Madison Park – Seattle Neighborhood Guide
Since the early days in Seattle, Madison Park has been a destination for anyone who wants to enjoy a picturesque and chic place to spend the day. Today, the whole neighborhood has the same reputation.
The Duwamish tribe native to the area once used this area as their summer hunting and recreation area, and it didn’t take long for white settlers to follow suit. Within decades of the city’s foundation, Madison Park was created and drew vacationers with piers and a promenade, a boathouse, live entertainment, and even Seattle’s first baseball diamond. Once Madison Avenue was constructed and people could easily make their way to the area, houses were built like mad; everyone wanted their own personal view of Lake Washington.
Today, a charming business district and the still-popular Madison Park beach are the pride of the neighborhood.
It’s hard not to feel a little fancier when you’re hanging out in Madison Park. The houses are beautiful, the shops and restaurants are classy and unique, and it’s far enough away from the city to make it seem like you’ve really gotten away on vacation. It’s also clear that the community is a supportive one; there are always events going on to honor local artists or give a nod to new businesses that have set up shop.
Who Lives Here?
Madison Park is a highly affluent neighborhood; those who live here earn an impressive salary and are living a trendy lifestyle. Zillow identifies the three major types of people here as Power (aka high-income) Singles, High $$ DINK (dual income-no kids) couples, and those in Golden Years, retired folks who own their own homes. A steady amount of growth in the past few decades has kept attracting new and diverse groups.
Activities and Attractions
At the east end of Madison Avenue, you can find several blocks’ worth of shops, restaurants, and spas. You’d have to go back several times to get an appreciation of the variety of cuisines; there are French bistros (like Rover’s), sushi bars like Nishino, a handful of pubs and alehouses, one amazing Tex-Mex place called Cactus, and a smattering of other staples, like pizza and Thai food.
Madison Park Beach and the Washington Park Arboretum both offer great outdoorsy activities, like swimming, kayaking, hiking, or just stopping to smell the roses. Or, as in the case of the arboretum, the rhododendrons.
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