Archives for August 2011

Apartment Hunt: Online Search Tools and Sites

I have a couple of go-to search tools for finding apartments but I’m always looking for better, easier, and more helpful search tools — especially if it gives me a direct path to an excellent find. This week I took a look at apartment search tools and local sites and started a list. My staples… Read More

Modern Prefab on Whidbey Island

Wow, we’re on a real prefab kick here on Urbnlivn and here’s a listing that we just can’t help pointing out: A Rocio Romero LV Series home on Whidbey Island. The modern prefab home with a notable list of upgrades is situated on 11 acres of land in the midst of old growth forest. An… Read More

Sweet Build-Out at One Pacific Tower

Sweet, modern build-out in Belltown? Check. Luxury pricing of $2.15M? Check. Eclectic glass feature? Check. Also, honey-toned wood paneling, maple floors, and gourmet kitchen in this nearly 2,000 square foot condo at One Pacific Tower. Located at 2000 1st Ave #1702, the 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath residence was last purchased in 2007 for $2.4M.  

10x10x10 Green Building Slam | Sept 10

Last year’s 10x10x10 saw trends in passive houses, building measurement methods for evaluating energy usage, and techniques for reducing construction waste. What will emerge as trendy this year is still uncertain but here’s what you can expect from the evening: Come watch your favorite architects and builders showcase their deep green construction projects as they… Read More

Modern, Modular Prefab Home in Madison Valley

Today Cascade Built announced their latest prefab home project, Alley House 2, will be constructed in Madison Valley with an estimated completion date of Oct 2011. The LEED Platinum-targeted project is designed by architect, David Foster, and will be located next to another Cascade Built project named Alley House. The Alley House 2 will be… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Seattle had 35 closed sales in condos and townhouses last week. In new construction, Escala (#608 and #303) and Gallery (#608) once again tally up closed sales, and this time Hjarta (#509 and #309) and Olive 8 (#3209) join in. In resales, there’s one at 1521, plus two condos sell in Cristalla and a 2nd… Read More

Bank Owned 19th Ave Loft

Looking for a good deal on a Capitol Hill loft? 1802 19th Ave unit #106 just hit the market and its low price of $275k caught my eye. At 1,279 square feet this 19th Ave Loft works out to $215/square foot. Seems to me like a screaming deal! The catch is that it is bank-owned… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

There are 82 open houses this weekend in Seattle’s condo and townhouse market. I’ve got one pick per market for your consideration: a Capitol Hill townhouse with office loft and a top floor, Phinney Ridge condo with views of Greenlake. 1135 10th Ave E Unit A Sunday, 1-4PM The master suite with an upstairs loft… Read More

Laurelhurst Remodeled Mid-Century Modern

The kitchen in this fully remodeled 1950’s home in Laurelhurst is a stunner. Of course, the rest of the 3,890 square foot home is stunning as well — including the views of Lake Washington and the newly planted landscaping. Located at 5323 NE 42nd St, this home contains 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and was just… Read More

An Inside Look at Sustainable Living Innovations’ Prototype

It has been weeks since I was granted a tour of Sustainable Living Innovations’ prototype in SoDo. In my defense, I’ve drafted the post about the tour three times over and I’ve had every intention of posting well before today. What was the hold up you ask? Well, there were too many details to talk… Read More

Proposed Prefab Apartments in South Lake Union

This is one rumor that we’re excited to see – it appears that Collins Woerman is moving in the direction of building prefab apartments in South Lake Union. Well, I guess it is more than a rumor because the Seattle Times writes that preliminary paperwork has been filed for the following projects: The two sites… Read More

Whistler Lodge-Styled Townhouses in Fremont

Over the weekend Unit B in the new construction townhouse development, Fremont6, was listed for $560K. Isola Homes (of Capitol Hill’s Malden 8 fame) is also the developer for this site located at 4407 – 4411 Phinney Ave N. According to the floorplans on Isola Home’s website, the development contains two freestanding residences and two… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

33 condos and townhouses sold last week in Seattle. In new construction condos, Escala closed on a 1-bedroom (#1707) while Gallery closed two more (#708 and #308) in its countdown to sold out. And in resales, it seems the storied sales we have to examine are in Belltown: 81 Vine St #504 Most notable for… Read More

Magnolia Contemporary Home with Atrium

Now here’s a contemporary home with a central glass atrium that brings light to multiple levels, plus an impressive outdoor water feature. Built in 2007, the Magnolia home contains 3 bedrooms, 3.25 baths and nearly 4,200 square feet — including a guest suite with full kitchen and laundry. Located at 2900 25th Ave W, this… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Seattle is host to 74 open houses in condos and townhouses. Picks for the weekend include a cutie in classic brick on Capitol Hill, a remodeled townhouse in Eastlake, and a new construction townhouse in Maple Leaf. 214 13th Ave E #2 Sunday, 1-4PM Listed this week for $225K, this 1-bedroom on the first floor… Read More

$400K Loft Just Steps From Gas Works

If you’ve been waiting for the combination of a loft that is steps from Gas Works Park with polished concrete floors and has a wet bar in the loft area — this might be your chance. Listed for $400K, loft #126 at the Regata is made up of 2 bedrooms, 1.75 bath, and 988 square… Read More

What is the Deal with Art Stable’s View?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that when Urbnlivn blogs about Art Stable, the subject of impending loss of view surfaces. Each time, I’ve poked around the DPD site trying to locate the land use notice to learn more about what’s coming but have always come up empty — I blame the search… Read More

2-Bedroom Condos on the Shores of Greenlake

A 1990’s 2-bedroom condo came on the market this morning whose location inspired me take a closer look at what else is offered in the area. All three of the following units are on the north end of Greenlake within steps of the neighborhood shops and restaurants. And only the street, path, and park separate… Read More

News for Renters, Buyers, and Single Ladies

A quick recap on what is circulating in the news: PSBJ: Top US Cities where it is cheaper to rent than buy (Seattle ties with San Francisco on Trulia’s price-to-rent ratio?) Seattle PI: Home buyers finding competition on nice homes in Seattle (‘nice’ = desirable neighborhood, priced right, well-staged) PSBJ: Land prices rising for development… Read More

Lakeview Townhouse Pending in 5 Days

In another edition of “wow, that went pending quick” we have this modern, urban townhouse in North Capitol Hill. The 3-bedroom, 1,820 sq ft townhouse was first listed in 2009 for $935K but after spending a few months on the listings it was rented for $3150/mo. On Aug 5, the townhouse was back on the… Read More