Welcome to Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is a highly sought-after community with a vibrant lifestyle at every turn. Locals frequent mom-and-pop shops and independent cafes during the day and revel in the nightlife scene. Young professionals and empty-nesters adore the multitude of amenities and housing options here. While the coveted “Millionaires Row” is teeming with grand estates, there are modest homes available, too.
In addition to beautiful real estate, Capitol Hill boasts a fascinating history. Once named Broadway Hill, the city’s chief developer, James Moore, re-named it Capitol Hill in 1901 after his wife’s hometown, Capitol Hill, in Denver, Colorado. As Capitol Hill developed community services and public works, it boomed in the early 1900s and became a haven for affluent citizens.
What to Love
- Vibrant nightlife
- The beloved Starbucks Reserve Roastery
- The stunning Japanese Gardens & The Washington Park Arboretum
Capitol Hill is known as Seattle’s hipster neighborhood and is home to a historic LGBTQ+ village, a counterculture community, and plenty of thriving professionals. Metropolitan residents never experience a dull moment in their urban neighborhoods filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, and parks.
Capitol Hill affords a charming cosmopolitan life brimming with urban amenities and exciting community events year-round. Between the block parties, festivals, and nightlife scene, keeping entertained comes easily.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Family dinners, date nights, and brunch with friends are all attainable dining opportunities on Capitol Hill. Meet with friends at Monsoon for contemporary Vietnamese dishes, including the must-try clay-pot catfish. The wonderful people of Rocket Taco know that few pleasures in life are more enjoyable than handmade tortillas. Head there for lunch to sip frozen house lime margaritas and savor al pastor tacos. Work off those burgers with some retail therapy at Broadway Market, where you’ll find an expansive supermarket, a cafe, a boutique, a gym, and more.
Featuring a chic space and delectable international plates with libations to match, COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar is an homage to home-cooked cuisine. Try the Laotian sausage eggs benedict at brunch and the Jambalaya made with a Seattle flair. People line up outside Ristorante Machiavelli to add their names to the waitlist to enjoy its delicious Italian classics. Momiji is an upscale Japanese restaurant with a tranquil Kyoto courtyard, ideal for date nights filled with melt-in-your-mouth kanpachi nigiri, zesty octopus carpaccio, and panko fried oysters.
Things to Do
Seeking beauty, serenity, and quality time with loved ones are favored pastimes in Capitol Hill. Volunteer Park is loved by children, dogs, and adults alike for its conservatory, spray parks and wading pools, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. You simply must pay the Seattle Japanese Garden a visit to truly appreciate its magic. The 3.5-acre garden showcases a cherry orchard, water features, and a teahouse where seasonal ceremonies take place. Further exploration leads to the Washington Park Arboretum, where you can breathe fresh air and take in the captivating sites of the 230-acre preserve, a perfect option for a family day trip.
While a quiet afternoon at the Japanese Garden or park is lovely, sometimes you need to dress to the nines and enjoy a lively and jubilant community event. The Capitol Hill Block Party is the event of the summer, where locals and visitors of all ages enjoy world-renowned musical acts, eat delicious fares, and have a memorable experience. Show your immense pride or party with allies at Seattle PrideFest in June, where LGBTQ+ voices are amplified, worthy causes are advocated for, and progressive change is celebrated via hundreds of acts, food vendors, beer gardens, dancing in the fountain, and more.
Capitol Hill is home to fine educational institutions.
- Seattle Academy, 6-12, Private
- Seattle Preparatory School, 9-12, Private
- St. Joseph School, K-8, Private, Catholic
- Holy Names Academy, 9-12, Private, All-girls, Catholic
- Stevens Elementary K-5, Public
- Meany Middle School 6-8, Public
- Garfield High School 9-12, Public