GET TO KNOW Madison Valley
On the hillside facing Lake Washington, south of Montlake and North of Madrona, the residential community of Madison Valley is nestled in lush swaths of trees and along steep drops. Its two main thoroughfares (Martin Luther King Jr Way and Madison Street) intersect at approximately the neighborhood's center. Madison Street is lined with with apartment buildings further up the hill, but at this intersection one finds bakeries, services, shops and a slew of restaurants. Many of these have a French influence, leading some locals to refer lightheartedly to the neighborhood as "Seattle's French Quarter." A little bit further down the hill, Madison Street intersects Lake Washington Boulevard which is roughly the border between Madison Valley and the neighboring Madison Park neighborhood. At this intersection, one finds more commercial properties, including fine dining and salons. The boulevard takes one through the glorious Washington Park Arboretum and is another major commuter pathway, as it connects drivers and cyclists with both I-90 and the 520 with minimal traffic lights. The surrounding area is flush with single family homes, many of which have sizable yards used for victory gardens and creative landscaping. Parts of Madison Valley feel more cloistered than others, thanks to the hilly topography (which also deterred people from building here for many years), but it is in fact very close to downtown and the lively urban village, Capitol Hill.
WHERE TO SHOP
River Song: A sweet, earthy shop specializing in gifts and hand-crafted jewelry and accessories from local creators.
WHERE TO CHILL
Essential Baking Company: Fresh-made pastries, soups and sammies, hot and cold beverages and ample indoor and outdoor seating.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Washington Park Arboretum: 230 acres, including wetland trails on the lake, unique seasonal gardens, picnic sites and the UW Botanical Gardens.
WHERE TO EAT
Cafe Flora: One of Seattle's most popular brunch spots, known for vegan and vegetarian cuisine and an indoor garden.
WHERE TO DRINK
The Harvest Vine: Seasonal Basque tapas and a wine list as impressive as the restaurant's name suggests.
LIVE IN Madison Valley
$517 kCondo Avg.
$675 kSingle Family Avg.
$20002 Bedroom Rent