The heart of West Seattle is called “The Junction”, which includes music stores, bakeries, salons, restaurants, and bars. There are also two saltwater beaches – Alki Beach and Lincoln Park where you can jog, kitesurf, kayak, dive, play volleyball, and see magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains, Olympic Mountains, and Seattle’s skyline.
There are a wide variety of residents in West Seattle. Near the downtown area are couples and young families, mostly Caucasian with average household incomes. The Delridge and White Center neighborhoods are predominately Asian, Hispanic, and African American with lower household incomes. Nearly half of the residents have children.
West Seattle is a moderately priced neighborhood. The average home listing is $499K, which is 2,188 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Inventory is currently good with approximately 150 houses on the market. The average rent is $1,871.
Access to Seattle or the Eastside requires driving on 1-5 or 1-99 and the West Seattle bridge. It’s a challenging commute to the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah) – about 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. If you work in Downtown Seattle, the commute is good – about 10-20 minutes. However, commutes may worsen depending on the I-99 tunnel project. Stalled since Dec 2013 with no firm dates for if or when it will continue, the future of the commute is murky.
Although West Seattle is very walkable with good bike routes, most residents want a car to leave the neighborhood. In the summer, there’s a 10-minute water taxi to Downtown Seattle that runs every 30 minutes for $4.75 each way. Public transit is good with many nearby options.
There are 10 elementary schools (Alki, Arbor Heights, Fairmount Park, West Seattle, Lafayette, Schmitz Park, Pathfinder, Gatewood, White Center Heights, Highland Park, Shorewood), 3 middle schools, (Madison, Denny, Cascade, Pathfinder), and 2 high schools (West Seattle, Chief Sealth). Similar to other schools in the Seattle School District, the elementary schools are good while the middle and high schools have room for improvement.
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