Where in the world is Sunrise Heights? Even long-time West Seattle-ites often don’t realize that Sunrise Heights is its own distinct neighborhood, but it is! West Seattle’s aptly named Sunrise Heights neighborhood slopes gently to the southeast from the highest point in Seattle, 35th and Myrtle, affording most of the neighborhood outstanding sunrise views of the Cascade Range and Mt. Rainier. The Sunrise Heights boundaries are defined as SW Myrtle to the north, SW Kenyon to the south, 35th Ave SW to the west, and 28th Ave SW to the east.
Sunrise Heights has its own neighborhood park and playfield, E.C. Hughes Park at 28th and SW Holden. This huge, well maintained and popular park features a large children’s play area and tot lot, grassy picnic area, restroom facilities, basketball court, wading pool, two baseball fields, and expansive grassy soccer fields. As a bonus, the entire park offers an unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier!
The homes along the quiet streets of Sunrise Heights consist mostly of cheerful turn of the century craftsmans and charming 1940’s era bungalows, with a sprinkling of mid-century and new construction mixed in. As of this writing, the neighborhood is still relatively affordable, with most homes selling between $350K and $500K, thus, new listings are being snapped up in the blink of an eye! Builders are discovering Sunrise Heights, and there are more and more high-end remodels and brand new homes appearing in the neighborhood, selling between $600K - $750K. And to a neighborhood already dotted with lovely gardens, the City of Seattle has recently completed a large project to install “Bioswales” throughout much of Sunrise Heights – beautiful curbside rain gardens that consist of native plants, trees and shrubs and control stormwater runoff. Many neighbors also joined in the cause by installing “Rainwise” gardens in their own yards.
Finally, the Sunrise Heights neighborhood is home to some wonderful local amenities. At 35th and SW Kenyon, historic Kenyon Hall features an eclectic weekend lineup of musical entertainment. Next door, neighbors can meet up for a meal or a craft beer at the fabulous Tap Station, Locol restaurant, or Westy sports bar. Just south of Sunrise Heights, at 28th and SW Thistle, the indoor Southwest Pool offers swim lessons, public/family swim times, lap swimming, and other aquatic classes and special events.
Thanks for reading. Sunrise Heights is a special little West Seattle neighborhood. If you’d like more information or a tour of the neighborhood, contact me at any time.