Beacon Hill in South Seattle, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. To the east, Seward Park, named for the park located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington, offers coveted waterfront views and access. Between them, Columbia City is an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The average downtown commute to 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.
South Seattle offers an affordable option for residents looking for close proximity to Downtown Seattle. It’s area restaurants offer a vast array of international cuisines and local ambiance. South Seattle, including the neighborhoods of Brighton, Columbia City, Dunlap, Genesee, Hillman City, Lakewood, Mount Baker, New Holly, North Rainier, Othello, Pritchard Beach, Rainier Valley, and Rainier Vista operates its own Go South Seattle website so residents are always in the know about local happenings and community information. For those seeking to advance their education, South Seattle College offers many career tracks and the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition provides guidance and direction.
Lake Washington is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.
Seattle Public Schools is the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, serving nearly 55,000 students in 99 schools. They have a staff of about 9,000, which includes about 3,100 teachers.
The Seattle-Eastside region is blessed with an abundance of amazing private schools. Here are several third-party websites to help evaluate each school’s strengths, limitations, academic profiles, reviews, and rankings.
A weekly report of real estate market activity for Seattle, Mercer Island and the Eastside neighborhoods and micro-markets. Plus, see monthly, quarterly and annual overviews and analysis for the entire region at a glance and all in one place at themarkettalks.com.
The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.