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Behold, Mount Olympus! - Geographically perhaps, but for all practical purposes, Magnolia is no closer to the Olympic Mountain Range than any other neighborhood in Seattle. But from the bluff at Discovery Park or the tops of the highest hills in the neighborhood, nowhere in Seattle feels closer to the Olympic peninsula than Magnolia. Like many other Seattle neighborhoods, because of its hilly topography, Magnolia features astounding views of the surrounding areas; Elliot Bay and downtown Seattle to the South, Queen Anne Hill to the east, Ballard to the north, and the Olympic Peninsula to the west. Even the homes perched on the hillsides of the somewhat canyon-like area surrounding Magnolia village have pleasant territorial views of the surrounding area. 

Nouveau riche vs. pas neuf riche - I'm not sure if "pas neuf riche" even makes sense in French, but c'est la vie. . . Primarily because large, vacant parcels were still available well into the 1900's, Magnolia became fully populated well after Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and other neighborhoods closer to the city. The height of the Magnolia construction boom didn't happen until the middle half of the 20th century. Whereas the early inhabitants of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods are all long gone, some of the original settlers to Magnolia are still living there today. That is to say that Magnolia has an age demographic slightly older than average for Seattle. But that's changing. Large, mid-century view homes, safety, peace and quiet are all things that appeal to younger families with "means". So Magnolia's demographics are in flux faster than perhaps any other neighborhood in Seattle. 

A really big park.  - If you like Discovery Park and you haven't watched the AMC TV show, "The Killing" yet, do yourself a favor and don't. At 543 acres, Discovery Park is far and away Seattle's biggest Park. It features nearly 12 miles of trails and is beloved by fans of wildlife, a vast variety of which can be seen while strolling in Discovery Park. The views from its bluffs are one-of-a-kind. And so is the hike from the bluffs to the beach.

Bring a really big bankroll - The price/square foot in Magnolia isn't out of control by Seattle standards. But many of the houses here are much larger than houses in other neighborhoods. Homes in Magnolia average over 2300 square feet. And at an average price/square foot over $3.00, it doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that the average Magnolia home sells for over $700,000. 

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