Central Business District Homes for Sale
People use “Downtown Seattle” to mean anything from the south end of Pioneer Square to the base of Queen Anne, but Seattle’s Central Business District is actually a relatively small area, spanning about 10 blocks from Olive Way to Cherry Street. Bounded on the west by the water and the east by I-5, our Business District may be compact, but has an incredible range of old and new commercial, residential, and cultural buildings.
The Business District is home to Seattle’s skyscrapers, notably including the Columbia Center—which has the greatest number of floors of any building west of the Mississippi—and the Smith Tower, a 1914 architectural marvel. It is also home to all the government buildings in Seattle, such as the courthouse and City Hall.
Downtown also has a vast number of cultural draws. The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is located in the Business District, as is the famous central location of the Seattle Public Library, which is not only one of the most beautiful buildings in the city (and arguably the country) but a fantastic resource. Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony other large-scale auditorium performances, is located across from the SAM, and the Central Business District is also home to the Seattle Aquarium, the Showbox Theater, and the ACT Theater.
As for shopping, you can browse the wares of local farmers and artisans at the famous Pike Place Market, or head over to Westlake Center for the highest-end retailers in the city. Seattle’s Business District is an extremely diverse neighborhood that’s close to everything, and even though it is small—especially for the typically-sprawling West Coast downtowns—it’s impossible to describe everything it has going on!