Hawthorne Hills is an upscale neighborhood in Seattle, and is bounded on the north by NE 65th Street, on the south and east by the Burke-Gilman Trail, and on the west by 45th Avenue NE. The majority of homes were built in the 1940s to 1950s with some of the original homes dating to the 1920s. In the last few years there has been major remodeling and second story additions as people value its close location to downtown Seattle, The University of Washington, and access to The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge leading to Bellevue. In 2010, the average home value was $627,000, with a low of $350,000 and a high of $1.3 million. of homes sold that year. Built on a hill, many of the homes feature sweeping views of Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, and territorial views towards downtown Seattle.
There were seven homes in the original development–large brick Tudor residences reminiscent of England. One of the original homes still stands on the SW corner of NE 60th Street & Princeton Way. Initially development was slow, but by the end of the Second World War, Hawthorne Hills was covered with its characteristic Cape Cods, smaller brick Tudors, and California-style brick ranch homes.
Many of our streets were named after college towns–Ann Arbor, Pullman, Stanford, etc. The center of the neighborhood is University Circle Park, with its views towards both Lake Washington and downtown Seattle, including the Space Needle.
The Princeton Street Bridge off Sand Point Way serves as the main entrance to the neighborhood from Sand Point Way NE.
The original bridge was built in 1930. One of the oldest bridges in Seattle, it was replaced in 2002.