Madrona is a central Seattle neighborhood on the city's east side. It rests on Lake Washington across from Bellevue and just east of First Hill. Madrona can best be described as a small town nestled beside a big city. For those who desire a slower pace of living than can be found in a bustling metropolis but who don't want to sacrifice diversity and culture, Madrona is an excellent option.
Named for the impressive Pacific Madrona trees that blossom naturally in the neighborhood, Madrona is a mostly residential area. Today it is a mostly upper-middle class residential neighborhood for savvy Seattleites who want to enjoy the convenience of the city, minus the noise and density of downtown.
Madrona has retained its close community feel into the 21st century. The Madrona Moms is a local on-and-offline group that acts as a source of information about Madrona family events and issues, as well as a welcoming committee for new families. The neighborhood compiles a monthly newsletter at no charge to the community. Most of the shops and restaurants in Madronas small downtown area on 34th Avenue are owned and operated by locals.
As a part of a citywide movement, both formal and informal, to renovate Seattle's famous parks and recreation facilities, the people of Madrona raised $500,000 to beautify Madrona Playfield where local parents often bring their children to play and where the community holds a number of festivals throughout the year.
Madrona has a number of schooling options, including the public Madrona K-8, as well as private options like St. Theresa Catholic School and the non-profit independent elementary Valley School. Madrona also has a number of after-school programs like Coyote Central, a hands-on, creative discovery program for middle school youth. High school students in Madrona can attend the public Garfield High School, the progressive alternative Nova Project school, or the Madrona is also home to the K-8 Islamic School of Seattle.