About Belltown

Belltown SeattleBelltown Seattle is a neighborhood located just north of Downtown Seattle. The neighborhood is bordered by Elliot Bay on the west, Denny Way on the north, on the east by 5th Avenue and on the south by Lenora.

The community in this urban neighborhood features vibrant living, with lofts and condominiums that are unequalled. Found in the heart of Seattle along Elliott Bay on the Puget Sound, Belltown Seattle offers countless award-winning restaurants, nightclubs, and bars guaranteeing excitement. The area also features the best shopping, including local boutiques and national chains.

In addition, The Pike Place Market, the historic Seattle waterfront, museums, theatres, and concert halls can meet the needs of both the active and sophisticated. Restaurants in Belltown range from fine cuisine and gastro-pubs to classic and inexpensive fare such as hot dogs and burgers. The Bavarian Meat Products is a famous local business for Belltown residents and visitors, and the neighborhood offers a wide range of shopping opportunities and delights.

Many individuals have moved to Belltown so that they can enjoy all these things and more within walking distance of their Seattle condo. For example, purchase a condo for sale in the Concord Condos, The Parc Condominium, the Ellington Condos, or the Vine Belltown and walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park to enjoy the sunset over the Puget Sound, Bainbridge, and the Olympics. Or walk to Pike Place to shop for local produce or eat at one of the many restaurants in the Belltown Seattle neighborhood. Go to a movie at Pacific Place, shop at Nordstrom, or see a concert at the Paramount Theatre, just steps from your front door.

History of Belltown

history of belltownBelltown is built on land originally owned by William Nathaniel Bell, whom it is also named after – even though he left Seattle in 1855. Since it is so close to Downtown, the history of Belltown is very similar to the early history and economy from the 1850s Seattle.

It once was located on Denny Hill, one of Seattle’s tallest hills. When Denny Hill was re-graded between 1897 and 1899, and was subsequently sluiced into Elliott Bay between 1902 and 1911, the land that is now Belltown appeared. Because of Denny Hill, however, Belltown was isolated from the Downtown areas of Seattle; hence the neighborhood’s lower class beginnings. In its early years, it was a low-rent, semi-industrial district.

 

Belltown is home to Cottage Park, where single-family homes were built in 1916. The three remaining cottages are adjacent to the Belltown P-Patch, and are the last of 11 which used to sit on the quarter-block property. They used to house writers in residence for the Richard Hugo House program (two writers still remain), and are the last remaining wood framed residences in downtown Seattle, maintained by the City as a historic site.

The evolution of the film and movie industry strongly affected Belltown’s growth through the early 1900s. Virginia Street and Third Avenue in Belltown were home to “Film Row” around 1910, with film exchanges in the Pathe Building. Because of the flammability of film, zoning rules limited exchanges to the Belltown area alone. The neighborhood remained a central area for film exchanges and continued to be known as “Film Row” through the 1960s, even after the advent of ‘talkies’ (films with sound). Nowadays, the Jewel Box theater in the Rendezvous bar is the single remaining screening room in Belltown.

After the removal of Denny Hill, Belltown began to emerge on its own as a unique place to both live and be for recreation. Hotels, car dealerships, apartments, and warehouses filled the neighborhood – soon followed by artists and musicians looking for cheap rent. These creators then invited the establishment of cafes, galleries, studios, and clubs, bringing the environment we see today in this Seattle neighborhood.