West Seattle's residential neighborhoods are varied and distinctive. All offer fine schools, great shopping, green parks and open spaces, easy access to libraries and views of snowcapped mountains and shining waterways that are simply spectacular by any standard.
Some of our most visited neighborhoods:
ADMIRAL – The Admiral neighborhood lies on the northern bluff of the West Seattle peninsula (accurately titled the Duwamish Peninsula, after the local Indian tribe). It is rich in views and lovely, old homes and maintains a lively restaurant trade plus The Admiral movie theater – a fun, retro experience with nautical décor.
Admiral’s small, thriving commercial district has a good mix of businesses including a choice of large grocery stores. The Hiawatha Community Center and West Seattle Library are located here. Schmitz Park – 53 acres of never-cut forest – is in Admiral.
ALKI – Noted historically as the landing place of the pioneers, Alki is a beachfront community offering unparalleled views of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay and Puget Sound.
Alki offers visitors and residents the opportunity for great dining year round. Sports enthusiasts use the Alki Beach Park area for SCUBA diving, rollerblading, cycling, volleyball, and more. Dog walkers delight in parading their pups on Alki. The Alki Bathhouse is a community art studio. The Alki Community Center provides community meeting (and play!) space. The local community council publishes an e-newsletter: The Alki News Beacon .
DELRIDGE – Delridge is as it sounds – a valley and a ridge – extending to the east along the length of the peninsula. In the valley is beautiful Longfellow Creek , lovingly restored to biological health, with a walking trail alongside. Longfellow runs through the 18 hole, championship West Seattle Golf Course . The ridge has great territorial views of West Seattle, the Duwamish River, South Seattle, and the Cascade Mountains.
Delridge is a neighborhood of neighborhoods, encompassing Cottage Grove, Pigeon Point, Puget Ridge and Riverview, to name a few. It is also home to Westwood Village , the largest regional shopping village within the south Seattle Metro area. The Delridge Library is brand new. The Delridge Community Center , and Westcrest Park – which has a four-acre dog run-free area – are in Delridge.
FAUNTLEROY – On the west side of the peninsula, Fauntleroy is a hillside community with fabulous views of Puget Sound and nearby Vashon Island. The Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal is the eastern terminus of a Washington State Ferry line that goes between the islands and West Seattle.
Fauntleroy is home to Lincoln Park , 135 acres of recreational opportunities including Colman Pool – a heated saltwater pool right next to Puget Sound. Fauntleroy Creek’s carefully watched salmon run is a joy to the local community. You might want to check the Fauntleroy Community Association website.
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION – “The Junction” is where two old streetcar lines once crossed, and is home to a Main Street shopping district that is packed with restaurants and small specialty stores that are destination shops for the rest of the city. Surrounded by single family homes and a fast-growing number of condos, the Junction is one of West Seattle’s liveliest neighborhoods, located right in the heart of West Seattle.
Built atop a hill, even this shopping area has views of Puget Sound and the Olympics in the distance. A fabulous farmer’s market comes to the Junction on Sundays throughout the summer. In mid-summer, the West Seattle Junction Merchants Association hosts the West Seattle Street Festival . The Junction has a handsome theatre and art gallery belonging to local arts group ArtsWest .