Archives for December 2011

Notes on the Seattle Waterfront Plan

Attendees to our latest Urbnlivn meetup in the Olive 8 penthouse were treated to a presentation from William Justen about the future of the Seattle Waterfront. Neither Matt nor I have paid much attention to this topic but we both agreed afterwards that we were kind of stunned by how huge of an undertaking it… Read More

Update on Post-Flood Mosler Lofts

Before the year is up, we should probably circle back on one of the bigger stories of the year: the flood at Mosler Lofts. To quickly recap, the flood happened in May, impacted as many as 30 units on the 7th floor and below, forced some residents to relocate while repairs were made, and generally… Read More

Most Popular Condos on Urbnlivn

Two days ago we took a look at the most popular posts. Here are the most popular condos on Urbnlivn as measured by the number of views to their category. 1. Escala 2. Mosler Lofts 3. The Marlborough 4. Monique Lofts 5. Lumen 6. Olive 8 7. Veer 8. Enso 9. 1310 E Union 10…. Read More

Most Popular Urbnlivn Posts of the Year

Thanks everyone who stopped by this year! Here are the posts that got the most attention. 1. Baseball Star Tim Lincecum & His Escala Condo: Everyone loves to see where celebs live. 2. Seattle Live/Work Lofts for Artists? Readers are hungry for anything and everything live/work. Developers, build more! 3. Million Dollar Monique Loft GUTTED…. Read More

November Condo Market Report: Prices Down, Sales Up

We’re a little late on our November report, but let’s just be glad we did one :). Let’s dive into the condo numbers for the city of Seattle: the median condo price decreased 6.9% erasing last months gain of 6.0% to $235,000, sales were up 10.7% to 166 sales and inventory decreased 11.4% to 764… Read More

10 Priciest Seattle Condo Sales of 2011

Looks like 1521 was hot with high end buyers this year. Five of the ten most expensive sales were at 1521. Next up was Millennium Tower with two very nicely remodeled resales. Overall there was 84 sales over a million dollars in Seattle. 1. $3,167,440: 1521 2nd Ave #3103. “Gorgeous, gracious and elegant!” At 2,658… Read More

Finding “Your” Neighborhood is Hard…

Those of you who are regular readers may remember a short series I started this summer to help people with their apartment hunt. I had high hopes for that series (there’s still like 6 story ideas in my hopper that will come to life someday) but what stopped me short was a post about how… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

Let’s unwrap this big box of 32 condos and townhouses that sold last week to see who’s purchased a home just in time for Christmas! In new construction condos, Escala sold two condos (#1011 for $659K; #1410 for $419K) and Olive 8 one (#2807 for $450K) and then there are a few other notable resales…. Read More

Video Tour of the Smith Tower’s Penthouse

Take a peak inside the penthouse atop the Smith Tower! Marni Hughes at Q13 recently got a tour, On top of Seattle’s Smith Tower is a beautiful penthouse — and Petra Franklin’s home.

New Furniture Line @ Cafe Vita Pop Up

I know, I said I had only one shopping tip this year. I lied. Mostly that’s because I just stumbled across Brackish, a brand new furniture line that is launching its freshly welded and sanded wares at Cafe Vita’s Pop Up on Capitol Hill this weekend. If you are in the neighborhood on Sunday between… Read More

Open Houses This Weekend

Are the holidays over yet? Oh, guess not because there’s only 36 condos and townhouses offering open houses this week. Pickings are slim, folks, but here’s a few for you + my one Christmas shopping tip for the year — an exclusive if you will. That super green (aka 5-star Built Green) townhouse that was… Read More

Madison Park NW Contemporary

Earlier this year we saw a new construction, NW contemporary by M2K listed. About a week ago, a second new construction, NW contemporary by M2K popped up on the listings. Actually the home has been out there for a while but the listing was recently updated with photos as it nears completion (Winter 2012). Located… Read More

AVA Queen Anne Tour and Photos

If you follow us on Facebook then you may have seen the share a couple of weeks ago about AVA Queen Anne‘s grand opening party that is happening tonight. The apartment building is teaming up with Seattle Weekly to throw a big holiday bash complete with drinks, appetizers, and live music (The Foghorns & Red… Read More

Urban Canyon 3-Bedroom Just Listed

A 3-bedroom, 3.25 bath townhouse in the Urban Canyon community was just listed for $737,500 — slightly under what it was purchased for in 2009. It offers 2,650 square feet and modern interiors, plus a community garden. Notably, this townhouse features reclaimed materials, radiant heat, hardwoods, polished concrete, and even some steel beam-ery! Urban Canyon… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

20 condos and townhouses sold last week in Seattle. In new construction condos, one unit sold at Decatur (#912 for just under $223K) and then there’s a few others of note. 3056 24th Ave W Someone must have walked in with a suitcase of cash because this Magnolia townhouse was listed on Dec 7 for… Read More

Urbnlivn Meetup Wrap “That’s An Awesome Plan…”

Last Wednesday night, Matt and I squeezed into the Olive 8 penthouse with 40 others to talk real estate at our Urbnlivn Meetup. (Just kidding, there was nothing cramped about that place with its 3-bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 4,315 square feet.) So to start things off — a big thank you to everyone who attended!… Read More

Rent My Furnished 1-Bedroom On Capitol Hill (Please!)

I was reading the WSJ’s recent article on, Accidental Landlords, and it reminded me that my tenants were moving out today and I haven’t found a replacement. How depressing. Then I remembered that I’ve been too lazy to post it to my blog. Maybe I’ll get lucky and one of you will know of someone… Read More

Brand New Modern Home in Magnolia

A brand spanking new modern home in Magnolia by Steele Homes just hit the market for $824,950. You can find it at 2150 32nd Ave in South Magnolia. It is 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,750 square feet.

Lake Union Float Home by Design Northwest

Design Northwest sent over photos of a project they recently completed, a brand spanking new float home on Lake Union. Looks pretty sweet. We’ve got more photos, and the full details here, or here’s the quick overview: The float was constructed in Vancouver, BC, and all structural connections had to be located beforehand. The float… Read More

Portage Bay Mid-Century w/Carriage House

Big thanks to our friend Chad for taking us to go see 2930/2914 Harvard Ave E today. It caught our eye earlier in the week. Which is funny since it has been on the market for two months! But the front photo just isn’t that impressive. But once you dive in it is a mid-century… Read More