GET TO KNOW Madrona
Madrona is one of the more architecturally eclectic neighborhoods in Central Seattle, and views make a big difference in property prices. The eastern side of Madrona, past 34th Avenue slopes down toward Lake Washington, and its winding roads are lined with older view properties, including contemporary mansions and darling cottages. West of the 34th to Madrona's western edge, Martin Luther King Jr Way, one finds craftsman homes and clusters of apartments and townhouses. Between the two, there is a mix of working class families, established families and new wealth. 34th avenue is flanked by two cafes, eateries, boutiques and two parks. It's also where bus commuters can grab a couple lines that head downtown through Capitol Hill and First Hill. The roads to the lake zigzag down. (No road takes you straight from 34th to Lakeview.) Urban hikers cut through the tangle via wooded stairwells that offer a picturesque walk to the lake. This can make getting in and out of the neighborhood by car a little more time-consuming, but Madrona is relatively close to the I-90 bridge, just past Leschi, so those commuting to the east side don't have too far to go. It also isn't far from the nightlife and retail on Capitol Hill, for those who want a break from the peace and quiet.
WHERE TO SHOP
Hitchcock: Chic boutique and design studio, featuring handsome accessories and jewelry for men and women.
WHERE TO CHILL
Hi-Spot Cafe: A charming house converted into a breakfast and lunch hangout, serving eggs all day, plus other fare.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Madrona Park: Over 30 acres of green space on Lake Washington, with BBQ pits, boat launches and diving platforms.
WHERE TO EAT
Red Cow: An upscale brasserie serving steak and French classics, shellfish, charcuterie, cocktails and wine.
WHERE TO DRINK
Bottlehouse: Tasting room featuring northwest wines, also serving artisan cheeses, cured meats and microbrews.
LIVE IN Madrona
$0 kCondo Avg.
$1.21 mSingle Family Avg.
$02 Bedroom Rent