Our Downtown Seattle Neighborhood
Nestled at the foot of historic Queen Anne Hill, Bayview is located in one of the most desirable and walk-able neighborhoods in the city. In fact, WalkScore.com ranks the area surrounding Bayview as a “Walkers Paradise” of shops, parks, grocery stores, cafes, theatres, restaurants, and quiet side streets to explore. While many residents elect to keep their cars for the sake of freedom and convenience, many admit they seldom need them. Besides being just blocks from the necessities, our residents find public transit is fast, reliable, and easy.
Just about any type of cuisine you can think of is just a short, mouthwatering walk from your front door. Crave Italian, Thai, Mexican, French, Indian, Japanese or just a good old-fashioned American hamburger? You’ll find it right in the neighborhood. A five-minute bus ride to the top of Queen Anne Hill gives you even more options, including local celebrity chef Ethan Stowell’s Italian dinner spot How To Cook A Wolf. For a quick bite, Le Rêve Bakery’s twice-baked almond croissant is the stuff of dreams. In fact, you could eat at a different spot each night for a month and still not visit them all.
From special gifts to daily necessities, it’s all right here. You’ll find plenty of little shops and fine boutiques throughout the neighborhood—plus a few hidden gems as well. Prefer large malls and department stores? You can hop on a bus or ride Seattle Center’s monorail to Westlake Center to access dozens of retail stores and upscale shopping, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Pacific Place.
Seattle isn’t short on beautiful views, but the most quintessential of them all is Kerry Park. It perfectly frames the Space Needle, the downtown skyline and even Mount Rainier on clear days. The museum-packed grounds of Seattle Center are also home to some of the best performance venues in the city, including McCaw Hall, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Opera. Just a block away from Bayview is iconic On the Boards, a theatre for contemporary arts. Plus, you’re not far from Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum. Like sports? The Mariners or Seahawks stadiums are just 10 minutes away by bus. Whatever you are looking for—from big city festivals like the Bite of Seattle to a quiet poetry reading—you’ll find it here.
When you need to see your primary doctor, access a specialist or get emergency care, it’s good to know the best healthcare options in the city are close by. Bayview’s location provides quick access to hospitals including Virginia Mason, Harborview, and Swedish. Get the clinical and specialty care you need at Fred Hutchinson, Swedish, University of Washington, and the Polyclinic.