Archives for December 2008

Seattle Times on Affordable Housing

The Seattle Times had an article yesterday on affordable housing, Seattle may ease rules to encourage affordable housing downtown: Two programs designed to bring affordable housing to downtown Seattle have fallen short of expectations, with officials spending just $5 million of the $20 million collected from developers. Maybe the city should buy up some failing… Read More

What Would PETA Say?

I’ll do a year end wrap up post on later but I think we might have a strong contender for this year’s listing with the wildest photos. The listing is from Ryan Thompson at John L Scott and is at 98 Union St #908. For $630K you get 2 beds and 969 square feet right… Read More

Parc Sale Yields 6 Pending Sales

Ready for the storm? I just picked up some Marker Baron bindings from Evo today, 20% off. Still thinking about which skis to get. JF from my hometown store is pushing the Nordica Zeros. Bryce at Evo is pushing K2 Pontoons. Update from Parc I got an email from Ryan at the Parc about how… Read More

Oddfellows Food Disappoints on Opening Night

We stopped by Oddfellows Cafe + Bar last night around 7:30 for its opening night. Being the first night and all we’ll forgive the service and other hiccups. However, we were disappointed that half of the items on the menu weren’t available. We totally understand that the snow storm impacted deliveries and that the deep… Read More

Veer Emails About Reduced Pricing

Veer Lofts recently sent an email trying to stir up a few end of year sales: There has never been a better time to move to Veer Lofts. Prices have been reduced on many units, with some starting in the low $300’s. Interest rates are historically low with current rates under 5 percent. And, with… Read More

Do You Want a Gym at 12th and Madison?

I recognize that this blog is quickly in danger of becoming a mouth piece for Ted Schroth. However, in my defense, I would really like a gym in my building because I am very lazy. Also, with this frigid weather I think that cold vacant space beneath my unit is increasing my heating bill. So… Read More

Sneak Peak of Oddfellows Cafe + Bar

Tonight I got a sneak peak of Linda Derschang (Linda’s, Smith, King’s) and Ericka Burke’s (Volunteer Park Cafe) Oddfellows Cafe + Bar at 10th and Pine. The interior is amazing; certainly nothing like Linda’s (there is no taxidermy.) Had I been thinking I would have brought my camera. It’s set to open this Friday at… Read More

Live Historic / Pioneer Property Struggling?

Seattlest has the scoop, Live Historic aka Pioneer Property Not Paying Bills: Pioneer Property creditors received notice from the group’s bank over the weekend of the group’s bankruptcy filing that their bills are not being paid. I’m trying to but haven’t confirmed the story. If it’s true, this is a bummer. I toured De Lorges… Read More

Results of Press Condo Auction: 20% discount

The Stranger has details on the Press condo auction, The New Condo Market: On average, the 15 condos in the Press buildings auctioned for about 80 percent of their listing price and over 30 percent of their starting bid. Any readers attend? Update: The Stranger has a humorous follow up story making me regret not… Read More

MLS Watch: Loft in Pioneer Square, Brick Clad on the Hill

The Florentine Unit 512 at the Florentine caught my eye. It’s a shame there aren’t more photos! The other units in the building aren’t nearly as nice. As someone on Facebook pointed out, you don’t want to be the own nice unit in the building pulling the others up. And Marce pointed out South Holgate… Read More

Help a Reader Build a Sleeping Loft

A reader writes in wondering about …a good architect to do some light remodeling in the Capitol Hill area. I’ve got a lofty unit and I’m looking to turn that loft-ish space into a nice sleeping area. Of course, I haven’t seen the space but I wonder if he really needs an architect? Maybe a… Read More

Class Action At 1521?

Ashley has a curious post, Just in! Press Release from Buyers of 1521 Floorplan “A”: However, despite Opus’ representations about the grand scale and spaciousness of the condos, a number of buyers for “A” unit at the building — which was represented to be the best unit carried a matching pricetag — have discovered on… Read More

Domaine Heads to Foreclosure, Veer Lowering Prices…

Domaine Foreclosure The Daily Journal of Commerce has the news that, Trustee’s sale is set for Intracorp condo project. That project is Domaine. Looks like Ben has a subscription and has the full details in, Domaine development to be auctioned: The article states a limited liability company affiliated with Intracorp is in default on a… Read More

Team Behind Spur to Operate “the Gun Club”

The big news of the night was finding out that the team behind the Spur in Belltown will be operating what has been known as “the Gun Club.” The Gun Club is the long awaited bar going into the smaller retail space in the Trace Lofts building. Originally it was promised for summer ’08 but… Read More

Urbnlivn Meetup #5 Re-cap

Wow, busy night on 12th and Madison. We sampled wines at the Trace sales center, got photos with Santa, ate at Pizza Fusion (thanks for having us Kevin!), toured my home at Trace Lofts and finished the night off with drinks at Barrio. During which time you all shared lots of stories prefixed with “please… Read More

Urbnlivn Meetup This Tuesday!

With 40 people RSVP’d for Tuesday night I was afraid you’d all overwhelm my place so the game plan is: 5 p.m.: A festive evening on 12th [pdf] gets going. 7 p.m.: Kevin at Pizza Fusion is going to put aside a whole bunch of tables for fans of Urbnlivn. There will be pizza and… Read More

Barrio Grand Opening Night: Wow!

While most of you panned Barrio (even though they have a blog) before it even opened we went tonight, it’s first night open to the public, and thoroughly enjoyed it! (This is my first time to a Kurofsky restaurant.) It’s on Capitol Hill in the 12th and Madison neighborhood and is one of the tenants… Read More

IREM Breakfast Forecast: Not Good!

I woke up early today to a dead car battery on my way to the IREM Forecast Breakfast at Qwest Field. I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo of the empty football field in the dawn light but I was late both arriving and in a rush to get back to work when it… Read More

Listings to See This Weekend

Slim pickings for new listings this week to check out this weekend. How about this place at The Alexandria. 3028 Western Ave #506 is $275,000 for a small 1 bedroom with great views: Ugh, that’s it. Alrighty, but I do have some links… Stalled economy may idle Seattle-area architects Callison picked to design massive Chinese… Read More

Comment Policy

This is the post that every blogger never wants to write. But the time has come since I’m now aware of more than one incident of a commentator here being harassed by another commentator. After finding out about those incidences I dug through the comments and there definitely is some fishy behavior where one person… Read More