South Seattle

South Seattle Modern Homes

Bounded by I-90 to the north and Lake Washington to the east, South Seattle is perhaps one of the city’s hottest up-and-coming areas—making it a prime place to invest. The diverse, vibrant communities here are full of lifelong residents as well as young, urban families, while revitalization efforts and the Link Light Rail line have infused South Seattle with new life. This area is comprised of various neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality.

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill has already received kudos for being one of the top great places in America, but its real estate prices are surprisingly modest in comparison to the rest of Seattle, making it a fantastic place to buy. From this hilltop perch, see downtown sprawled out below you and Mount Rainier looming in the distance. The commercial-and-residential core is ideal for young families craving a walkable, urban lifestyle, while historic landmarks, like the Art Deco-style Pacific Medical Center built in the 1930s and formerly used as Amazon’s headquarters, add plenty of personality.

Columbia City

Locals know about this hidden gem, nestled in the center of the South Seattle area. Its roots date back to the 1890s, when lumber mills and railroads dominated the scene. Today the historic turn-of-the-century brick buildings have been transformed into an eclectic mix of hip restaurants, shops, bars, and galleries. Residents take advantage of the Wednesday farmers market, monthly Bohemian Backstreets art walk, and BeatWalk summer music series. And, in terms of real estate, the modern architecture scene is growing fast. Buildings are springing up around the light rail line, and Dwell Development is working on a new, energy-saving passive house.

Mt. Baker

This neighborhood has a little something for everyone, from modest Craftsmans to stately and elegant homes, from lively summer festivities to quiet tree-lined boulevards. Find locals biking along Lake Washington Boulevard, watching Blue Angels and hydroplanes whizzing by, or strolling through Olmsted-designed Mount Baker Park or blooming Bradner Gardens Park. Home prices here vary widely, mostly dependent on your proximity to sparkling Lake Washington, adding to the unique character of the ’hood.

Rainier Beach

Diverse and welcoming, this waterfront community on the southwest edge of Lake Washington has a great mix of single-family and multi-family homes with stunning views of the surrounding natural splendor. Don’t miss the free-admission Kubota Garden, an urban oasis Japanese garden with cypress, cedars, elms, and a spring-fed pond.

Seward Park

Just south of Mt. Baker and east of Columbia City, Seward Park abuts Lake Washington and features a varied mix of residents—from Microsoft executives to blue-collar workers—and a 300-acre showpiece, Seward Park, which attracts people from all over Seattle. The park includes old-growth forests, walking and biking paths, an art studio, and more than 100 species of birds and wildlife. You can even go on a birding tour, nature walk, or late-night owl prowl with the Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center. In terms of real estate, find everything from a mid-century modern to a charming bungalow.


What once stood for “South of the Dome” now means “South of Downtown.” Expect to discover a colorful mix of hipsters and artists in this urban, industrial district full of converted warehouses, live-work spaces, and condos. Downtown’s skyline is always in sight, it’s a short walk to Safeco Field (home to the Mariners) and CenturyLink Field (home to the Seahawks and Sounders), and a collection of breweries, tasting rooms, bars, and distilleries showcase the continuing transformation of this neighborhood.