Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Early in Seattle’s history, Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill were where bankers, shipping executives and other newly rich called home. Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center, and Broadway — the neighborhood’s main drag — serves as its focal point. Music and art are prominent cornerstones of this counter-culture community, with clubs, theatres, bookstores and galleries found all throughout the neighborhood. Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) schedules showings at the Harvard Exit and Egyptian Theatres on Capitol Hill. During the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning — Seattle Central Community College and the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts. Seattle University is on First Hill, but many of its students, faculty and staff work and play on Capitol Hill.
Madison Park, located south of the 520 bridge, is a neighborhood of stunning homes and condos, many with gorgeous views of the lake and Mount Rainer. Madison Park could be considered an urban center retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area. The upscale commercial district is both a draw to the neighborhood and greatly treasured by those who live nearby.