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    Hello, my family and I are house hunting in West Seattle. I’d love to hear people’s experiences of living next to schools and churches. Do they make for good or bad neighbors? What are some of the issues you’ve encountered? I’m specifically looking at houses in the vicinity of the following:

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

    Genesee Hill Elementary

    West Seattle High School

    If you live near any of these or have some insights into the noise and traffic patterns around these spots would very much appreciate your thoughts!



    Parking around churches will be tough on Sunday’s or when there’s an event there. Majority of people going will drive. Schools will have employees coming and parking early and-especially if it’s raining a LOT of parents driving their kids to school or driving to come pick them up. One funny school story is from the Seattle Times. Many years ago due to parents and neighbors’ complaints about speeders around schools SPD did emphasis patrols for a week around schools. Final tally: 75% of the speeding tickets were to parents dropping off or coming to pick up their kids. Noise: unless you live right next door shouldn’t be any noise around churches. If you live by Genesee’s playfield or Hiawatha there’ll be noise when the kids are out playing otherwise shouldn’t be much more than normal noise.

    • This reply was modified 4 months ago by CarDriver.


    Thanks CarDriver! That all makes sense. Are you, or is anyone, familiar with this church specifically? Because I was reading that it functions a bit like a community center. So I’m wondering if the parking and foot traffic is going to be 7 days a week and not just Sundays.



    Living close to West Seattle High School isn’t unpleasant. There’s traffic in the morning and release time. The students can go off campus for lunch. During that time the local stores and eateries are busy. Same is true after school. There’s no obnoxious noise outside of the usual traffic. All in all, I’d say they’re good neighbors.

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