all about belltown

Experience life on the edge where you’ll enjoy unmatched and unobstructed daily views of the Seattle skyline. Located at the convergence of Belltown, Denny Triangle and Seattle Lake Union, Spire offers a unique opportunity to live in one of Seattle’s most culturally significant neighborhoods in close proximity to Amazon’s headquarters and the waterfront. Rising 41-stories, framing endless views of Elliott Bay, South Lake Union the Space Needle, and immersed in the vibrant cultural community of Belltown, Spire embodies the spirit of downtown Seattle. Join us, as we take you on a stroll through the past and present of Belltown.


This thriving waterfront neighborhood in King County is just steps to downtown Seattle. Belltown is bordered on the north by Denny Way and Lower Queen Anne, on the east and south by downtown Seattle, and on the west by Elliott Bay.


With a Walk Score of 99 out of 100, it’s a true walker’s paradise and also enjoys the convenience of world-class public transportation with 100 Transit Score. The Monorail has been a Seattle icon since the 1962 World’s Fair and also runs above the streets of Belltown. From Spire, you can easily stroll to Denny Triangle, Pike Place Market, the Waterfront, Financial District, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Everything you could conceivably ask for is available within the borders of this small neighborhood. And for those who prefer 2-wheels, Bike Score ranks the neighborhood 84/100.


Found in the heart of Seattle along Elliott Bay on the Puget Sound, Belltownoffers countless award-winning restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. From Seattle’s famed coffee culture to some of the most innovative food and wine experiences, living at Spire offers immediate access to the best the city has to offer. Start with a sweet treat from Top Pot Doughnuts or La Parisienne. Fill up on a creative pizza from Serious Pie, plate of pasta from G.H. Pasta Co., taste of Thailand from Bangrak Market, unique Japanese cuisine from Umi Sake House, waterfront dining at AQUA by El Gaucho, comfort food from The 5 Point Cafe and much more!


The area also features the best shopping. Filled with trendy local boutiques, Belltown is known for its array of clothing and accessory shops. If you’re looking for the perfect addition to your home, shop Seattle Glassblowing Studio. Shop online or book a Virtual Experience and watch your piece come to life from the comfort of your home.


History of Belltown:


Belltown derives its name from William Nathaniel Bell, an Illinois farmer who went west in 1851 by wagon towards Oregon. There he met Arthur and David Denny. All three headed up to Seattle to claim land under The Donation Land Claim Act of 1850, which created a powerful incentive for settlement of the Oregon Territory by offering 320 acres at no charge to qualifying adult U.S. citizens.


It once was located on Denny Hill, one of Seattle’s tallest hills. Denny Hill was re-graded in the late 1800s, and was subsequently sluiced into Elliott Bay in the early 1900s, which gave way to Belltown and the Denny triangle neighborhoods. To give you an idea of the scale of the Denny Hill, prior to the regrade, the Fourth and Blanchard Office Building, also known as the Sedgwick James Building or Darth Vader building, is located on the site of what was once the highest point of Denny Hill, Belltown. The 17th floor is the marker of the peak of the former hill.


Stroll Outside:


The Olympic Sculpture Park is located in the northwest end of the Belltown waterfront, adjacent to Myrtle Edwards Park, and filled with sculptures and breath-taking views. Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space and is just one mile north of the Seattle Art Museum. From this particular spot, you can see the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, ferry boats in the Sound, snow-capped mountains, and of course big metal sculptures. Snap some selfies, admire the artwork and outdoor sculptures, or kick back and enjoy the water views.


Elliott Bay Trail is a paved path along Elliott Bay shoreline, open to walkers, runners and bike riders. The trail goes through the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park with views to the west over the water. This trail provides a pleasant way to go north-south in Seattle, with fewer intersections than walking on the main city streets.


If you start walking along Elliott Bay Trail at the corner of Alaskan Way and Broad Street, you’ll find a small pocket beach just down the path. The Olympic Sculpture Park Pocket Beach is the perfect place to sit on the rocks or logs and watch the waves wash over the shore in relative solitude.


A peaceful green island in a sea of traffic, Denny Park lies on the central business district’s northern fringe, and is surrounded by major thoroughfares. Broad pathways planted with rhododendrons and azaleas lead to a central circle surrounded by thick crowned maples, pines, and other trees shield the grass and its sprawling occupants from city noises until it’s time to return to the working world. The central offices of the Parks Department are at the west end of the park.


Stroll past the The Spheres. An indoor garden from the start, The Spheres were first envisioned as a curved glass building filled with plants and tall trees. Eventually, three distinct buildings emerged, and their shape and geometry evolved over the course of the design process. It’s hard not to tip your hat to great Seattle architecture.


Seattle’s oldest park, Denny Park features broad pathways leading to a central circle, a small playground and an off-leash dog park.


Since its completion in 1962, the Just 0.3 miles away, Spire is the closest new construction high rise to the Space Needle offering the most In[Spire]d views of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and a treasured Seattle icon.


Experience life on the edge. From bucolic parks to the recently reimagined waterfront, Spire is placed at the epicenter of life and extraordinary experiences.

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