Queen Anne

Queen Anne is best known for its commanding view of downtown Seattle and its stately 19th-century architecture.

Bordering the northern end of Seattle's city center, Queen Anne covers the city's tallest hill, with an elevation of 456 feet. Although the neighborhood is not the tallest point in the city (the Gatewood neighborhood, in West Seattle owns this claim at an elevation of 520 feet), Queen Anne's carefully preserved architecture and sweeping views of the Seattle skyline make it one of the city's more popular residential locations.

Like so many of Seattle's residential districts, Queen Anne is a community unto its own. The neighborhood's main thoroughfare, Queen Anne Avenue, links the area with downtown environs and has become a magnet for trendy restaurants, upscale hotels and popular bistros. Just about every type of restaurant can be found on Queen Anne Ave. North, or in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood, at the base of the hill.

The importation of large, affluent mansions during the 1800s and 1900s gave Queen Anne Hill its name. Although the community is now an eclectic mix of modern and historic styles, Seattle's early roots can still be found on Queen Anne. Walking and driving tours are the best way to get an up-close view of Seattle's early architecture.

In general, the residents of Queen Anne tend to be those who earn a high income—probably working downtown—and who are just as likely to rent their place as own them. It’s fairly balanced between single and married folks, but there are fewer households with children here than in other parts of the city. The farther north and west you go on the hill, the more “settled down” people tend to be—more couples and kids, in other words.

Check out local amenities and neighborhood statistics: http://www.areavibes.com/seattle-wa/queen+anne/livability/