Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, and West Seattle is a big neighborhood (the largest in Seattle), made up of several smaller neighborhoods. It’s an area that is almost an island, with only three routes into the rest of Seattle. This isolation is both it’s strength and weakness, and is something to keep in mind when buying a home. For home buying help use ReMax Seattle for top notch expertise.
Here are the neighborhoods within West Seattle, according to the Seattle Clerk’s atlas, widely considered the authoritative source on Seattle neighborhoods.
Alki is a little bit of California in Seattle. It’s on the beach and has a relaxed vibe, but can also become a meat market on summer weekends. Most locals stay away in the summer, but it’s a great area the rest of the year.
Admiral is the second most expensive area in West Seattle, behind Alki. It’s incredibly safe, but lacks diversity. It’s full of snooty mom’s shopping at PCC, but that’s it’s only downside.
Junction is the heart of West Seattle. It has the most energy and is the most urban, walkable area. This is where you want to go for food and drink. It also has great schools just like Admiral and Alki.
Seaview is close to junction and has… wait for it… views of the water. It starts to get more affordable since it’s more walkable and you’re getting into the second tier Gatewood Elementary.
Fairmont is a fairly nondescript neighborhood. It’s a nice area and has some views, and homes are a bit more affordable here since you’re to the east of California and and pretty close to 35th Ave SW (I-35).
Genesee is right in the middle of West Seattle, between Admiral and Junction. It’s got great schools and is conveniently located. It’s less walkable than Junction, and a little more affordable than Admiral.
Faunteroy is centered around the world class Lincoln Park. It’s a beautiful area with lots of views. The further from the water you get, the more affordable it becomes. Some areas further south in Fauntleroy start to get a bit of White Center influence.
Arbor Heights is a more affordable area as you’re getting closer to the city boundary. As long as you stay a few blocks west of 35th Ave SW it’s a nice area and a good value.
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