West Seattle

West Seattle

Offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, urban convenience, and a vibrant community spirit.

Welcome to West Seattle

An idyllic neighborhood that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, urban convenience, and a vibrant community spirit. This guide explores the best of West Seattle, from its stunning parks and beaches to its diverse shopping and dining scene, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle skyline.

Parks and Beaches

West Seattle is renowned for its accessible natural spaces, providing residents and visitors with a plethora of outdoor activities.

  • Alki Beach: Offers a long sandy shoreline perfect for volleyball, sunbathing, rollerblading, biking and enjoying spectacular sunsets over the Puget Sound.
  • Lincoln Park: Features miles of walking trails, a heated saltwater pool, and picnic areas amidst its rugged coastline and forested areas.
  • Schmitz Preserve Park: A serene escape with old-growth forest trails that transport you to an untouched natural world within the city.

Livable Neighborhoods

West Seattle comprises of a number of distinct neighborhoods, each offering unique living experiences and community vibes. Below are just some of the twenty (20) different West Seattle neighborhoods.

  • Alki: Offers a beach-town feel with its laid-back atmosphere and stunning waterfront views.
  • Seaview, North Admiral, Genesee, Belvidere: Known for their peaceful residential streets, these neighborhoods offer stunning views and a tranquil urban retreat.
  • Alaska Junction: The heart of West Seattle's shopping and dining scene, bustling with activities and community events.
  • Gatewood, Pigeon Point: Offer a mix of residential calm, scenic vistas, and a strong sense of community, with easy access to green spaces and urban conveniences.
  • Fauntleroy/Lincoln Park: Home to the Washington State Ferries terminal, this neighborhood offers a mix of residential tranquility and easy access to Vashon Island and beyond.
  • Delridge: A diverse community with a mix of residential and industrial spaces, Delridge is known for its community centers, parks, and cultural diversity.
West Seattle encapsulates the essence of a well-rounded neighborhood, combining the tranquility of nature with the vibrancy of urban life. Its parks, beaches, shopping, and dining options, along with the diverse and welcoming community, make it one of Seattle's most cherished areas. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, culinary delights, or a peaceful place to call home, West Seattle welcomes you with open arms.

Shopping Highlights

The neighborhood's shopping scene combines the convenience of large grocery stores with the charm of local boutiques.

  • Grocery Stores: With PCC Community Market, Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, Thriftway, QFC, and Safeway, residents have a wide range of quality grocery shopping options.
  • West Seattle Wine Cellars: Offers a curated selection of wines for enthusiasts and casual gatherings. Also fun to check out are West Seattle wineries such as Welcome Road and Darby.
  • The Super Deli: A super casual spot in Westwood perfect for enjoying deli favorites and watching sports with friends.
  • A Plethora of Boutiques: Each Junction features charming boutiques offering clothing, housewares, and gifts, providing a unique and personalized shopping experience such as Carmilia’s: A cornerstone of West Seattle's Junction, Carmilia's boutique offers a curated selection of contemporary women's fashion, accessories, and jewelry, known for its personalized service and stylish, versatile pieces that cater to the modern woman and Capers: A home goods and gift store in the heart of The Junction, Capers is known for its elegant selection of furniture, home décor, and gifts, embodying the sophisticated yet cozy West Seattle lifestyle.
  • Alki Surf Shop: This beach-themed shop captures the spirit of Alki Beach, offering everything from surf apparel to unique Seattle-themed gifts, making it a must-visit for beach lovers and tourists alike.
  • West Seattle Nursery: More than just a nursery, this beloved local business is a gardener's paradise, offering a wide selection of plants, gardening tools, and decor, as well as expert advice for both novices and seasoned gardeners.
  • Northwest Art and Frame: An essential stop for art enthusiasts and creative minds, this store offers an extensive selection of art supplies, frames, and unique gifts, alongside a gallery of works by local artists.
West Seattle's shopping offerings reflect the neighborhood's diverse and eclectic character, providing residents and visitors with a rich tapestry of retail experiences. From daily necessities to unique finds, West Seattle's shops and boutiques cater to a wide range of tastes and needs, making shopping here a delightful experience for everyone.

Dining Scene

West Seattle's dining landscape boasts a variety of establishments catering to all tastes and occasions. Below is a small sampling of what West Seattle offers both its residents and its visitors. Check back often for the ever-growing list of restaurants Larissa Wilson recommends you try out and enjoy.

  • Il Nido: An upscale Italian restaurant located in the historic Alki Homestead, known for its sophisticated dining experience.
  • Phoenicia: Offers a cozy atmosphere with a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.
  • Harry's Beach House: A waterfront eatery with a comforting menu that captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Cactus: Features Southwestern and Mexican dishes in a lively setting, perfect for creative cocktails and vibrant dining.
  • C&P Coffee Company: A cherished local coffee shop and community gathering spot known for its cozy ambiance and live music events.
  • Seattle Fish Company: A market and eat-in or take-out spot for freshly prepared seafood, showcasing the bounty of the Pacific.
This comprehensive guide offers a snapshot of what makes West Seattle such a special place to live and visit. If you need any more information or recommendations, feel free to ask!

Overview for West Seattle, WA

28,705 people live in West Seattle, where the median age is 39.6 and the average individual income is $70,540. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around West Seattle, WA

There's plenty to do around West Seattle, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Johnson Berry Farm Jam Stand, The Raven Seattle, and ʔálʔal Cafe - By Chief Seattle Club.

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Dining 3.56 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.29 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.63 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.98 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.68 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.5 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for West Seattle, WA

West Seattle has 13,120 households, with an average household size of 2.17. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in West Seattle do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 28,705 people call West Seattle home. The population density is 7,794.99 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in West Seattle, WA

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The following schools are within or nearby West Seattle. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Alki Elementary School
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Madison Middle School
6th - 8th
West Seattle High School
9th - 12th
Lafayette Elementary School
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Genesee Hill Elementary
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Hope Lutheran School
PreK - 8th
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