltown

Belltown

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Belltown has undergone many changes throughout the years, but has settled into a vibrant downtown core rife with both professionals and artists, though it still maintains a slight industrial vibe. The residences are comprised mostly of lofts, condos, and apartments in hollowed-out factories, and tend to reach the …