People who live here take pride in their neighborhood. The community is active, diverse and growing. With the array of shops, restaurants and many community activities like the Farmers Market and Beat Walk, live music at places including The Royal Room and the Columbia City Theatre, and films at The Ark Lodge Theatre, this neighborhood has playfully been named "the new center of the universe" (in a jokingly competitive nod to Fremont). Columbia City is located west of Seward Park and southeast of Beacon Hill. Just south of Columbia City is Hillman City, voted by Seattle Magazine as one of the top five up and coming neighborhoods of 2014.
Leschi borders Madrona and Mt. Baker. It’s a hilly community, known for stunning eastern views of Lake Washington and the Cascades. The main business district along Lake Washington Boulevard has well-loved shops like the Leschi Mart, great waterfront dining like Blu Water Bistro and Daniel’s Broiler, and an active marina. Bicyclists pedal along the lake and stop for conversation and gear at the Polka Dot Jersey bike shop.
Positioned south of Leschi and north of Seward Park, Mt. Baker offers a wonderful and quiet community in the middle of a big city, with homes as diverse as its residents. Enjoy Mt Baker Park and beach, the popular "Day in the Park" event, Mt Baker Community Club, Mioposto Pizzeria, the Mt. Baker Crew Club. Lake Washington Boulevard is one of the most scenic views in Seattle and is closed on Bicycle Sundays for just bikes and walkers. Home styles include embassy-style, modern, Tudor, Craftsman, mid-century and modest bungalows along with post-war architecture. Mt. Baker is close to downtown and I-90, yet very much a residential neighborhood.
South of Mt. Baker, this neighborhood is filled with sites that play a role in Seattle’s livability. Beautiful Seward Park - a woody peninsula that is home to bald eagles, herons and owls – encompasses swimming and picnic areas, tennis courts and fishing docks. Picturesque beaches line Lake Washington on one of the loveliest drives in the city—Lake Washington Boulevard. Along 50th Avenue South are businesses including the PCC, 4 Paws Vet, Pizzutos, Flying Squirrel Pizza and more. Seward Park is also the home of Seafair for one weekend a year in August. Most homes in the neighborhood are craftsman, Tudor, midcentury or modern.