Georgetown: Best Seattle Neighborhoods 2013

Seattle without the sanded edges.

By Jon Dove


April 1, 2013

Georgetown is a small neighborhood surrounded by a sea of industry. We’re like that tiny dust ball in Horton Hears a Who, easy to miss, but we are here! We know our neighbors, who become friends and then open a shop in a trailer or a yoga studio above a bar (in this case, the beloved Jules Maes Saloon and Eatery; It’s small town with grit, a shot of Mayberry chased with the Dead Baby Downhill, an epic bike-messenger race in its 17th year.

Don’t miss: For something special, try Sunday brunch at The Corson Building; the food, the garden, the century-old brick building with its tiled roof are pure magic. The freight train with the horn of Beelzebub 20 feet away is pure Dali. And there’s the much larger-than-life Hat ‘n’ Boots, once an iconic ’50s roadside attraction and now in retirement at Oxbow Park.

Go-to for out-of-town guests: If you are around on a Thursday or Saturday, Georgetown Brewing Company (brewers of Manny’s Pale Ale) offers tours of its brewery. You get samples, and the guides get animated. (The $5 cost goes to charity.)

Famous for: Carleton Avenue Grocery, the oldest continually run grocery store in Seattle (since 1911), which has a first-rate $9–$15 wine selection and gluten-free crackers; and the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company, which was the largest brewery west of the Mississippi and sixth largest in the world 100 years ago.

Jon Dove is an estate gardener and Georgetown resident of 52 years. His home garden is a highlight of the annual neighborhood garden walk.


The redesign corrected inefficient layouts and awkward connections to the home’s decks.

AIA Home: Goodbye 1970

Family fixes design flaws to bring midcentury home into modern era

“Treehouse” by Floisand Studio Architects returns to glory a Ralph D. Anderson home that had lost its compass. Nick and Rachel Lenington purchased the 1970 Mercer Island home in 2010, attracted to the quiet neighborhood because of its midcentury vibe, big, west-facing windows, and abundant wildlife. An advertised water view didn’t really pan out, but…

Photography by Netra Nei

Living: This Kitchen Really Cooks

Remodel preserves Victorian charm

Raised on an off-the-grid ranch in southern Oregon, Mandy Lozano took a don’t-fence-me-in approach to renovating her kitchen in Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood. She sought to balance a respect for the 1900 Victorian’s heritage with a genetic predisposition toward creative license. “I don’t care for modern technology that much, and I don’t like fussy or…

IMG_1752 hero-min

It Costs What? High-End Seattle-Area Homes Skyrocket in Price

The rise in pricey homes throughout Seattle is nothing short of astonishing

It’s no secret that housing prices are skyrocketing. Some new numbers, however, may send you into a fit of apoplexy. A study by home buying and selling service Orchard finds that the Seattle region has experienced a whopping 180% increase in the sale of million-dollar homes in just three years. So far in 2022, almost…

The roof slopes to the south for greater solar-panel efficiency and the one-car garage was among several tradeoffs to improve energy efficiency.

Seattle Passive House Respects The Environment

Passive House in Ballard treats the environment with respect

Rade and Eli Trimceski didn’t set out to save the planet when they commissioned their new home in Ballard, but the planet sent its regards anyway. Designed and built by First Lamp Architects of Seattle, the project was named the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) National Home of the Year in 2020.  Billed as “the…