North Beacon Hill
GET TO KNOW North Beacon Hill
WHERE TO SHOP
WHERE TO CHILL
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
WHERE TO EAT
WHERE TO DRINK
Many Seattle residents have never actually been up to North Beacon Hill, though they may have traveled under it (via the Link Light Rail) or looked up at it (especially at the looming PacMed center, formerly the HQ of Amazon). North Beacon Hill is a historically significant neighborhood where many Japanese and Chinese residents were redlined and only allowed to only buy homes south of I90 in Beacon Hill. Thankfully many of these neighbors still flourish in one of our favorite neighborhoods. Recently there has been a push to increase density and upzoning around the light rail stations. As a result, North Beacon Hill has seen an increase in new construction townhouses and modern homes. The new residents want the cool vibe that Beacon Hill offers while still providing easy access to Downtown and the Eastside but still want a cool vibe.
Let’s Explore North Beacon Hill Together
The area around the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station has seen growth over the past few years, and several new developments that surround the station are in the works. And currently, you’ll find plenty to do and explore. Enjoy community events at El Centro De La Raza (like our Divaland Takes America Event in 2017), and have fun trying out the eclectic mix of shops and eateries that line Beacon Ave. Grab your morning coffee from places like The Station, Fresh Flours, and Victrola Coffee Roasters, and have brunch at Oak (there’s lots of vegan options to choose from). Gather for dinner at Musang, Tacos Chukis, Carnitas Michoacan, Hiroshi’s, Bar del Corso, or Homer, and finish off the evening with drinks at Perihelion Brewery or Tippe and Drague Alehouse.
You can find more tips on some of our favorite North Beacon Hill places in this blog post from a couple of years ago: Read “Live It Up on North Beacon Hill This Weekend” here! And if you want to dive into the local LGBTQ culture of North Beacon HIll Atasha Manila is always a good guide to this neighborhood.
What Can I Buy or Rent in the North Beacon Hill Neighborhood?
Even though there are newer developments on the way, North Beacon Hill is still almost exclusively residential. There is a mix of modest single-family homes, some large apartment towers unimpeded by height ordinances in other parts of Seattle, and lots of newer townhomes. Despite being on a high hill, there are not many view properties (the west side looks toward Mount Baker, while the steep bluff on the east overlooks I-5, down into SoDo and Georgetown).
You can explore sidewalk-lined streets in much of North Beacon Hill where historic homes from the early 1900s with larger yards (and beautiful, established gardens) rest alongside modern groups of townhomes. A captivating contrast of old and new awaits around every corner.
What Can One Expect to Pay to Live in North Beacon Hill
North Beacon Hill is both a community and a neighborhood for an easy commute to the Eastside and downtown Seattle. As people are changing how they live and work North Beacon Hill has become more of a sought-after neighborhood. Many of the homes offer larger yards, easy access to Jefferson Park, and the townhouses were built for more flexible live/work situations. The homes with expansive views do come with a luxury price tag. Yet there are very modest homes that are comparatively more affordable than the rest of the city.
Average Home Prices in North Beacon Hill
Now that you have a better idea of what types of homes you’ll find, how much does real estate in North Beacon Hill cost?
- Residential Home: $792K
- Townhouses: $681K
- Condos: $523K
- Co-Ops: There are no co-ops on North Beacon Hill
Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Homes We Have Listed in North Beacon Hill
North Beacon Hill is where many of our Diva Dweller buyers purchase their first home. The interesting thing is that they buy and hold and never move. They stay for the community, the easy access to the International District, and of course commuting. Every once in a while one of our long time residents will sell their home.
Here are just a few of the homes that we have listed in North Beacon Hill:
Why We Love the Local Parks and Community in the Neighborhood
North Beacon Hill has a sweet communal vibe among its immigrant families, people who have lived in the neighborhoods for decades, and younger homeowners who are not looking for a cookie-cutter neighborhood experience. If you’re like us, then having a neighborhood with a wonderful community and beautiful parks are a must. We appreciate that North Beacon Hill goes above and beyond in both categories.
Jefferson Park separates North Beacon Hill and Beacon Hill to the south, and this sprawling destination park is the 6th largest park in the City of Seattle. Here you’ll find the Jefferson Park Golf Course, the Jefferson Community Center, a skatepark, lawn bowling (where you will see Diva Dwellers Karin and Michael walking their adopted Pitbulls), an incredible playground, sport courts, trails, and stunning views that stretch toward Downtown Seattle. Beacon Food Forest is on the west end of the park, an extensive community garden. The adjacent Cheasty Boulevard is another outdoor getaway, with scenic roads and views to discover.
There are also extensive bike trails throughout North Beacon Hill. The Mountain to Sound Greenway Trail extends from the top of Holgate (as you’re coming out of SODO) and wraps around the northernmost tip of North Beacon Hill, eventually connecting to I-90 and the bike path that goes along the floating bridge. Chief Sealth Trail is another great pathway for bikers. This trail starts near Jefferson Park and goes south all the way to Kubota Garden in Rainier Valley. Plus, the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway is a more central path that offers protected bike lanes.
And finally, another not-to-miss park is Dr. Jose Rizal Park. Here there is a playground, lots of greenspace, and a dog park. You can easily reach Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge from here, which connects North Beacon Hill to the International District. This bridge offers photo-worthy views of SODO and Downtown Seattle, and on days with particularly stunning sunsets, you’ll find photographers lined up on the bridge with their tripods and fancy lenses in tow.
Below are a few of our favorite things in North Beacon Hill including a few homes we have sold over the years.
- Divas Announce | Charming at Cherrylane
- Rent Guru | North Beacon Hill DADU For Rent
- Live It Up on North Beacon Hill This Weekend
North Beacon Hill Has So Much to Offer
Thanks for joining us to explore Seattle’s North Beacon Hill neighborhood. It is one of our very favorite neighborhoods in Seattle. We love the huge scenic parks, the welcoming community, and the incredible dining options in North Beacon Hill.