The neighborhood is predominately residential with pockets of ethnic restaurants, salons, and markets. Jefferson Park is the neighborhood’s epicenter and one of the best parks in the city with a golf course, walking trails, tennis courts, and a kid-friendly area with a water park, zipline, and play equipment. Property crime (car thefts, home burglaries) is still higher than some of the other Seattle neighborhoods, though crime has significantly improved over the past 10 years.
Beacon Hill is among the most diverse neighborhoods in Seattle with growing gay and Hispanic communities as well as Caucasians, Asians, and African Americans. This neighborhood is also economically diverse – it isn’t uncommon for doctors and lawyers to live side-by-side with those receiving government assistance. Nearly half of the residents have children.
Beacon Hill is among the most affordable neighborhoods close to downtown Seattle. The average home is listed for $355K, which is 2,509 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Inventory is low (under 50 houses on the market). The average rent is $1,725.
This is a very convenient location – close to 1-5 and I-90 --which means your commute to downtown Seattle or the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah) is good. Reach Downtown Seattle in 10-15 minutes and the Eastside in 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.
If you live in Beacon Hill, you need a car to run most errands. Bike routes are present but not as developed as other Seattle neighborhoods. Transit in the area is fairly good, anchored by the light rail station in North Beacon Hill fairly bus routes to Downtown Seattle.
Beacon Hill has 12 elementary schools (Beacon Hill, Kimball, Dearborn Park, Graham Hill, Van Asselt, Wing Luke, Maple, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Muir, Orca, Hawthorne), 2 middle schools (Mercer, Aki Kurose), and 2 high schools (Cleveland, Franklin). Similar to other schools in the Seattle School District, some of the elementary schools are good while the middle and high schools have room for improvement.
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