West Seattle Community Info –
West Seattle is aptly named—it represents all of the city located west of the Duwamish River. It is the birth place of Seattle, being the first place settlers established themselves. Gorgeous views from West Seattle of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, along with the Cascade and Olympic mountains, have contributed to residents’ love for the area and make this a favorite Puget Sound destination. Alki Point, and its immensely popular Alki Beach, offers sandy beach, lawn, fire pits, volleyball nets and a flat bike and pedestrian trail runs the length of the beach—people who use this trail are treated to some of the most amazing views in the region. Low tides offer extraordinary opportunities to explore tide pools of Puget Sound marine life.
The Junction is considered the heart of downtown West Seattle and where West Seattleites connect—there are shops, restaurants, coffee places, local services, and a year-round West Seattle Farmers Market. The Junction derives its name from two streetcar lines which crossed at the junction of California and Alaska streets starting in 1907. Today, 275 area businesses call the Junction home and buses have replaced the streetcars. The Junction’s “walk all ways” pedestrian crossing system, which was established in 1952, has become a West Seattle icon— it’s “where people from all walks of life can walk all ways, together as neighbors.” Check out this recent Seattle Times article about West Seattle.