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Seattle Part 4 – Marvelous, Magnificent Magnolia

August 17, 2009

My aunt and uncle live in what is arguably the world’s most ideal location.  They have a beautiful home in an area known as Magnolia, which is on the Northwest side of Seattle in an area known as Queen Anne or Magnolia Bluff.  It’s a quiet little village with 1 coffee shop per every 7 people (or so it would seem), several boutique stores, and a corner pharmacist.  My aunt refers to it as Mayberry.  From my aunt’s front lawn, there are spectacular views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, the Olympics, the Cascades, Bainbridge Island, the downtown skyline… and the city center is literally a 5 minute trip over the bridge.  They have no obstructed views as they have only a road and a cliff between them and Puget Sound.   This also means they will NEVER have an obstructed view.  Talk about location.

I was beyond excited to show my brother the magic of this particular place.  I knew he would appreciate the beauty, the view, and their house.  I also knew he would instantly feel the relaxation that sort of overtakes you the moment you make the turn off of the bridge and into the bluff.  It’s like a force field that keeps out all manner of productivity.   And for a vacation, it’s exactly the kind of place you want to come home to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. 

The house is a whole different story.  While not the most illustrious house on the street, it is quaint and beautifully landscaped.  It is quiet, comfortable, and really lovely.  The entire front of the house is a giant seamless window, interrupted only by the front door.  Fun Fact: the house behind her used to belong to a former Seattle Supersonic, Calvin Booth.

The side door walks out into a small patio with a flowing fountain and a table for eating outdoors. 

The adirondack chairs under the knotty tree and next to the crimson Japanese Maple are my favorite spot for sitting and enjoying a cup of coffee with a view.  We definitely took advantage.

And just to the left, over the hedge, you see this…

Told you it was close to downtown.

Told you it was magical.

Told you it was beautiful.

You really should trust me more…

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