Capitol Hill Real Estate, Seattle WA


About Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

Capitol Hill was named by James A. Moore, the real estate developer who platted much of the area, named it thus in the hope that the Washington government would move to Seattle from Olympia.

By the early 1900s Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill had become Seattle’s most fashionable districts. Bankers, shipping executives and other newly wealthy residents called it home. Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center and is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. Broadway, the neighborhood’s main drag, serves as its focal point with restaurants, bars, and an assortment of shops, vendors, and boutiques. Educational institutions enliven this neighborhood's life, with Seattle University, Seattle Community College and Cornish College of the Arts all located here. There are movie theaters, clubs, taverns, dance steps imbedded in the sidewalk and a variety of shops from around the world.

Volunteer Park is the gem of Capitol Hill, original home of the Seattle Art Museum, a much-beloved building now handsomely restored as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The spacious grounds of Volunteer Park also include a conservatory and an old battlement of a water tower which boasts, at the top of 108 steps, one of the best views of the city. Just north of Volunteer Park is the historic Lake View Cemetery with the graves of Seattle's pioneers along with the graves of martial arts film stars Bruce and Brandon Lee. A recent addition to Capitol Hill is Cal Anderson Park, a beautiful new park which houses a water reservoir, inverted fountain, playground, wading pool, wide green lawns, gravel jogging path and sports playfields.

Most of the Hill's major thoroughfares are dotted with coffeehouses, taverns and bars, and residences cover the gamut from modest motel-like studio apartment buildings to some of the city's grandest and most venerable mansions, with the two extremes sometimes nearly side-by-side. Capitol Hill lofts now offer a repupose of some traditional architecture. Some even live/work lofts which allow owners to have a business in the home.

Real estate ranges from Capitol Hill condos, to Victorian mansions straight from some southern plantation. Many Capitol Hill view condos have city, sound and mountain views looking west. Architecture ranges from modern/new construction to Capitol Hill historic brick condos. There are many Capitol Hill condos for sale at any one time so you will have many choices to consider.

Capitol Hill single family homes range from small craftsmen to huge, sprawling mansions from before the turn of the century. Capitol Hill contains some of Seattle's wealthiest districts, including "Millionaire's Row" along 14th Avenue E. south of Volunteer Park and the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District. Located on the west slope of Capitol Hill, the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is significant to the City of Seattle as a well-preserved, essentially residential neighborhood which retains its individual identity as an area of fine homes built by the city's leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen in the early years of the twentieth century. The tree-shaded streets, the several open vistas, and the wooded ravines to the northwest, all create a neighborhood of outstanding and enduring character. Just walking the street here is like stepping back to Seattle’s early days.

If you are thinking of selling your Capitol Hill home please call us. We work in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and can help you get the most out of selling your Capitol Hill home or condo. Please email us for a free Comparative Market Analysis to see what your current home value is compared to similar homes recently sold in Capitol Hill.

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