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The southeast portion of Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood borders the Interbay district and extends to 15th Avenue West and the rail yard of the BNSF Railroad. Smith Cove runs along the south end. Captain Vancouver named the area for the trees; however, he mistakenly observed the native Madrona trees on a bluff and thought them to be Magnolias.

The neighborhood contains mostly single-family homes and small multiple unit apartments. Larger condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings line the east-facing slope with views to Queen Anne Hill. Magnolia Park faces south on the waterfront and contains areas for picnicking and tennis. Joggers and bikers enjoy the trails and the views, as well. Smith Cove features a marina and shopping area, with restaurants that feature fish dishes. Local fishermen park their boats here for salmon fishing in local and Alaskan waters.

Students attend Lawton Elementary School and Blaine K-8. For middle school, many attend McClure Middle School on neighboring Queen Anne Hill. There is no high school in Magnolia, so students travel to Ballard High School. Some choose to attend the Center School located in the Seattle Center House.

Magnolia Village is the main shopping area for residents, and shops along 15th Avenue West also attract shoppers. Grocery stores and clothing stores share the street along with restaurants and cafés. The local library for this area is the Magnolia library, located on the top of Magnolia Hill. Buses take commuters down 15th Avenue to jobs downtown and to the bus hub at 3rd Avenue and Union Street.

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