Neighborhood Guide: Capitol Hill, Seattle

 

Seattle, with its emerald forests, indigo water, and watercolor mountains, is a paradise of the Pacific Northwest. The technology industry (a huge presence in the city) is balanced with some of the most striking natural landscapes in the USA. Trying to decide where you want to call home in Washington State’s largest city? Consider Capitol Hill, an eclectic neighborhood just south of Lake Union.


Entertainment

You can be many things in Capitol Hill, but “bored” is not one of them! There are always events and festivals planned throughout the area.

One of the most beloved areas in Capitol Hill is Volunteer Park, a great swath of natural space for all ages to enjoy. The walking trails will lead you along beautiful gardens, playgrounds, vistas, and even a wading pool. The Conservatory and Water Tower might warrant a separate visit to the park, as you could spend hours at either. You can also enjoy lunch at the park’s café. Dogs are welcome, as long as they remain leashed.

Other favorite attractions in this area are:

  • Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Ellicott Bay Book Company
  • Spin Cycle Record Shop
  • Lake View Cemetery
  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery

 

Living in Capitol Hill

Many residents of Seattle will say that Capitol Hill is the city’s trendiest neighborhood. This of-the-moment hub is LGBTQ friendly, and while lively, younger residents keep the area hip, more established residents uphold the community feel.

Some of the best restaurants in Seattle are here, as well as some of the best shops for a day of boutique browsing. Residents fill their nights with live music, clubs and dancing, art shows, games, and other inclusive activities. Check out The Crocodile and the Egyptian Theater to see what’s playing when you arrive.

 

Architecture

If you won’t be settling into a historic mansion near Volunteer Park, you might like to look along the main streets in the mid-rise residential options. On the street level, many of these buildings serve as shops and restaurants, but renters call the upper levels home.

There is a wide mix of architectural styles and residential offerings throughout the area as a result of historical events. While the wealthy residents of “Millionaire’s Row” built sprawling family homes, luxurious apartments popped up else ware. Years later, more plainly designed apartment buildings were constructed.

As you search for your new home, consider public transit options and parking availability. As in any metropolitan area, the roads can get congested during rush hour and parking can be scarce. Plus, taking public transit is less harmful to the environment; residents of Seattle value any opportunity to preserve their beautiful home surroundings.

 

Geography

Lake Union winds along the top of the Capitol Hill area, with the Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese garden to the side. Further out, Ellicott Bay is to the west and Lake Washington is to the east.

If you work outside of Capitol Hill, it is easy to get around. The I-5 Express runs the length of the neighborhood, connecting with the eastbound 520 and 90.

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