Within walking distance of Downtown Seattle is the community of Queen Anne. The neighborhood earned its moniker from the prominent Queen Anne architectural style that dominated the hill in its earliest days as a neighborhood. Lower Queen Anne is a bustling, fun area that has the Seattle Center sitting at its feet. Trendy restaurants offering cuisines from around the world are especially plentiful in Uptown. It’s a popular neighborhood for young, urban professionals who enjoy the city’s nightlife. Upscale condo living is an attractive residence option in this sub-neighborhood. While this hill neighborhood is quite steep– seven of the twenty steepest streets in Seattle are located in Queen Anne, along with 120 pedestrian staircases—it’s not the highest point in the city. However, the steep incline of the area is something to keep in mind when considering Queen Anne real estate.
The Magnolia neighborhood feels like a secluded island. Three bridges provide access to Magnolia, just west of Queen Anne, north of Downtown, and south the Ballard Locks. The lack of major city thoroughfares through the neighborhood helps Magnolia retain in friendly quaint, atmosphere. Being situated near the water means that there is abundant natural beauty in this area. Magnolia homes are famous for their often incredible views. The largest park in the city can be found in Magnolia—the 534-acre Discovery Park. Situated on the Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. Here, you can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with breathtaking views. A landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisades restaurant. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular Magnolia restaurant in the area.