Southeast Magnolia is part of the larger neighborhood of Magnolia and enjoys many of the same perks of this quiet neighborhood. This area encompasses the interior of Magnolia with only a small part of the waterfront. It is closest to Seattle and Queen Anne Hill, but it also has easy access to the all of the green spaces in the neighborhood.
This district has easy access to pet stores, a vet, and a spa for dogs right within walking distance, so feel free to pamper your pet a bit. The large shopping area at the west end is also home to eateries, coffee shops, and a summer farmer’s market that make it a pleasure to wander on a warm day.
The climate is often great for leisurely strolls. There are plenty of days when the temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. There are not a lot of extremes in the area and, other than rain, there is little to keep you from walking.
Magnolia is hilly, but this area is not as bad as some others. There are still lots of hills, but some of the hills are pretty tame and, unless you or your pup have health issues, you should be able to tackle them with no problem. There are plenty of challenging hills if you and Max are up for it as well and the trails through Discovery Park are often used by active joggers and cyclists.
The residential areas are very quiet and have sidewalks that make walking very safe and pleasant. Shoulders filled with grass and trees allow your pup to get off the sidewalk and enjoy a bit of nature. There are few lights or stop signs in the area and most of the traffic control that is present are small roundabouts meant to direct traffic. Because Magnolia has limited access from the rest of the city, you can expect the residential areas of Southeast Magnolia to be quiet.
Like the rest of Magnolia, there are plenty of greenways either in this part of the neighborhood or just outside of it. Magnolia Park is at the tip and offers waterfront access, some nice trails, plenty of grass, and great views of the Puget Sound. You and Max can also head down to Smith Cove Park and watch the port activity.
Farther north, you will find Magnolia Playfield which reviewers say is a great place to walk or run with your pooch. Magnolia Manor Park and Lawton Park are just north and Magnolia Manor Park has an off-leash area which is sure to burn off some of Max’s excess energy.
Of course, Discovery Park is only a few blocks away and, as Seattle’s largest park, there is sure to be something fun to do there. There are plenty of trails including a 2.8-mile loop that offers some challenging terrain for those who want to get serious about their dog walks.