North Admiral (also called the Admiral District) is the oldest neighborhood in West Seattle. In the early 1900s it was connected to Seattle by paddle-steamer ferry and a cable car line. Its charming, pedestrian-friendly streets are fully enjoyed by strollers, joggers, bikers and dog-walkers. North Admiral is a mix of new construction and stately old homes. While not as grand as Queen Anne Hill or North Capitol Hill, this closely-knit neighborhood lays claim to the most dramatic views of the city. Hamilton Viewpoint Park, perched directly above Alki Point, offers gorgeous vistas of the skyline, Puget Sound, and sunrises over the Cascades. The viewing spot at the bend in Admiral Way boasts stunning views eastward to downtown Seattle and the Cascade Mountains, and is a popular firework viewing spot. It also features an authentic totem pole, erected in 1966. Just over the bluff on Harbor Avenue Southwest is Seacrest Park, the landing and departure point for the West Seattle Water Taxi to downtown. Other unofficial viewpoints are located throughout the neighborhood.
North Admiral is served by the Seattle School District and is home to West Seattle High School, home of the Wildcats, and Lafayette Elementary, which is considered to be one of the best elementary schools in the city.
For the past three years, the Admiral Neighborhood Association has presented the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Park, a series of outdoor family concerts. Friends and neighbors bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to enjoy local music and entertainment.
A longtime Fourth of July tradition is the annual Fourth of July Kids’ Parade where 300-400 kids with decked-out bikes, wagons and strollers march down a winding parade route from 44th and Sunset to Hamilton Park for games and a picnic.
The main commercial strip of California Avenue is home to the nautical-themed, two-screen Admiral Theater, a historic landmark designed in 1942 by the same architect who created the Hollywood Pantages theater. Also located on California Avenue are foodie paradise Metropolitan Market (formerly Admiral Thriftway), and the beloved Husky Deli, where locals have been lining up for amazing sandwiches and handcrafted ice cream since 1932.