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Live on the Hill in Queen Anne

Roughly bounded by the Interbay Rail Yards to the west, the Portage Waterway to the north, Lake Union to the east, and McGraw Avenue to the south, North Queen Anne is a distinctive Seattle neighborhood that’s characterized by its rugged topography and eclectic housing stock. Thanks to its convenient transportation connections to downtown Seattle and breathtaking hilltop vistas, North Queen Anne is becoming increasingly popular with families and young people who wish to live closer to the bustle of the city without sacrificing their personal space.

Plenty of Locally-Owned Business

Together with the “main body” of Queen Anne, North Queen Anne is known for its diverse array of locally-owned businesses. Each of the neighborhood’s key thoroughfares has its own distinct character and sports a unique mix of local businesses. For instance, McGraw Avenue hosts a mixture of professional practices, upscale hair salons and various light industrial shops. In fact, McGraw serves as a low-impact business district that attracts heavy daytime traffic from lunch-breaking workers, students and stay-at-home parents. Meanwhile, nearby 15th Avenue features a number of trendy boutiques and hole-in-the-wall eateries amid its car repair shops and public storage facilities.

North Queen Anne’s side streets are even more interesting. Just off 15th near Bertona Street, the Inn of Twin Gables offers weary travelers a down-home alternative to the hotel towers of downtown Seattle or the faceless motel chains of the city’s suburbs. At 14th and Emerson, North Point Seafood provides locals and visitors with a gourmet take on the region’s bountiful marine cuisine. Nearby, Zoka Coffee Roasters supplies many of North Queen Anne’s residents with high-quality beans. Unique, unexpected businesses like these and others make North Queen Anne a must-visit for anyone who’s thinking about moving to a new part of town.

Perfect for the Outdoor Enthusiast 

For folks who would rather spend time outdoors than in a stuffy consignment shop, North Queen Anne has more than its fair share of green space. For tennis lovers, the outdoor courts that abut David Rodgers Park offer an exciting warm-weather recreational opportunity that doesn’t require a lengthy car trip to the suburbs. The park itself features a regulation-size soccer field, additional tennis courts, and a number of shaded walking and biking trails. Between Queen Anne Drive and McGraw Avenue, the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area and adjacent Mayfair Park serve as largely undeveloped areas that showcase the region’s natural flora and fauna. On the surrounding streets, a diverse array of Beaux-Arts and Victorian structures remind walkers and bikers of the city’s historic past.

Beautiful Homes Available in a Family-Friendly Neighborhood 

Although it’s never been known as a “quiet” place, North Queen Anne is increasingly family-friendly as well. The area boasts several high-quality public schools, including John Hay Elementary and Coe Elementary. Although few of its students actually live in North Queen Anne, Seattle Pacific University is technically a member of the Queen Anne Hill community as well.¬†

North Queen Anne is an exciting district that boasts its fair share of historic architecture, green spaces, eclectic boutiques and restaurants, and a dense transportation network that offers easy connections to downtown. This neighborhood truly gives meaning to the term “urban oasis.”

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