The Hawthorne Hills neighborhood in northeast Seattle is a small community sandwiched between Bryant to the west, View Ridge to the north, Windermere to the east and Laurelhurst to the south. Like its neighbor, View Ridge, Hawthorne Hills was an undeveloped stand of forest until the late 1930’s. Developers took advantage of its hilly locale and many of the streets in the neighborhood have views along the winding streets named after college towns. The Burke Gilman Trail runs along the southern end of the neighborhood and offers residents an opportunity for jogging, biking and walking.
There is no major business district in Hawthorne Hills although there are a small number of businesses along Sand Point Way and it’s a short drive to the business districts in nearby Bryant and the University District. What’s surprising about this small neighborhood is that its inhabitants have the 2nd highest median income of all Seattle neighborhoods (neighboring Laurelhurst is highest). Housing in Hawthorne Hills is exclusively residential that was primarily built in the mid 1900’s although there is some new construction as well. Prices start around $650k for older homes with new homes quickly getting into the $1m-$2m range.