Queen Anne is located just northwest of downtown Seattle, and sits on the steepest named hill in the city. At 456 feet, many of the neighborhood's 36,000 residents enjoy the panoramic views of Seattle's skyline. Belltown, Lake Union, Lake Washington Ship Canal and Interbay border the area, which covers 2.8 square miles of land.
Queen Anne was historically a popular place for the cultural elite to build their stately mansions. Hence, the neighborhood got its name from the architectural style that was so typical of many of the early residences.
The area includes several sub-neighborhoods; North Queen Anne, West Queen Anne, East Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne. Unmarried and young adults heavily populate Queen Anne, which consists of around 19,000 households. Overall, the upscale area is more affluent and better educated than Seattle as a whole.
The Queen Anne Hill was originally called Eden Hill, and was developed pretty late due to the steep landscape. At first, people only purchased lots in the lower parts of the hill, since no one really wanted to deal with the hassle of construction higher up.
The landowners were in fact so desperate to attract buyers that they offered a two-for-one lot deal pretty far from Queen Anne's competitive real estate market in modern day. The entire neighborhood finally took off when the roads and transportation issue was solved, and today it is one of the most desirable places to live in all of Seattle.
All the different subdivisions of Queen Anne offer their own unique advantages. The Lower Queen Anne neighborhood is filled with quirky establishments and lies close to the Seattle Center and downtown, while East and West Queen Anne sits on top of the hill and boasts breathtaking views. The East and West parts are terrific residential areas, and have the convenience of a common commercial district along Queen Anne Avenue. Finally, if you are looking for a quiet area with a slower pace, the North Queen Anne is your place. This part is also home to Seattle Pacific University, so you'll notice a younger crowd in this area.
At New Years Eve, make sure to head up to Kerry Park, a popular gathering space where residents can enjoy a gorgeous view of the sunset, Mt Rainier, the lighting of the Space Needle and a spectacular fireworks show!