My love affair with West Seattle

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Lincoln Park, West Seattle

As of late, I've been traveling out to the land far, far away. The land to which few have traveled due to the excruciating long voyage that's required to step onto it's soil. Yes, I'm talking about West Seattle.

You mention the words "West Seattle" and any self-respecting Seattliete will gasp and throw their hands in the air in distress.

"It's so far away!"

"Are you crazy? You might as well go to Timbuktu."

"It's like the Bermuda Triangle. You go there and you don't come back!"


I took the challenge head on, which has now resulted in my love affair with West Seattle.

Lincoln Park, West SeattleTo my pleasant surprise, West Seattle is only a quick 10-15 minute drive from downtown Seattle - even with taking a bridge and the construction-packed viaduct (which I'll admit is not for the faint of heart).  West Seattle has a quirky personality (okay, hippy-like) where all of the residents take life a little slower and enjoy the peace and quiet just beyond the city.

What sparked my instant love, though, beyond the boutique shops and variety of community restaurants, was Lincoln Park


Lincoln Park sits on a bluff that overlooks the Puget Sound.  Trails criss-cross through the park and up and down the bluff - perfect for a small hike with the dog.  While the park features tennis courts, kids playground and vast fields, it's the trails that drag me in.

Take a walk down to the water and there's picnic tables and a long walking path that carries you right along the ocean.  Even on a busy, sunny day the beach is anything but crowded - unlike Alki Beach, Lincoln Park's northern sister.

Being surrounded by the expanse of ocean water, a calm engulfs you.  I now understand West Seattle's slow pace. You can't help it.

Lincoln Park should easily be among Seattle's best kept secrets.  (Oops, the cat's out of the bag.)

Lincoln Park, West Seattle


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Mary Parkin
West USA Realty, Inc. - Peoria, AZ

Seattle is a gorgeous city, thank you for the information, will keep Lincoln Park in mind the next time I visit!

May 19, 2011 05:03 AM #1
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

I love West Seattle as well, love the slower pace. Hippy-like pretty much describes where I live now so I would be right at home there.

May 19, 2011 05:17 AM #2
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I loved Seattle when I visited it long ago. Such a beautiful city. And now, when I come back I know exactly where to go... Seattle's (formerly) best kept secret - Lincoln Park!

May 19, 2011 06:34 AM #3
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kelly - I've always wanted to go to Seattle and it is on my bucket list. Our very good friends moved there and send us photos regularly. It looks like my kind of place - beautiful nature, fresh air, hiking , dog friendly and a more laid back pace with very friendly people. When I do make it, I'll be sure I check out Lincoln Park and take tons of photos!

May 19, 2011 01:18 PM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I just came here at the request of today's daily drop to encourage you to blog more.  Do, blog more!  :-)

Jun 20, 2011 04:18 AM #5
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kelly, aha!  I see mostly sunny skies in your photos!  I am convinced that rain in Seattle is a big myth.  Whenenver I've vistied my brother out there, the weather has been totally spectacular.  You live in a lovely part of the world.

Jun 20, 2011 04:25 AM #6
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
The daily drop is harassing you! Lol! So I stopped by to give you a hug! :))) xo
Jun 20, 2011 05:41 AM #7
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

☂  Kelly, congrats on being in the member spotlight today!  How fun it was to see your lovely smile as I scrolled down.  So NOW that you have our attention ~ looks like we're be waiting to read more!  :)

Jun 20, 2011 07:02 AM #8
Kelly Anderson
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA

The staff here sure know how to keep me on my toes!  Thanks for all the encouragement.  I'll get to work on another blog here soon.

And Patricia, we tend to get true "sun" around here for maybe a couple months a year.  This was one of those few days.  And maybe you need to come visit more often.  Sounds like you are bringing the sun with you!

Jun 20, 2011 07:50 AM #9
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Nice tip on the Lincoln Park vs Alki Kelly!  Sometimes I just don't want to deal with the crowds.  Now if it could just get a bit warmer around here....

Jul 13, 2011 11:37 AM #10
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