Thursday, November 21, 2013

North Beacon Hill

Today was another beautiful late fall day and I returned to North Beacon Hill to explore the area west of Beacon Avenue. I really enjoyed my 8.2 mile walk along the streets between I-5 and Beacon Avenue from S Lander to S Spokane. The highlight was the 12th Avenue S Viewpoint which offered spectacular views of the Seattle skyline, the cascades, Seattle's container port and Puget Sound.

Once again, most of the streets had well-tended sidewalks (a few close to I-5 had no sidewalks)

and lovingly tended gardens.

Sculpting trees and hedges seemed to be in favor.

There were a few apartment houses near Beacon Avenue and near Spokane Street. This one named "Golf Court" was very close to the golf course. There were a few other older, well-maintained, two story, brick apartment houses with names. Some of the newer apartment houses were not as architecturally appealing.

I passed one apartment complex that had multiple buildings and was very well maintained. With very few exceptions, the entire area was tidy and showed real pride of ownership. This neighborhood is high enough above I-5 that the noise level is much lower than in a similar neighborhood to the south.

Along Beacon Avenue, in addition to what I'd seen yesterday, I spotted two pubs, a few more dental offices, a taco truck and an Italian restaurant. I could see that there were more restaurants north of Lander. The Delite Bakery is at 15th and Lander. I stopped in and observed a busy business which may be worth a return visit.

The Beacon Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library was open and cheery.

There is a colorful mural on the side of a bank.

This area is home to the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research,

Beacon Hill First Baptist Church,

Saint Peter Catholic Church

and Saint John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church.

Along the way, I spotted yard art,

tree swings and tree art

and two Little Free Libraries.

This was a great walk in a great neighborhood. I saw quite a few people out walking children, walking dogs, just walking, working, jogging and shopping.

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