Capitol Hill is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Seattle and a great place to invest in a condo. According to Zillow, the median home value in Capitol Hill is $532,100. Capitol Hill home values have gone up 23.3 percent over the past year, and Zillow predicts they will rise 9.7 percent within the next year.

If you’re out there battling for a condo in Capitol Hill, here are five we think are worth fighting for.

304 – 516 East Thomas Street — $350,000


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This 600-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the heart of Capitol Hill is perfect for someone who values view and location over space. The place comes with an exclusive roof deck and a glorious view of the water, the Space Needle and the mountains. The Gayle building where the condo is located was built in 1917 and has a unique character (if you’re into that kind of thing). This place is a gem for someone who loves urban density and wants a hawk’s-eye view of all the action.

202 – 1740 Melrose Avenue — $394,000


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Stretch your legs in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,096-square-foot condo. Pick up a coffee from Analog on your way to work or grab a burger and fries from Dick’s Drive-In on your way home. Excellent central location in a funky glass building. All new appliances and hardwood floors make this a great spot for a budding new family.

506 – 1111 East Pike Street — $449,500


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Talk about trendy! This is the perfect condo for the hippest in the land. Designer Olson Kundig wanted to preserve the site’s long history as part of Seattle’s auto row. This aesthetic is captured in the home’s tall, wide windows and high ceilings, and through its use of steel and exterior of panelized siding with a palette inspired by classic car colors from the 1950s. It was designed so that owners would be able to choose the exterior color of their unit from a pre-selected set, resulting in a mix-and-match aesthetic. Get your own before they’re gone!

205 – 325 Harvard Avenue East — $449,500


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Sometimes we want something new, but with an old feeling. You can have it all in this 1928 Capitol Hill condo, recently renovated in 2008. With 869 square feet drenched in daylight, the space is perfect for a painter, but not ideal for a vampire. Interesting details in the lobby and curved archways make this two-bedroom a standout classic in a hot neighborhood.

305 – 320 Melrose Avenue East— $465,000


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Your pet is invited to live in this corner unit. The space features a large living room for Fido to scurry around, a dining room, kitchen, enclosed deck and two bedrooms. There’s even a garage where you can park your car when you’re not out driving little Pickles to the dog park. Freshly painted, views for miles.

If that’s not enough to convince you, check out the decor in this wild and crazy bathroom.


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Happy hunting!

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