Historic neighborhood along the Duwamish Waterway embraces industry, cultures, recreation
Population: About 4,000
Location: South Park is bordered by Second Avenue Southwest and West Marginal Way Southwest to the west, First Avenue Southwest to the north, the Duwamish Waterway to the east and South Cambridge Street to the south.
Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s an affordable and diverse neighborhood on the west bank of the Duwamish Waterway, surrounded by businesses and industrial facilities and bisected by Aurora Avenue (Highway 509 hugs the western perimeter). It has a few neighborhood parks, including one with river access, and its small business district is comprised of Latin bakeries and restaurants, shops and businesses, as well as a few bars and a brewery nearby. It also has a marina and one of the few skate parks in the city. It has had problems with crime, include gangs, drugs and prostitution.
Distance from downtown Seattle: About six miles, 15 minutes by car without traffic
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School district: Seattle Public Schools
Housing: Modest, midcentury single-family homes and a number of multifamily units.
Walk score (out of 100): 62
Bike score (out of 100): 37
Transit score (out of 100): 62
Historical facts: The earliest inhabitants were members of the Duwamish Tribe, who fished from the river and farmed and hunted the surrounding land. Decades later, it was a village of Italian and Japanese farmers who sold produce at Pike Place Market. Fast forward to post-World War II, and the neighborhood saw a spike in industrial development.
Recreation: The centrally located South Park Playground next to Aurora Avenue has a play area, playfields, a wading pool and a community center. The Duwamish Waterway Park has a grassy lawn and a few benches overlooking the Duwamish Waterway. Bicyclists and pedestrians can hop on the Duwamish Trail, which runs along the roadway, through a wooded area and along the river. The small business district can be found along 14th Avenue South in the east near the waterway, and the skate park is right off Aurora Avenue.
Zillow Home Value Index: $301,500 (as of May 2016)
Zillow Rent Index: $1,797 (as of May 2016)
The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. The Zillow Rent Index is the monthly median rent Zestimate. Sources: The Seattle Times archives, HistoryLink.org, Zillow.