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Amenities in Magnolia, One of Seattle's Favorite Neighborhoods

Explore the sights, amenities and resources of the Magnolia neighborhood. Bordered on three sides by Puget Sound and the Ship Canal, Magnolia offers outstanding views of mountains, water and downtown Seattle. Just minutes from downtown and the University of Washington, Magnolia has a distinct neighborhood feel, local shops, schools, restaurants, parks and services. There is a wide variety of housing options, ranging from modest apartments, through condominums, trendy townhouses, solid family homes, to million dollar + view homes. This guide offers a sampling of all Magnolia has to offer.

Lawton Elementary School

Lawton Elementary is a small neighborhood school with a focus on academic achievement, and a culture of caring. Students are taught to be kind, respectful, responsible, and to believe they can achieve anything! Lawton has served this community for the past 100 years, offering a solid K-5 learning experience.

Lawton offers a dynamic program and rich learning environment for the range of learners. As both the designated Spectrum site in the Queen Anne/Magnolia cluster and a designated Integrated Comprehensive Services school for special-education students, Lawton is proud to be able to meet the needs of all its students.

Catherine Blaine K-8

Catharine Blaine strives to limit its four kindergarten classes to 20 students each, providing an outstanding teacher/student ratio to launch each child’s academic career.

Catharine Blaine also offers the only middle school program in Magnolia. The K‑8 structure allows them to nurture and support students in a personal, in-depth way for nine years. Continuity in curriculum, facilities, staff members and programs means a seamless transition from elementary school to middle school at an important point in a child’s academic career. It is a unique opportunity to prepare for the rigors of high school by adjusting to a set of teachers and changing classrooms throughout the day in a familiar, supportive environment. Catharine Blaine is the kind of school where the principal knows every student by name, from kindergarten through promotion onto high school.

Fatima K-8

Our Lady of Fatima School is a parochial elementary school established as a primary ministry of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. The school is first and foremost an instrument of the Gospel achieving its objectives by educating the children of the parish in the Catholic faith, supporting parents as the primary educators of their children, maintaining an environment in which our faith and its moral values can be lived out, and developing the mental and physical capabilities of the students; preparing children for leadership and service to others.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market Interbay is the neighborhood store for Seattleites in the Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, and Interbay neighborhoods. They're committed to providing natural and organic foods that are good for both you and our planet. The store has an extensive "ready-to-serve" section, perfect for lunches or family meals. Also a nice coffee shop at the front of the store.

Quality Food Center (QFC)

Located right on Dravus Street as you enter Magnolia, the QFC is a full-service grocery store that caters to the local community. Part of local grocery chain which has been purchased by the national Kroger company, the store carries both local and national brands as well as Kroger products. Extensive take-out and prepared meal section, as well as meat, fish and produce departments.

Metropolitan Market Magnolia

It all began in 1971 with one store location in Seattle. Today, Metropolitan Market has become an award-winning grocery store with multiple locations including the Magnolia Store. Their goal is to be the area's leading progressive, independent grocer, and to always be the first with the best. They carry unique products of the highest quality that will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Everything reflects this passion for food, from knowledgeable specialist in each department, to the thousands of Good Cuisine recipes developed and displayed in their culinary kiosks, where you can experience the food firsthand.
Image Courtesy of: Peter Stevens

Discovery Park

Discovery is Seattle's largest park - 534 acres, and is maintained as an urban wilderness - a sanctuary for wildlife. It is a place to escape city life and enjoy the beauty of the Puget Sound region. Over 11 miles of trails allow you to hike through cool forests, explore saltwater beaches and savor a view of distant mountains from open meadows. Paved roads closed to traffic allow for safe bicycle adventures. It is also an excellent location for bird-watching and a favorite for dog-walkers. Dog-owners, please keep dogs on leash and on the trails at all times to protect fragile habitat and wildlife.
Image Courtesy of: Seattle Municipal Archives

Interbay P-Patch

The P-Patch Program is the community gardening program of the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods and is open to Seattle residents. Staff partner with volunteers, local non-profit organizations, Seattle Housing Authority, and other agencies to support, develop and manage community gardening in Seattle. Gardeners volunteer to coordinate the tasks and activities in the garden.

P-Patches are an open space resource for all members of the community, not just gardeners, and are places to share love of gardening, cultivate friendships, strengthen neighborhoods, increase self-reliance, wildlife habitat, foster environmental awareness, relieve hunger, improve nutrition, and enjoy recreational and therapeutic opportunities.

The Interbay P-Patch has been around since the mid-1970s, and is still going, and growing, strong.
Image Courtesy of: Chas Redmond

Commodore Park

Commodore Park is named for the street that runs in front of it, although it is not certain whom the street was intended to honor. Most likely it was Commodore Thomas Peary, who reached the North Pole during the Seattle’s World’s Fair of 1909. Following the pathways down the hillside will afford the visitor with great views of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, where foaming water flows through the spillways and ships can be observed traversing the government locks. There is the opportunity for a short, comfortable walk along the promenade, where one can take advantage of park benches and cozy shelters, before reaching the canal itself, where the fish ladder is clearly visible.

Ella Bailey Park

Ella Bailey Park is the newest park in Magnolia - located on the southeast corner of Magnolia, it offers a spectacular view of downtown Seattle, as well as a fun playground, picnic area and sports court. A good location for watching the New Year's Eve fireworks atop the Space Needle.
Image Courtesy of: Greg Shaw

Bayview Playground

Bayview Playground features a grass baseball field, basketball hoops, a children's play area, and restrooms. This playfield is located just blocks from my home, and was a favorite of my children when they were growing up. Also watched many soccer, baseball and softball games on the sports fields. Bayview Playfield is located in the Ray Street subdivision. the City acquired the site in 1914 for park and playground purposes; one-third of the cost was a gift from the owner, W.P. Patten. The shelter house was built in 1957.

Magnolia Public Library

The Magnolia Library is a local access point for all books, movies, and other resources available through The Seattle Public Library system. Located just down the street from Blaine K-8 and the Magnolia Community Center, it's a great resource for individuals and families in the neighborhood.
Note: Images 2&3 are courtesy of The Seattle Public Library)

Magnolia Presbyterian Church

This is an intergenerational congregation with weekly worshippers ranging in age from newborns to 90-somethings. It is a welcoming community open to all: young and old, married and single, different races and heritages, different sexual orientations, family structures, and political beliefs. As a congregation, they hold a wide variety of views, from moderately conservative to fairly liberal. They approach theological issues with a spirit of openness and loving respect and the congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Magnolia Lutheran Church

Magnolia Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is located in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood. They offer several weekly services. They have a beautiful sanctuary with stained glass windows and pipe organ with excellent acoustics for concerts, celebrations, and memorials. Luther Hall is a large space with attached kitchen and stage for hosting Scouting functions, band rehearsals, rummage sales, pancake breakfasts and everything in between.

Christian Science Church

Twelfth Church of Christ, Scientist is located in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia. It is a branch of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. All are warmly welcome at their church service held every Sunday at 11:00 am. Sunday School for children up to the age of twenty meets at the same time as the Sunday Service.

Our Lady of Fatima Church

Our Lady of Fatima Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. In addition to daily masses and many community services, the parish sponsors the Our Lady of Fatima K-8 school, and many youth sports teams.

Church of the Ascension

Church of the Ascension is an energized and growing Episcopal congregation of about 120 households incarnating the heart of God in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. They are an open and affirming people acting as the body of Christ in forming daily disciples through traditional liturgy and music, lively adult and youth formation, and creative stewardship of God’s creation.

They actively collaborate in ecumenical mission through Operation Nightwatch, Vacation Bible School, and GreenFaith activities.

Palisade Restaurant

Palisade is one of Seattle's landmark destinations for elegant waterfront dining, catering, inspiring views and memorable dining experiences. Located at the south end of the Magnolia neighborhood, Palisade (and the associated casual dining restaurant Maggie Bluffs) looks out over a marina full of pleasure boats. They offer 3 beautiful private rooms, both indoor and outdoor dining, and can accommodate up to 300 guests for corporate meetings and events, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, holiday parties and all celebratory occasions.

Red Mill Burgers Interbay

The original Red Mill was located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle and opened in 1937. It closed in 1967. It was known as a diner and ice creamery with table and counter service. The current Red Mills were opened first in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in 1994 and the second location in the Interbay/Magnolia neighborhood in 1998.

In its first year of operation the Red Mill received honorable mention in the best burger category in the Seattle Weekly's annual Best of Seattle issue. It has subsequently won the best burger award every year since, along with numerous other accolades.
Image Courtesy of: Kim

Chinook's At Salmon Bay

Chinook's at Salmon Bay is a casual, high-energy seafood restaurant located in Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. This unique location has been the base of the North Pacific fishing fleet since 1913 with over 700 commercial fishing vessels calling it home. Chinook's is perfect for family dining, and has been one of my family's favorite locations for weekend breakfasts. "To Go" style service available at Little Chinook's in the plaza area next to the restaurant.

Magnolia Village Pub

There are plenty of sports bars in Seattle. That is, there are plenty of spots with lots of televisions, a decent beer selection and passable pub grub. But what about specific fan bases? Maybe you are a Coug who wants to watch Wazzu football among your fellow Cougs. Or a Sounders fans who prefers a rowdy, soccer-friendly crowd. In my case, we came here to watch the Oregon Ducks football games - our son's alma mater. One of the best places to watch sports; a family-friendly dining area, loads of screens to watch your favorite sport. Quality pub food with a rotating menu - no greasy burgers and fries here!

Hiram Chittenden Locks

The Hiram Chittenden Locks are an endlessly fascinating place to visit - the on-going transport of work and pleasure boats between Puget Sound and Salmon Bay captures the imagination of all who watch. Once, we saw an entire house loaded on a barge move through the locks and out into Puget Sound! Not to miss Commodore Park which is located on the Magnolia side of the locks, and the ever-fascinating fish ladder.

Magnolia's Bookstore

This is a wonderful neighborhood bookstore - a great selection of books, and if they don't have what you're looking for, they'll happily order it for you. Gift books, children's books, paperback books - a bit of everything.
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Magnolia Bluff Overlook Park

Streching across the southwest corner of Magnolia is the Bluff Overlook Park. Magnolia Boulevard is bordered on the east side by $1M+ homes, and the west side by a narrow strip of parkland. This highly-walkable promenade provides some of the best Sound, island and Mountain views available in the city.

Magnolia Community Center, Playfields & Courts

Sponsored and staffed by the Seattle Parks Department, the Community Center provides opportunities for social and recreational activities to all members of the community. In addition to classes, after-school activities and organized community sports teams, the center is associated with sports fields, tennis courts, a children's playground, and the wildly-popular Pop Mounger Pool, one of Seattle's two outdoor pools.

Fishermen's Terminal

Fishermen’s Terminal is home of the North Pacific fishing fleet, providing moorage for 400 commercial fishing vessels and work boats. It is also a hub of vessel maintenance and repair activity that brings vendors and suppliers together with a network of banking, insurance and other fishing and seafood related businesses that give our region economic diversity and resilience.

At the center of the terminal, six hundred and seventy five names are engraved in bronze beneath a towering sculpture. The Fishermen’s Memorial is a place to remember those who have lost their lives in pursuit of the bounty of the sea. While the terminal is always open to the public, every September it welcomes thousands of people who participate in Fishermen’s Fall Festival. For 25 years the festival has celebrated the return the fishing fleet and offered live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a salmon barbecue and other seafood delicacies, as well activities for kids. Funds raised by the festival support the Fishermen’s Memorial Association.

Skirting the edges of the terminal are restaurants, shops, and businesses supporting the community and those in the fishing industry. Whether you are seeking upscale dining, a corner café, or just want to purchase some fresh fish or seafood, you can find it there.
Image Courtesy of: Greg Shaw

Caffe Appassionato Coffee Roastery and Tasting Bar

Caffè Appassionato is the Pacific Northwest’s premier roasting company for the world’s finest gourmet coffee products. They offer benchmark coffee roasts and blends which are produced, packaged, labeled, and served to reflect the superior image and quality of the products. Their Roastery and Tasting Bar is located in Magnolia, near Fisherman's Terminal. We buy all our coffee there - can't beat the low acidity of the roast!

Linda Keylon

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Amenities in Magnolia, One of Seattle's Favorite Neighborhoods