Episode #5 – La Mazocco Cafe at 482 1st Ave N.
What makes this coffee shop so special?
Just about everything. It is located in the lobby of the new KEXP station right across from the Key Arena. It has limited coffee and snack options, but the atmosphere, location, and overall vibe make it my new favorite coffee shop in Seattle. And they serve Stumptown Coffee, for now. You can never go wrong with Stumptown. According to the website, they rotate different coffee brands monthly, so each visit can be a new adventure.
Well, this place is about as cool as it gets! Not only is it located AT the KEXP studios, they have a massive space with a really cool design. The space has tall ceilings, seating for at least 50 people with a variety of tables and chairs and couches and arm chairs. They even have roll-up garage doors that open up to a lovely courtyard. They broadcast live KEXP at a good volume all throughout the space, really driving home the cool factor.
Why I will go back:
The coffee, although strong, was delicious, the staff was friendly and the free wifi was fast and didn’t need a password. This is a also a great place to people watch, and see and be seen. On top of that, the restrooms are clean and gorgeous and the live KEXP stream that fills the space make this a one-of-a-kind coffee house.
Who I was with:
I had the pleasure to meeting Jess, a long time friend and graphic designer. Jess is one of the creators of the interactive art project #lovethehill. We talked about music (of course), the presidential campaign (don’t get me started!) and how cute little kids are, especially when they do goofy stuff like fall or walk around in shoes that are too big. Jess is a lot cooler than I am, and she gave me a quick update on new music and upcoming music festivals. Without friends like her, I would forever be listening to Motown and obscure 90’s rap. Thanks Jess for keeping me relevant!
About the neighborhood:
Lower Queen Anne is a great mix of renters (63%) and homeowners. Most of the housing in Lower Queen Anne is condos, with a few luxury single family homes mixed in. One of the great things about the LQA neighborhood, is the large number of 100+ year old condo buildings. The neighborhood is also one of the most walkable in the city and has endless dining, nightlife and coffee options.
- Average sold price of a condo in the last 12 months: $388,669
- Current average list price for a condo: $1,098,048 (yes, over a million dollars!)
- Number of condos currently for sale: 23
- Average resident income: $64,000 annually
- Average resident age: 34 years old
- Average household size of 1.7 people
The Face of Lower Queen Anne: