Beacon Hill, Columbia City Top List of ‘7 Best Neighborhoods in Seattle’

SOUTHEAST SEATTLE – Two Southeast Seattle neighborhoods have made 7×’s list of The 7 Best Neighborhoods in Seattle.

Beacon Hill beat the Phinney Ridge/Greenwood area as the best neighborhood in the city for families:

As over 20% of the households in Beacon Hill have kids, you would be hard-pressed to find a more kid-friendly neighborhood in Seattle. According to Great Schools, Beacon Hill has one school with an above 8 rating. The area also has multiple parks and playgrounds, a neighborhood branch of the Seattle Public Library, vast community diversity, and close proximity to light rail.

While Columbia City was named the ‘Most Diverse’ neighborhood in Seattle, with the International District/University District listed as runner up:

The 98118 zip code is arguably one of the most diverse in our nation. Columbia City boasts over 60 spoken languages. The neighborhood celebrates this diversity with street fairs throughout the year, one of the best Farmers Markets in the city, and many of Seattle’s best restaurants. Enjoy authentic Jamaican food. Discover the cuisine of Ethiopia. Head to Columbia City for an experience in cultural immersion. Don’t forget to stop for coffee and a pastry at the darling of the neighborhood, Columbia City Bakery.

Laurelhurst was named as the safest neighborhood, with Montlake running a close second:

This pictorial neighborhood on the shore of Lake Washington comes in as number one with under 30 reported non-violent crimes in a two-month period. Unfortunately, safety will cost you a pretty penny. Laurelhurst is 99% more expensive than any other neighborhood in Washington state. If you can afford the million dollar price tag (or the $1,800 rental prices), look no further for your sense of safety and well-being. Laurelhurst is close to the University Village shops and boasts 8 miles of bike lanes. With beautiful views of Lake Washington, Laurelhurst is one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets.

Photo/Dougerino (South-End Scenes Flickr Group)