East Capitol Hill is one of the unique spots in Seattle where you can truly capture the historic feel of our city. Turn of the century estates rub up against mid-century custom built homes.
When I first moved to Seattle I jogged through this neighborhood starry eyed and smitten. I lived in a basement room in a moldy apartment way down the hill but worked nearby. My clients lived on these streets. They were the hip families, the families that unlike their suburban counterparts could talk indie bands, painted their houses purple, drove vintage Volvos and gave their children monikers like Wren before Wren was cool. To my single twenty-something self, it was something to aspire to. There was hope for me–I could have a steady income, a family without suddenly jettisoning across Lake Washington.
When you wander these streets you’ll notice two things: big old parks and schools, and on both counts some of the best in the city are right here. Interlaken Park borders to the north, and let me tell you, it’s a park to get lost in. Trails criss-cross, bikers and joggers run amok, all cradled in human sized ferns and moss. Volunteer Park, the crown jewel of Capitol Hill’s parks is just to the west and the Arboretum is just a hop, skip and a jump to your east.
If you aren’t so sure schools and parks are your speed yet, but you’re down with the purple houses, don’t fret. This neighborhood is nestled between between the some of the greatest foodie strips in Capitol Hill: 15th Street, 19th Street and Madison Ave. AND! You are lucky enough to live within a few blocks of the Polish Home Association. This, my friends, is a hidden gem. Their restaurant, PB Kitchen, is open on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons to the general public and in May they host their Annual Pierogi Fest. The food is great, but that’s not the only reason to go. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to Eastern Europe in the PNW. Vodka. Elderly Poles. Pierogi. Real Deal.
East Capitol Hill is a great place to grow up or stay young.