I have lived in many places from Seattle to Shanghai. I’ve loved them all but if I’m living in Seattle, I will always choose to live in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. I love everything about this place. It has beautiful views of the water as you walk the streets and from our home. The Seattle Center is our backyard where we walk our dogs daily under the Space Needle. I love the Space Needle silhouetted in the sky, both day and night. While Seattle has many great neighborhoods, this one is mine.
This is a diverse neighborhood with all levels of income and many homeless. It can be dangerous here no doubt and you don’t see many families living here. Awakened at 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning recently, a squad of police cars and ambulance were taking care of a belligerent homeless guy fighting arrest. It was loud. That’s life in the city and it’s heartbreaking at times. Our fellow volunteers and guests at Shared Breakfast, where we volunteer every Sunday morning feeding 300+ homeless, are part of our family now and very dear to us.
I will never, ever take this view for granted or leave if I can help it. I told Thom the other day that I would even get a second job if I had to in order to afford to continue living here as the rent just keeps going up every year and this view is costly but totally worth it. Life is short and I want to enjoy what’s left with a view that makes me appreciate life.
One has to eat and there are enough restaurants in Lower Queen Anne that we are still trying out new ones although we have lived here for years-in fact, longer than anywhere else in our life journey. We tried a new one the other night and it was fantastic-Crow. Eat the chicken. Toulouse Petit is always a favorite with long lines on the weekend for brunch-hint: go for happy hour with lots of small bites that are delish and cheap. Whatever cuisine you want-you can find it in our hood. We like Agave for Mexican and Athina Grill for Greek. For a colorful experience, try Mecca Café-a dim diner with good food, especially breakfast. Of course, the most popular place is one block north of our home-as we like to say, nothing beats a big bag of Dick’s! Line up and get a burger, fries and a shake-now finally accepting c. cards.
Do you know how hard it is to find a good mani/pedi shop AND a place to cut my hair? While I do have to travel up the hill to Upper Queen Anne to The Shop for my hair, it affords me the opportunity to shop at Trader Joe’s which is right across the street. Not that we don’t also have a Safeway and Metro Market in Lower Queen Anne but Trader Joe’s just has stuff I crave. We visit Upper Queen Anne frequently, which is lovely for families but we prefer our more urbane environment at the bottom of the hill.
Every good neighborhood MUST have a bookstore and a movie theater. Check and check. We have the cutest Mercer St. Bookstore with their .50 cent cart out front with used books to browse and my go-to for travel books for our next adventure. The Uptown is one of the finest small theaters in the city and hosts the SIFF, which we have yet to take advantage of but do love going to those quirky indie films typically shown here. All in all, Lower Queen Anne is our home and what a lovely place it is.