Thinking Outside the Box in Leschi

3508 E Spruce St

The architect for this house didn’t seem to like square rooms or houses.  Built in 1990, this contemporary house at 3508 E Spruce St has the thrown together look of a tree house.  The not designed look is well thought out and the main floor has a well laid out open floor plan, with a… Read More

Not an Ordinary Houseboat

3236 Portage Bay Pl E

Before you choke on the price, let me tell you why this houseboat at 3236 Portage Bay Pl E  is different. Most houseboats are at shared docks.  The docks can then be jointly owned by the houseboat owners, or they could be rented from the owner of the dock.  This houseboat is on a single… Read More

Matt’s an Agent Now(!!!)

Big news! I’m now a licensed real estate agent. It is something I’ve resisted for years mainly because I was worried it’d limit what I could blog about but with so many of my close friends looking to buy houses, and thinking of buying another place myself, it was just time. Sadly this means I… Read More

Must See Open Houses: September 20th & 21st

2013 Boylston Ave E unit A_deck

There are 458 open houses this weekend.  Starting with a newly constructed Eastlake rooftop deck with amazing views; house included.  Then a quick trip downtown to a classic studio.  Finishing with a new modern in Tangletown/Green Lake (wiki say’s Wallingford). [update – comment:  just ran a search based on days on the market, there are… Read More

Frustration with Via6 Fees

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A reader wrote in frustrated with a recently imposed fee at Via6. They’re not along in being frustrated. Via6 only gets a 3 star rating on Yelp out of 27 reviews. Thought I’d pass this along. Via6 has done some sketchy stuff since I moved in, but this is definitely the most frustrating/ridiculous I’ve seen…. Read More

Thoughtful Modern Rear Unit TH in Ballard

1422 NW 64 St - 1

1422 NW 64th St – Unit A is a good looking modern townhome in Ballard built in 2008. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,240 square feet for $429,900. Last sold in 2011 for $320,000. And here’s a preview of what the the architect has to say… In a market environment where formulaic faux-craftsman townhouses are the… Read More

Solo Lofts 60% Sold, Insignia 50% Sold, Vik 25%

Solo main

Dave from Solo Lofts lets us know that they’re now 60% sold. As well excavation is almost complete, and they finished drilling in the piles. (Disclosure: Solo Lofts is an Urbnlivn advertiser.) We also recently heard from Insignia who has sold 50% of their south tower. 6 penthouse shells remain at Escala. Vik is 25%… Read More

Martin Elevator Fail

The Martin

A reader wrote in wanting to warn all prospective apartment renters to carefully consider whether their apartment buildings has enough elevators. I’ll also add that for both the condos I bought at it seemed to take about a year for the elevators to break in and stop breaking down frequently. So beware if you’re renting/buying… Read More

“Amsterdam Loft” for Rent on Capitol Hill

eli's loft_108 11th Ave E, Unit B-4

A reader wrote in today about an older home by Cal Anderson Park (108 E 11th Ave) that they have transformed into an amazing rental: This was custom-built over the past 18 months to evoke the experience of a Dutch home in the heart of Capitol Hill, with every nook and cranny of space put… Read More

Dwell Development’s 1st Net Zero Modern

4606 43rd Ave S

From the pictures, this house by Dwell Development is impressive, with many environmentally friendly features including solar panels.  Creative use of materials on the outside, even the fence is a winner.  Not the same old panel siding used on many modern houses.   4606 43rd Ave S is a 3 bedroom plus loft, 3.25 bathroom house,… Read More

Must See Open Houses: September 13 and 14

14368 Edgewater Lane NE_up deck

[Update: we're up to 490, get looking] Open houses are back in business, this weekend there are 490 open houses in Seattle.  We’ll start with a home on Lake Washington, swing by Magnolia for a 2012 modern, find affordable 12 foot high concrete ceilings in Belltown, and finish up in Capitol Hill with a top… Read More

The Japanese Farmhouse in Madison Valley III

415 26th Ave E_back

After selling last year (?), the Japanese farm house in Madison Valley, 415 26th Ave E, is back on the market.  From the street the structure presents as fairly unassuming (picture is of the back), but inside you’ll find unique features such as shoji screens, a tatami room, 30-foot ceilings, and a skybridge.  Designed by… Read More

Mid-Century Modern with Exposed Steel Beams

2600 W Bertona St_2

2600 W Bertona St was designed by architect David McKinley as his personal residence in 1953.  It must have been an early work by him, but the use of exposed steel beams in residential architecture was still cutting edge.  I toured the house Tuesday and was impressed.  The living/dining room is the perfect entertaining space,… Read More

My Favorite Belltown Condo Building

2600 2nd Ave 1505_deck view

Harbour Heights, 2621 2nd Ave, is a condominium building in the northern part of Belltown.  It has a unique design, with the rooms being arranged around large triangular decks.  Built in 1980 of concrete and steel, with a bias towards concrete, it is very quite inside.  If I’m not mistaken, even the walls between the… Read More

New Listing Monday

3333 E Terrace St_mtn

I’m guessing most of you are wishing about now that this was a three day weekend. So put your precious time to good use and look at real estate.  I’ve picked 4 brand new listings for your pleasure.  Because of limited selection, I warn you in advance that they start at a million and work… Read More

Must See Open Houses: Sunday September 7th

8533 10th Ave NW_facade

Due to technical issues, we missed Saturday’s open houses. So time to clear out my favorites list, feature some listings Matt has been pushing, and add some brand new listings that are open Sunday. 8533 10th Ave NW Neighborhood:  Crown Hill Open House:  Sunday 1-4 pm New construction is being priced out of the inner… Read More

Floating Home Tour This Sunday


Heads up! The Floating Home Tour (only occurs every other year) is this Sunday from 12 to 5. Tickets are $30/each. The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to announce their biennial Floating Homes Tour in 2014, taking place Sunday, September 7, from 12 to 5 PM. The theme of this year’s tour, “Wonderful Water… Read More

Fremont Townhome In LEED Platinum Community

3657 Whitman Ave N_architect pic

3657 Whitman Ave N is part of the Footprint At The Bridge community designed by Johnston Architects and built in 2008.  It’s a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhome that lists for $595,000.  The square footage is not disclosed 1,550.  I substituted this shot of the community from the architect’s website, the listing version had a… Read More

Sweet Floating Home For Rent

Hamlin St houseboat_facade

  New to town and need a furnished place until you get settled, or just tired of looking at those same four walls?  Matt has found the perfect rental for you.  This  1,200 square feet contemporary houseboat off Hamlin St at Fairview Ave E has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, study, full kitchen, and a dining… Read More

Must See Open Houses: August 30 and August 31

4540 8th Ave NE 2205_rooftop

I should call this Open House Sunday, few are showing and fewer are showing on Saturday.  There are only 223 Open Houses this weekend.  I’ve found four to highlight because of their views, one contemporary house and three different styles of condominiums. 4540 8th Ave NE #2205 Neighborhood: University District Open House: Sunday, August 31,… Read More