Capitol Hill: Best Seattle Neighborhoods 2013

Where wildlife meets wild life.

By Seattle Mag


April 3, 2013

When I first lived on Capitol Hill in the ’90s, I loved living within a short stroll of great movie theaters, coffee and any number of dimly lit bars that tended to me and my vintage-clad peers. But I truly fell for the Hill on a dusky fall run. A couple of wrong turns and I happened upon forested Interlaken Avenue, the bare branches on that nearly lightless street covered with hundreds of crows. These days, I love that I can still cozy up to a civilized cocktail at, say, Liberty on 15th Street, or any of the Hill’s other dozens of mood-lifting bars, and know there’s some unruly wilderness just a few blocks away.

Don’t miss: Trying out cheeses at The Calf & Kid in Melrose Market, playing vintage dress-up at Le Frock and playing tag at Cal Anderson Park, followed by indie-licious ice cream and beer at Bluebird Microcreamery.

Go-to for out-of-town guests: View from the Volunteer Park water tower, spiky flora at the park conservatory’s cactus house and books (natch!) at Elliott Bay Book Company.

Micro ’hood watch: Call it what you will, South Capitol Hill or even SOMAD, no matter: With Little Uncle for Thai street food, the greener-than-thou Bullitt Center and gorgeous Seattle University beyond, the south side of Madison is groovier than ever.

Famous for: The whitest of white-hot stars of Seattle’s past left footprints across the Hill. Check out Bruce Lee’s grave (and stellar vistas) at Lake View Cemetery and swing by the Singles apartment building (1820 E Thomas St.) on the way to hear live music at the essential grunge bar, the Comet, still rocking after all these years and all that gentrification.

Sara Dickerman is a food writer who has lived on Capitol Hill off and on, but steadily, since 2000


The redesign corrected inefficient layouts and awkward connections to the home’s decks.

AIA Home: Goodbye 1970

Family fixes design flaws to bring midcentury home into modern era

“Treehouse” by Floisand Studio Architects returns to glory a Ralph D. Anderson home that had lost its compass. Nick and Rachel Lenington purchased the 1970 Mercer Island home in 2010, attracted to the quiet neighborhood because of its midcentury vibe, big, west-facing windows, and abundant wildlife. An advertised water view didn’t really pan out, but…

Photography by Netra Nei

Living: This Kitchen Really Cooks

Remodel preserves Victorian charm

Raised on an off-the-grid ranch in southern Oregon, Mandy Lozano took a don’t-fence-me-in approach to renovating her kitchen in Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood. She sought to balance a respect for the 1900 Victorian’s heritage with a genetic predisposition toward creative license. “I don’t care for modern technology that much, and I don’t like fussy or…

IMG_1752 hero-min

It Costs What? High-End Seattle-Area Homes Skyrocket in Price

The rise in pricey homes throughout Seattle is nothing short of astonishing

It’s no secret that housing prices are skyrocketing. Some new numbers, however, may send you into a fit of apoplexy. A study by home buying and selling service Orchard finds that the Seattle region has experienced a whopping 180% increase in the sale of million-dollar homes in just three years. So far in 2022, almost…

The roof slopes to the south for greater solar-panel efficiency and the one-car garage was among several tradeoffs to improve energy efficiency.

Seattle Passive House Respects The Environment

Passive House in Ballard treats the environment with respect

Rade and Eli Trimceski didn’t set out to save the planet when they commissioned their new home in Ballard, but the planet sent its regards anyway. Designed and built by First Lamp Architects of Seattle, the project was named the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) National Home of the Year in 2020.  Billed as “the…