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Capitol Hill

The place to be if you want to be in front of the trend wave.

About:

20 somethings working in the tech industry are legion here.  The neighborhood motto: give me a smart phone, I don't want your car. There is also Seattle University, Seattle Community College and Cornish School of the Arts here which skews demographics and entertainment to younger audiences.

Rule of thumb: people party on the south side of Cap Hill and go to sleep on the north side.


Location

Situated just east of the I-5 freeway, Seattle's business district and Denny Triangle, Capitol Hill looks out over the city and neighborhoods further east such as Madison Valley, south to First Hill and west to Lake Union.

Housing

Capitol Hill has been one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods since the 1900s. Well known for the Seattle Box or Four Square style housing with a restrained and geometric style. Capitol Hill offers both old world family comfort with quiet neighborhoods to the north and east, with new and historical condominium construction available near the center of the neighborhood.

SChooling

The neighborhood of Capitol Hill lies in both Seattle Public School District III and V, depending on your address. Just East of Capital Hill is Madison, which has some great schools right in the neighborhood.

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landmarks & Scenes

The two large parks in the area: Volunteer Park and Cal Anderson Park are polar opposites - Volunteer is quiet and historic, while Cal Anderson has sports areas to play in. Many Cap Hill restaurants have large slider front windows so tables are put outside in the summer: perfect for people watching.

Even when it’s a bit chilly - you can always throw a football or a frisbee around.

Food & Drink:

Gastropubs, posh spots, vegetarian, cheap student diner food, pop-up restaurants, taverns up or down market, this is one of the more exciting areas in Seattle to eat. Go to Dick's Drive-In on Broadway for one of Seattle's hometown institutions - small menu, big cast of characters buying burgers.

Shopping:

Elliott Bay Book Company - a bibliophile's dream come true, or Twice Told Tales - lots of books and a house cat. For the budget minded, go to the accurately named Used Furniture or a clothing consignment store. You can also find large grocery stores in addition to year-round Broadway Farmers Market.

Entertainment:

The Broadway Performance Hall is known for its variety of shows and performances.  

Le Faux at Julia’s celebrity impersonations with garbage bag couture, fake ginormous eyelashes and outrageous prima donnas makes for a fun Friday night. Go to the Capitol Hill Block Party, a 3-day music and block party held each July - or visit the Harvard Exit Movie Theater showing indie films.

Arts & Culture:

Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Conservatory, plus Shakespeare in the summer at Volunteer Park – Or check out the early 1900's architecture in the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District. There's modern dance performances at Velocity Dance Center, or get your own happy feet at the Century Ballroom.

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