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How do you descirbe Magnolia to a possible out of state buyer?

Asked by Rosa, 98101 Wed Mar 12, 2008

I have a potential client from out of state who wants a description of Magnolia (in Seattle). I have a couple of thoughts but I'd like a few more ideas on what the Magnolia neighborhood "reputation" (if any) might be. Any ideas?

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As a Dad of three boys I would say that Magnolia is a little town in a big city. I have had the pleasure of coaching soccer and basebal in Magnolia for the last 15 years and I am amazed at what a tight community Magnolia is. There are over 600 kids playing soccer and little league in Magnolia and after awhile you feel like you know almost all the kids.
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Hi William,
Kris has summed it up nicely (one of the best agents in Magnolia by the way) but I can't help but add a little bit to this question having been born and raised in Magnolia, and currently working in the Magnolia Windermere office. It definitely has a small town feel. It feels like you are well out of any metropolitan area, but is literally 5-10 minutes to downtown Seattle. (depending where in Magnolia you live) It is a great place to raise a family and is a very genuine community. Discovery Park is the best park in Seattel by far! (in my opinion) On the other note, it is tough to travel east, and lacks a bit of diversity.
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I have lived in Magnolia for over 6 years. It is a quiet quaint boutique like neighborhood. Cozy little village area, great parks including Discovery Park. I like the reference to Mayberry, it is descriptive and accurate. Fantastic views of the sound. The only area with a different personality from this is the east side of the hill toward Fisherman's Terminal. There are a lot of rentals in that area, and due to its proximity to the industrial center and railroad, tends to fetch much less of a premium then the other side of the hill.
I love the neighborhood. The only down side I have is the difficulty traveling east to I5, 520 and I90. I work in Wedgwood and the commute is generally 25 minutes.

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I may be a little predudice. I was raised on Magnolia from birth in 1950 to leaving for college in 1968. It was a story book white picket fence upbringing. At that time, Magnolia would have included middle, to upper middle to upper class (those that lived on Magnolia Bluff and Perkins Lane.) There may have been even a little lower class, down by the tracks, but as kids we never knew the difference. We rode bikes, stayed out till the street lights went on, never had areas we couldn't visit on the bluff, and knew no crime. Now obviously times have changed, but Magnolia remains one of the last "protected" areas. It has it's own shoppin village, that has everything to offer, it has waterfront, view, and simply great esoteric refurbished homes that are very desireable. The yards are large in "downtown" Seattle standards. The acccess to downtown is only surpassed by maybe Queen Anne (Where I was lucky to attend High School) or Capital Hill. To this day, when I mention that I came from Magnolia Bluff, I get a "special look" as if I am royalty. It was named Magnolia because the prolific natural flowering Dogwood were in bloom. The settlers thought them so lovely that they mistook them for Magnolia Trees. Fort Lawton was a dormant but still commissioned military facility where we would bike ride and visit the officers buildings for free badges to add to our collections. It is no a huge park that is still considered safe for family activities.
Hope this helps, it really helped me to reminisce. I can help with referrals of folks who really know th Bluff if you need one.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 13, 2008
I have lived in Magnolia for close to 30 years and I think that the best way to describe it is "small town." It is sometimes jokingly referred to as Mayberry.
It is friendly, people smile and say hi when they walk by you. There are plenty of places to walk and ride bikes and it also has the city's only 500 acre park (Discovery Park) which runs from a grove of old growth trees to the beach. The main shopping area is called 'the village" and it has a number of good restaurants and coffee shops.
I find that many of my clients who live on the hill all say the same thing--when they come home after a long day, they hit the bridge and see the water and the Olympics and just breathe a sigh of relief. It is a very relaxing place, but again, just minutes to everything Seattle has to offer.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have specific questions.
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