Shopping with a View
- While Puyallup’s downtown is rooted firmly in the rich soil and history of the Puyallup River valley, its southward expansion has carried it up from the valley to the heights of South Hill. Situated above Puyallup, visitors and residents enjoy the flourishing commerce of South Hill Mall at the crest of the hill. Numerous stores and pocket shopping centers continue beyond the mall and flank Meridian Ave along its southern course. But the flourishing suburb is also a welcoming home to many in the apartment complexes and single-family home developments that expand Puyallup’s boundaries toward the Cascade foothills. It includes neighborhoods like Manorwood, Sunrise (Sunrise Master Assoc.) Lipoma Firs and Golf Course, Silvercreek and Gem Heights.
- South Hill has a population of 52,431 and is located on the south side of the Puyallup River valley. The area was first settled in the 1880s after a military road was built through the area in the 1850s. Joint Base Lewis McChord is located near So. Hill and is a very popular location for local military families.
- While the mall is a dominant element of South Hill — in more than just name — it is not the whole of the community. Proceed farther south on Meridian or to the east and west of the busy thoroughfare that connects northern Puyallup, to downtown and South Hill, to discover that it is home to many great community gathering places. There is the calm beauty of Bradley Lake Park, with its fishing areas, walking trails, covered picnic area, two youth ball fields and an inclusive playground. Or the physical activity that thrives on the expansive playfields of Heritage Recreation Center and on the walking trail that connects the center with South Hill Community Park. Or the unexpected silhouette of the leaping deer on the roadside sign near the forested campus of Pierce College Puyallup that abruptly reminds visitors of what South Hill was, still is, and that it continues to claim a piece of the future.
- And finally, everyone who visits South Hill can appreciate the majestic views of Mount Rainier. The iconic mountain serves as a scenic backdrop for the thriving hill top community and connects it to the valley below.