West Seattle is a large cluster of neighborhoods in the Seattle region. It spans the Delridge and Southwest districts, and includes all parts west of the Duwamish River.
It was incorporated as an independent town in 1902 before being annexed by Seattle. The area includes saltwater beaches, including Alki Beach Park and Lincoln Park.
West Seattle is home to many beautiful views, especially of the Olympic Mountains to the west and Cascade Range. A third of Seattle's natural spaces are in West Seattle, with the West Duwamish Greenbelt being one good example.
A great feature of the Delridge neighborhood is that it offers some of the highest views in Seattle. You can get a glorious glimpse of our wonderful city from High Point: 35th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St, which is 520 feet (160 m) above sea level.
Located on the east side of 35th Ave SW, the neighborhood has a north and south bound at SW Juneau Street and SW Myrtle Street.
Guests love exploring the beautiful hill and seeing Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Parish, as well as all the wide open areas for playing and recreation. The hill is also known for the 'High Point Projects' which led to a comprehensive revitalization during the 90s.
Seattle's High Point area is one of the most diverse, with many residents hailing from Southeast Asia and East Africa.
This neighborhood was originally developed to provide affordable homes for families during World War II, and it remained a part of low-income housing throughout the 20th century.
In 2003, the Seattle Housing Authority began the first phase of a six-year project to redevelop High Point which would become a mixed-income community.
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They found out that the housing & infrastructure in this area needed to be redeveloped. To make room, they removed previously existing houses, roads, and utilities. With new roads & underground utilities in place, there is now plenty of space for about 1600 new homes and community facilities.
The redevelopment took sustainability very seriously. The site and other housing is Built Green rated; most other housing is Energy Star rated.
The site offers porous pavements and solar panels, and is the only permeable pavement street in Washington. Asthmatics can also take advantage of some homes built to reduce symptoms.
You can't argue that this plan has done well. It's won some major awards - the ULI Global Award of Excellence, 2007 EPA National Award for Smart Growth, and the 2007 Rudy Bruner Award.