West Seattle

A community of natural beauty with a laid-back vibe

  • what you’ll fall in love with

    Much of West Seattle is bordered by water, promising a plethora of gorgeous Puget Sound views! There’s stunning waterfront parks to explore, and Alki Beach is quite the destination. People also love the funky old-school charm of the Junction, West Seattle’s “main street” that’s the ideal spot for dining, bar hopping, and browsing cute shops!

  • market

    West Seattle boasts a largely diverse range of homes, townhomes, condos, and single family residences. So, for many, it's a long haul neighborhood meaning you'll be able to stay here through the many seasons of life.

  • What to expect

    The people who live in West Seattle LOVE living there. West Seattle is HUGE, and basically its own city that’s made up of smaller micro-neighborhoods, each one with its own unique feel.

  • real talk

    West Seattle feels like its own city which has its positives but also means you can be somewhat isolated from Seattle proper. There really is no need to come to the city so you'll want to be prepared to dive into the culture and activities of West Seattle. Also, commuting into Downtown is doable but if you work on the Eastside you'll want to negotiate a few work from home days. .

welcome to West Seattle

When you want to feel like you’ve escaped the city a bit but you still need to be close to Downtown or SLU for work, West Seattle beckons! This gem is just a hop, skip and a jump over the West Seattle Bridge (or commute via water taxi!), and it’s got everything you need in a neighborhood. From sprawling parks that let you get lost in nature to its own cute “downtown” area that’s perfect for hanging out, West Seattle offers ample opportunity for play and relaxation all with convenience right at your fingertips.

We’ve found that California transplants especially seem to love West Seattle—people find that it has a similar “vibe” to the Golden State, and Alki Beach surely contributes to that.

a glance at the market

ratio of housing type

single family home vs condo

*Based on 2019 data

annual median home price

single family home vs. condo

condo avg. square footage

1069

single family avg. square footage

1767

Location Info

commute times

  • 9m to Downtown Seattle
  • 38m to Downtown Seattle
  • 20m to Downtown Bellevue
  • 82m to Downtown Bellevue

TRANSIT

Some people might have the impression that West Seattle is “too far away,” but with so many great transit options you can still easily zip around the city from here! West Seattle has a myriad of bus lines, and those who need to utilize the bus to commute for work will likely find the RapidRide C Line most useful. This line has several stops throughout West Seattle and and goes straight into the heart of Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union. You can also take a water taxi straight into Downtown Seattle if that’s more your style!

For those who love to jet off to far away vacations or just need to travel frequently for work, West Seattle is a *prime* choice—you’re just about a 15-18 minute drive (depending where in West Seattle you live) right to the airport. The Fauntleroy Terminal is in West Seattle, and from here you can head on a weekend getaway to Vashon Island or hop on over to Southworth, making it easy to access places like Port Orchard, Bremerton, etc.

Plus, Light Rail is coming to town with 5 added stations between the Stadiums and Alaska Junction (coming in 2030!).

ALKI BEACH

When you want that laid-back beach vibe and sand to dig your toes into without having to hop on a plane, Alki is THE place to go in Seattle! Alki Ave and Alki Beach Park can be found on the northwestern shore of West Seattle, right along the beautiful Puget Sound and boasting photo-worthy views of our beloved Seattle skyline. Of course, the beach really shows off its beauty best when the temperature pushes 80 (remember this is Seattle!) and the sun’s shining. Build sandcastles (yep, there’s REAL SAND here!), have fun exploring eateries along Alki Ave, rent a bike and cruise along the beach, or rent a kayak and go for a little off-shore adventure.

SHOPPING & DINING

The West Seattle Junction is considered the heart of the neighborhood, and this cute “downtown” area is where people love to spend time whether it’s a fun event, time for a night out on the town, or brunch followed by an afternoon of window shopping. Places like the iconic Husky Deli, Bakery Nouveau, and Easy Street Records & Cafe are all right there, and you can find everything from sushi and Indian cuisine to pizza and beer. The Junction isn’t the only place to hangout in West Seattle, though—you’ll find lots of dining at Alki, and other restaurants, coffeeshops, and shops throughout the rest of the neighborhood, too. And grocery store options are aplenty as well—Metropolitan Market, Trader Joe’s, QFC, Safeway, and tons of smaller grocery shops and market are all there!

NATURAL BEAUTY

Much of West Seattle is bordered by shoreline, promising gorgeous views of the Puget Sound aplenty! Head to the 135-acre Lincoln Park for the day to take advantage of the heated saltwater swimming pool, a paved walkway along the beach, tennis courts, picnic amenities, a beautiful network of trails to explore and more. For even more trails head to the 32.9-acre Fauntleroy Park, and go get lost on the gorgeous trails in the tranquil 53-acre Schmitz Preserve Park. Those are the BIG parks, but there’s a huge variety of other parks throughout West Seattle as well, whether you’re in search of an awesome playground or a spot to barbecue with friends.

Of course, with so much waterfront, water sports are a big deal in West Seattle. Go scuba diving, spend an afternoon kayaking, or launch your boat to cruise around the Sound for the day.

VALUE

West Seattle has seen extraordinary growth over the last few years and 2.2% appreciation in the last year. It continues to hold steady even in Seattle's softening market. With the expansion of the Light Rail coming to West Seattle, the neighborhood is just securing its spot as a top tier neighborhood. You'll find great value for your dollar now and expected value growth in years to come!

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