Welcome to the South Hill
The South Hill in Spokane is a collective of multiple neighborhoods, each with a different center, architectural style, and amenities. Rockwood is characterized by meandering, tree-lined streets, and large historic homes. Comstock is anchored by Comstock Park and surrounded by mid-century ranchers and towering Ponderosa pine trees. Journey further down the hill, and you will find Manito and Cliff/Cannon Parks. This part of the South Hill has smaller homes built in the 1900-1940s. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern, and most are tree-lined.
All of these areas have a few things in common: parks, walkability, neighborhood schools, tree-lined streets, and friendly faces. The lower South Hill runs from 14th Avenue, south to 29th Avenue. The upper South Hill extends from 29th to 57th. Explore the South Hill and discover why it is one of Spokane’s most desirable areas.
The South Hill is in the Spokane District 81 School boundary. District 81 is the second-largest school district in the state of Washington, providing education opportunities for over 31,000 students.
There are six elementary schools on the South Hill. Hutton and Wilson Elementary continue to be the best-rated elementary schools in the district. Both are small, neighborhood schools with very supportive and engaged parents. Roosevelt Elementary’s student body comes from a larger geographical area and has a more diverse student body. Parental involvement is high, and the school holds regular events for the student body and their families. Other elementary schools include Hamblen, Jefferson, and Adams Elementary.
These elementary schools feed into two middle schools (currently serving 7th and 8th graders). Chase Middle School was built in
A variety of restaurants, coffee shops and breweries abound on the South Hill. Manito Tap House and Republic Pi are centrally located off 29th and Grand. Continue up Grand and find Remedy – with 24 beers on tap and a rooftop deck, this is a favorite local hangout. Looking for something a little more upscale? Schedule a reservation at Luna which serves up locally sourced ingredients with style and class. Be sure to add Rocket on 14th to your daily routine for the morning or afternoon cup of joe. If that isn’t enough, the South Hill added its own brewery to the mix when Bottle Bay Brewing opening up in 2020.
Shopping options abound on the South Hill. You will find most major chains: Target, Safeway, and Petco. As well as favorites like Trader Joe’s and a variety of locally owned stores. Rocket Market is located midway up the hill and offers espresso, wine, local produce, bakery, and more! Don’t miss the virtual wine classes, and grab a delicious lunch at the Bistro. Another unique cafe/marketplace is Ferrante’s, off Regal and 48th. On the surface this feels like another Italian cafe, however upon entry you will find all kinds of treasures.
The anchor of the South Hill is Manito Park which was established in 1904 and is 78 acres of lush gardens, open spaces, ponds and pathways. Be sure to visit the park multiple times throughout the year. The perennial garden is always in bloom and Duncan Garden is the crown jewel. The park effectively divides the Cliff/Cannon Park (west) neighborhood from Rockwood (east). When you visit, be sure to stop by Rockwood Bakery for a coffee, pastry, or even lunch.