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Neighborhood Highlight: Central Seattle | Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Leschi, Madison Park & Madrona

Capitol Hill

Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Early in Seattle’s history, Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill were where bankers, shipping executives and other newly rich called home.

Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center, and Broadway — the neighborhood’s main drag — serves as its focal point.

Music and art are prominent cornerstones of this counter-culture community, with clubs, theatres, bookstores and galleries found all throughout the neighborhood.

Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) schedules showings at the Harvard Exit and Egyptian Theatres on Capitol Hill.

During the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning — Seattle Central Community College and the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts. Seattle University is on First Hill, but many of its students, faculty and staff work and play on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Activities

Farmer’s Market: The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmer’s Market is one of the few year-round markets in Seattle.  The market is a wonderful opportunity to shop for fresh ingredients, learn about local non-profits, hear fun live music, and watch cooking demonstrations.  The market is also dog friendly (as so much of Seattle!).

Frye Art Museum: Charles and Emma Frye whose success in Seattle business afforded them the ability to become avid art collectors during their lifetimes. After their deaths, their art collection was gifted to the people of Seattle. This group of 232 paintings became the Founding Art Collection for Frye Art Museum, which opened its doors in 1952.

Music Venues on Capitol Hill

NEUMOS  925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

The venue’s full name is Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room, although it’s usually just called Neumos.  The concert hall features a state of the art sound system and light production equipment, 3 full service bars, a second floor mezzanine and a balcony that overlooks the showroom. Pike Fish Fry is also located within Neumos, as is MOE BAR.

CHOP SHUEY   1325 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122

Hosts a variety of musical acts, ranging from hip hop to metal to alternative music – musical performances are scheduled most days of the week.  Red, Asian themed décor and the Dragon Lounge is open even when a performance is not scheduled.

ROCK BOX   1603 Nagle Pl, Seattle, WA 98122

Rock Box is a Japanese style karaoke club.  They feature 11 private “box” rooms to book for singing, along with a larger party room that accommodates over 35 people. Karaoke in the lobby bar is free.  Patrons can enjoy their food and drink in the private box rooms, or out in the lobby area.

Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill

Volunteer Park includes a large conservatory which is designated as a landmark. This building houses beautiful and magnificent plants year-round and is open to public on chosen days. The Water Tower was built in 1906, with a fenced off reservoir and observation deck that overlooks the basin. There is a statue of Willian Henry Seward, a memorial to Judge Thomas Burke, and a sculpture named Black Sun by Isamu Noguchi.

Additionally, the park is known for its extensive dahlia garden in season. There are Koi ponds at the park which contain fish during the summer months. There are also various free concerts, festivals and outdoor theater events host by the park throughout the summer.

Madison Park

Madison Park, located south of the 520 bridge, is a neighborhood of stunning homes and condos, many with gorgeous views of the lake and Mount Rainer.

Madison Park could be considered an urban center retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area.

The upscale commercial district is both a draw to the neighborhood and greatly treasured by those who live nearby.

Washington Park Arboretum

The Washington Park Arboretum is a hidden gem on the Lake Washington shores. The many trees, shrubs, and flowers are owned by the University of Washington, while the park itself is owned and managed by the City of Seattle. The park has miles of pathways allowing visitors to see beautiful natural growth, various ponds throughout and  Arboretum Creek.

Seattle Japanese Garden: This formal Japanese Garden houses a cherry orchard, treehouse event center, koi pond, over 500 granite boulders from the Cascade Mountains, and an amazing variety of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, moss and ferns.

Washington Park Playfield: This large area includes a large synthetic turf field for sports, including soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse and football.

Seattle Parks & Recreation

Our natural climate allows for year-round outdoor recreation, while our proximity to the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges and the waters of the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean offers a plethora of opportunity for walking, hiking, running, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, water sports, boating, and anything else you can dream of.

As such, our local parks are redesigned for a variety of recreation, and combine our natural landscape with local fascination. The Burke-Gilman Trail runs 27-miles through Seattle, Lake Shore, and the Eastern Railway corridor.

Additionally, the Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Gardens are a beautiful addition to the Union Bay border. Fostered by the University of Washington’s botany department, the gardens consist of spectacular plants, intersecting form with natural beauty.

Check out a full list of parks at the City of Seattle website: www.Seattle.Gov.

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