3.6 out of 10

Melrose Ave East, Broadway (Capitol Hill)

47.6219145684729 -122.327869723844
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"Has some great views, but really, really noisy"

Melrose Ave. E. only has buildings on the east side of the street. That's because the left side is all railings, overlooking Interstate 5, which roars right below it. It is the last street to the west on Capitol Hill, before you cross over I-5 and leave the Hill. It is bounded at the south by E. Denny Way and dead ends just after E. Roy Street crosses it. The road peters out into a pedestrian only "street" called Bellevue Place E.

Melrose Ave. E. is almost exclusively high rise condo and apartment buildings. With nothing in front of them, the entire western faces of the buildings have incredible views of downtown, Queen Anne Hill, and Lake Union. However, they also have incredible noise problems as there is absolutely nothing buffering the sound of all the lanes of north and south bound traffic on I-5.

Street parking is more plentiful here, simply because there are half the number of buildings. But the street is rather narrow and maneuvering can be difficult. There is very little greenery and being at the bottom of Capitol Hill means it's a steep walk up to get to anything that direction. You can only access downtown via E. Denny, all of the other roads that intersect with Melrose Ave. E. dead end there.
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