On the southwest side of the highest hill in Seattle, West Queen Anne homes are highly sought after for their close proximity to downtown while still being a quiet residential neighborhood as well as the amazing views and beautiful old homes. West Queen Anne has quite a bit more conveniences available to them than other areas of the hill including plenty of restaurants, coffee stands, and shops, with an abundance of amenities for your favorite four-legged friend. Pet stores, grooming, and vets are just a few of the dog-friendly options available in the popular neighborhood.
The weather here is typical northwest weather which includes mostly mild temperatures and little in the way of snow. Snow does happen every few years, but even then, it lasts for about a week and then goes back to normal. Your only real barrier to walking is the heavy rains and winds of the Pacific storms that roll through a few times a year.
Queen Anne is well known for its hilly terrain, but you can also find areas where the hills are not so bad throughout. Some careful planning might be required if you are not ready for the steep terrain that is still a part of this neighborhood, but you can plan out a route that will help you to avoid the worst.
This area has a bit more traffic than other neighborhoods on Queen Anne due to being the most direct access to Discovery Park, Magnolia, and the rest of the peninsula. The perimeters of West Queen Anne are particularly congested thanks to most of the commercial businesses being along these roads. The residential areas are not quite so congested and, with sidewalks, many of them are easy to move around while you walk with your pup.
Parking is at a premium up here, so many people park on the streets. These roads and walking spaces can get crowded in certain areas.
West Queen Anne has a few different greenways available for public use, as well as more just outside of its boundaries that are worth visiting. The SW Queen Anne Green Belt that turns into Kinnear Park is the largest in this neighborhood and features plenty of places to take your dog walking. Here, you will find a natural forest setting with native wildlife and lots of trails for walking. There are hills in this green space, but the great views are worth the extra effort.
Farther south is an off-leash dog run, but once you have given your pup a chance to burn off some of their energy, there are also hiking paths so you can have a bit of one-on-one time with your favorite pup.
West Queen Anne Playfield is a bit farther in and offers open fields and some areas to walk in. If you are looking for a longer walk, Discovery Park is not far off either.