Archives for September 2011

Open Houses This Weekend

Seattle has 67 condos and townhouses offering open houses this weekend. Urbnlivn’s picks include fairly new-to-the-MLS at the Press and Cosmo, plus a recently price-reduced unit in Belltown’s Austin Bell building. 1610 Belmont Ave #311 Sunday, 1-4PM This 2-bedroom, 2-bath and 910 square foot unit at the Press was listed this week for $330K –… Read More

Exposed Concrete in Eastlake Lofts #205

Eastlake basically became dead to me when the restaurant Nettletown closed its doors. Maybe its replacement will be just as good (what is the news on Blind Pig Bistro these days?) which would be a definite plus if you were to buy this sweet Eastlake Loft that was listed late last week for $330K. That’s… Read More

AVA Queen Anne Makes a Play for Partiers

I can’t say this enough, we are excited for the wave of Seattle apartments that will be coming online in the next year or two. I’m even looking forward to the new buildings that will add to Seattle’s architectural landscape, the marketing campaigns as each new community differentiates itself, and especially the incentives inspired by… Read More

Site 17’s Special Assessment for $2.2M

Occasionally, we’ve taken note of units listed or sold at Site 17 in Belltown. Site 17 is a 129-unit building that was converted to condos back in 2005. Most recently, I noted two former foreclosures closing for $130K and $106K on Aug 1. That did seem low for a Belltown condo building but I just… Read More

Splitsville: Double Unit at the Gainsborough

After a month’s hiatus from the MLS, it looks like the double unit on the 8th floor of the Gainsborough has split into two listings. Originally listed in May as one condo with an asking price of $839K, the 5bd/3b and nearly 2,600 square foot condo has been divided. 1017 Minor Ave #803 – 2bd/1b,… Read More

Central District Modern New Construction

The Central District may have inexplicably dropped off the 2011 Seattle Bicycling Guide Map but it is modern builds like this new construction home on 27th Ave that keeps the area on our radar here at Urbnlivn. The modern interiors contrast concrete floors and dark oak hardwoods with white walls and white counters, and then… Read More

One Left at…

Over the weekend, the Seattle Times had a write-up on Chris Rogers of Point 32. It describes Chris Roger’s past and current projects, but it also reminded me that there’s only one left at Point 32’s completed South Lake Union development, Art Stable. You know where else there is only one unit left for sale?… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Last week 22 condos and townhouses sold in Seattle. For new construction condos, that means Escala racked up another (#1111 for $694K) as did Marselle (#612 for $291K). In resales, these sold units stood out: 1231 5th Ave N #402 It only took a month for this penthouse at Le Parc to go pending and… Read More

Blue Ridge Mid-Century Modern

Not too far distant from a mid-century modern that we saw go pending quickly in August is this new listing at 2040 NW Blue Ridge Dr. At 3,320 square feet, it is nearly 700 square feet larger and has more of a front row view of the Sound. The new listing is also asking twice… Read More

Queen Anne Townhouse for $600K

Townhouses are getting a bit of a bum rap this week so it is nice that we can end on a higher note with this newly-listed Queen Anne unit. And although we wish the listing images were a little sharper (yeah, it’s always something over here), style points go to the standout brick frames on… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Well Seattle, we can do this the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is when there is an abundance of modern lofts and contemporary condos with open houses; however, looks like you’ve chosen the hard way. I’m going all thematic this weekend and offering a look a some of the more unique… Read More

Milton Stricker-Designed Home Listed for $1.2M

Last week I attended a preview event for the 2,800 square foot Morris residence that was designed by Milton Stricker, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. I arrived at the preview with the expectation that I would learn more about the architectural style of the home: northwest contemporary with mid-century flare. What I left with… Read More

Trace Lofts Corner Unit For Sale

Want to live upstairs from me? The unit directly above ours just hit the market, 1408 12th Ave #301. It’s a south-west corner unit, views of the Olympics, Space Needle and Mount Rainier. 879 square feet, 1 bed, 1 bath. Priced at $449k it was sold brand new for $485k in September 2007. Back in… Read More

Contemporary Loft Townhome in Eastlake

Yesterday, The Tim at Seattle Bubble examined the curb appeal for Seattle’s townhomes and he was able to come across only a few bright moments in a sea of yuck. I have to wonder what he would say about today’s new listing in Eastlake with its self-proclaimed “MTV Cribs” appeal? My reaction is mixed. Thumbs… Read More

News for Renters and Building Admirers

You know you want to know. Yes, you definitely want a quick rundown on what has been circulating on the blogs and in the news these past few weeks. First off, Queen Anne View really wants your vote on the most beautiful building in Seattle. Results will be published Sept 23 so don’t think too… Read More

New(ish) Northwest Contemporary in Madison Park

Remember that new construction Northwest Contemporary that we profiled last May that had 5 bedrooms and was asking $2.8M? Yeah, the one I’m about to tell you about isn’t that one (THAT one looks to have been pulled from the MLS after a couple months of not selling). No, this latest Northwest Contemporary listing in… Read More

Anhalts For Rent or For Sale on Cap Hill

On Capitol Hill at the north end of Broadway, you’ll find two Anhalt buildings: Ten-o-Five Apartments and the condos across the street at 1014 E Roy St. I have occasionally noticed the vacancy sign at Ten-o-Five when walking by, each time curious about the building with its turrets and Tudor-styling. And this week a For… Read More

Our Picks for the Seattle Design Festival

The first ever Seattle Design Festival is already half way through its 10 days of design. For those that haven’t had a chance to even look at the many events scheduled, we thought we’d help you out by shortlisting a few of our favorites: Tonight: FutureShack The event is part public debate about how we… Read More

Educational Event for HOA’s | Sept 24

Only 5 days until Community Association Day 2011! Communi-what?! That’s right, if your homeowner’s association, your HOA, your condo board, or whatever you want to call it needs a little refresher in their actual power & duties, resolving disputes, regaining FHA approval for the building, collecting delinquent dues, or a whole lot of other topics… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Geez, for only 16 closed condo and townhouse sales last week, I’m not suffering for notables to talk about. New construction adds a few to the count and we see a couple of high-priced resales that close after a lengthy stay on the MLS. New construction condos are back on the scoreboards with one each… Read More