HistoryFauntleroy got its start when railroad developers randomly built a line there in 1907, which was interesting because no one really lived there. A donation from real estate developers probably was the reason this was chosen as a destination. Sure enough, as soon as the train started running, the neighborhood began to boom. Lincoln Park was built in 1908 as part of the citywide parks plan, and in 1920 the ferry terminal was put in to connect West Seattle to Vashon Island.
VibeConsidering its relative isolation from the busier parts of Seattle, it’s no surprise that the vibe in Fauntleroy is mellow. The place is quiet and serene—how could it not be with such great views of the nearby islands and the Olympic Mountains? But there is one thing that people get fired up about around here: environmentalism. Residents work tirelessly to protect the natural habitats along the waterfront and Fauntleroy Creek. They are always conscious of the way the ferry terminal and human activity affect the area’s parks and wildlife. So if there’s one reason why they like to keep it quiet around here, it’s probably so that the environment will remain beautiful for future generations.
Activities and AttractionsLincoln Park, just north of the ferry terminal, claims to be Seattle’s most ‘multipurpose’ park, boasting amenities like hiking trails, bike trails, boat launch, wading pool, heated outdoor saltwater pool, ball fields, and picnic sites. Oh yeah, and horseshoe pits, play equipment, a sweet view, and a p-patch. Phew! I guess they weren’t exaggerating! There isn’t any major business district here, but there are a few noteworthy restaurants: try out Birds on a Wire Espresso, the funky neighborhood coffee shop, Endolyne Joe’s for their ‘tour of the Americas’ menu that rotates every season, or The Original Bakery for a donut that would rival any of the more famous shops in Seattle. If none of that suffices, you can always jump on the Vashon or Southworth ferry; both leave from the terminal at Fauntleroy Cove.
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