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Queen Anne is another unique and hilly Seattle neighborhood with the Uptown area at the bottom near downtown Seattle and then up the top of a very steep hill sits the appropriately named Upper Queen Anne. The former is home to Seattle's outdoor living room (the Seattle Center) and the latter has a plethora of bars, cafes, restaurants, and some stunning Queen Anne homes for sale. The views are not too bad either.
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Strolling around the neighborhood you will see some beautiful high-end luxury houses plus a mix of other single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Depending on their location within the neighborhood, some homes will have panoramic vistas of downtown Seattle and/or the water and mountains.
Most of the original Queen Anne architecture-style homes that gave the neighborhood its name have long gone and been replaced by newer and larger homes. You can still see a few remaining examples at the Ankeny house at 912 2nd Ave W, the Riddle home at 153 Highland Drive, and the Marble house at 520 W. Kinnear Place. The Queen Anne architectural style lasted less than 30 years and subsequently was replaced by Colonial Revival and other styles in the early 1900s. Queen Anne has lots of lovely homes and is a great place to buy and live.
Queen Anne Seattle sits on the highest named hill in the city at over 450 feet and peers down upon the city below and those stunning views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. If you like hills, you'll love Queen Anne, but don't worry, it's similar to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, with the main neighborhood located on the flat top section. Along with the Magnolia neighborhood, Queen Anne forms a peninsula budding off from downtown that is surrounded on three sides by water.
Queen Anne has a laid-back, relaxed style where you are likely to come across families taking afternoon strolls, friends headed into cafes for an infusion of caffeine, dogs being walked (and rubbed), business people grabbing a bite to eat at their favorite restaurant, tourists taking selfies at Kerry park and of course, people walking around pointing at some of the beautiful local homes and architecture.
The neighborhood is, as they say, "well to do' and makes for comfortable living - and locals are very happy to call Queen Anne their home. One of the major pluses of living in Queen Anne is that it is so close to downtown Seattle. Just freewheel down the hill on a bike and you're there in 10 minutes.
About 30,000 people live in the neighborhood with the median age being around 33. Queen Anne is a big neighborhood taking up a significant chunk of Seattle so there are differences in the vibes between each sub-neighborhood within Queen Anne.
More than 13,000 years ago (pre-Amazon Prime), the Vashon glacier began to melt, ultimately doing its duty in contributing to the creation and splendor of what is now the hilly Queen Anne neighborhood. With the development of the Northern Pacific Railway, the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway, the disastrous Great Seattle Fire of 1889, as well as the opening of three cable car lines to the top of the neighborhood, Queen Anne began to take off.
Another transformational event for the Queen Ane neighborhood was the Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World’s Fair), where nearly 10 million people attended. Unlike many other World Fairs, the Century 21 Exposition made a profit, contributing to the success of Queen Anne, including the development of the Space Needle and Key Arena, along with other major Seattle icons and landmarks.
Contrary to what you might have guessed the area is not named after a certain queen of England. Rather this Seattle neighborhood got its name from a large number of homes that were being built in the Queen Anne style of architecture in the 1880s as the steep hills were finally getting developed.
West Queen Anne, told by locals, is the perfect place if you’re looking around the area for a place but want to be away from tourist activity, as the neighborhood is predominantly occupied by locals. In addition, West Queen Anne is known for its historic taste in buildings - there are not many new establishments. Not to mention, many spots in West Queen Anne have incredible sweeping views and, if you’re lucky, you may even find street parking.
East Queen Anne is split in two, cut into chunks by Aurora Avenue and Highway 99. On the west of Aurora, you are quite literally on the hill. On clear days, people living on the hill have a view of the Cascade Mountains and Lake Union. West of Aurora offers more single-family homes and small apartment buildings, where you’ll find young professionals and families. On the east of Aurora, close to South Lake Union, you’ll find it to be a popular location among Amazon employees. More professionals than families occupy this region.
Deemed the quiet side of the neighborhood, North Queen Anne offers some of the more affordable housing in the Queen Anne area. As you may have guessed, the north side is more shaded than the others, so keep this in mind when viewing potential places.
Yes, yes, Lower Queen Anne is home to that can't-miss Space Needle thing, but before we get to that Seattle icon, here are some other great things to keep you amused.
A few stand-out restaurant establishments in Queen Anne include How to Cook a Wolf, an Ethan Stowell restaurant featuring sophisticated Italian-Mediterranean fare; Toulouse Petit, offering New Orleans and cajun creole cuisine; and Canlis, a restaurant serving Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. All three of these exceptional places are highly rated and offer reservation options. Other great options include El Mezcalito, Via Tribunali, and Eden Hill Provisions.
Aside from restaurants, grabbing groceries has never been easier. Queen Anne hosts Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Metropolitan Market, and PCC. There is also a Whole Foods, QFC and Fred Meyers nearby.
Highest-rated bars in Queen Anne include Targy’s Tavern, where you’ll find pool tables, darts, and trivia nights; Streamline Tavern, including a circular bar and darts; and Rooftop Brewing Company, a brewery with rooftop access - the perfect spot to perch on a warm spring afternoon. Other spots around the Queen Anne area include Holy Mountain Brewing Company, Hilltop Ale House, and McMenamins.
Queen Anne has some of the quaintest little cafes in Seattle. Some well-known coffee shops include Storyville Coffee, Queen Anne Coffee Company and El Diablo. With so many options in this arena, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to picking where you get your caffeine fix for the day. Other spots you might try include Caffe Ladro, Uptown Espresso, and Cafe Zingaro.
Kerry Park is a small public park on W. Highland Drive with sweeping views of the city, the Puget Sound and yes, the Space Needle. On a clear day, Mount Rainier makes for a stunning backdrop. At Marshall Park and Parson gardens further west along Highland Dive, you can sit, have a picnic and get even more stellar views of Puget Sound.
The truly unique 74-acre at Seattle Center just south of Mercer Steet is a vibrant place with a mix of spaces and events and a great gathering place in the core of Seattle. The center is home to 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations that have their headquarters on the site. Every year there's a smorgasbord of public and community programs generating create thousands of events and attracting 12 million visitors. And, not all of them are there just to see the Space Needle!
Ah yes, the Space Needle, probably the most iconic thing in the city and the "thing" that pops into most Americans' heads when you say the word "Seattle", besides "rain" that is. Nine out of 10 tourists can't be wrong! Recently renovated, the Space Needle has an all-glass floor and a 360-degree view air-deck at the top. Its tip stands 605 feet into the air, with the open saucer for tourists standing 520 feet above planet earth. To no one’s surprise, the Space Needle is one of the most photographed architectural objects in the world.
The Seattle Center has LOADS of other attractions including the Pacific Science Center, a non-profit science center even your high-schooler will enjoy; McCaw Hall, which is shared among its two performing arts tenants (the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera). Tiptoe through the Instagrammers paradise that is Chihuly Garden and Glass, a glass museum opened by a native Tacoma resident. The International Fountain is a great place on a hot day as kids (and adults) dodge shooting water accompanied by a musical score.
There's also the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit museum for contemporary popular culture, the billion-dollar remodel Climate Pledge Area, home to Seattle's newest franchise NHL, The Kracken... and maybe someday the return of the much-beloved and bemoaned Sonics (NBA). You'll also find KEXP, Seattle's best (listener-supported) radio station nearby. Go in and say Hi and watch the DJs and free concerts.
Or just buy yourself an ice cream, sit down, relax, and do some people-watching!
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Along with many Seattle neighborhoods, Queen Anne is no different when it comes to offering exceptional schools. Located in North Queen Anne is Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian university with around 4,000 students. Its small campus (which is easy to miss) doesn’t crowd the neighborhood and offers college students open lawns and easy access to downtown.
As for everything below college-level, Queen Anne has an abundance of options: Coe Elementary, John Hay Elementary, Queen Anne Elementary, St. Anne School (Catholic; pre-K through 8th grade), Seattle Country Day School (Christian; pre-K through 8th grade), McClure Middle School, The Center School (high school focused on recent educational research and college-preparatory practices), The Downtown School: A Lakeside School (high school; high-quality education to academically talented students), Seattle Waldorf (preschool-12th grade; recognizes and teaches academics, artistic capabilities, and practical worldly skills in an experiential curriculum).
View all homes currently for sale near the Queen Anne Elementary School in Seattle including houses, townhomes, and condos. Listings are updated as soon as they come on the market. Click on the green Refine Results button to select your preferred type of home and price range and other features. This school is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
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Want to go see some real estate listings in Queen Anne Seattle without your Realtor? Well, here's a list of the current open houses for the Queen Anne neighborhood. The list includes Queen condos, townhomes, and houses. Note that "public open houses" are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays but for new listings, there is usually an additional "Broker's Open" sometime in the middle of the week. Brokers' opens are also accessible to the public and will be included in this list so keep an eye out for those so you get in before the usual rush on the weekends. Have fun!
To give you an idea of home prices, here's how the median sale price of single-family homes (houses and townhomes) in Queen Anne has varied over the past 5 years. Prices peaked at around $1.6 million in the spring of 2022 and have since dropped back due to increasing interest rates. This area is considered to be one of the more expensive Seattle neighborhoods. Note that the Queen Anne real estate market usually follows an annual cycle of peaking in the spring months and then dropping slowly through the summer and winter months. All data comes from the NWMLS and is tabulated by Trendgraphix.
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