Just east of downtown, Capitol Hill is a great mix of residential tree-lined streets with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, classic apartments and co-ops. The area is known for its widely diverse neighbors. There you'll find great shopping, wonderful parks (including Volunteer Park and Cal Anderson Park), the 15th Avenue business district, the Broadway district, and the Pike-Pine Corridor, with its huge range of restaurants and a nightlife of bars, live music, dancing, the very popular annual Capitol Hill Block Party, and more. The Capitol Hill arts scene also reflects the range of its residents, and includes the dance division of Cornish College of the Arts and numerous galleries and studios. As well, several independent high schools reside in Capitol Hill.
The Central District is a neighborhood with a rich history of culture, diversity and spirit. Comprised of old families and newer residents, the Central Area contains the city’s oldest housing stock - some of which were built in the latter half of the 19th century – as well as several landmarks including Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, Immaculate Conception Church, Old Firehouse #23 and First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Home styles vary, including Victorians, Tudors, Cape Cods, Townhomes, Craftsmans and tri-levels. Close to downtown, Madrona, Judkins Park and Capitol Hill. The area's local landmarks include Mt. Zion Church, Central Cinema, coffee shops, Garfield High School and the Community Center.
The residential landscape is quickly changing downtown. Changes in the city's building height restrictions have allowed more growth, the development is soaring and the people are flocking to urban living. Belltown and the booming South Lake Union district currently boast the largest populations. Downtown living is accelerating due to the growth of regional businesses like Amazon, which are making this area home for their offices. Everything is accessible. Some of the city's best restaurants, the Pike Place Market, the Piers, Seattle Center, Myrtle Edwards Park and many shops and clubs are within walking distance. The South Lake Union Streetcar runs from the downtown Westlake hub through the heart of South Lake Union.
The main street of Madison Park is a bit like a resort town. Surrounded by quaint shops and sidewalk restaurants, there’s a grassy waterfront park with tennis courts, a beach house where you can take in Lake Washington and take a dip in the 400 feet of lake shore. This upscale but relaxed neighborhood is one of the most desirable spots in the city. Homes vary from bungalows to historic lakeside estates, condos, and modern to craftsman homes. Community events such as Madison Park Days, Christmas Ships, Concerts in the Park and a Park Easter Egg Hunt expand on the resort town feel. A quick drive to Capitol Hill, downtown, and SR520, yet still tucked away from it all. Madison Park continues into Washington Park with tree-lined streets and beautifully established estates and gardens.
Located near the Arboretum, Madison Valley is a quiet neighborhood sometimes called “Little France” due to its many outstanding French restaurants, such as Luc and Voila! Bistrot. It also has other good restaurants and a mix of home design and clothing shops. Close proximity to Madrona, Capitol Hill and downtown makes it a wonderful place to live.
Just North of Leschi, lives Madrona, "The Peaceful Kingdom", with eastern views of Lake Washington, the Cascades and Bellevue, and western views of downtown and the Olympic Mountains. In our livable city, this is one of the most livable neighborhoods. 34th and Union is its junction, with the High Spot, St. Clouds, Hitchcock, Glassybaby, Red Cow and Cupcake Royale’s flagship store, among a growing number of businesses there giving Madrona an easygoing community vibe. Wooded pedestrian trails run from the top of Madrona’s tree-lined streets down to its waterfront park with picnic shelters, swimming areas and Spectrum Dance Theater. This neighborhood includes “Madrona Moms”, a strong community council, and neighbors who join together to develop parks and playgrounds.
Montlake is a comfortable neighborhood that lies just south of the Mountlake Cut and NE of Capitol Hill. The Greek Orthodox St. Demetrios Church hosts the wonderful Seattle Greek Festival every year. A small business corridor runs along 24th Ave East with vendors such as Montlake Bike Shop, Cafe Lago, Montlake Alehouse, Fuel Coffee, Mr. Johnson's Antiques and the Seattle Public Library. The Montlake Community Center and playfield is located on a beautiful, tree-lined street and is a great place to meet, play and learn. The homes in Montlake are primarily single-family homes, mainly early 20th century.
One of the highest points in the city and so close to Downtown, Queen Anne occupies some amazing vantage points with views of the city, water and mountains. Check out the Kinnear Park lookout! The homes in this neighborhood are beautiful, offering great charm and original character. Many of them are artistically painted to add accent to the gardens and tree-lined streets. Queen Anne Avenue runs the length of this community from lower to upper. Lower Queen Anne has the Seattle Center, several theaters and concert halls, EMP, The Gates Foundation, restaurants and festivals. This very urban part of the neighborhood is mostly made up of condos and townhouses. Upper Queen Anne has a more residential texture and a vivacious community core with more fantastic shops, food, drink and an array of artful residences.