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About Queen Anne
Originally named Eden Hill, Queen Anne got its name 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 was staged in Lower Queen Anne, creating lasting landmarks such as the Space Needle, Climate Pledge 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.
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 institutions that call Queen Anne home are Seattle Pacific University and Seattle’s renowned Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Queen Anne is home to multiple high-ranking schools. Coe Elementary, Hay Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary accompany McClure Middle in being situated on the Hill, while the neighborhood zones to Lincoln Hill School in Wallingford.
Queen Anne has it all! Whether it’s a top-rated school, cultural events at Seattle Center, or simply a fantastic meal – check out How to Cook a Wolf, (personal favorite). Queen Anne is full of grocery stores on nearly every block, including Metropolitan Market, Whole Foods, QFC, and Trader Joe’s. While street parking can be tough, Queen Anne is a walkers paradise with an impressive walk score of 92. With it being such a diverse neighborhood, it is no wonder that Queen Anne consistently rates as a top ten neighborhood in Seattle. It’s easy to spend a day exploring Queen Anne offerings, and visit any of the many museums and art galleries, from the Museum of Pop Culture to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Young ones will enjoy the Seattle Children’s Museum.