Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Brighton and Seward Park

My daughter and I picked the best day of the week for today's 8.4 mile walk in the Seward Park and Brighton neighborhoods. We observed a real variety of properties as we walked between Lake Washington and the Othello Street Station on Martin Luther King Jr Way S.

Starting in the Seward Park neighborhood, we followed a path by the Shore View sign at Willow Street

and were rewarded with a great lake view.

This east side of Seward Park Avenue S is home to the Caroline Kline Galland Home,

some private lanes, park-like gated properties

and some truly impressive looking homes.

You can even buy a lakefront lot on this private, gated lane, if you have $850,000.

We spotted this footpath just north of Holden Street (between the two sections of S Wildwood Lane). It took us all the way to Rainier Avenue S and the more modest Brighton neighborhood. We admired a number of houses whose entrances were along the footpath and imagined neighbors barbecuing on their lawns in the summer.

There is an archway where we exited the lane

and we noted a few more lanes, one of which was private.

This stretch of Rainier is home to businesses in older looking buildings and the new Emerald City Commons (affordable housing).

We wound our way over to the Othello Station where we saw many stores in the King Plaza Center and King Square but were disappointed that we did not see the types of art work I'd seen at some of the other stations.

We did, however, see a lot of churches as we walked back towards Rainier Avenue. The First Samoan Christian Congregational Church,

the Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church,

the Holly Park Community Church,

Iglesia Ni Christo (these four were all within a block of each other),

Good Shepherd Church (non denominational),

Cao Dai Temple

and Van Hanh Temple (which is erecting a large addition behind this building).

Along the way, we spotted bike route signs painted in the streets, Othello Playground (pictured in a prior post),

a skinny house,

a Push for Puppies button,

a sign for Boyds Rose Garden (but no garden),

a mural on a small coffee shop

and a very impressive tree deck/play structure.

This was another rewarding walk and made more enjoyable by walking with my daughter.

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