- Walk Score: from at least 2 residential locations in the neighborhood: Via http://www.walkscore.com/
- Transit Options: What buses traverse the area and what other town centers/areas are easily navigable via transit.
- Night Life: What time does the neighborhood generally “shut down”, or at least appear to.
- Sleep Quality: This is simply a combination of noise, crime, feeling safe, and other measures and feeling rolled into one. Ranking will be Good or Bad.
- Arterial Mapping: This will be a map of the primary transit & road arterials in and out of the neighborhood.
- The Unique Bits: This is a list of things that make a particular neighborhood unique. Think of it like a list that makes this neighborhood not like the ticky tacky, cookie cutter, suburban sprawl neighborhoods.
- Architecture Mix: See this chart for examples: http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plan-styles/
Seattle’s Madison Park Area Review
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The first neighborhood that I’m covering here is Madison Park Area Neighborhood. This is a rather upscale, somewhat rich neighborhood that has great views of Lake Washington along the north and eastern edges and meshes up against the Madrona Park and Montlake Neighborhoods to the west and south. The neighborhood has hundreds of beautiful homes, condos of many architectural styles such as Cape Cod, Coastal, Colonial, Contemporary, Modernistic, European, Feng Shui, California, Row Houses, and other architectural styles. Barely a bad home among the lot, which is really impressive for any neighborhood of this size.
Architectural Mix: Cape Cod, Coastal, Colonial, Contemporary, Modernistic, European, Feng Shui, California, Row Houses, and other architectural styles.
There are two primary arterials coming into and out of the area. This can be a huge negative or positive.
The Unique Bits: This neighborhood has some great unique elements. At the end of Madison Avenue is a strip of little shops, bars, and other things right across from a gorgeous park. In addition to this the views of Lake Washington are absolutely tranquil. Nothing in this neighborhood is outrageously unique, but a calm, conservative, collected uniqueness about the neighborhood does exist.
Arterial Mapping: 2 Streets, East Madison Street & McGilvra Boulevard. The area is surrounded on the western, northern, and eastern edges by a park, a waterway, and a beautiful lake limiting the arterial route options.
First there is East Madison Street that leads into and out of the area to downtown Seattle. This route is mixed traffic, primarily cars and small delivery type trucks. It is also the primary transit route in and out of the area.
The second primary route south, along the lake is McGilvra Boulevard East that then merges onto Lake Washington Boulevard East. This route is absolutely beautiful riding along Lake Washington.