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Old 01-29-2024, 11:35 AM
 
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I'm relocating to Seattle from Atlanta this summer and researching neighborhoods. I've been to Seattle many times but not for several years. I've fallen in love with the Alki beach area. I want to be close to the water with great schools for my kids (8 yrs and 16yrs) in a low crime area. Alki seems to me to have mostly residential crime (e.g. porch theft) and not violent crime. Is that true?
Very importantly, I'm also looking for a neighborhood that a strong sense of community. Neighbors helping each other, closing streets for block parties, etc. Would you consider Alki beach that kind of neighborhood and a good place to raise kids? Thanks for any help!
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Old 01-29-2024, 12:05 PM
 
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Alki is a really fun place. I go over there often during the summer and fall. A few thoughts...

1. My gut tells me it's a little less community minded than some other neighborhoods. Probably has a higher percentage of short-term rentals.

2. It is colder and wetter in the winter (along with most of the rest of the seaward side of West Seattle, all the way down into the highlands around White Center) than much of the rest of Seattle.

3. Parking is extremely tight in Alki for several months of the year. Probably very important for your house to have enough parking for your cars, but also consider where will guests etc. park if that is important to you.


I wouldn't necessarily steer you away from Alki, but I would perhaps say that looking south of Admiral Way will make for a better living experience, than north of Admiral Way. (My points 1-3 above are mostly directed at north of Admiral especially.)

The further down you get towards Me-Kwa-Mooks is probably better (nicer housing stock, fewer tourists/day trippers, easier parking, quieter). That whole area even further down towards Lincoln Park and Endolyne is really nice! I would definitely not hesitate to live over there.
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Old 01-29-2024, 02:09 PM
 
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I'm relocating to Seattle from Atlanta this summer and researching neighborhoods. I've been to Seattle many times but not for several years. I've fallen in love with the Alki beach area. I want to be close to the water with great schools for my kids (8 yrs and 16yrs) in a low crime area. Alki seems to me to have mostly residential crime (e.g. porch theft) and not violent crime. Is that true?
Very importantly, I'm also looking for a neighborhood that a strong sense of community. Neighbors helping each other, closing streets for block parties, etc. Would you consider Alki beach that kind of neighborhood and a good place to raise kids? Thanks for any help!
Hi chabang! Alki is fun and vibrant, no question. To land in the part that feels more neighborhoody, look south of the main drag. A good reference point on the map is to follow 63rd Ave Sw to where it meets Beach Dr SW. There are some great little streets in that area that you can tuck in, but still access/walk to Alki Beach. My sister lives in Roswell near Atlanta, I bet you won’t miss that humidity!
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Old 01-29-2024, 03:03 PM
 
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I like to visit Alki but it seems to be easier to rent a bicycle than buy milk (is there anywhere?). Transit is minimal. It would be pretty inconvenient.
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Old 01-29-2024, 03:47 PM
 
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You might also want to have a peek at the Edmonds Bowl area. It has that “village down by the water” vibe, a strong sense of community and good schools too.
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Old 01-29-2024, 04:22 PM
 
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Alki Elementary School is a "9" (Great Schools).

Maybe look at the North Admiral district, which is more family and community oriented. Lafayette Elementary is an "8".

West Seattle High School is a "7".

You might also look at Ballard, Green Lake, Wallingford, Roosevelt, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, Wedgewood, Bryant, View Ridge, Matthews Beach.
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Old 01-29-2024, 06:07 PM
 
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I'm relocating to Seattle from Atlanta this summer and researching neighborhoods. I've been to Seattle many times but not for several years. I've fallen in love with the Alki beach area. I want to be close to the water with great schools for my kids (8 yrs and 16yrs) in a low crime area. Alki seems to me to have mostly residential crime (e.g. porch theft) and not violent crime. Is that true?
Very importantly, I'm also looking for a neighborhood that a strong sense of community. Neighbors helping each other, closing streets for block parties, etc. Would you consider Alki beach that kind of neighborhood and a good place to raise kids? Thanks for any help!
You have posted before that you are looking for an affordable place. You are coming from a low-cost area, Tennessee, to a high cost area. Are you sure you can afford Alki Beach?
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Old 01-30-2024, 07:10 AM
 
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You might also want to have a peek at the Edmonds Bowl area. It has that “village down by the water” vibe, a strong sense of community and good schools too.
I'll check it out. It's crazy to me though that prices even 30-40 min outside of Seattle are almost exactly the same as a house directly in the city. Once I realized that, I shifted to just looking inside the city.
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Old 01-30-2024, 08:58 AM
 
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Love Alki, but no way could I live there. It's choked with traffic all summer long, lots of booming car stereos, nose -to-butt people on the paths, and crazy crowded beach and restaurants. My great aunt used to live a block from the beach and I don't know how she did it. In addition to the noise and congestion, she constantly had people parking in her front yard, which was obviously a yard and not parking spots, and then there was the non stop litter. I rather like it in the winter though, it's got that Northwest gritty dreariness and some impressive storms.
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Old 01-30-2024, 09:36 AM
 
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Love Alki, but no way could I live there. It's choked with traffic all summer long, lots of booming car stereos, nose -to-butt people on the paths, and crazy crowded beach and restaurants. My great aunt used to live a block from the beach and I don't know how she did it. In addition to the noise and congestion, she constantly had people parking in her front yard, which was obviously a yard and not parking spots, and then there was the non stop litter. I rather like it in the winter though, it's got that Northwest gritty dreariness and some impressive storms.
Agree and disagree, see my post above. You are right that it can get crowded, noisy, no question. If you live 5-6 blocks south of the main drag, it’s not nearly as bad, then you can duck in and out of the best parts of Alki when you want. I just had a beautiful listing last fall in the area I mention, about a ten minute walk to the beach.
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