Seattle, topographically, has many ups and downs, but one of the steepest hills in the city is Queen Anne Hill. Accordingly, the neighborhood took a while to be completely developed because understandably, in the early days of the city, nobody felt like making the long trek up the hill just to build a home. Developers eventually offered a two-for-one deal – buy two plots of land for the price of one – to kick start population of the hill. Due to the many Queen Anne style homes built shortly afterwards by a number of the city’s elite who came here to construct their big mansions, the entire hill was named after the beautiful architectural style.
West and East Queen Anne Hill are more quiet residential areas compared to the adjoining Lower Queen Anne and the busy downtown, but there are still plenty of unique locations to be discovered. The famous How to Cook a Wolf is only one of many uncomplicated restaurants and cafés dotting the streets that form somewhat of a central nervous system of meeting spots in the neighborhood. The campus of Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne was once used as the exposition space for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, but now hosts the Space Needle, the defining element of the Seattle skyline, as well the Chihuly Garden and Glass artwork exhibition. On clear days, take a stroll in Kerry Park high on the hill for one of the best views in the city - a postcard-like view of the space needle, downtown and Mt. Rainier in the background.
Queen Anne Hill can be found north of Seattle Center and south of Fremont. The neighborhood encompasses four smaller neighborhoods: North, West and East Queen Anne on the hill, as well as Lower Queen Anne, which is adjoining downtown.