Location: Pike/Pine is part of the larger Capitol Hill neighborhood. I-5 borders Pike/Pine to the west; East Olive Street to the north; East Union, then East Madison streets to the south; and 15th Avenue to the east.
Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s where the action is. One of the hippest neighborhoods in Seattle, residents say they like Pike/Pine for the diversity of its people and the various entertainment options, including breweries, some of the best coffee roasters in the city, and interesting shops. It’s also one of the more raucous of the city’s neighborhoods, particularly on weekends when the neighborhood’s many bars are packed with hip 20-somethings. There’s also a prominent gay community.
Distance from downtown Seattle: One mile. Approximately 10 minutes by car, depending on traffic.
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Walkability score (out of 100) : 91 (Capitol Hill)
Transit score (out of 100) : 72 (Capitol Hill)
Bike score (out of 100) : 69 (Capitol Hill)
Recreation: Go for an afternoon stroll or play over-sized chess in Cal Anderson Park, catch a play at one of the nearby theaters and cinemas, and enjoy plenty of shopping and cafe-hopping along Pike and Pine streets. The neighborhood is also the site of the annual summer Capitol Hill Block Party.
Historical fact: A century ago, Pike/Pine was known as Seattle’s “auto row.” It was a haven for car dealerships, garages and car storage facilities that set up shop in the neighborhood. Today, new businesses occupy many of the old auto industry buildings, but large windows and garage doors act as a reminder of the once booming “auto row.”
Zillow Home Value Index (as of October 2015) : $439,100 (for Capitol Hill; data from smaller Pike/Pine not available)
Zillow Rent Index (as of October 2015) : $2,989 (also for Capitol Hill)