Archives for October 2010

Large One Bedroom at the Crawford

A large one bedroom unit at the Crawford hit the market yesterday. 1,000+ square foot one bedrooms are rare but this boutique Capitol Hill building has a few of them. I even considered the ground floor unit years ago when I was shopping for a place. Unit #301 is 1,150 square foot, west facing, has… Read More

Danielle in Ballard 12 of 30 Sold

Last weekend was the Danielle in Ballard’s Grand Opening. I don’t really know what Grand Opening means since they’ve been having open houses for a number of weekends already? However, thanks to the Danielle team for sharing their recent foot traffic numbers: The Danielle in Ballard had a sensational Grand Opening weekend, with the Saturday… Read More

$1m Reduction For Last 1521 Penthouse

Last weekend a penthouse at 1521 went pending. This weekend the now only remaining penthouse, there’s three, has had a million dollar price reduction. It is now priced at $4,499,999. At 2,658 that’s $1,693/square foot; yikes! But check out the views and rooftop hot tub: Rather your condo sported a pool with view of the… Read More

Enso Owners, Are You Loving It?

I haven’t heard much about Enso recently. Any owners or people who looked at building care to comment?

Salt Interiors – “eDesign” Service Launches

Need help with the interior design of your new condo (or house) but don’t know where to turn? Salt Interiors, a “e-division” of Seattle-based interior design firm MNID, just launched today. Looks like a neat idea, you go to their site, choose your style from one of ten styles ranging from mid-century modern to nautical… Read More

1521 Penthouse Goes Pending + Open House

Unit 3800, on of three penthouses at 1521, has gone pending. It was last listed at $5,420,000 and boasts 3,000 square foot plus a spacious deck: 1521 is having an open house this weekend from 12 to 4pm if you want to check out some of the 40 something units remaining.

Inside Look at #302 at Banner Building

I’m a sucker for concrete shells. Instead of having to live in someone else’s imposed vision of urban living you get a blank canvas to create a killer space. However, most of the time you can only get a concrete shell if you’re buying a multi-million dollar penthouse type unit. So when an “affordable” shell… Read More

Smith Tower Penthouse Featured in NYT Slideshow

The New York Times has a three page write-up on the “apartment” and family that lives atop the Smith Tower, Making a Home in a Pyramid, 462 Feet Above Seattle, with an awesome slideshow. After giving the scoop on how Ms. Franklin snagged the 1,750 square foot place, featuring a Chihuly and a killer view,… Read More

More Olive 8 Units Hit the MLS

Yesterday Olive 8 added ten units to the MLS. Four on the 28th floor, one of the 30th, one of the 36th and four on the 37th. (At the auction, they didn’t sell any units above the 26th floor.) In terms of pricing, the 1 beds, 1 baths they added range from $659/sq. ft. to… Read More

September Condo Report: Prices up 9.5%, Sales Down 2.6%

This week Redfin released data on what happened with the Seattle Area market in September showing that for the city of Seattle the median condo price increased 9.5%(!) to $323,000 from August to September. Median price was also up year-over-year, 15.4%. It is surprising that median price is up as sales were down 2.6% to… Read More

Four Years Later Canal Station North Sells Out

A little over four years after Canal Station North went on sale TeamBuilder and Rennie Marketing have announced they’ve sold the last unit (of 278!) They note in their email that this will be a well sought after address well into the future. In fact there are only 5 resales right now. Though the longest… Read More

Unfinished Four Seasons Penthouse Sells For $7.2m

Unit 2000, a two story penthouse, at the Four Seasons sold last week for $7.2 million, the highest condo sale this year. The PSBJ also reports on the sale: The 5,256-square-foot unit sold earlier this week as an unfinished shell for approximately $1,368 a square foot. Finishing the interior could cost anywhere from $200 a… Read More

Capitol Hill Condo Market

Wondering what the Capitol Hill condo market is like? CHS digs into the stats recently released by Redfin but what I found even more interesting was these two first hand accounts from people looking to buy. Kerry’s comments: My husband and I spent the summer looking for a place to buy. We were very flexible… Read More

Another Seattle Condo Blog

In April, Justin Bowers, the writer and webmaster behind James Stroupe’s condo blog parted ways with James. James’ blog definitely suffered with only a few posts since then. (The pace has picked up recently, perhaps he has a new writer on board?) Justin, an active commenter on here and other local blogs, has wasted little… Read More

How-to Dig Up Plans?

I’m embarrassed that I don’t know the answer to this reader question: A developer is breaking ground (finally) on a vacant lot and tearing down an existing house for what I can find is going to be townhouses. 422 Malden Ave. E is the address, I was curious to know how to get a hold… Read More

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The Sanctuary is in Limbo

The Sanctuary, one of my favorite projects, is in receivership. Word is that there is some restructuring going on, so we hope to see it get completed and come back on the market soon. Hopefully they’re able to stay true to its original vision while pricing to sell. Update: Capitol Hill Seattle took our very… Read More

Great Belltown Loft at 81 Vine

Corey sent me this great loft at 81 Vine, #306 – 16′ ceilings, 10′ windows and impeccably staged. It’s priced at $349,500. Last sold in December of 2005 for $380,000. My only concern is that the blinds are closed in all the photos; what’s the view like? Update: Corey stopped by and checked it out…… Read More

Marselle Cuts Prices

Correct, no need for an auction, just a need to cut prices with only 60% of units sold. Marselle started out with an original price of $473 a square foot and has now cut prices down to an average of $351 a square foot, below the Olive 8 auction pricing of $403 a square foot…. Read More

A Visit to the Firehouse #25 Penthouse

Everyone I bump into someone looking for a condo on Capitol Hill I tell them to check out unit #12 at 1406 Harvard Ave, also known as Firehouse #25. The reason I’m so quick to recommend it is its screaming value, 2,307 square feet for $425k. Down nearly $200k; it first hit the market for… Read More