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    Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

    Located at the base of Queen Anne hill and just northwest of Belltown and downtown Seattle. Many say lower Queen Anne is arguably the best neighborhood in Seattle. Sophisticated and friendly, lower Queen Anne, or "Uptown" as it is commonly called, is the perfect place to live if you are looking to enjoy the perks of city life, yet also the pleasantries of family life, front yards and a neighborhood Farmers Market.

    Seattle's Arts Epicenter

    If you drive approximately 1.5 miles north on 1st Ave from central downtown you'll run into lower Queen Anne that is also home to the Seattle Center, Key Arena, and the Space Needle, and Seattle's opera house, McCaw Hall. The Pacific Northwest Ballet also performs at McCaw Hall. Full of festivities throughout the year, you'll never run out of things to do.

    For groceries and other shopping needs, there's a neighborhood Safeway and Metropolitan Market. The Metropolitan Market is rated as one of Seattle best markets. There is a plethora of coffee shops, book stores and specialty shops that line the busy streets offering inside or window shopping opportunities. If you're interested in formal dining with friends or a quick bite before a concert or sporting event, there are many restaurants from which to choose.

    Living in Lower Queen Anne

    Even though many events - including Seattle's annual Labor Day festival, Bumbershoot - are happening so close-at-hand, the outskirts of all the activity offer housing that is charming and quiet. While there are numerous condos and apartments to choose from within the business center, just to the northwest houses boast unique Victorian, Queen Anne and Craftsman architecture. Well-groomed yards greet you in the summer, and offer a pleasing and relaxing aesthetic. Houses located on the west side of Olympic Way enjoy beautiful views of sailboat races, ferry boats and shipping vessels moving across Puget Sound, with Vashon and Bainbridge Islands and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Houses facing east can watch seaplanes take off and land on Lake Union, which is actually a seaplane runway.