West Seattle Modern Homes
West of downtown, across the Duwamish River, West Seattle is known for its spectacular views of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains.
Sandy Alki Beach attracts hordes of Seattleites during summer for a vibrant lifestyle reminiscent of a California beach town. A variety of properties dot this neighborhood—called North Admiral, which is the oldest in West Seattle—from cottages and condos to modern homes. Sunbathers, rollerbladers, volleyballers, and runners frequent the waterfront, while tourists and locals alike enjoy the litany of boutique shops, grocery stores, and family-run restaurants. To the west, 100-year-old Alki Point Lighthouse
, a preserved concrete and masonry tower, is a must-see attraction. Another bonus? The West Seattle Water Taxi
gets you to downtown in a scenic 10-minute ferry ride.
Elsewhere, The Junction (Alaska Street and California Avenue) is a commercial core with plenty of shopping and dining options, plus a year-round farmers market on Sundays. And farther south, 135-acre Lincoln Park offers hiking paths and biking trails, picnic and play areas, and remarkable greenery, including old-growth Douglas firs.
Eclectic microhoods throughout West Seattle feature an array of classic moderns as well as new contemporary builds. Mid-century enclaves, like Fauntlee Hills
—with expansive homes featuring open floorplans—and Arroyo Heights
, a waterfront community where many MCM properties built during the post-World War II development boom still stand, are coveted areas for their stunning Puget Sound views.
A wave of recent development has also brought sustainable communities into the real estate mix, attracting young professionals and families to the area. One of the more notable examples is High Point
, a diverse, mixed-income community featuring recently constructed cottages and townhomes that are Energy Star or Built Green rated. Playgrounds, parks, and public gardens encourage a community feel, while porous sidewalks, drought-tolerant plantings, and low-impact landscaping keep sustainability in mind.