Home to Seattle’s First white settlers, West Seattle occupies the peninsula southwest of Downtown Seattle. While pleasantly removed from downtown by topography and the Duwamish Waterway, the city is accessible by car within minutes. A shuttle ferry, the West Seattle Water Taxi, also runs passengers into downtown Seattle. the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal connects West Seattle to Vashon Island and Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Alki Beach, an 18 hole public golf course, 40 acre Schmitz Park, and Lincoln Park featuring Seattle’s only saltwater swimming pool are local recreational gems. The Log House Museum and ArtsWest, a community theater and art center, provide a cultural focus. Annual events include West Seattle Summer Fest and the Art of Gardening Tour in July. Washington’s second largest Farmers Market is held here on Sundays, year round.
West Seattle boasts several distinct neighborhoods, most tending toward economic and ethnic diversity, all offering small town charm. Take for example, Alaska Junction. “The Junction,” the retail heart of West Seattle at California Avenue and Alaska Street, features shops, restaurants and markets, as well as award winning murals depicting West Seattle’s historic past. The Junction serves as a transit center for key Metro bus routes. Mixed use projects are adding new apartments to the area’s existing condos and small WWII era homes.
At the tip of West Seattle, the Alki neighborhood is known for its beachfront promenade and sweeping views of Seattle’s skyline from Jack Block Park.
The Admiral neighborhood in West Seattle contains a number of fine old homes and sits at the crest of the peninsula overlooking both the Olympic and Casade Mountains.