Archives for March 2011

Japanese Farmhouse in Madison Valley

Normally, Urbnlivn is all about condos and townhouses, but we also like to marvel at fascinating interiors like this 2,160 square foot farmhouse in Madison Valley. From the street, the structure presents as fairly unassuming, but inside you’ll find unique features such as shoji screens, a tatami room, 30-foot ceilings, and a skybridge. Designed by… Read More

Capitol Hill Gets Some Therapy

A couple of interesting interiors have been profiled in Apartment Therapy in the past few days. Check ’em out. House Call: Trace and Lisa’s Eclectic Life on Capitol Hill House Call: Abigail’s Modern Condo

Urbnlivn Meetup April 13?

Over beers the other night Katrina and I were discussing having an Urbnlivn meetup on April 13th and we’re hoping you’re free! We’re also looking for a sponsor and venue. Suggestions welcome:

Exposed Concrete Loft in LQA

After a multi-year hiatus, #901 at 415 W Mercer is back on the market and it is a stunner. That is if you’re a fan of exposed concrete, killer views and cherry hardwoods. I am :). #901 was last on the market in the summer of 2008 and we blogged about it then and its… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

I’m halfway convinced that someday when I run my Redfin query on last week’s sales and the results come back higher than 50 condos and townhouses, that music will play while balloons and confetti fall from the ceiling. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this time – only 30 condos and townhouses sold last week in Seattle,… Read More

Baseball Star Tim Lincecum & His Escala Condo

I was browsing through the recent New York Times Men’s Style Magazine and stumbled upon an article about baseball star Tim Lincecum, Little Big Man in which they write about his Escala condo: Having spent the previous two off-seasons with his ex-girlfriend in San Francisco, Lincecum put down roots in Seattle after the 2010 World… Read More

Built Green Townhouse in Judkins Park

This modern, Built Green townhouse in Judkins Park was just listed for $500K. The narrow, 3-story structure occupies the driveway space of the original 1900’s single story home – which it still shares a wall with. The listing doesn’t go into details about the green features or provide photos of the interiors so I looked… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Capitol Hill has some attractive newer listings with open houses this weekend. Besides the 19th Ave Loft that Matt profiled yesterday (Sunday, 1-4PM), you can tour any of the following corner units on the hill. Or, branch out to other parts of Seattle to visit a few of the remaining 138 condos and townhomes with… Read More

Olive 8 Announces Spring Incentives & 17 Sales

Olive 8 hot off 17 sales since the New Year has announced “The Spring Event” to try and get more buyers off the fence: The program provides for no closing costs and special financing that starts at just 1.25% (2.821% APR) for qualified purchases, which occur before May 31, 2011. HOA dues and health club… Read More

2 Mixed-Use Capitol Hill Lots & Plans For Sale

Looking for a big lot (or two) on Capitol Hill to start your apartment empire? If so, today is your lucky day. Check out 801 E Thomas St and 302 Harvard Ave E which both hit the market. From the description of 302 Harvard: The design includes a 70-unit apartment development with 2,165 SqFt ground… Read More

19th Ave Loft, Way Cheaper Than ’07

Are you a fan of 19th Ave lofts further east on Capitol Hill? If so, Unit #209 at 19th Ave Lofts is up for sale for $299k. It last sold in ’07 for $370k. This owner has replaced the ladder with a custom staircase.

Fifth and Madison Penthouse For Sale (or Trade?)

The penthouse on the 24th floor of Fifth and Madison was listed on the MLS yesterday for an asking price of $1.674M. The 3-bedroom, 2.25 bath condo has the great views and quality finishes that you would expect from a downtown penthouse, with the added bonus of residing in one of the first notable examples… Read More

Rental Projects On The Horizon

Recently, the Seattle Times has had good news for renters who want to live in new spaces, and disappointing news for those who want to buy new construction in Belltown (unless you’re interested in the new construction currently on the market, that is). Lofts and Apartments planned by Schuster Group Schuster Group (of Mosler Lofts… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

A total of 42 condos and townhouses had SOLD placards slapped on their For Sale signs last week, including: Queen’s Court (124 Warren Ave N) Two 1-bedroom units sold at the converted Queen Anne condos of Queen’s Court: #202 – 1bd/1b, 546 sf for $169,950 ($30K below last reduced price) #305 – 1bd/1b, 546 sf… Read More

Reader Question: Management Companies and Financial Reporting

Question from a reader about management companies and financial reports: Since you seem to be fairly in the loop with regards to condos & management, I thought I’d ask you for advice. As the treasurer of our HOA, I get to audit their monthly financial reports on the building. Asking for any changes to our… Read More

Urbnlivn Needs Some Design Love

Time for a spring makeover for Urbnlivn! We’re looking for a designer to design us a logo and new page design. Know anyone good? Are you good? Email us at

Lakeview Townhomes Back on the Market

Two Lakeview Townhomes are back on the market. They first hit the market after they were built in 2009 but were then rented after presumably not selling. Unit A is $639,000 for 2 beds, 2.25 baths, 1,655 square feet. Back in 2009 it was listed at $765,000. Unit B is $549,000 for 2 beds, 2… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Will you find your new home in one of 113 open houses in Seattle this weekend? Possibly a visit to one of the following condos or townhouses will reveal it to be the one for you. 76 Cedar St #1208 Sunday, 1-4PM A 12th floor, 2-bedroom at the Parc for $475K? Yes, please. The views… Read More

Memorize This Garbage

Okay, it’s not actually garbage – it’s your compost and yard waste chart. And those of you who live in apartments and condos have until September to memorize it. In September 2011, all Seattle apartment and condo buildings will be required by city ordinance to compost food waste by adding it to the yard waste… Read More

Almost Brand New Modern Capitol Hill Home

There’s a new modern home at 1929 11th Ave E with a dramatic before and after. Before Here’s 1929 11th Ave when it was bought in May of 2010 for $475k: After And here it is today: Now it is 3,250 square foot home with 4 beds, 2.5 baths and is double in price at… Read More