Archives for March 2010

More $1,200/Sq. Ft. Eye Candy

Would you spend $1,200/square foot at the Four Seasons or at First Hill Plaza? Here’s a new “sub-penthouse” in First Hill Plaza that just came on the market boasting over $1.3 million in renovations and priced at $2,375,000: ,/a> 2 beds, 1.75 baths, 1,850 square feet. Current average appraisal: $1,783,333 You must have JavaScript enabled… Read More

Re-Sales at the Four Seasons

A new re-sale, unit 1704, came on at the Four Seasons that caught my eye. It didn’t catch my eye because it looks good, though does it look good: But it caught my eye because it was purchased in January 2009 for $4,179,000 and is now on the market, just over a year later, for… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

According to Redfin, there were 56 condo and townhouse sales in Seattle last week. Here’s a look at five of them: The poshest of the posh this week was a $2.3 million purchase of a 2,500 square foot single-level two-bedroom condo in Capitol Hill’s new(ish) luxury development Harvard & Highland. Two blocks west of volunteer… Read More

Thornton Place Suspends Condo Sales

This is news to me, a reader pointed out that sales have been suspended at Thornton Place: As of March 1, 2010 Thornton Place will be pausing in its condominium sales efforts. The development is a large mixed-use project that includes apartments, condominiums, a theater, and retail. Thornton Place has seen tremendous success in both… Read More

Fifth and Madison Auction Results

I swung by the Fifth and Madison auction this afternoon hoping to sneak in. Unfortunately security was tighter than at past auctions and I wasn’t able to talk my way in. Fortunately they left the auction room doors open and so I sat with the few other interested parties who didn’t bring $5,000 cashier checks… Read More

Seattle Times Peeks in At Madison Park Condo

Last weekend the Seattle Times featured a Madison Park condo, Handcrafted beauty hides utility in a gracious Seattle condo: The views in this Madison Park condo, in a building designed by Roland Terry, are both near and far. And they are elegant — from the Peter David glass at the front door down to the… Read More

Trace Lofts Tour on Monday

If you haven’t toured Trace Lofts yet Capitol Hill Housing is organizing a community tour on Monday at 3pm: Capitol Hill Housing is helping organize a free community tour of Trace Lofts next Monday, March 29th at 3pm. This condominium building is 70% sold with many great view homes left, and Trace would like to… Read More

Banner Building Penthouse

I have a weak spot for the Banner Building… Here is unit #403, 2,000 square feet for $1.259m. I’m in love:

Slog Crowns the Bellagio Worst Building in Seattle

Earlier this week The Stranger’s Slog crowned Capitol Hill condo the Bellagio the worst building in Seattle, Behold: The Worst Building in Seattle: Not only is the building a knockoff of a knockoff (Italy via Vegas), it’s unbelievably shoddily constructed, which seems perfect. The building doesn’t even meet the ground squarely (see picture). When I… Read More

Escala Pictures and Videos

Since Escala doesn’t have any photos on MLS and all of 8 photos on their website I swung by Escala today (didn’t get invited to the broker’s open) and took a bunch of crappy pictures and a video from the three model units they had available on the 16th floor. I wasn’t too impressed but… Read More

Escala Re-Opening This Weekend

Escala is back. The sales center is re-opening this weekend. Their hours are from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Find out more at Longest domain name ever. However, if the team really wants to try something different they should try publishing all their prices on their site and putting more than one unit… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

According to Redfin, there are 201 open houses in Seattle this weekend. Here are a few of the highlights: 2122 Alki Ave SW #400 Sunday, March 28, 2010 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Highest price per square foot this week is a top floor penthouse on Alki beach listed for $1.3 million featuring an outdoor… Read More

Pontedera Ribbon Cutting April 7

Pontedera condos down in the Central District are now done and have hit the MLS. Pontedera was developed by HomeSight a non-profit development corporation. Prices range from $199,900 (unit 611) to $505,000 (unit 605). In terms of incentives there’s a 12 year tax exemption, no HOA dues until February 2011 and up to $120k in… Read More

Marketplace Looking For Auction Buyers

Can anyone help a reporter out? If so contact I’m a reporter with public radio’s business show, Marketplace. I’m working on a story about people in Seattle who have bought condos through an auction or a sale. I’m interested in finding out about the pros and cons – maybe it’s a good deal on… Read More

Condo Pet Patch

I rarely read Seattle magazine but in this month’s issue in their “Get-it-Done Guide” I spotted what seems like a pretty nifty idea for condo or apartment pet owners who can’t be bothered to take their pets outside. It’s the condo pet patch by Condo Pet Pals. Once a week or every other week they’ll… Read More

Funny Business at Maison Ville Condos

Capitol Hill Seattle has the scoop on a Criminal indictment brought against former I-5 Shores condo treasurer: King County Prosecutors filed criminal charges last week against Thomas L. Maccarone for 4 counts of 1st degree theft and 5 counts of 2nd degree theft. According to the probable cause document, Maccarone embezzled $80,145 from association funds,… Read More

The Seattle PI on the Condo Market

On Friday the Seattle PI covered the condo market in, They’re practically giving away condos, right? It depends on how much you plan to spend. “The situation in the high-end market is lots of cancellations and fall-throughs,” said Glenn Crellin, director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University. “This is… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Sarah sent me this on Monday but I’ve been having too much fun in Mexico to get online and hit publish. Sorry about that! Also, no Friday open house post today since we’re both busy… According to Redfin, there were 19 townhouse and condo sales last week. Here are a few interesting ones: Among the… Read More

Back Yard Cottages in Seattle

Now that backyard cottages are legal on eligible, see Council unanimously approves code revisions on backyard cottages: Backyard cottages will be limited to 800 square feet, including garage and storage space. The legislation also prohibits the construction of backyard cottages on lots less than 4,000 square feet or located in a Shoreline District. The property… Read More

Sound Conditioner by Marpac Review

It is noisy living at 12th and Madison. We’re literally on the corner facing both 12th and Madison, a five way intersection. In the evenings the newly opened bars and restaurants mean the area is staying noisier later. Plus life on the street gets going early with leaf blowing, blaring car stereos, neighbors’ alarm clocks… Read More