This is a fun and hip area, especially if you’re single and love city living. Every type of business is within walking distance – supermarkets, coffee shops, salons, and all types of stores. If you are looking for nightlife, this is the place to be with an endless number of restaurants, bars, and music venues. Despite being in the middle of the city, Capitol Hill has a surprising number of parks – Volunteer, Cal Anderson, Interlaken, and the Washington Arboretum are all nearby.
Capitol Hill has the largest variety of residents in Seattle. To the north, you’ll find families living in some of Seattle’s finest turn of the century homes and mansions. To the south, near Seattle University, are students living in affordable apartments. In the middle of Capitol Hill, there’s a vibrant gay community living alongside other couples or singles that work in various industries.
The average home is listed for $599K, which is 2,329 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. However, this is a bit deceptive because in North Capitol Hill, you’ll find $1M+ mansions on quiet tree-lined streets whereas if you go further south, there’s a large amount of studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom condos under 1,000 square feet. Inventory is low (under 50 houses on the market). The average rent is about $1,807.
If you work close to Downtown Seattle, you can easily walk, bike, or take the bus. In addition, the commute to the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah) is just 15 to 25 minutes in good traffic and no more than 40 minutes in bad traffic.
Street parking in Capitol Hill is limited but you don’t need a car because it’s easy to walk, bike, or use one of the car sharing services. Public transit is among the best in the city with many nearby options and a new light rail station opening in 2016.
Capitol Hill has 4 elementary schools (Montlake, Tops, Stevens, Lowell), 2 middle schools (Tops, Seattle World) and 1 high school (Seattle World). Similar to other schools in the Seattle School District, the elementary schools are good while the middle and high schools have room for improvement. As an alternative, there are a couple of Catholic Schools (O’dea, Holy Names, and St. Joseph) popular with both Capitol Hill and other Seattle families.
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