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    Queen Anne

    The Queen Anne neighborhood borders the campus of Seattle Pacific University and Fremont to the north, Magnolia and the Puget Sound/Elliott Bay on the west, Lake Union on the east, and Downtown and Seattle Center and Lower Queen Anne to the south.

    People around the world recognize Seattle by a photo of the Space Needle set against downtown skyscrapers with majestic Mount Rainier in the background. Those photos are often taken from the famous vantage point of Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. Queen Anne is most central of all Seattle's neighborhoods. Residents say it's 5 minutes from everything. It is also a neighborhood with sweeping views from most every park and home. Standing at more than 450 feet above the waters of Puget Sound, the west side of the hill has some of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city. The other sides of Queen Anne Hill have their own spectacular views as well; downtown, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, Lake Union, and the ship canal are each framed nicely in more than a few Queen Anne living room windows.

    Queen Anne Homes & Architecture

    The grandest homes on the hill are still in high demand and can easily sell for as much as 5 million. Homes on Queen Anne started being built in the late 1890's. There are still a few of the original Victorian Homes standing today. Then at the turn of the century, Queen Anne-styled homes started being built and that is where the neighborhood got its name. You will find a large mixture of homes styles and home prices on Queen Anne today, and they are still in high demand as Queen Anne is one of the most popular neighborhoods to live. Expensive and less expensive condos, townhouses, more modest homes and even apartments are also available to accommodate the demand for close-to-downtown living which Queen Anne satisfies so well.

    Queen Anne Schools

    Two newer quality public grade schools, Coe Elementary and John Hay Elementary, are both excellent schools, then McClure Middle School and The Center School for High Schools that is located in the Seattle Center. For private schools you have Seattle Country Day, an excellent K-8, and the Seattle Waldorf High School. The Seattle Pacific University rounds out the schools options.

     

    Queen Anne Arts & Entertainment

    With the Seattle Center as one of their local parks, Queen Anne residents can enjoy the numerous sporting, theatre, dance and music events and museums at Seattle Center. Visitors often enjoy events at the Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) that was built by Paul Allen with the late Jimi Hendrix in mind.