You know what we love most about this Hillman City bungalow? It’s the like the little house that could…despite it’s small size, this home just keeps on going. The combo of the light coming in all the windows, the open floor plan and the nice-sized rooms make this house feel like you can stretch out. The open kitchen and living area with sliding doors to the yard is a dream for entertaining. The butcher block counters, newer dark wood cabinets and new gas stove and dishwasher make this kitchen every cook’s best friend. Pull a stool up to the bar and chat while you chop veggies and sip wine. When the sun comes out, though, you’ll never want to be inside! The yard is glorious. This house has two (yep, two!) sets of sliding doors to the huge, fenced yard with newly landscaped flower beds, raspberry bushes, mature apple and plum trees.
Hillman City is the hottest neighborhood you’ve never heard of. Tucked less than a mile south of Columbia City, Hillman City is the up and coming little brother to Columbia City. Affordable homes, proximity to transit as well as dining and shopping make this a hot ‘hood. Hillman City has experienced a renaissance in the last few years. Starting with Spinnaker Bay Brewery, the only 100% female-owned brewery in Washington State, and Rocket Crossfit just south of the intersection of Orcas and Rainier, the eateries and shops are popping up like mushrooms. Here are a few of our faves;
- Union Bar is the joint “where labor rests.” Grab one of the front banquette tables, snack on some fried pickles and your favorite beer or whisky. Come down for trivia night or poker night.
- Don’t feel like cooking? Big Chickie is your take-out spot. This is better than finger-lickin’ good, it’s amazingly tasty Peruvian chicken with drool-worthy sides. Don’t skip out on the cheesy potatoes, they are worth every calorie.
- Claw and Paw. Fido and Spot get hungry too! Check out the cutest little pet food store. Fido roll in something unsavory? Trot around to the in-store dog wash for a quick bath.
- Jacob Willard Home is tucked in a little Rainier Ave storefront. You might not even notice, but you should. This little gem is chock-full of all the vintage and mid-century home furnishings for your hot new house!
- Tin Umbrella Coffee and owner Joya Iverson are the cornerstone of the community. This space has been transformed into an adorable coffee shop, roastery and coming soon, a parklet!
Just a few blocks north, you can take advantage of all the awesome spots Columbia City has to offer. Whether you’re after a woodfired pizza from Tutta Bella, watch the game (or five games) at the best sports bar in town, Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill or one of the best baguettes in the city at Columbia City Bakery, it’s all right at your fingertips.