Beacon Hill is one of Seattle’s hidden gems and a hot spot for realty right now, especially for first-time buyers. Located in Southeast Seattle, Beacon Hill enjoys a kind of natural seclusion from other neighborhoods. For some this might be a drawback, but the residents have been able to create a tight-knit community with a special identity thanks to a location that’s not only atop a hill–hence the name–but also to the east of I-5 and south of 5-20.
Of course, despite its seeming seclusion, Beacon Hill’s proximity to Downtown Seattle has also made it a popular home choice. The area offers home prices that are comparable with Northern and Southern Seattle suburbs but without necessitating a commute along I-5, which is usually a traffic nightmare during rush hour. Beacon Hill has also become very accessible in recent years by public transit thanks to its light rail station, which boasts some of the most beautiful station art in Seattle.
Most of the homes on Beacon Hill were built in the early 1900s, and there hasn’t been a great deal of development in the area since, meaning that the streets are full of prime examples of Craftsman Bungalows and Seattle Box houses with spacious floor plans and yards. It’s also one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Seattle, with real estate prices within the reach of lower income families and first-time homeowners. The low cost of living on Beacon Hill has also attracted a large immigrant and first-generation population which lends to the area’s incredible diversity. Finding an authentic and delicious ethnic restaurant or a speciality grocery is easy on Beacon Hill!
One of the features that make Beacon Hill so special is its Food Forest, a 7-acre community permaculture project that includes a berry patch, nut grove, edible arboretum, community garden, gathering plaza, and kid’s area. The Food Forest has received a great deal of national attention for setting such a good example of sustainable, community agriculture and it’s a great point of pride for the Beacon Hill neighborhood. If you choose to live here, you’ll likely spend many hours enjoying the Food Forest (and its edibles!) yourself!
If you’re interested in making a home in Beacon Hill, this time of year is truly the best for looking around. Grab a beer at the new Perihelion Brewery, and dinner at the cherished wood-fire pizzeria Bar del Corso. Talk to some neighbors, stroll through the food forest, and enjoy your easy light-rail ride home!