Several years ago, the Steve Kennedy Team wrote a blog post about our 5 favorite Queen Anne staircases. It continues to be our most popular post of all time, so when the current owners of 1107 Olympic Way West (click to see the listing) told us about their love of Urban Hiking, we knew exactly what they were talking about.

Walk out the front door of this beautifully appointed condo, tucked just under Parson’s Gardens, and choose your own adventure. Head up the first staircase and you will be greeted by a darling little historic Queen Anne home that looks as if it was built just for Little Red Riding Hood. Stand on the stairs long enough and you can imagine Lil’ Red skipping out the front door with a wicker basket full of goodies for her Grandmother. If you miss her, don’t worry. There is a café right up the street that serves some of the most delicious baked goods and lattes on the hill.

“Another one of our favorite urban hikes is along the Elliot Bay Trail,” said the current owner. “We walk out our front door, then just over the Helix Pedestrian Bridge, then down along the trail for some of the best waterfront views in Seattle.”  Just past Centennial and Myrtle Edwards Parks, you will find the Olympic Sculpture Park (less than one mile away). Feeling adventurous? Keep walking and enjoy lunch along the Seattle waterfront or a ride on the Great Wheel.

Feel like staying in and just watching the world go by? This light and bright condo has glorious Elliott Bay views for watching sunsets or storms. Enjoy the constant parade of sailboats, ferry boats, and cruise ships as they glide across the water. If you are fortunate, you may even spot the rare submarine headed towards Bremerton. The owners have even developed a game they call “Ferry Boat”. Like the childhood game Slug Bug or Punch Buggy (without the walloping), you call out “Ferry Boat” when you see one.  Scores are kept during the day, and whoever obtains the most views in a day is the winner. However, there is a catch; if you happen to be looking out the window and spot four ferry boats on the water all at the same time, you call out “Grand Slam!” and regardless of how many points the other players have earned, you are the winner.

If you enjoy Seattle’s rich theater tradition, opera, or ballet, walk east out your front door for a culturally stimulating evening. This home is truly right in the middle of it all, while feeling like a world away. It’s here waiting for the next owners to carry on the “Ferry Boat” game and enjoy the magical staircases of Queen Anne that lead to so many hidden treasures.