Madison Valley

Madison Valley

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The Seattle neighborhood Madison Valley is also known as “Little France” by many due the many French restaurants and its European look and feel. Located just two miles east of downtown Seattle and about a mile away from Lake Washington, it is a relatively quiet neighborhood whose business district boasts of having a good mix of shops and services.

There is also a “real neighborhood” feel to the area as well since there are a few active email lists that help to keep the neighbors in touch with each other. These have helped created various habitat restoration, babysitting co-ops and the borrowing of tools and supplies from one another. gives the neighborhood a high rating of 75 including an A+ for the cost of living (which is 7% higher than Seattle) and housing (the median home value is 17% higher than Seattle). It also good great marks for employment (a B+ rating due to the fact that the median household income here is 72% higher than Seattle), crime (a solid “B” since crimes are 60% lower here than in Seattle) and education (B)  stating that the high school graduation rate is 5% higher than in Seattle.

Speaking of schools, gave the area’s grade school McGilvra Elementary School a “9” rating out of 10 (1617 38 Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112) and Washington Middle School (2101 South Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144) an “8” out of 10. Garfield High School (2101 South Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144) is the area’s local high school.

The University of Washington is less than three miles away and Seattle University is only 1.6 miles away. Seattle Central Community College is not too far away either.

According to, Madison Valley received a “very walkable” score of 81 stating that most errands can be done on foot. For those that can’t, the 57 transit score states that the public transportation is good and is also quite bikeable as well.

The beautiful Washington Park Arboretum sits on the shores of Lake Washington and features 230 acres of different plants. It is free and open daily. The Japanese Garden however does have an admission fee, but it is a tranquil place that should not be missed.

Area restaurants worth noting include Bing’s Food & Drink (4200 E Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112) which is open seven days a week and offers food that you won’t be able to find anywhere else like the Kale Caesar Salad, the Andouille Mac & Cheese and the Chorizo Meatloaf.

The local pizza joint, The independent Pizzeria (4235 East Madison, Seattle, WA, 98112) has been around since 2010 offering many varieties of its craft pizza, antipasti, and nice selecting of beer and wine. The fact that it sits right on the water isn’t too bad either. Other great restaurants worth trying out include Cactus Restaurant (4220 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3237), Nishino (3130 E Madison St, Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112), Thai Ginger (1841 42nd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112) and the Attic Alehouse and Eatery (4226 E Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112)

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Dated: October 17th 2017
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