6.8 out of 10


Ranked 40th best neighborhood in Seattle
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  • Pest Free
  • Childcare
  • Parks & Recreation
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"A Friendly, Neighborly spirit!"

Mann is a rapidly changing area that is packed with young hipsters, cool older people, and lots of younger couples and small children with a desire to socialize and get to know each other. People are very friendly here! They help each other out, get to know each other, and there are lots of impromptu neighborhood events. The neighborhood itself is composed of historical old craftsman and the general consensus around here is to restore rather than teardown and rebuilt modern and new--there are lots of beautiful updated older homes.

The neighborhood is surrounded by many up and coming areas, some having already arrived. On union there is the friendly woman-owned coffee shop Cortona, the hip Scandinavian cafe Union coffee, Squirrel Chops (rustic coffee plus a haircut) and of course the delicious Feed Co. Burgers. Chucks Hop Shop is a local hang-out for everyone (dogs and kids welcome!) serving something like over 80 different miscobrews on top (and ice-cream too!). On Cherry lives Coyote Central; a wonderful non-profit for creative youth classes (cooking to painting). And lets not forget Lotus Thai and the plethora of delicious Ethiopian! Yum yum

It is close enough to downtown to walk (30-40 minutes) and there are so many corridors to get to downtown on, traffic is not a problem like elsewhere (no Mountlake gridlock over here). People here are bike-enthusiasts, community enthusiasts, and the neighborhood is lined with big old trees and dotted with small parks. Definitely a younger vibe, a fun vibe, a friendly, good vibe to these growing/changing parts!
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Highly residential
  • Unique dining options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A Slender Neighborhood Straddling Capitol Hill And The Central District"

A middle class corridor built between 23rd Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Way (MLK). It is bounded on the north and south by East Madison Street and East Yesler Way, respectively. One of the most narrow neighborhoods in Seattle, no doubt.

Demographics and Income

According to City Data http://bit.ly/aFj8NH, almost half of the population is Black. The other half is a mix of Whites, Hispanics, Asians, and a host of others. The average age is around 30, making it one of Seattle's younger communities. Income levels generally range between $40K and $77K, with the lower income residents in the south. Most of the population of Mann is employed in service occupations, with another share involved in business or financial careers.

Real Estate

Again, according to City Data http://bit.ly/aFj8NH, the average estimated value of a detached house was $505,721, lower than the Seattle average. However, these are 2008 values, so current numbers are invariably less.


Having roots in both the more progressive Capitol Hill area and the Central District make for an interesting blend of practices and values. A younger, white, and more professional population exists to the north, with more blue collar families,racially mixed, to the south.

Restaurants, Pubs and Coffee Shops

Being spatially-challenged does not hold back Mann from quality food and drink establishments. From the most notable to the seemingly undiscovered, here's a sampling of what exists... Catfish Corner (http://mo-catfish.com), Assimba Ethiopian Cuisine (http://bitly.com/abc3KR), Twilight Exit (http://twilightexit.com), Crush (http://chefjasonwilson.com), The Harvest Vine (http://harvestvine.com), The Essential Baking Company (http://essentialbaking.com), Meskel Ethiopian (http://bitly.com/9aWMcT), Cafe Selam (http://bitly.com/ajP6Yc), First Cup Coffee (http://bitly.com/bbhUyJ), Cortona Cafe (http://cortonacafe.com), and Bottleneck Lounge (http://bottlenecklounge.com).

Shopping and other Amenities

Highlighting some of the unique businesses around the Mann neighborhood... Glue (http://gluenow.com) - A publishing company, Quicksilver Metalsmithing (http://pcquicksilver.com), R. David Adams Flowers (http://rdavidadams.com), Dilettante Chocolates (http://dilettante.com), Organysmo - Graphic Web and Design (http://organysmo.com), and Rue de Lyon - Artistic gifts (http://ruedelyongifts.com).

Schools and Recreation Facilities

A few of the educational and fun-filled centers around Mann... Seattle Film Institute (http://seattlefilminstitute.com), The Islamic School of Seattle (http://islamicschoolofseattle.com), Garfield High School (http://ghs.seattleschools.org), Garfield Community Center (http://bitly.com/aXJDal), Medgar Evers Pool (http://bitly.com/aPqF1i), Douglass-Truth Library (http://bitly.com/9yefeW), and the Meredith Matthews East Madison YMCA (http://seattleymca.org). There are no notable parks in the neighborhood, with the closest being Powell Barnett Park (http://bitly.com/c7R0ro) on the southeast side.

Medical Facilities

A few offices for health and body enhancement are in Mann, but larger medical complexes are to the west, predominantly the Swedish Medical Center (http://swedish.org), within close proximity of about one mile. A few health places, however, that are available within the neighborhood... Seattle Naturopathy - Acupuncture and Birth Center (http://snabc.com), Glow Natural Health Center, PLLC (http://glownaturalhealth.com), and Grow Aware - Stress reduction (http://grow-aware.com).


Getting to and from Mann is fairly straightforward, despite its embedded location. The arterials, Madison Street, MLK, Yesler Way and 23rd Avenue, provide bountiful accessibility to both Interstate 90 and Interstate 5. Yesler, Cherry-James, and Madison all give seamless routes into downtown, a nice finishing touch to the local and regional commuting scene.


Despite its small size and limited amenities, Mann is highly residential. Some claim to fame for Mann is its Garfield High School (http://bitly.com/c6gBk1) alumni, including Jimi Hendrix (http://bitly.com/azPmaU), Quincy Jones (http://bitly.com/aTzv2C), Brandon Roy (http://bitly.com/9PS8N9), and others. Having a large representation of both Blacks and Whites gives Mann the potential for deeper racial reconciliation, especially with a history that includes Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson speeches delivered at Garfield High. Whatever transpires, this community is a rich and vibrant collective, with a strong balance between seclusion and accessibility.
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Unique dining options
  • Highly residential
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Small east-west breadth
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5

"Not a lot to do, but people seem to be everywhere"

Mann is a pretty croweded area of Seattle with a lot of small modest homes, apartments and some condo buildings. Considered part of central Seattle the Mann area is close to everything but doesn’t really have a lot of stand out resturants and or businesses in the area.

The neighboorhood area is fairly quiet and there seem to be a lot of one income homes with a lot of single mothers. The age in the area is fairly young, but even that doesn’t seem to draw a big night life scene to the district. The area has a fairly decent transit system with the buses being enough to get a person here to there without much of a wait in between buses, but not so many that traffic is a nightmare.

The activities on a rainy Sunday afternoon were slow paced. Mann High School is in the area and a few eatiers like Assimba Ethiopian Cuisine, Crush and CC Burgers can makea visit to Seattle district of Mann enjoyable.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids

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