The Magnolia neighborhood is a natural peninsula located just west of Queen Anne and north of Downtown. Three bridges provide access to Magnolia and help it retain its small community atmosphere amidst a huge urban city. Being situated near the water provides Magnolia abundant natural beauty its homes, many with incredible views, are often among the most expensive and most desirable in Seattle. Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep you up-to-date on all things Magnolia while the Queen Anne & Magnolia News is a more traditional source of local news and information. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce and Community Center. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Magnolia neighborhood.
Within walking distance of Downtown is the community of Queen Anne. Queen Anne is the highest named hill in Seattle and is known for its prominent Queen Anne architectural style that dominated the hill in its earliest days as a neighborhood. Queen Anne is divided into the 4 sub-neighborhoods North Queen Anne, East Queen Anne, West Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne. While Queen Anne hill contains many of the steepest streets in Seattle, it’s not the highest point in the city. Local architect and cartographer, Thomas Horton, created the Map of the Pedestrian Public Stairs of Queen Anne Hill showing the location of 120 staircases which run up and down Queen Anne hill. The various architecture styles of the staircases, the city views they offer, and their ‘hidden in plain sight’ quality make them a fun urban trek.