Megan, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

Is East Queen Anne a good area for raising kids?

Asked by Megan, San Francisco, CA Thu May 10, 2007

What's it like in this area for kids?

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Nathaniel Belo’s answer
I'm a Queen Anne Native and Resident and have lived here since I was born in 1968. My family has been on Queen Anne since the 50's. I went to North Queen Anne Elementary (now an alternative daycare), McClure Middle School (Jr. High when I went). I'm assuming you are referring to the EAST side of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99? If you are, this area is mostly comprised of apartments and condos with a few houses. There are a few new restaurants on Dexter Ave N which is the major arterial cutting through the middle not to mention Westlake Ave N. Lyon's grocery is one of the longest running businesses on Dexter. I sold Pasta Freska on Westlake Ave N to the current owner so tell Mike I sent you (I've sold most of the restaurants on Queen Anne too, but my bread and butter is selling residential real estate).

You want to be on top of the hill. FYI-the area south of Mercer St is not Lower Queen Anne (like some people call it) it's called Uptown. Technically Lower Queen Anne would circle the whole perimeter. If you're not on the hill you're not on Queen Anne Hill. Frankly, some Queen Anne residents don't consider anything east of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99 or anything south of Mercer St, Queen Anne hill either. The "boundaries" have been stretched out due to Real Estate Agents and Developers trying to create an image for marketing purposes.

You did not mention the age of your children? If you're going to let them ride a bike in this area (EAST QA) I'd say NO due to all the traffic from the aforementioned arterials. Also there are no parks and playgrounds WITHIN WALKING distance for children. If you love your children, you want to stay west of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 19, 2009
yes! we lived on 13th ave w before we had kids, then moved up to the west side (nob hill - between 3rd and 4th ave e) when we had our daughter. The area was great for kids - lots of parks, everything is walkable and the two schools - coe and hay are both top 15 in king county. definitely a great choice.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 11, 2007
I have kids and love this area for them - we always find great things to do and the schools and other facilities are just wonderful. The parks in both Queen Anne and Magnolia are also phenominal.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 14, 2009
Although your question did not specifcally ask about schools, you can find interactive info from parents at Since parents post there, you might find some useful info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 30, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
What about Magnolia? Would the people that posted answers recommend Magnolia as well?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 30, 2007
YES! YES! YES! There are a ton of families on Queen Anne. You have so many parks and places to take your kids.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
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