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Neighborhood Highlight: Beacon Hill & Seward Park

Exploring Beacon Hill & Seward Park

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill, in south Seattle, is still considered an affordable place to buy a home. In the North Beacon Hill area, there are nice examples of the Seattle Box style home and quality Craftsman-style bungalows.

The Seattle Light Rail has a stop at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, which has upped neighborhood’s appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. The average downtown commute to is about 12 minutes, car-free.

Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.

Beacon Hill Activities


This popular park offers extraordinary views of downtown, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. It is also home to the Jefferson Park Golf Course, the Jefferson Community Center and Jefferson Lawn Bowling. The Jefferson Park course also includes a nine hole Executive golf course, restaurant, and practice range.


The Dr. Jose Rizal Park offers spectacular views of Puget Sound looking west and the Seattle Downtown skyline looking north. The park has a dog off-leash area at its north end, and picnic tables, restrooms, and a small play area for children to the south.

Mount Baker

One of Seattle’s early neighborhoods, Mount Baker boasts traditional Craftsman homes and modest Seattle bungalows.

Tree-lined streets greet visitors to this very connected community in the heart of Seattle.

Located immediately south of the I-90 corridor, the easternmost part of the neighborhood rests on a east-facing hillside with gorgeous views of the lake, floating bridge, Mercer Island, and the vistas beyond.

Popular Colman Park is the location of the Seafair hydroplane race staging and viewing area. Each year, thousands of people descend on Mount Baker to get a glimpse of fast boats, nostalgic airplanes, and the awe-inspiring Blue Angels air show.

Seward Park

The neighborhood of Seward Park is named after the prominent local park in the area. It offers hip Seattle views of the I-90 floating bridge, neighboring Mercer Island, and its namesake park’s forested peninsula.

Homes in this area benefit from outstanding water access, a local marina, and convenient commute options to Seattle and Eastside employment hubs.

Its primarily residential community benefits from a small commercial district with cafes and businesses that support it.

Seward Park, Public Park

Seward Park is a nearly 300 acre forested peninsula that juts out into Lake Washington. It boasts 120 acres of old growth forest—one of the last such forests within the City of Seattle, making it a rare remnant of what the shore looked like before development and logging.

The park offers many outdoor experiences with beaches, woods, tennis courts, picnic areas, BBQs, play areas, and a long trail used for running, walking, biking and roller blading.

At the top of the hill is an amphitheater, which hosts many civic events. This area is surrounded by the old-growth forest—giving it great acoustics.

Seattle, Parks & Recreation

Our natural climate allows for year-round outdoor recreation, while our proximity to the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges and the waters of the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean offers a plethora of opportunity for walking, hiking, running, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, water sports, boating, and anything else you can dream of.

As such, our local parks are redesigned for a variety of recreation, and combine our natural landscape with local fascination. The Burke-Gilman Trail runs 27-miles through Seattle, Lake Shore, and the Eastern Railway corridor.

Additionally, the Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Gardens are a beautiful addition to the Union Bay border. Fostered by the University of Washington’s botany department, the gardens consist of spectacular plants, intersecting form with natural beauty.

Check out a full list of parks at the City of Seattle website: www.Seattle.Gov.

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