Magnolia Bluff is the Southwest hillside enclave in Magnolia with some of the most expansive views in Seattle. These bluffs were originally noted by Captain Vancouver in his ship's log, mistaking the madrona trees along the hillside as magnolias, and the name stuck. With unobstructed views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the islands, Magnolia Bluff homes are highly regarded.
Magnolia Bluff in Seattle has few green spaces, there's Magnolia Park in Magnolia Blvd W (a park with a play area, walking paths, picnic areas, trees, and a great view of the Puget Sound), Magnolia Viewpoint in Magnolia Blvd W (a park with a sidewalk, benches, and great views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound, and it's located west of Magnolia Park), Magnolia Playfield North in 32nd Ave W (has fields for games like soccer, softball, and football and located north of Magnolia Park), and Carleton Highlands in Perkins Ln W (a natural area located north of Magnolia Viewpoint).
Schools in Magnolia Bluff are Magnolia Cooperative Preschool in W McGraw St located east of Magnolia Viewpoint and west of VCA Magnolia Animal Hospital, Kaleidoscope Preschool in W Lynn St located south of Magnolia Playfield, Blaine Junior High School located south of Magnolia Playfield North, Catharine Blaine K-8 in 34th Ave W located near Blaine Junior High School, Dance Studio in W Smith St located east of Magnolia Playfield and near CVS drug store, Discovery Montessori School in 34th Ave W located west of Magnolia Playfield North, Our Lady of Fatima Parish School in W Dravus St located north of Magnolia Playfield North, Magnolia School of Music LLC in 31st Ave W located east of Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, and Magnolia Elementary School in 28th Ave W located west of Ella Bailey Park. The public library in this neighborhood is Magnolia Branch Seattle Public Library in 34th Ave W near Magnolia Playfield North and near bus stop 34th Ave W & W Armour St.
Most of the stores and restaurants are in the south side of Magnolia Playfield, there's Acorn Floral in Viewmont Way W (a Florist located north of the Church of the Ascension), Pink Salt Restaurant in W McGraw St (Peruvian restaurant located near 76 Gas station), 76 Gas station in 3301 W McGraw St located near Kaleidoscope Preschool, Starbucks in W McGraw St #100 located near Fashwire, Vixen Collection in W McGraw St located near United States Postal Service, Queen Margherita Pizza in W McGraw St UNIT 103 located near Pet Pros Magnolia-Pet supply store, Bartell Drugs in 32nd Ave W located near Queen Margherita Pizza, Modele's Home Furnishings in W McGraw St (Consignment shop located east of Serendipity Cafe), Petit Pierre Bakery in W McGraw St located east of Magnolia's Bookstore, Magnolia Eye Care in W McGraw St located west of U.S. Bank Branch, Magnolia Garden Center Gift Shop in 32nd Ave W located west of Magnolia Ace Hardware, Mondello Italian Restaurant in 33rd Ave W #3 located east of the Chase Bank, and Jim's Cobbler Shoppe in 32nd Ave W (Shoe repair shop located south of CVS Drug store. Homes in the Magnolia Bluff area have recently sold for between $1.1 million and $5.6 million. To see today's real estate listings in Magnolia Bluff, Seattle, please click the link below.
The Magnolia Bluff neighborhood is located in Central Seattle. Homes for sale in Magnolia Bluff include foreclosures (bank-owned homes), short sales, new construction, and traditional resale homes. Home styles range from condos to townhomes and single-family homes.
Came across some old photographs I have of a classic Washington State geology site - Seattle's Magnolia bluffs AERIAL VIEW. The bluffs are located on the west side of of the Magnolia neighborhood. A large public park that was formerly part of Fort Lawton provides a wild landscape within the city.
The uppermost part of the bluff is nearly all sand. At the time of the pictures the upper bluff slope was a wind eroded landscape. The base of the bluff is a series of finely bedded alternating layers of clays and silts with some fine sand layers.
The upper sand unit is locally referred to as the Esperance Sand and the silt clay unit at the base of the bluff is locally called the Lawton Clay. These two units are a common sequence in the central Puget Sound bluffs and the unit terms are commonly used elsewhere as they are relatively recognizable units.
When glacial ice advanced out of the north into Puget Sound approximately 18,000 years ago the ice blocked the outlet of water to the north forming a deep glacial margin lake in what is now central Puget Sound. Initially glacial meltwater and streams flowing into the lake laid down the silts and clays of the Lawton Clay in alternating layers associated with the ebb and flow of meltwater flowing into the lake. As the ice advanced meltwater streams from the advancing ice dumped huge loads of sediment into the lake and as the ice got closer the lake became filled with sediment and sand became the dominant sediment forming the Esperance Sand.
Both the sand unit and underlying clay were over ridden by glacial ice and were highly compacted. The Lawton Clay was highly compressed and now stands as steep somewhat erosion resistant bluff slopes. The lack of clay and silt in overlying Esperance Sand means that sand has little cohesion. Hence, even though the Esperance sand is very compact, it readily erodes and looses stability when wet.
So at Magnolia Bluffs we have a great recipe for landslides: very compact, very low permeability Lawton Clay with low cohesion Esperance Sand sitting on top of it. It does rain in Seattle. The rain readily infiltrates into the and down through the sand until it reaches the clay. At that point the water can not go down and becomes perched on top of the clay and flows along the top of the clay. At Magnolia Bluffs the top of the clay slopes towards the bluff slope.
If the volume of perched groundwater builds up enough the sand bluffs become like sand castles at the beach getting wet - they collapse. A hike or scramble down the bluff slopes lead to springs and flowing streams from the perched water above the Lawton Clay and within the Esperance Sand.
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