Archives for October 2011

Win a Free Month’s Rent

While I’m trying to decide whether to send in a story about the roommate who stole my clothes or the one that set the house on fire while I was out of town, I should probably tell you about Curbed Seattle’s contest. Tell a tale of renter horror and you may just win a free… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Seattle saw 33 sale transactions close in condos and townhouses last week. It was the last week of the month, so the usual run of new construction closings cropped up including one condo at Marselle and at Danielle, two condos at Enso (including that double-height penthouse), and three condos at Escala. Notable in resales was… Read More

Portland Has Kick-Ass Lofts Too

A couple of months ago, Urbnlivn started digging into and blogging about the real estate scene down in Portland. It’s a different beast for sure — the craftsman and bungalow houses seem to be all the rage — but we’re not lacking for condos or lofts to drool over either. If you want to drool… Read More

Reader Asks: Any New Capitol Hill Townhouses?

A reader asks: I’m looking to move to Capitol Hill and was wondering if you have any information on new construction townhomes. I see you’ve posted about condos – are townhomes not really being built anymore? I know of the Malden 8 and Highbury, but other that I’m having a hard time finding out what… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Seattle has 64 condos and townhouses with open houses this weekend. There’s the newly listed 5th floor unit at the Meritage opening its doors (Sat & Sun, 1-4PM), as is Trace Loft #301 that recently adjusted its price (Sun, 1-4PM). And then there are these three that have adjusted their prices in past weeks —… Read More

Urbnlivn Meetup Wrap “We Want More…”

Well, largest of the Monique Lofts, we came, we saw, and we were impressed. And you know what? We failed to memorialize the night with pictures (what kind of bloggers do we think we are?!). So if anyone in attendance was sharper than Matt and I, feel free to send photos to me ( and… Read More

Judkins Six Pack Sold, Completed, & Now Listed

Looks like the first townhouse of the incomplete 6-pack we noticed for sale on MLK Jr Way S back in June is now finished and listed for $419K. That’s 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 1,688 square feet with notable features such as a rooftop deck, radiant heat floors, and gourmet kitchen with Bosch appliances. The… Read More

Modern, Built Green, and Already Pending

How fast do you have to be to get a 5-star Built Green house by Dwell Development? This one in the Central District went pending the day it was listed for $649K. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home contains 2,400 square feet and is targeting LEED Platinum. Judging by Jetson Green’s write-up of another 5-star Built Green… Read More

Reminder: Urbnlivn Meetup is Tomorrow

A nicely-sized group is shaping up for Wednesday night’s Urbnlivn Meetup but we almost assuredly have room for a few more. Don’t miss this chance to see Monique Lofts largest unit and to chat with real estate-minded folks in Seattle. Get more details and RSVP here.

And The Honor Awards Went To…

Last night AIA Seattle announced the winners for the Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. According to the release, 17 out of 140 projects were recognized with the following four receiving Honor Awards: Art Stable by Olson Kundig Architects, which was unanimously well-received by the jurors, one of whom felt the project “improved the standing of… Read More

Two Cheap Lofts

If you are looking to live in Pioneer Square or South Lake Union, a couple of lofts priced at around $200K came on the market recently. Post Mews — 611 Post Ave #8 Fannie Mae-owned 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath loft with 938 square feet in Pioneer Square, $215K. No parking and the layout isn’t as open as… Read More

Smith Tower Condos Delayed Indefinitely?

From the Seattle Times comes word that the Smith Tower owner in default on big loan. The owner of downtown Seattle’s well-known and well-loved — but mostly empty — Smith Tower has defaulted on the loan it took out when it bought the landmark in 2006. The default was revealed in a press release Monday… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Looks like the final developer-owned unit at Enso went pending late last week and the project is basically sold out (after the 5 or so pending sales close in the coming weeks, that is). In closed sales news, 19 condos and townhouses closed last week including a former foreclosure at Mosler Lofts in Belltown, a… Read More

News on Apartment Developments

Since my last roundup about a month ago, there have been a couple more groundbreakings, a downtown apartment put up for sale, and other apartment projects continue to move forward. CHS Blog has a rundown on 3 apartment developments that are moving forward on E Pine. In the Downtown area, Seattle Times reports that Aspira… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

There are 86 open houses on tap this weekend in Seattle’s condos and townhouse market. Best bets for the weekend include new construction townhouses on Beacon Hill or in Fremont, and a townhouse-style condo at award-winning Bagley Lofts in Wallingford. S State St Townhouses Sunday, 1-5PM Turns out the multi-property sale we spotted a few… Read More

Madrona Studs Out Remodel for $845K

Everything is looking shiny, new, and modern in this remodeled Madrona home that was originally built in 1982. Located at 121 32nd Ave E, the home has squeezed 4 bedrooms and 3.25 baths into its 2,400 square feet and yet the listing describes it as living larger than you’d expect. The open layout in the… Read More

Update: New Construction Condo Inventory

The last time we checked in on new construction condo inventory was back in July, and before that in May. In May inventory looked to be 75% sold, then the needle shifted to 77% in July, and now the properties tracked in this list are 81% sold in all. As for what’s gone down the… Read More

AIA Seattle Honor Awards | Oct 24

Next Monday evening AIA Seattle hosts the Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. This year’s 140 project entries includes some works you might recognize such as the new Gates Foundation Campus, Art Stable, Eleven Eleven East Pike, LINK Apartments, and even Pb Elemental’s Lid Park Prefab among many, many, many others. From the release: This October… Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright in Sammamish

Since Urbnlivn has posted about a home or two by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice, Milton Stricker, it only seems appropriate that we show you a house on the market by the big man himself. Listed over two months ago, this 1952-built home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sitting on 3.25 acres, the 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath… Read More

Help A Reader Find His Dream Live/Work Loft

An Urbnlivn reader got in touch with us to ask for our (and now your) help. He has an undeniable desire to find a live/work situation on Capitol Hill similar to that found at 1115 E Pike. And, rather than quote him low vacancy rate numbers and stomp on his dream, we figured we’d see… Read More