HistoryLoyal Heights was first considered a suburb of the city of Ballard, before it was annexed into Seattle. It includes the area north of 65th and west of 15th Avenue, extending to Puget Sound, though sometimes the western part is referred to as Sunset Hill. The man who first developed the area had a daughter named Loyal. He must have loved her a lot, because he not only named the neighborhood after her, but also Loyal Beach and the local trolley line. (As a side note, you have to wonder how is other daughter, Priscilla, felt about all of that!) Nearly all of the residences here are homes that were built before the 1960s, which only adds to the old-school charm of this neighborhood.
VibeLife seems to slow down when you enter Loyal Heights. Away from the organized chaos of Ballard, it’s easy to relax and enjoy the view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Yet, because of its location, you don’t feel disconnected from the city, either. The area around 15th Avenue is the busiest, and as you head west and down toward the water, things get more and more calm.
Activities and AttractionsAlong the main streets of 15th Avenue and 80th Street, there are many places unique to Loyal Heights. Around the intersection of 80th and 24th, Larsen’s Bakery is famous citywide for its traditional Danish Kringle, and the nearby Fresh Fish Company and Italian Meat Market can help round out your meal planning for the week. If you’re looking for something a little more out-of-the-ordinary, why not stop by Zen Dog Studio & Tea House Gallery, where you can meet the owner (aka Zen Dog), sip tea, and view the Asian artwork collection? Or sign up for a class at Pole for the Soul where you can channel your inner pole-dancer.
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