Archives for November 2012

Bubble Talk at the Bar: $40k in 3 Years

Overheard at the bar at Barrio tonight from a visitor to Seattle, “I’m in town because I just closed on a condo at the Braeburn. I’m going to make $40,000 in three years!” No joke. Our guess is that he bought Unit W201 for $164k. It closed yesterday and is a 438 square foot studio…. Read More

A Building Boom and The Boom to Come

Eric Pryne at the Seattle Times has two good pieces this week detailing the building boom that’s underway in Ballard and one that could be unleashed once the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. According to the first story, more than 1,200 apartments are under construction in Ballard… Developers from Chicago and Virginia are building big… Read More

Holiday Weekend Predictably Slowed Sales

Last week as expected, the holiday weekend took a tole on sales, with only 18 total sales around town. Two 1 bed 1 bath units sold at the Olive 8, and 1 unit at Escala. A top floor unit at the Trio in Belltown sold, as well as a few units in the Fremont and… Read More

Photos: New Union Apartments off of South Lake Union

The first of three new apartment buildings on the southwest corner of South Lake Union has started pre-leasing and more units are about to come onto the market. We toured “Union” recently and found it to be a cool, urban design, though a few things caught our eyes and ears. First, the basics: Union features… Read More

1310 E Union Double Height

Want, want, want! #402 at 1310 E Union, my favorite loft building in Seattle, is 1,702 square feet and only $862,800 (what a weird number.)

Seattle Open Houses – 11/24 – 11/25

Happy day after Black Friday! We’ve got 28 open houses in Seattle this weekend for you  to check out. Here are a few recommendations. 123 Queen Anne Ave North #209 Open House: Saturday, Nov 24, 1-4pm and Sunday, Nov 25, 1-4pm Gorgeous, immaculate Queen Anne studio condo currently listed at $165,000. This unit has bamboo… Read More

Last Ballard Park Modern Unit Available

924 NW 52nd St Unit B These new Ballard Park Modern stand alone homes by Noren Development are almost sold out, (3 out of 4) with Unit B as the last remaining on the market. These homes are built with an abundance of natural light, big open floor plans, and nice clean finishes and fixtures… Read More

Happy Turkey Week; 35 Sales Last Week

Last week we saw an upward climb with sales in West Seattle and the Central Area, and a steady number of homes sold in Capitol Hill and Downtown neighborhoods, just in time to give buyers something to celebrate around the Thanksgiving table with  family and friends. Two units sold at 910 Lenora, a two bedroom… Read More

Video and Photos: The Post in Pioneer Square

If you prefer urban living with modern amenities but in a historic setting, the new Post Apartments in Pioneer Square may be the right address for you. Built at about the location of Seattle’s first post office, the 16-story contemporary structure rises above the brick buildings around Western Ave and Marion St, offering units in… Read More

Price Drop Shows Developer is Not Monkeying Around

A $30k price cut seems to have done the trick for three new townhouses near 23rd Ave and Madison St. The “3 Monkeys”, designed by the Playhouse Design Group, came onto the market around Nov. 1st priced between $620k and $630k. Earlier this week, the developer dropped the price on all three homes by the… Read More

How Much Will This Capitol Hill Condo Flip For?

I find flippers fascinating for their tastes and business sense, at least the successful ones anyway. There’s a professional flipper trying to pull off a good one on Capitol Hill. This top-floor unit in the Gayle Condo on E. Thomas St. sold for $174,000 in a foreclosure auction back in mid-July. After a thorough remodel, Mead… Read More

A Notable Sale at Capitol Hill’s 25 on the Park

A 25 on the Park townhouse just closed for $439,000. That means the 880-sq ft home facing Cal Anderson Park fetched $500/sq ft. It’s interesting to see that kind of valuation…again.  While the 500-mark is still below some of the eye-popping numbers we saw at the height of the Seattle housing boom in 2007, it… Read More

Northlake Loft at Regata

Looking for an affordable in-city loft without the craziness of living at the center of it all? Check out this loft at Regatta on Northlake. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 992 square feet, 21 feet ceilings, heated floors, exposed wood. Bought in 2002 for $362k it is now a short sale at $419k. Looks like someone… Read More

Seattle Open Houses: November 17 – 18

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we’ve got 41 open houses in Seattle for you to check out while you’re not doing your turkey day shopping OR going on this awesome Treasure Hunt of Architecturally Significant Homes.  From a 3 bedroom condo in the heart of Capitol Hill, to a gorgeous Queen Anne townhome, scroll… Read More

“Treasure Hunt” of Architecturally Significant Homes this Sunday

Realogics Sothebys has put together a Treasure Hunt of Architecturally Significant Homes this Sunday November 18 from noon to 4pm: Company listings include works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Milton Stricker, Tom Kundig, Jim Olson, Elizabeth Ayer, Don Winkelmann, Geoffrey Prentiss, Greg Bader, Gretchen Andrews Harriott, Blaine Weber, Graham Baba, Richard Gluckman, Rick Mohler, Mark Nelson,… Read More

Tom Kundig North Capitol Hill Home

Wow, this Tom Kundig home in North Capitol Hill at 1067 Blaine St is AMAZING. I love the contrast of the steel, white walls, wood floors and greenery outside. Even has a pool for those two months of the year when it is nice out :). Not cheap at $2.175m and not family friendly at… Read More

Escala Condo Billboard Fiasco

Have you ever wondered about that obnoxious billboard right beside Escala blocking the view of some south facing condos? Turns out it is skirting the laws and Komo recently dug in, Giant billboards skirting city law, sprouting up around Seattle. Fast forward to 4:16:

Photos: Preview of Isola Homes’ Eastlake6 Townhomes

Sustainable and modern home builders Isola Homes are hard at work on their newest townhomes at Eastlake6. This six-unit cluster of homes is located at 2215 Boylston Ave East, in the heart of the Eastlake neighborhood. The homes are still being constructed, with completion expected in mid-January 2013 and move-ins to begin as early as… Read More

What Does It Mean?? Double Rainbow at Trace Lofts

Buy #308 at Trace Lofts and enjoy a lifetime of double rainbows! Internet meme’s aside. #308 is nice 615 square foot crash pad in the center of it all. Plus we’ll be neighbors! It is priced to sell at $259k. When first built in 2007 this unit was listed at $320k. Ended up selling for… Read More

Update: South Seattle Newly Built Tri-Level Unit: $375,000

1537 18th Ave S   South Seattle has really made a comeback as neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Columbia City have been growing with popular green-built homes and newly built complexes over the last 5+ years. This 2 bed 2.5 bath unit freshly built South of Judkins Park is a good example of a mid-range… Read More