When pioneers first came to the area in the 1850s, Georgetown was one of the places they settled. Then, it was right along the Duwamish river, a fertile valley great for growing hops and other crops. The first railroad began here in 1875, connecting Tacoma and Seattle. Because of its many taverns, which were prohibited in the city, and the Rainier Brewery, Georgetown was a destination for many Seattleites looking to unwind.
The neighborhood has long been industrialized and not very resident-friendly, but starting in the 1970s, that has slowly changed. Artists moved in to take advantage of cheap loft spaces, old brick buildings have been turned into cool living quarters, and a delightful little business district has developed.
One’s initial reaction when driving into Georgetown might be, “Where the *bleep* am I?” But then you start to notice things: amidst the sprawling warehouses, an oasis of humanity. Around the area of Airport Way and Corson Avenue begins a strip of businesses that are as funky as they are hidden. To the south and west lies the residential area, containing modest homes and apartment buildings.
Activities and Attractions
In keeping with tradition, there are still some great taverns in Georgetown; 9 Lb. Hammer, Jules Maes Saloon, and the Marco Polo Bar and Grill to name a few. And even though the Rainier brewery is no longer in operation, several new ones have cropped up, like Georgetown Brewery with their ever-popular Manny’s, and Emerald City Beer, who specializes in a lager called Dottie. For food, try Two Tartes bakery for a sandwich and giant cookie (get the Georgetown Mojo—chocolate chip, coconut, and oatmeal), or Stellar Pizza for delicious pies made from local ingredients.
If you’re not hungry or thirsty, hit up Mix lounge for live music, Georgetown Records for tunes that can go home with you, or hit up one of the many antique stores or art galleries for some eye candy. Check out Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, a lot full of vintage trailers selling goods ranging from eccentric to nostalgic – open every Friday-Sunday. The most daring can go to School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) to learn the art of the flying trapeze or tumbling.
Homes in Georgetown
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This blossoming neighborhood in south Seattle is attracting people who want to live close to downtown but might not have the financial means to live in certain other areas. With its quirky culture and fun hangouts, Georgetown is really making a name for itself.