Homes in Tacomas Hillside Neighborhood

Hillside / UWT

Mountain Views, City Views, Close to Everything

MEDIAN: $380,975
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Get to Know Hillside / UWT

Is it Downtown Tacoma? Is it Hilltop? Hillside is both, and some would argue that it’s not a neighborhood of its own. We’d really classify it as a “micro neighborhood.” It’s distinctive from the Downtown and Hilltop as it straddles the hill between UWT and Hilltop. If you drive down South Yakima and look around at about 21st, you’ll see what we mean.

Why Hillside / UWT is so Great

The Hillside between Downtown Tacoma and Hilltop is incredibly convenient. Whether you’d like to scoot down the hill to the University of Washington Tacoma campus, want something close to St Joseph Medical Center, or want to be able to hop on I-5 in under 3 minutes, this location is right there.

Tax incentives in the mid 2000s spurred the new townhome construction and apartment buildings in this area, and while there are still many vacant lots to fill in the University of Washington Tacoma is creeping up the hill, building on the lots it owns as the campus grows.

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What to do in Hillside / UWT

While you still have to walk down (or up!) the hill for coffee and restaurants, this neighborhood is popular for affordable townhomes close to all the excitement of Downtown and of course, incredible views of the Downtown Tacoma and Mt Rainier. For folks wanting to find a neighborhood close to University of Washington, Tacoma this is the spot.


One of the few neighborhoods in the city with an abundance of new construction, the Hillside between Downtown Tacoma and Hilltop features tons of cool townhomes, condos, and apartments with some historic apartments, condos, and homes mixed in for good measure.

Get Personal Guidance founder Marguerite has been a real estate agent in Tacoma since 2005. She knows Tacoma neighborhoods and she knows local real estate agents. She can connect you to agents who are experts in the neighborhood you're looking in, at no cost to you!

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What the Neighbors are Saying

Hear what its like to live on the Hillside between Downtown Tacoma and Hilltop above the University of Washington Tacoma, from folks who live there.

Hilltop is affordable and has character. I love all the cool old houses, McCarver Park and friendly neighbors. I love eating at 1022, Red Elm, Eleven-eleven, Le Donut, Manifesto coffee, Quickie Too Vegan cafe


I love to eat at 1022, 1111, and Pho King. Red Elm has great coffee and super friendly staff.

Homes in Tacomas Hillside Neighborhood

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