7.2 out of 10

South Beacon Hill

Ranked 31st best neighborhood in Seattle
47.5283139198408 -122.285985679342
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
2yrs+

"An Area Know for Diversity"

Beacon Hill is a pretty large neighborhood in Seattle that is split up into North and South it’s a diverse area that is a great place to live when you want the full Seattle experience. The neighborhood is a virtual melting pot of different races and a person can find a variety or shops and restaurants that cater to all the different tastes in the area.

Thai Palms is a great way to spend a lunch time but it can get really crowded so go there if you have time to wait for a table; you won’t be disappointed if you do. Other ethnic cuisine is found in the area as well. The housing marketing isn’t very expensive and the neighborhoods can be hit and miss, but tend to reflect a sense of pride the community takes in their little part of Seattle. The Light Rail is big in the area with a really clean and impressive system running through the neighborhood. The neighborhood is really growing and is a great way to get into the Seattle homeowners market.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
2yrs+

"An Area Know for Diversity"

Beacon Hill is a pretty large neighborhood in Seattle that is split up into North and South it’s a diverse area that is a great place to live when you want the full Seattle experience. The neighborhood is a virtual melting pot of different races and a person can find a variety or shops and restaurants that cater to all the different tastes in the area.

Thai Palms is a great way to spend a lunch time but it can get really crowded so go there if you have time to wait for a table; you won’t be disappointed if you do. Other ethnic cuisine is found in the area as well. The housing marketing isn’t very expensive and the neighborhoods can be hit and miss, but tend to reflect a sense of pride the community takes in their little part of Seattle. The Light Rail is big in the area with a really clean and impressive system running through the neighborhood. The neighborhood is really growing and is a great way to get into the Seattle homeowners market.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Highly Diverse Residential Community On The South Side"

The South Beacon Hill area is bounded by South Graham Street on the north, Martin Luther King Jr. Way (MLK)/Renton Avenue South on the east, Ryan Way on the south, and Interstate 5 on the west. A few decades ago this location was filled with Boeing employees, but over the years migration to outlying suburbs has allowed lower income families to move in. Also, the racial diversity has changed, primarily housing Asians, with a large number of Blacks and Hispanics. In fact, almost 44% of the residents are born abroad.

Business activity, which predominantly means restaurants, is found in and along MLK. A wide range of cuisine, as would be expected from a diverse population, is offered. A few examples are Thai Palms (www.thai-palms.com), Tienda Mi Pueblito, The Cajun Crawfish, and Pho My Chau Restaurant. A place worth noting near Beacon Avenue South and South Graham Street is Willie's Taste of Soul Bar-B-Que (www.williestasteofsoul.com).

There is not much to discuss in way of parks and recreation. However, the Chief Sealth Trail, which cuts north to south through the neighborhood, brings opportunity for exercise on a pedestrian safe route.

One extra feature to note is the inclusion of NewHolly (formerly Holly Park). A small neighborhood on the north side of South Beacon Hill that has had new housing developments since the mid 1990's.

This affordable neighborhood, with the benefit of Seattle's Light Rail taking residents either downtown or to Sea Tac Airport, poises South Beacon Hill as an important contender when it comes to residential areas in the Northwestern United States.
Pros
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Good public transport via bus and light rail
  • Inexpensive housing
Cons
  • Longer commute to downtown
  • Lack of parks within neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Family-friendly neighborhood in south Seattle"

South Beacon Hill, at the south end of southeast Seattle's Beacon Hill, is a quiet and safe residential area. Although many Seattleites simply call the whole area Beacon Hill, South Beacon Hill refers to the section south of S. Graham St., including the community of Holly Park. This neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 5 and Boeing Field to the west, Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the east, and the city line to the south.

While North Beacon Hill was built up in the early 1900s, most of South Beacon Hill is newer. The neighborhoods here grew following World War II due to an influx of Asian immigrants, with immigrant communities settling on the southern slope of the hill. Today, the neighborhood is still one of the most diverse in the city.

South Beacon Hill is home to a Link Light Rail Station for easy access to the airport and to downtown Seattle. There are also multiple bus routes running through the neighborhood. Beacon Ave South, a main thoroughfare running through the neighborhood, is a wonderful community both for families with childen and for retirees. Those looking for housing in South Beacon Hill should stick to the northern end of the neighborhood, which tends to be safer.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"BEACON HILL aka The Hill"

Beacon Hill or The Hill as the locals like to call it is a beautiful place to live. Beacon Hill is divided into 4 sub-divisions South Beacon Hill (which is my home) North Beacon Hill, Holly Park, and Mid Beacon Hill. There is the Dr. Jose Rizal Park where you are able to see downtown, Lake Washington and Elliot Bay. If the weather is exceptionally good you may also catch a glimpse of the Olympic Mountains (which are beautiful). Beacon Hill also has a lot of history to offer especially in the homes. There are homes there that were built in the early 1900’s. Beacon Hills is also the headquarters for the famous Amazon.com.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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