Queen Anne represents some of the best of the Emerald City, although the hill was one of the last areas to be developed due to its steep incline. Today, Seattleites take advantage of the altitude, and enjoy some of the most beautiful views found, well, anywhere. Classic homes, a central location, and a vibrant, connected community make Queen Anne a highly desirable address.
This classic neighborhood is named after the “Queen Anne” style of architecture popular on the hill. These sought-after homes are known for their front-facing gables, balconies, and generous bay windows, and lend an elegant atmosphere to the area. The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair made Queen Anne the home for landmarks like the Space Needle, Key Arena, and the Seattle Center, which helped to launch the development of the neighborhood’s lively center street. It is this combination of classic and modern that makes Queen Anne such an incredible place to live.
A neighborhood packed full of charm, variety, and convenience.
Many people bisect Queen Anne by personality: Lower Queen Anne is the urban center, where residents often hold season tickets to the ballet, and Upper Queen Anne is the storied mansion district. Two notable residents of the neighborhood include Seattle Pacific University and Seattle’s beloved Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Enjoy easy access to everything you could possibly want.
One thing is for sure -- Queen Anne makes it easy to find whatever you are looking for, whether it’s a top-rated school, an immersive musical experience, or simply a fantastic meal. Residents enjoy easy access to plentiful grocery stores on nearly every block, including Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, QFC, and Trader Joe’s. While street parking may be scarce, Queen Anne is highly walkable, with an impressive walk score of 92. With everything right at your fingertips, it is no wonder this area is consistently rated a top ten neighborhood in Seattle. It’s easy to spend a day exploring Queen Anne. First, peruse any of the neighborhood’s many museums and art galleries, from the Museum of Pop Culture to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Families will love the Seattle Children’s Museum. For dinner, visit Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge for what locals consider the best all-day happy hour in Seattle. Our recommendation? You can’t go wrong with any of their seven margaritas. Still looking for more? There’s no lack of art and entertainment here. Spend an evening at McCaw Hall, and enjoy a performance with the Seattle Opera or the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Where the Seattle freeze goes to thaw.
One of the best highlights of the neighborhood is one you may not anticipate: Queen Anne’s residents are known for being extremely neighborly and community-centered. Strangers chat while ordering coffee, smile as they pass on the street, and generally make Queen Anne a welcoming place to be.
Picturesque views from anywhere in the neighborhood.
People come to Queen Anne for many reasons, but most stay for the sweeping views that can be seen from nearly every vantage point. Kerry Park stands out as a favorite for those looking for a stellar sunset, especially in the summer. With a fantastic view of the Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier, watch out for photographers, tourists, and even the occasional marriage proposal!