Highly desirable with iconic Puget Sound and Lake Union views.
Queen Anne's architectural styles, quiet neighborhoods, one-of-a-kind stores, excellent public elementary and middle schools, and proximity to the downtown core has potential buyers and renters in a frenzy. The demographics here span all ages, with younger people living in lower Queen Anne where most of the apartments are while those with families are perched further up and over the hill in single-family homes. There are 100+ staircases in Queen Anne, and if you think Queen Anne Avenue N is a crazy hill to drive today - just think, it used to be a streetcar route.
Queen Anne is located on the west side of Lake Union, with northern borders of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and a southern border of Broad Street. The neighborhoods of Belltown and South Lake Union (SLU) are just to the south and east.
Separated into Upper and Lower Queen Anne, each area has its own unique qualities and charm. With great views of the city and quiet neighborhoods full of Seattle Box and Bungalow houses, Upper Queen Anne is quiet and peaceful. Lower Queen Anne has apartments and condominiums in the area, as well as a booming entertainment and dining scene.
Queen Anne is part of Seattle Public School District IV and has access to two very good elementary and middle schools right in the neighborhood. Based on its great location, there are numerous private institutions to consider as well.
landmarks & Scenes:
Situated at one of highest point in the city - Queen Anne is the place to take visitors to show off Seattle, the Puget Sound and Lake Union. Kerry Park on Highland Drive has the iconic Seattle postcard view - go on a sunny day to see Mt Rainier strutting behind the city.
Food & Drink:
Lower Queen Anne offers Toulouse Petit and upper Queen Anne has family-friendly restaurants with some like Canlis for those with bigger budgets. In addition to many fine dining locations, Queen Anne is host to over 20 coffee shops with delicious pastries and a cozy spot to read or work.
There are numerous local taverns and bars that draw both locals and tourists - but the Mecca Cafe might be one of the most popular. Known for its bright neon sign, eclectic interior and local brew - you shouldn't miss it if you are looking for a 'Dive Bar' experience ...and breakfast served all day.
Here you see Seattle’s aversion to big box stores: a collection of small local shops including a board game store, which gives Queen Anne a distinctive feel and selection. Metropolitan Market (Seattle’s answer to Whole Foods) lets you support local growers if you can’t get to a farmer’s market.
In addition to a number of live music clubs, lower Queen Anne also has the Seattle Center with the Children’s Museum, Children’s Theater, Pacific Science Museum the Experience Music Project (EMP), the Space Needle and Monorail.
Sports & Outdoors:
Those hills and staircases are there to be used for workouts or you can just stroll towards the nearest viewpoint. There is the Aquatic Center at the top of QA, yoga, martial arts, boys’ lacrosse or the Interbay Golf Center at the very west of Queen Anne.
The Farmers Market from June to September is a great place to take kids to introduce them to “real” food with vendors, artisans, street food and food trucks. In July, the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls is a must if only to see participants being chased by shopping cart “bulls” to Kerry Park.