Originally called Eden Hill, this neighborhood was one of the last to be completely developed because, well, it’s steep. As you can imagine, the base was the first to be built upon, but nobody really wanted to deal with trekking up to its top to build a home. In fact, land developers tried a “two-for-one” deal, where you could get two plots of land for the price of one if you built a house immediately. Can you imagine something like that happening today?! Once the issue of roads and transportation was solved, however, the area quickly populated. Sadly, no queen ever lived here. So many built Queen Anne style houses, the entire neighborhood adopted the name.
Well, it depends where you are on the Hill. Lower Queen Anne backs up to the Seattle Center (which includes the Space Needle, Key Arena, Science Center, etc.) and is close to all that downtown has to offer. East and West Queen Anne, which meet in the middle at the top of the hill, are both great residential areas that share a common business district along Queen Anne Avenue. North Queen Anne, which faces Fremont, is home to Seattle Pacific University and has a quieter feel.
Activities and Attractions
Depending on who you ask, Lower Queen Anne may or may not include the Seattle Center, but let’s pretend for a moment that it does. In that case, there are about a gazillion events and attractions to keep you busy—Bumbershoot, Folk Life, IMAX theater, Children’s Theater, Key Arena (Rat City Rollergirls, or Seattle Storm anyone?), the Bite of Seattle, etc. etc. etc. Even if you eliminate that area, there are still tons of cool local restaurants and bars: Uptown Espresso, Ozzie’s Karaoke Bar, Peso’s, and Buckley’s sports-themed bar. Don’t even get me started!
If this neighborhood had a central nervous system, Queen Anne Avenue would be the spinal cord; it runs straight through the middle and is where most of the important stuff happens. Up at the top of the hill, there are about 10 blocks’ worth of unique and charming places to peruse. Though there are great places to nosh—El Diablo (ask for your latte Cuban-style, with caramelized sugar), the famous How to Cook a Wolf, or the down-home 5 Spot with their rotating menu—there are many other things to do! Check out the stellar view of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier from Kerry Park. Or relax and play a board game before you buy it at Blue Highway Games, where the motto is “Unplug and Reconnect.” Love it!
Homes in Queen Anne
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If its name isn’t enough indication, the fact that this neighborhood can really be divided into four smaller ones should give you a clue as to how fancy and important it is.