Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Madrona

The small, family-oriented Madrona neighborhood may feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle, but part of this locale’s appeal is its close proximity to the city core. Residents enjoy a relatively quick commute from the tree-lined streets of east central Seattle to high-rise office buildings — an important perk considering the neighborhood’s generally young to middle-aged professional demographic.

Madrona is a pocket of subdued yet colorful charm among its surroundings: Capitol Hill, First Hill, and downtown to the west; the shores of Lake Washington to the east; the Denny-Blaine neighborhood to the north; and Leschi to the south. It juggles easy access to all three of the area’s major highways (I-5, 1-90, and the WA-520 bridge) with a distinctly residential, cozy atmosphere.

A stroll along the neighborhood’s sidewalks will take you past vintage family homes of all sizes, with several historic buildings sprinkled into the mix. The high-income singles and couples, families, and empty-nesters who live inside can enjoy weekend afternoons swimming and relaxing with fellow Seattleites at nearby Madrona Park, whose beaches and trails span the Lake Washington waterfront and boast stellar views of the Eastside and Mt. Rainier on clear days.

Madrona’s characteristic sense of community is apparent in its tendency to house crafty, independently owned businesses. The neighborhood offers a variety of charming cafes for a home-cooked brunch or lunch with the family. Once the sun begins to set, the adult crowd can seek refuge inside the warm and cozy Bottlehouse, an urban winery that basically doubles as a wine library. Enjoy a glass with artisan cheeses and cured meats either indoors or on the intimate deck.

The year-round community activity and event calendar is generally stocked with seasonally appropriate family-friendly activities for the whole gang. If you can picture yourself and your clan fitting right in among the ranks of Madronian families, contact Seattle Mortgage Planners as you start your search for the perfect local home!

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