Welcome to West Seattle
A laid-back coastal enclave with all-you-need amenities
An enclave of offbeat shops, casual eateries, and cozy coffeehouses, West Seattle lies only a few miles away from Downtown. It is most renowned as where the Denny Party landed in 1851, standing apart today as a conglomeration of micro-neighborhoods. This tucked-away setting is one of the major appeals of West Seattle, ideal for those seeking a relaxed lifestyle amid surroundings of natural beauty. West Seattle is a hub of recreation, beautiful parks, and great dining venues. The divine weather brings out the town’s adventurous spirit, locals enjoying endless opportunities for beach activities. With a mix of luxury beachfront condominiums and cheerful craftsman bungalows, real estate in West Seattle is a testament to the original charm this town possesses.
What to Love
- Beachtown vibes
- Beautiful sunsets
- Close to eateries and shops
- Adventurous lifestyle
Living in West Seattle conjures up the feel of an island vacation with vibrant beach bum culture. Sunbathers, beach hikers, kayakers, and volleyball players will often be seen enjoying the beach, but other times, local families are just enjoying the good weather with bike adventures and picnics in West Seattle’s numerous parks. With all the conveniences of a big city at arm’s reach, this town’s self-sufficient attitude truly shines. It also boasts a quick connection to public transit, and neighbors are known to be friendly and down-to-earth. Whether you want to enjoy bonfire evenings on the sandy strip of Alki Beach or head out for breakfast pizza on an oceanfront patio, there’s something to catch your fancy in West Seattle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Serving as West Seattle’s main business district, The Junction sprawls with unique boutiques, restaurants serving lip-smacking menus, grocery stores, and charming shops laid out alongside several entertainment venues. Whether you want to stop in for a draft beer at The Beer Junction or hearty french bread and croissants at Bakery Nouveau, you’ll find these and more within this bustling area.
Kick back on the dockside patio at Marination Ma Kai for the divine taste of Hawaiian-Korean fusion meals and shave ice, and make a stop at the swanky Salty’s on Alki Beach for weekend brunch buffets featuring classic seafood fares like steamed crabs, surf and turf, and coco prawns. Enjoy shredded pepperoni pizza at the longtime town favorite—Pegasus Pizza, where the taste is just as magical as the views and splash of the ocean outside the windows. Harry’s Beach House offers a menu of sandwiches, smoked salmon chowder, and fries paired with cocktails. Be sure to stop by Wildwood Market for pantry staples and espresso or beer, and don’t miss out on the delicious hash browns and creamy shakes at Luna Park Cafe.
Things to Do
With beautiful beaches, lush forests, and tons of exciting events popping up here and there, there’s no shortage of things to do in charming West Seattle.
Alki Beach takes the top spot, its sandy strip is a hotspot for athletic types and chill beach bums. From rollerblading to volleyball, jogging along the shoreline, or enjoying s’mores with friends by a little bonfire after the sunset, Alki Beach is certainly a place to be. With Alki Kayak Tours, you can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or fishing boat for an adventure to see all the natural beauty surrounding the beachside and more. Even if you choose a bike, the Alki Beach Trail is perfect for a cool evening ride, exploring the natural wonders and gorgeous vistas of the city.
Can’t get enough of the views? Walk over to the Alki Point Lighthouse and be sure to take pictures. Mark your calendars for the various events in town that take your fancy, from Art Walk to the West Seattle Summer Fest, open mic nights, and outdoor movie nights among others.
West Seattle boasts some of Washington’s highly-rated schools, both public and private. Top educational opportunities include: