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Perks of Pioneer Square

This little corner of Downtown Seattle has our heart.

We have a crush on Pioneer Square, and not just because last month Zagat named it among the ten hot food neighborhoods in the country. We love the way the neighborhood makes us feel. It’s cozy and comfortable but also modern and alive. The old brick and stone buildings provide an appealing urban texture that almost makes the rain…welcome.  The neighborhood is also at that stage in the process of revitalization that we find exciting. It’s that time when some of the iconic businesses remain, and the new fresh thinkers are settling in as well. Trendy? Yes. Hip? Yes. But also holding on to some of its history.

The median sales price in the area is currently (November 2014) $499,000, which is 13.61% higher than the median sales price in Seattle. At the moment, there’s not a ton of inventory, but we do have our eye on a beautiful 2624-square-foot penthouse loft condo listed for $1.5M. It’s been on the market for over a year, so our guess is that it won’t sell for quite that much.  The lucky duck who does end up with the place (Those views! That fireplace! Those skylights and gorgeous brick walls!) will also get the added value benefit of the perks of Pioneer Square.

Here, we’ve assembled a small handful of our favorite places in Pioneer Square.

  Damn the Weather Cocktail Bar

Cocktail bars have come a long way, the best of them as much love into the food as they do their drinks.  This is one of those places we daydream about living down the street from. The idea of dropping in every couple of days for a Catty Cocktail (Gin, Crème de Violette, Salers, Absinth) and escargot or sweet potato dumplings gets us giddy We would think of it as our own updated (and sexified) Cheers. Damn the weather, indeed.

  Rain Shadow Meats Squared

Along with their full-service butchery, the crew here also has a custom curing room and offers house made Charcuterie. They also serve sandwiches, salads, and Charcuterie boards featuring their meats. So, dine in, take lunch to go, or pick up some fancy meat to cook at home.


Books? Yes, please. Seattle’s ranking as the country’s second most literate city is based on educational attainment, newspaper circulation, the number of bookstores, and other factors.  Pioneer square certainly boasts a healthy number of bookstores. We love Seattle Mystery Books, Elliot Bay Book Company, Revolution Books, and The Globe Bookshop, to name a few. We imagine rainy days browsing titles with a cup of coffee in hand.

  Laguna Vintage Pottery

You don’t have to be a collector to enjoy a visit to this shop. Housed in an old brick building, and fronted by glass windows showcasing the inventory, the vases, plates, and pitchers draw browsers in from outside. Living nearby would give us a leg up. If we check in every now and again, we’d be able to pounce on the special pieces as they come in.

Photo credit: Alante Photography

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Elizabeth Salaam
Along with her work as Senior Contributing Writer for Girl's Guide, Elizabeth Salaam writes for the San Diego Reader. Her work has also been published in Elle Magazine. | Most inspired by: Contradictions. | Favorite room in my home: The Master suite. The windows have views for days! | Best design idea I may never do: Adorn my enclosed toilet room with library book wallpaper and a chandelier. | Will never: Bungee jump. | Have always been: Rebellious. | Dying to: Live in a Paris flat with herringbone wood floors.
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