Beach Drive Bungalow is located on Beach Drive, a residential street that runs along the Puget Sound. Although the Bungalow is waterfront, it does not have beach access.
The bulkhead and “back yard” at Beach Drive Bungalow are a great place to relax during the summer.
There are, however, several public parks nearby with beach access.
Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook
The closest park to the home with access to Puget Sound is Emma Schmitz Overlook and Me Kwa Mooks Park. The parks, located at 4503 Beach Drive, have steps on the north side, that go down to the beach. Emma Schmitz Overlook is a marine preserve. Here’s a fun post from our sister blog, Beach Drive Blog featuring a historic photo of the park.
A few blocks north, at 4035 Beach Drive, you’ll find Weather Watch Park. This post shares some history on park, when it once had a pier.
Andover Place Park
Just another block north at 4000 Beach Drive is Andover Place Park. This is a “street end” park that is tucked between two residential buildings.
Continuing north along Beach Drive, with the sound to your left, you’ll find Cormorant Cove. This park is just north of condos that are built on piers extending over Puget Sound.
Continue on to 3521 Beach Drive to find Constellation Park also known as Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint. A portion of this park is a marine preserve. This park stretches to furthest point of Beach Drive. The Alki Light House is just a few blocks away and a little further on is Alki Beach.
Lowman Beach at sunset
South of the Bungalow, you’ll find Lowman Beach Park at 7017 Beach Drive. A photo I took of windsurfers wound up being published in the book “Wings Over Washington”, a copy of which is available for your viewing during your stay in the bungalow.
Lowman Park neighbors one of my favorites, Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park has a salt water swimming pool that’s open during the summer months and plenty of trails and beaches to explore. You can watch the Fauntleroy to Vashon ferry run from many park benches or picnic areas. A portion of Lincoln Park is a marine preserve.
When exploring beaches at the parks, it’s good to know that beaches in front of homes are most likely private property and depending on the legal description, some properties have further property lines than others. Clams and other shellfish found in these parks are not be safe to eat. Speaking of shells, it’s important to leave shells and sea critters (like sand dollars) on the beaches. The Seattle Aquarium often hosts walks on some of the beaches – we do our best to publish them on the events page of this blog and to post them in the bungalow.
Beach Drive Bungalow as seen during high tide.