Seward Park is located in southeast Seattle (map). It centerpiece is a park by the same name located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington. Columbia City is located just west of Seward Park and offers an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Seward Park features numerous small beaches, the largest one on its southwest side, as well as a playground and an arts center.
Beacon Hill, in south Seattle (map), is actually comprised of four areas: North Beacon Hill, Mid-Beacon Hill, Holly Park and South Beacon Hill. It’s a neighborhood where professional people and blue collar workers still live side-by-side. Rather than being divisive, the economic diversity of Beacon Hill has brought the residents together, as they strive to keep the feel of the community intact. Still considered an affordable place to buy a home, the houses possess unique character. In North Beacon Hill, there are nice examples of the Seattle Box style home and quality Craftsman-style bungalows. The Pacific Medical Center, also located in North Beacon Hill, is an Art Deco style building that used to serve as Amazon’s world headquarters and has been a national landmark since 1979. 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 distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades are enjoyed throughout the whole Beacon Hill neighborhood.
One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park. Its golf club is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Seattle and Puget Sound and many enjoy its lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis spaces. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. The Beacon Food Forest is housed on a 7 acre plot adjacent to the southwest corner of the park. Van Asselt Community Center offers children and teen programs, drop in sport activities, fitness classes, art classes and other programs to benefit local residents. The facilities include a gym, multipurpose room, wading pool, playground equipment and outdoor basketball hoops.
Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The station is 150 feet under Lander Street and 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. Both Seward Park and Beacon Hill are part of the Seattle School District.
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