Thursday, February 23, 2012

Briarcliff Neighborhood of Magnolia

We met many dog walkers, saw joggers and admired a daycare group out for some fresh air as we took a 6.1 mile stroll through the streets of the Briarcliff neighborhood of Magnolia. We walked along the streets immediately south of Discovery Park from 37th Avenue W to the Sound and as far south as W Bertona.

This entire area is residential. It is quiet, neat and affluent looking. Homes on the western edge have spectacular views of Puget Sound. Houses vary in size from quite small to estate-like.

The smallest house we saw had a beautiful yard and the tallest trees in the area.

Streets in the eastern portion have sidewalks and curbs and above ground utilities. Some streets in the western portion have underground utilities and the spot where the lines come out of the ground demonstrates just how many wires run through our neighborhoods.

We saw some lovely gardens (one with a shrub pruned to look like a face) and a baby blue 1960 Thunderbird with a 'for sale' sign.

A quiet neighborhood bordering on a busy park and one where we saw palm trees. Since viewing the house surrounded by palm trees in northwest Fremont, we have noted palm trees on every walk (that's eight now) we've taken.


  1. Peggy,

    I grew up on Magnolia, and back in the 50's there was someone who lived on Magnolia Boulevard who was always trying to cultivate palm trees. He'd plant fairly big ones (presumably from California). They'd always do all right for the first summer, then start to deteriorate and usually die by the middle of the second winter--then he'd start all over again. The fact that there are now so many places in Seattle with thriving palms has to say something about climate change.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I don't know what varieties of palms I'm seeing but they appear to be doing well.