The heart of the Emerald city, Downtown Seattle is the cultural and financial center of the region. Downtown Seattle covers about 1.7 square miles and is bordered by Lake Union on the east and Elliott Bay on the west. Besides stunning views of Elliott Bay, Lake Union, and both the Olympic and Cascade mountains, it boasts towering offices, a vibrant shopping district of about 16 city blocks and entertainment outlets that keep it active into the evenings and weekends. Famous downtown Seattle landmarks such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Pioneer Square and the waterfront ferry terminals attract locals and tourist alike. Seattle has new construction condos in many price ranges and continues to attract both tourist and new Seattle residents from all over the world.
If you were to look at a map, Downtown in Seattle appears to have 2 hospitals, these are Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center, and Harborview Medical Center - both are located on the 9th Ave and west of Central District. The Seattle Great Wheel is also visible on the map. It's a giant Ferris wheel located on Alaskan Way and east of Elliot Bay. On the same street, they also have the Seattle Aquarium (aquarium shop with underwater exhibits, stuffed animals, and toys), Waterfront Park (a public park with views of skyline and ships in drydock), The Crab Pot Seattle (seafood restaurant), Elliott's Oyster House (seafood restaurant), The Seattle Shop at 56 (Souvenir store), Ivar's Acres of Clams (seafood restaurant), Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (gift shop), Simply Seattle (gift shop), Ivar's Fish Bar (seafood restaurant), and Seattle Ferry Terminal (ferry terminal).
There are several top-rated restaurants within this neighborhood like Metropolitan Grill (steak house, and located on 2nd Ave), Von's 1000 Spirits (American restaurant, located on 1st Ave, and near the Seattle Great Wheel), Tulio (Italian restaurant, located on 5th Ave, and near the Seattle Public Library-Central Library), Shuckers Restaurant (seafood restaurant, and located on University St), and Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (American restaurant, located on 4th Ave, and near Benaroya Hall), Benaroya Hall is a performing arts theater located on University St. And if you're looking for a museum, they have Seattle Art Museum that exhibits both current and classic artworks, located on 1st Ave, and near The Gum Wall- a tourist attraction.
There are other shops in Downtown Seattle, these are Moorea Seal (women's clothing store, and located on 1st Ave), The Finerie (clothing store, and located on Western Ave), Union Gift Shop (located on Union St), Anthropologie (Women's clothing store, and located on the 5th Ave), and Ross Dress for Less (located on Pike St, and near Madewell- a clothing store in 5th Ave). Properties in the Downtown area have recently sold for between $292k and $3.6 million. To see today's real estate listings in Downtown, Seattle, please click the link above.
The Downtown neighborhood is located in Central Seattle. Homes for sale in Downtown include foreclosures (bank-owned homes), short sales, new construction, and traditional resale homes. Home styles range from condos to townhomes and single-family homes.
Downtown is the central business district of Seattle, Washington. It is fairly compact compared with other city centers on the West Coast of the United States because of its geographical situation. It is hemmed in on the north and east by hills, on the west by Elliott Bay, and on the south by reclaimed land that was once tidal flats. It is bounded on the north by Denny Way, beyond which are Lower Queen Anne (sometimes known as "Uptown"), Seattle Center, and South Lake Union; on the east by Interstate 5, beyond which is Capitol Hill to the northeast and the Central District to the east; on the south by S Dearborn Street, beyond which is Sodo; and on the west by Elliott Bay, which is part of Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean).
Belltown, Denny Triangle, the retail district, the West Edge, the financial district, the government district, Pioneer Square, Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon, and the western flank of First Hill west of Broadway make up downtown Seattle's chief neighborhoods. Near the center of downtown is the Metropolitan Tract which is owned by the University of Washington; prior to 1895 it served as the location of the university's campus. Downtown is Seattle's finance and commercial maritime hub as well as its center of nightlife and shopping. The downtown shopping mall Westlake Center is connected to Seattle Center by way of a monorail.
Downtown Seattle's Columbia Center has 76 floors, a greater number than any other building west of the Mississippi River; however there are taller buildings in Texas and California by height. (Smith Tower, in the older section of downtown called Pioneer Square, once held the title of tallest American building west of the Mississippi.) Other notable buildings are the Washington Mutual Tower, Two Union Square, Nordstrom’s flagship store, Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas, and the main building of the Seattle Art Museum (built 1991, expanded 2007), the main facade of which was designed by Robert Venturi. Downtown parks include Westlake Park, Freeway Park, and Victor Steinbrueck Park. The Olympic Sculpture Park was completed on the Belltown waterfront in January 2007.
Downtown is also home to the landmark Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmer's market in the United States and the core of activity in the area.
After abandoning 'New York Alki', the Denny Party moved across the then named Duwamish Bay in April 1852 to a low level marsh situated with a safe deep water harbor roughly located in the city's Pioneer Square district where they named their new frontier 'Duwamps'. In the late 1850s, present day Downtown Seattle became the main residential outskirts of the city. But after the Great Seattle Fire, the business district was moved here. Several of the city's hills around downtown were regraded starting around 1876.
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