7.7 out of 10

Broadway (Capitol Hill)

Ranked 15th best neighborhood in Seattle
47.623874708424 -122.319895867812
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 17, 2010
Editors Choice

"The Epicenter Of Seattle Culture"

The Epicenter of Seattle Culture

A place more commonly known as "Capitol Hill" (http://bitly.com/d6epY5), Broadway is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle with a progressive culture. It's boundaries are East Howe Street in the north, except for a sliver that runs to East Lynn Street along Interstate 5. In the east, 15th Avenue is the edge of the community, which runs along the Lake View Cemetery (http://lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com) and Volunteer Park (http://bitly.com/9SSYKt). The southern boundary consists of East Madison Street, East Union and East Pike. The west is simply bordered by, you guessed it, Interstate 5.

History

There is uncertainty about where Capitol Hill coined its name. Some believe it was to “woo” the state legislature to relocate from Olympia to Seattle. The founder, James A. Moore, did name the area after his wife’s hometown neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Others believe Moore’s motive was a combination of these. Other names given to Broadway at one time were Broadway Hill and Catholic Hill, due to a large Roman Catholic population at one time.

Some of Seattle’s wealthiest reside here, particularly at “Millionaire’s Row” along 14th Avenue. Block parties are common, with a neighborhood-wide event in July having been hosted each year since 1997. A wide variety of architecture can be found, not only among residential houses and historic landmarks, but even with the commonplace apartment buildings.

Numerous historical sites and structures are located in Broadway, with some of the most well-known being the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District (http://bitly.com/fOof0C), the original Cornish College of the Arts building (http://bitly.com/hhus9V), Volunteer Park - a favorite of mine (http://bitly.com/9SSYKt) and Lake View Cemetery (http://lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com).

Demographics and Income

Singles, singles, singles. Broadway is home to numerous twenty and thirty-somethings who have not yet said, “I do”. Married couples do exist here, but only around 20% of the population. Of those couples, only a trace are raising children. Thus, large families may want to take heed when considering Broadway as a place of residence.

Transient is the buzzword in this section of Seattle. It boasts on being the most densely populated neighborhood in the city, and for good reason—apartments! Everywhere you turn, with the exception of the upper class areas around Volunteer park, humans are vying for a parking spot near their leased domicile.

Income is nothing to write home about, unless, of course, the residential streets of Broadway are highlighted. These families are definitely bringing home the bacon, with incomes easily in the six figures. A selected few may even shyly admit to being millionaires. However, wealth is the exception, not the rule for most of the neighborhood. Unmarried young professionals, seeking to get their foot in the door of a career or simply trying to survive by waiting on tables are a more common lot. The ethnic representation is predominantly white, but other races are gaining a voice.

Culture

As mentioned, Broadway is notorious for nightlife, particularly street parties. The younger demographic, mixed with copious drinking venues, is a recipe for endless social opportunities. The grunge scene emerged here in the early 1990s, notably through the music of Nirvana (http://bitly.com/evin0M) and Kurt Cobain (http://bitly.com/hyo5PG). Artistic roots still run deep today, though other music styles have come in to share the limelight.

In addition to the party and music scene, Broadway is home to prominent Seattle coffee houses. Specific locations will be featured under the “Local Business Tour” section below. Another “claim to fame” is the large gay and lesbian population. Many businesses claim to be gay friendly, as do certain churches. The liberal Seattle environment emanates, primarily, from the Broadway neighborhood—a place where progressive ideas and lifestyles are birthed.

Real Estate

Multiple apartment complexes occupy the area, especially west of Broadway East (the street). Residential housing becomes more prominent to the west, closer to Volunteer park where many larger, upscale homes have been built.

Home values have dropped considerably in recent months, with the average value hovering around $300,000 (According to Zillow). Only 19% of residents own their home, confirming the transient nature of this Seattle community.

Local Business Tour (Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee Houses, Shops and other Amenities)

Good eating is to be found in Broadway, the most eclectic variety in the Emerald City. One of our favorites, B & O Espresso (http://bo-espresso.com), serves up tasty dinners and out of this world desserts. They even can do wedding cakes! Formerly a coffee shop where where Pearl Jam birthed their name. Other places of dining interest are Tango (http://tangorestaurant.com), Rosebud Restaurant & Bar (http://rosebud-restaurant.com), Ayutthaya Thai Restaurant (http://ayutthayathai.com), Via Tribunali (http://viatribunali.net), Quinn's Pub (http://quinnspubseattle.com), The Tin Table (http://thetintable.com) with the Century Ballroom for dancing (http://centuryballroom.com), Table 219 (http://table219.com), and the list goes on.

In addition to great dining, coffee shops abound here. A few to mention are Bauhaus Books & Coffee (http://bauhauscoffee.net), Stumptown Coffee Roasters (http://stumptowncoffee.com), Faire Gallery Cafe (http://fairegallerycafe.com), Online Coffee Company (http://onlinecoffeeco.com), Caffé Vita (http://caffevita.com), Top Pot Doughnuts (http://toppotdoughnuts.com), Cafe Dharwin (http://cafedharwin.com), Victrola Coffee Roasters (http://victrolacoffee.com) and several others. For the sweet tooth, try Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream (http://mollymoonicecream.com). Other places featuring ice cream and the like are: Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream & Tea Room (http://bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com), Cupcake Royale (http://cupcakeroyale.com), and Old School Frozen Custard (http://oldschoolfrozencustard.com) - A family favorite of ours.

Pubs, though they may seem a “dime a dozen” in Seattle, are worth noting in Capitol Hill. Here are a few: Madison Pub (http://madisonpub.com) - Featuring no cover charge; Elysian Brewing Company (http://elysianbrewing.com) - Founded in 1996 with three locations around the city; Quinn’s Pub (http://quinnspubseattle.com) - Owned by Scott and Heather Staples and featuring 14 beers on tap; Chop Suey (http://chopsuey.com) - Featuring lots of live music; and Barca (http://barcaseattle.com) - Enjoy a diverse selection of beers, wine, vodka and specialty drinks;

Accommodations

Even if no place existed within Broadway for overnight lodging, its close proximity to the urban core would provide an abundance of options just minutes away. Fortunately, there are some accommodations within the neighborhood. Here is a sampling: 11th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast (http://11thavenueinn.com) - A charming 1906 vintage bed and breakfast; Seward Suites (http://sewardsuites.com) - A re-imagined experience in a 1907 era building, complete with private garden,fire pit, and coveted views of Puget Sound; Bed and Breakfast Inn Seattle (http://seattlebednbreakfast.com) - A European style inn, allowing guests full access to the kitchen for preparing meals; Fox Glove Guesthouse (http://foxgloveguesthouse.com) - A 1905 Arts and Crafts house featuring that era’s decorative style; Gaslight Inn (http://gaslight-inn.com) - A quality bed and breakfast featuring rich woodwork, views of the city, and even an in-ground heated pool; Bed and Breakfast on Broadway (http://bedandbreakfastseattlewa.net) - Featuring four quaint rooms with private baths; Alternative Suites International (http://asuites.com) - Temporary or long-term housing source for Seattle and around the Nation; and The Bacon Mansion (http://baconmansion.com) - An 8,000 square foot Edwardian-style house, adorned with 1909-era charm.

Schools

Following the generous nature of Broadway, when it comes to amenities, schools are not disregarded. Too many institutions exist to be featured, so again, a broad stroke list: Bright Water School (http://brightwaterschool.org) - Waldorf education that provides an artistic and compassionate approach, in addition to the academics; Bertschi School (http://bertschi.org) - An independent elementary school provided an intellectual, imaginative and character-building education; Lowell Elementary School (http://seattleschools.org/schools/lowell) - Features various programs for specialized assistance, including a nationally recognized Low Incidence Special Education program; ALPS Language School (http://englishintheusa.com) - Accelerated language performance system with small classes; Harvard Avenue School (http://harvardavenueschool.com) - Offering a high quality education for toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten children; and The Northwest School (http://northwestschool.org) - Offering a curriculum for grades 6-12 with an international perspective, fostering creative thinking.

Recreation

Outdoor recreation can be fulfilled at Volunteer Park (http://bitly.com/9SSYKt), featuring a beautiful conservatory (http://bitly.com/eMSR1M), a children's play area, and a reservoir. The park is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum (http://bitly.com/aVafFZ). Near the southern end of Broadway is Cal Anderson Park (http://calandersonpark.org), featuring several amenities, including a fountain, texture pool, promenade paths, children’s play area, wading pool, lighted sports field and several oversize chess boards. A couple of easy-to-miss green spaces include Thomas Street Mini Park (http://bitly.com/e8konb) - An ideal place for reading that book while taking in rare Seattle sun; John and Summit Park (http://bitly.com/gv5Nd6) - A newly designed space, featuring a community P-Patch; and Tashkent Park (http://bitly.com/dJdICC) - Named after a city in Uzbekistan, the park features picnic tables, a wooden arbor, benches and a sculpture.

Medical and Wellness Facilities

For anyone in dire need of medical assistance, it is good to know a sound clinic or hospital is nearby. The advantage to Broadway’s downtown-vicinity location provides streamlined access to top-notch doctors, clinics and hospitals. Though not directly within the neighborhood’s boundary, but close enough, is the Swedish Medical Center (http://swedish.org) - The First Hill campus is part of the largest nonprofit medical provider in the Northwest region. No claim to fame medical institution for Broadway? Think again. The Virginia Mason Medical Center (http://virginiamason.org) is an award-winning nonprofit organization with a network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout Puget Sound. If having two hospitals, almost within walking distance, is not enough, how about a third just a stone’s throw from the southern boundary of the neighborhood? It is a fact in which Broadwayites can revel—Harborview Medical Center (http://bitly.com/dhPLZL) - One of the best trauma centers on the West Coast. A few other medical resources within the community of Broadway: Pacific Medical Center (http://pacificmedicalcenters.org) - A patient-focused institution, providing assistance with more than 150 caring providers; The Polyclinic (http://polyclinic.com) - One of the largest multi-specialty clinics in the Puget Sound area; The Pin Cushion (http://www.thepincushionclinic.com/) - Affordable acupuncture in a community setting; Felix Marcial, DDS (http://doctorfelix.com) - Dr. Felix carries an abundance of knowledge and experience to encounter virtually all teeth/mouth conditions; and Paul Huddleston & Associates, DDS (http://yourseattlesmile.com) - Striving to enable each patient to achieve complete dental health through technological innovation, prevention and ongoing education.

Spiritual Centers and Churches

Every great neighborhood not only exhibits physical qualities, but ones rooted in the mental and spiritual capacities of the people. Broadway serves up quite a variety of spiritual havens, designed for holistic development. Enjoy this brief rendering of spiritual options: Grace Seattle (http://www.graceseattle.org/) - A place devoted to assisting Seattle in becoming more like the city of God; Seattle First Baptist (http://www.seattlefirstbaptist.org/) - Liberating the heart, engaging the mind, embracing the world; Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (http://www.saintnicholascathedral.org/) - One of the oldest Russian Orthodox parishes outside of Russia; Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption (http://www.assumptionseattle.org/); and Bodhiheart Sangha Buddhist Meditation Center in Seattle (http://www.bodhiheartsangha.org/) - Featuring two resident teachers, Venerable Dhammadinna and Tenzin Jesse (http://www.bodhiheartsangha.org/teachers.shtml).

Transportation Access and Tips

Getting to and from Broadway could not be more convenient, for tourist and local alike. The Interstate, hugging the community from the west, has a handful of on-ramps/off-ramps. Traversing between downtown proves to be a constant success via several arterial options, such as Denny Way, Madison Avenue and Pike Street. Need to get to the East side? This can be handled by heading south on either Interstate 5 or a southern arterial to hop on Eastbound Interstate 90. Even students looking for a little cushion between campus find haven living here, with attainable cycling times across the water to the University of Washington campus. One of the commuting challenges could be a work commute to the northern or southern suburbs, depending on the time of day. However, if downtown is the daily destination, then multiple options surface for reaching the “desk.”

Summary

Take time to explore this vibrant neighborhood, which in many ways, sets the pace of Seattle's liberality. Even though most residents are under the age of 45, it can be an active playground for any adventurous soul striving to leave their mark, along with the others dwelling in this influential community.
Pros
  • Excellent cafes
  • Good parks
  • Great nightlife
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • Limited parking
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Loud environment
  • Many rental properties
  • More expensive housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 20, 2010

"Artsy, inspired and active"

The recent center of Seattle’s LGBT community, Broadway continues to serve as a cultural and social center, offering a variety of bars, restaurants, eateries, and boutiques. Broadway is continually expressive and inspiring, with marked patterns and features that lend character to the city. Some of those interesting marks include contributions from Seattle’s arts commission, like the Broadway Tilework, which serves to brighten the street with informative and colorful tiles to indicate buildings’ addresses and the Broadway Dance Steps (contributed by Jack Mackie), which illustrate to passers by the correct way to do the rumba, tango, or foxtrot via bronze footsteps in the sidewalks.

Broadway is definitely about interesting places to enjoy, but there are definitely those that stand out. Broadway is privileged enough to have the local incarnation of The Crypt, which is a shop for adults that carries media, toys, and sexy costumes and clothing, and definitely acts as a living, breathing homage to the LGBT presence. Dilettante Chocolates serves fine truffles, mochas, biscotti, and other sweets from their local storefront in Broadway. The Honey Hole is a great deli-by-day, tavern-by-night sort of a spot. You won’t be disappointed to get something with Turkey, but the fun sandwich names are almost as amusing as your friend is after a couple of dirnks.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
Aug 08, 2010

"It’s not for everyone, but its fun for a visit."

This encompasses a very large area and is very different depending on where you end up. Pike/Pine is super hip but a pretty busy area with clubs, restaurants and lots of condos; it also has a slightly older crowd than Broadway area. Where Pike/Pine is hip, Broadway is kind of crappy and the weirdoes tend to hang out there, however, the North end is getting nicer and eventually there will be a light rail station near Broadway and Denny so it will be really convenient to get all kinds of places.

But for now that intersection is under massive construction that I think goes until 2016 – doesn’t affect traffic yet, but an eye sore and a pain to deal with all the same. Summit also has a little area with a coffee shop and bar that’s pretty cute and a little further from the business and there are a lot of condos near there. When you get to be around 15th Street it gets really nice and has everything you could need. The people are more our age and it’s busy, but not in the same way that Broadway and Pike/Pine are. There are some condos but they are pricier since there are less of them. And there are lots of families and giant beautiful houses in that area.

There’s a small area on 19th with a coffee shop and a few other. Safety-wise Broadway is the worst, with Pike/Pine next, 19th then 15th the safest. It is incredibly easy to get everywhere from Capitol Hill, and really this area has a lot of diversity in a small space.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jul 29, 2010

"Where Seattle Plays"

Capitol Hill, in general, is one of the few remaining "community neighborhoods" in the city. And Broadway Ave. is the meeting place for most neighborhood events. They even have a web site, www.capitolhillseattle.com" to let residents and visitors know of upcoming events and activities as well as public service announcements. The population on the street ranges from students to business professionals to outrageous. For people-watching, this is the street to beat. The restaurants are mostly open air making it more of an interactive dining experience. The shops range from quaint to alternative. And the clubs are some of the best in the city. Capitol Hill, in general, is a little on the pricey side to live, but people that do live there wouldn't live anywhere else.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
Jul 01, 2010

"Great Nightlife! Bars, Clubs, and Late-Night Eateries"

Broadway is a main thoroughfare in Seattle, running North-South through First Hill and Capitol Hill, from East Madison Street near downtown Seattle to Roy Street at the north end of Capitol Hill. It has a reputation for being one of the most active and eclectic streets in the city. The Broadway District refers to the shopping within six blocks of Broadway East. On the southern end of Broadway, towards downtown Seattle, you'll find Swedish Hospital and Seattle Central Community College. As you move north on Broadway, the area becomes more of a nightlife destination.

Along Broadway, you'll find plenty of clubs and late-night spots, especially in the Capitol Hill area. During the day, walk along Broadway for vintage shopping, including the ever-popular Redlight clothing store. Other attractions along Broadway include Dick's Drive-In and The Harvard Exit Theater. Broadway is also home to Dance Steps, a public artwork featuring a series of dance steps in bronze set into the sidewalks.

People watching is also a lot of fun on Broadway, which tends to attract an interesting crowd. You're likely to see plenty of piercings and neon-colored hair here. Broadway has long been the center of Seattle's GLBT community, as well as the alternative music scene.
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5
Jan 08, 2009

"If you're looking for eccentric, you've found it"

Broadway is definitely one of the more interesting streets in Seattle. The southern area of Broadway boasts a Childhaven, Swedish Hospital and the best Community College in Seattle. The further north you go the more it becomes a nightlife hub. It's mostly late night eats after your done clubbing in Pioneer Square and Belltown, or just up the street and any of the number of late night spots in the Capitol Hill area. There are two clubs I know of on Broadway, one is Neighbours, which is largely a gay club, and the other is Julia's, which is more of a bar that has dancing. I go to broadway at night for food, but during the day there's also plenty of vintage shopping, on of the more popular being the Redlight, among others. Broadway attracts the most interesting crowds. If nothing else, you should go to people watch, because that's fun in and of itself.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
Jul 06, 2008

"Exciting and Entertaining"

Broadway is a bustling strip, you've got to visit the Paramount Theatre.. I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Chris Rock (a regular at the theatre). If you're just into the arts, take a swing by the Broadway center for the performing arts.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Broadway (Capitol Hill)

1

Broadway East

4.5/5
"Straight and to the freeway"
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"Quiet, well-kept, diverse, and only a block away from the action"
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3

East Mercer St

3.5/5
"A colorful Seattle Neighborhood"
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4

14th Ave East

3.5/5
"Well Established Neighborhood with Million Dollar Mansions"
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"Busy but a nice, convenient place to live"
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"Right at the heart of Capitol Hill"
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"Quiet street, well located and nicely kept"
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8

Nagle Pl

2/5
"Great access to the park, but not a great place to live"
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Unranked Streets in Broadway (Capitol Hill)

"Go both ways on Capitol Hill"
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15th Ave

2.5/5
"Near alot of great homes, please check this area when you want to relocate"
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