in the Harvard/Belmont neighborhood of Seattle

(Rosie Gaynor photo)

Harvard/Belmont is the Upper East Side of Capitol Hill’s microhoods. It does fancy-schmancy Seattle style. Big ol’ houses, big ol’ trees, manicured lawns with velvety green grass without a hint of the pink plastic flamingo. Houses are encased in wrought iron fences, you can probably control the sprinkler systems, lights, holiday decor and air conditioning (yes, air conditioning) with your phone. In 1980 residents initiated the process to make their neighborhood a preservation district.  There are only 7 such historic preservations districts in Seattle.

Dwellings: Majestic well-preserved turn of the century Tudors and Victorians rub elbows with an elegant enclave of condominiums.

Dwellers: The neighborhood was an area of fine homes built by the city’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen in the early years of the twentieth century. I’d guess most of the folks who find themselves residing in this neighborhood continue to be Seattle’s movers and shakers.

To Do’s:

  • St. Mark’s Cathedral for Compline–this is a Seattle tradition. Every Sunday at 9:30 over 500 people squeeze into the St. Mark’s nave to listen to the meditative all-male Compline choir. If you haven’t, you should go at least once.
  • Altura: splurge on the tasting menu and plan to spend several hours tasting 10-15 phenomenal Italian inspired dishes.
  • Restaurant Marron: another killer menu, great wine list and a laid back feel.

There’s plenty within walking distance of this historic gem of a neighborhood, but perhaps what makes it so special is it’s secluded feel. Read more about the ambiance of this special microhood here.