West Queen Anne, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, spans the area from Queen Anne Avenue west to 15th Avenue West and Interbay. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by the Fremont Cut, and to the south by Lower Queen Anne and Belltown.
Students on Queen Anne attend either Coe or John Hay Elementary. McClure Middle School is also located in West Queen Anne, but students travel to other neighborhoods for high school, frequently attending either Ballard or Roosevelt High School. Seattle Country Day is located on North Queen Anne and St. Anne’s church also sponsors a school for children from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Many parks focus on this hilltop neighborhood’s breathtaking views. Kinnear Park lines the west side of the slope with views of Magnolia and Puget Sound. Kerry Park offers views of downtown, sunsets, and the ferry boats traversing Elliot Bay.
The Queen Anne Library, built by Carnegie in 1914, is located in West Queen Anne, near the West Queen Anne Playfield. The park is known by residents as “Big Howe,” because of its location on Howe Street. A smaller park is located in North Queen Anne, known as “Little Howe.”
Queen Anne Avenue, or “The Ave,” is home to a variety of shops, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, butcher shops, ice cream stores, pizza parlors, hair salons, and grocery stores. Other shops also line McGraw Street.
West Queen Anne is centrally located for bus travel to downtown, and is a few minutes away from the University of Washington. Biking commuters enjoy the bike lanes and trails both between downtown and along the north side of the community, lining the Fremont Cut and eventually linking up with the Burke Gilman Trail.