Madison Park/Washington Park/Denny Blaine
With incredible views of Mount Rainier and Lake Washington, Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood is one of the city’s most sought-after residential enclaves. Add to the views locally owned cafes, pubs, coffee shops and an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, as well as boutiques, and salons, and it’s also one of the most desirable neighborhoods to dine and shop.
Immediately north of Madison Park and often considered part of the same greater community are Washington Park and Denny Blaine, home to many of Seattle’s most historic and beautiful homes including the residence of the President of the University of Washington.
Madison Park is named after a 24-acre lakeside haven that draws Seattleites all summer to its grassy shore for sunbathing, swimming and concerts. Tennis courts and a swimming beach and playground keep kids and families entertained for hours. A charming, upscale commercial area along Madison Street, just a short walk from the park, is an eclectic mix of fun shops and restaurants.
The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum also sits on the shore of Lake Washington in Madison Park and is considered one of the country’s finest public gardens. The botanical garden features plants from around the Pacific Ocean region, and there’s also a beautiful formal Japanese garden Great walking paths and abundant soccer fields complete this wonderful arboretum park.