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If you’re craving the excitement of urban life with plenty of nature close at hand, we offer you the perfect pairing: The Chief Sealth Trail is within easy reach of Intracorp’s newest home community of Contempo in Seattle’s popular Beacon Hill neighborhood.

This paved four-mile trail runs from South Angeline Street in the north to 51st Ave in the south, connecting Jefferson Park with Kubota Gardens. Walkers and joggers? It offers fresh-air exercise for both. Have a four-legged friend? There’s an abundance of sniffs on the ridgeline hills on either side of the trail. Two-wheelers welcome? You bet — and it’s an ideal way for bike commuters to ride safely, away from traffic.

The Chief Sealth Trail isn’t just practical, it’s also beautiful. Look out to sweeping views of the Cascades, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. Stop and sniff the fragrant basil or admire the veggie bounty at the many P-Patch gardens along the way. Wave to kids heading off to school, pick some just-ripened blackberries in summertime, or duck out for a rest at one of the cafes along the way.

In addition to being a valued greenspace where homeowners can unwind and get fit, this is a feel-good trail for a whole other reason: it was sustainably built. Most of the paving materials were recycled, including soil from excavated street trenches and crushed concrete from local streets that needed rebuilding.

Future plans include connecting The Chief Sealth Trail with the future Mountains-to-Sound Greenway on Beacon Hill, light rail stations on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and even to downtown Seattle. That means you could explore even more of Puget Sound on foot or by bike — car-free at last!

Contempo homeowners might come for the bright 2 & 3-bedroom townhomes with garages, but what makes them stay are unique treasures like The Chief Sealth Trail where people connect with nature, and communities connect with each other.