The Madrona Neighborhood in Seattle, Washington has some of the area’s most beautiful views. I was heading home from the office, the freeway was jammed, so I opted for one my favorite drives down Lake Washington Boulevard. Don’t be in a hurry when you go this way. There are few stops and the traffic is usually light, but it’s mostly 25 miles an hour. But who cares?, there’s so much to look at. Just decompress, mellow out, and enjoy.
Madrona got its name from area pioneer John Ayer, he also donated the land for Madrona Park.
The Neighborhood’s motto is The Peaceable Kingdom…
The photo was taken at Madrona Park on Lake Washington looking South and East at Mt. Rainier. Note the Lake Washington Floating Bridge behind the boats. The day had been overcast with drizzle, then about 5:00 PM the skies cleared, the sun came out, and the light was perfect. I just had to stop. I laughed to myself as the sailboats were leaving the marina down the street as fast as they could to catch the late sunny afternoon on the lake.
This is from the same spot, I just turned East. We're looking at downtown Bellevue.
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The Madrona Neighborhood is situated on a rather steep slope that starts at Lake Washington and rises west to the top of the hill and the Central District. It’s an old neighborhood with trails, parks, and a small business district. It’s hard to believe at times that you’re just a few minutes from downtown Seattle. There are great views looking east toward Medina, Bellevue, and the Cascade Mountains, and from the top of the hill there’s nice views looking west into downtown Seattle.
The area next to the lake was platted in 1889 by developers and in 1890 what’s now the core of the neighborhood was homesteaded by Dr. Georg Randell and his wife Emma. Their barn became the neighborhoods first school.
The typical home was built in the 1930’s. At this writing there are 39 homes listed in
The Peaceable Kingdom ranging from $350,000 to $3.2 million.
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Seattle Neighborhoods: Madrona -- Thumbnail History
Map credit: From Estately.com by Google.