The Counterbalance streetcars and the George Kinnear House are long gone, but Queen Anne is still a neighborhood rife with culture and unique specialties. Homes of all sorts of styles are clustered across the hill, from Craftsman, to Cape Cod, to Victorian, to Modern/Contemporary and simple ramblers. There is something for everyone in this variety of residences.
Multi-family buildings are also unique – clean-lined modern condos display astonishing views of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay, and Lake Union. Apartment buildings with historic flair or 1970s quirkiness line all of the major (and some minor) streets and avenues.
Queen Anne is a five-minute drive from Downtown, and has easy access to SR 99 from its side streets to the east and simple accessibility to Interstate 5 from Mercer St. at the south.
It’s a mostly quiet, family-centric neighborhood with a handful of schools and community spots, plenty of parks and green spaces, and a unique feature of historic stone staircases for pedestrians. Shops, restaurants, and small professional businesses line its primary thoroughfare, Queen Anne Avenue, and occupy several of the commercial spaces in the Seattle Center area and Uptown at the south of the hill.
Set apart from the hectic bustle of Downtown, but close enough for easy access to the action, Queen Anne is a Seattle neighborhood with all of the trimmings and features of a luxurious urban lifestyle – without the traffic or noise.