Situated on one of Seattle’s landmark hills, Magnolia is a residential neighborhood on a peninsula that extends into Puget Sound. Accessible by several bridges, Magnolia has natural boundaries that give its residents the feeling of living on an island, though they are just minutes from Seattle’s bustling downtown.

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About Magnolia

Magnolia’s name stems from a happy mistake. A member of the U.S. Coastal Survey mistook the native madrona trees, with their striking red bark, for magnolia trees and named the place Magnolia Bluff. The section locals still call the Bluff has some of the best views of the city, of the downtown skyline and snowcapped Mt. Rainier as well as the Olympic Mountains toward the west. This neighborhood is largely comprised of family homes in a range of architectural styles, though a growing numbers of new condos and townhomes have begun to attract more young urban professionals.


The heart of Magnolia is the Village, a small commercial district of shops, restaurants, and professional services and the site of the weekly farmers’ market, which gives the place a small-town vibe. Magnolia residents often run into their neighbors while doing errands in the Village and are on a first-name basis with the checker at the Magnolia Bartell’s drugstore. With the exception of a couple pubs and the more upscale Oliver’s Twist, there’s not a lot of nightlife in this part of town, but many longtime residents (like us!) prefer it that way.

Featured Business

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Favorite Features

Outdoor Public Pool

Farmers Market

Discovery Park

Dog Park

Post Office

Fisherman's Terminal

Public Library

Ballard Locks

Magnolia Schools

The Magnolia neighborhood has numerous high quality schools in the area as well as in the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods.

Lawton Elementary School

• Public • Grades K-5 
• 453 students 


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McClure Middle School

• Public • Grades 6-8 
• 540 students 


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Catharine Blaine K-8

• Public • Grades K-8 
• 782


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Ballard High School

• Public • Grades PK-5 
• 1,930


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