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Madison Park

Madison Park is an upscale village nestled on the shore of Lake Washington near the west end of the Evergreen Point Bridge. Perfectly appointed with sophisticated yet original shops and restaurants; it is hard to imagine a more perfect place to live while still in the city. The village is surrounded by tree-lined streets and homes with character abound. Whether you are looking for a cozy bungalow, a secluded mansion or a condo with a view, you don’t have to look far in Madison Park! Enjoy a latte’ at one of the coffee shops and you are sure to experience the strong sense of community. Pick up some fresh flowers at Best Buds or Bert’s Red Apple neighborhood grocery store or swing by Pharmaca for any of your drugstore needs. Whether shopping for a unique gift, kitchenware, apparel or home décor, you will be pleased with the variety and selection the Madison Park shopping district offers. Perhaps you would like to relax and have a spa treatment; Madison Park has luxurious spa options as well as a variety of nail salons for you to choose from. Service companies are also aplenty in Madison Park; from chiropractors to dentists to insurance agents you are sure to appreciate the convenience and simplicity of life in this fabulous neighborhood.

Dining: from casual to formal, quick to lingering, lively to romantic, there are numerous scrumptious dining options in Madison Park. Click here for a list of restaurants.

What’s happening: The Madison Park community takes pride and comes together for many fun events and celebrations throughout the year.

Madison Park Days in July: a three-day sidewalk sale, a children’s parade, and a family picnic.

Halloween is a costume extravaganza with all of the neighborhood children flooding the sidewalks to celebrate and fill their treat bags with the goodies given out by the local merchants and then posing for a picture outside of Bing’s restaurant.

Enjoy the Christmas Ship parade while sipping hot chocolate, cider and eating cookies in the warmth of the bonfire on the beach and listen to the Salvation Army Band at the Christmas Ship Beach Party. The holidays are festive and the annual street lighting adds a luminous glow to Madison Park’s already cheerful and quaint feel.

Recreation: The energy is contagious in this active neighborhood. Runners and cyclists flood Lake Washington Blvd in the summer months. For the outdoor enthusiast, the possibilities are endless in and around Madison Park. Nature lovers can enjoy the neighborhood almost all year round, whether strolling along the beach in the summer, enjoying the quiet serenity of the Arboretum‘s Japanese garden in the fall, or playing a few rounds of tennis at Madison Park while the kids enjoy the playground in the spring.

The annual Argosy Christmas Ships Festival lights up the area as it departs from Leschi Marina during the first part of December, and it stops at Madrona and Madison Park beaches for bonfires on shore and musical performances from special-guests choir groups aboard the lead ship.

It’s nearly impossible to not spot evidence of Judge John McGilvra’s influence in Madison Park. The most notable piece would be Madison Street, named after the fourth U.S. president. McGilvra, the area’s first developer, purchased 420 acres of land in the area the Duwamish called “Where One Chops.” Twenty-four acres of that land was set aside for the public and became Madison Park. Between 1864 and 1865, McGilvra cut a straight road through the forest from Downtown Seattle to his land at his own expense. Madison Street, which became a well-traveled road and cable-car route, runs diagonally across Seattle’s traditional north-to-south, east-to-west streets. It is the only direct rout in the city between salt water (Puget Sound) and freshwater (Lake Washington).

Madison Park: East Madison and Howe streets – has children’s play equipment and tennis courts. Across the street is Madison Beach, which has a bathhouse/restrooms and a lifeguard during the summer season.

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