Located on a peninsula west of Queen Anne Hill, south of the Ballard Locks, and only minutes from downtown Seattle, Magnolia with its natural boundaries has a special feeling of being an island. Accessible by three bridges, Magnolia is a special place to live and visit; yet it still retains a small town atmosphere where you can easily get to know your neighbors.
Although Magnolia trees line the main shopping area along West McGraw Street, the naming of Magnolia was actually a case of mistaken identity. While out at sea, Captain Vancouver saw the huge Madrona trees atop the bluffs on the south end of the peninsula and noted in the ships log "Magnolias." An active group is working to save the remaining Madronas on the bluff.
Picturesque Beauty in Magnolia
The natural beauty, lovely vistas, and parks combine to give Magnolia the unique quality that attracts visitors from all over the world. On Magnolia's south end, you will find Magnolia Park overlooking Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the city skyline. The park provides a picnic area and tennis courts across the street. Also within Magnolia are Smith Cove and the Elliott Bay Marina. Discovery Park, on Magnolia's northwest side, encompasses 534 acres and is Seattle's largest park. The park is home to eagles, herons, falcons, foxes, and beavers. Seven miles of trails provide visitors with a wilderness experience and serene views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Parts of Fort Lawton, such as the officer's homes and historic buildings, remain.
Adjacent to Discovery Park is West Point Lighthouse. It was built in 1881 and is the oldest lighthouse in the Puget Sound area. Walking trails descend to two miles of beach and the lighthouse from the park.
Family Friendly Magnolia
Magnolia's business district (called The Village) is home to many specialty stores and professional services, some of Seattle's top award winning restaurants, and industrial and marine services. Each year the "Village" hosts a Halloween Party where kids can trick or treat in the Village, then the Village hosts an Antique Car Show in the summer. The community is very active and stable. The Schools in the area are all excellent with The Lawton Elementary School, Blain Elementary and Middle School and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic schools, and there are huge play fields hosting numerous kids sports and activities including the Pop Mounger outdoor Pool.
Magnolia is a wonderful, quiet community with incredible views and easy access to downtown Seattle and the waterfront. There are million dollar estates with fabulous views and more modest neighborhoods with some views and easy access to everything Magnolia has to offer. One thing you find is when people move to Magnolia they usually don't leave.