Heart of Uptown Condo – Walkable + Transit

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This condo gives you the benefits of living in Uptown (Lower QA); walkable, transit, Seattle Center, restaurants, shopping, and the SIFF’s movie theater.  Tribeca is a building located just off the main streets going through Uptown, that was built in 2002.  At 1,116 square feet, this west facing 1 bedroom plus den is listed for… Read More

Customize Your Own Penthouse

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What would you do with a 1,908 square foot blank canvas?  What if that canvas grew to 9,876 square feet?  Gather your creative inspiration and take your pick!  Both are possible. Escala just listed Penthouse 202 for $2,299,000. There are two penthouse floors at Escala, the 30th and 31st floor, each with four units.  Two… Read More

Peter Bohlin Contemporary on Capitol Hill

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Did your home’s architect also design Seattle City Hall, Pixar Animation Studios, and many notable Apple stores around the world, including the 5th Ave glass cube?  This one’s did!  So, if you’re looking for some serious architectural bragging rights, this $1,390,000, 3 bedroom, 2.25 bath contemporary masterpiece at 2415 E. Highland Drive is perfect for… Read More

Must See Open Houses – July 19 and July 20

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It’s all about the ’40s on this week’s Open House update.  Perhaps not a typical decade for urbnlivn, but these three picks are unusual for the era. 7851 56th Place NE Neighborhood: View Ridge Open Houses: Saturday, July 19, 10 am – 4pm and Sunday, July 20, 12-4 pm First up, an architect’s home in… Read More

Beat the Heat – Apartments with A/C

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With the mercury hovering around 90, I know that many of you have been seeking refuge in lakes, malls, and movie theaters.  If you’d rather keep cool at home and didn’t make it to Home Depot before the window units sold out, maybe you should consider an apartment with central air.  Here’s our pick list,… Read More

Modular Two-Story Lofts in Belltown With Great Views

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We’ve featured the model unit and some of the lower floors at downtown Seattle’s first modular apartment complex. But the top floor units were just recently completed and I think they’re the best ones in the building. For example, check out this Puget Sound-facing apartment… ‘N’ Habit, located  at 2217 Third Avenue (between Bell and… Read More

Must See Open Houses – July 12 and July 13

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Get ready for a sweltering weekend, Seattle! When you’re not checking out the many festivities happening this weekend such as Bastille Day in Madison Valley or the Seafood Fest in Ballard, put some of these many Seattle open houses on your to-do list. Here are some of our picks. 2338 NW 95th Street Neighborhood: North… Read More

Vik Ballard: 12 Condos Sold In 1st Week

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Word from the folks at Vik Ballard is that in their first week of sales they’ve sold 12 condos. 105 to go!

Want a New Loft and Office at Prime Location?

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If you’re looking for a place to live and a prime location for your office, the “Mezzanine Loft” at the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may be just what you’re looking for. The development is marketing the space as a live/work loft on one of Seattle’s main  streets. This one-bedroom, two-bathroom loft is… Read More

“1321 Seneca” Condos Is Now “Luma”. Breaking Ground in Fall

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The First Hill condo project formally known as 1321 Seneca announced today [pdf] a new name, Luma, a breaking ground date, Augustfall, and a sales and marketing team, Julia McAvoy and Red Propeller. Lowe Enterprises Investors (“LEI”) today confirmed that they will break ground this August on a 24-story condominium tower at 1321 Seneca. Located… Read More

Lionel Pries on Webster Point

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If you’re not familiar with architect Lionel Pries, I encourage you to read up.  He was an artistic Renaissance man whose life was marked by adventure and intrigue, much of which was shaded in secrecy at the time.  After his partnership with Penn classmate William J. Bain failed to survive the Great Depression, Pries turned… Read More

“Hot” Townhouse in the Central District

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Redfin has a new feature called “Hot Homes”, where they analyze hundreds of attributes to calculate the chances a property will sell within two weeks. The website labeled a two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhome in the Central District as a Hot Home, with an 81% chance of going pending in 11 days. A friend of mine lives… Read More

The Dowell Residence – A Seward Park Mid-Century Modern

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The Dowell Residence, designed by noted architect Paul Hayden Kirk in 1953, at 5756 Wilson Ave S, just hit the market for $1.5m. Down in Seward Park, it is quite the example of mid-century modern architecture. The residence is a good size at 4,320 square feet, boasting two suites on a 0.38 acre lot. Featured… Read More

Tiny House Trend: 2 Hot Picks

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The small house movement continues to gain momentum, so I thought I would check out what Seattle has to offer in the compact category.  These days, tiny houses are cropping up as small as 150 sq ft.  While there are certainly plenty of ADU’s in Seattle that fall within that range, few stand-alone homes are… Read More

Sunset Electric Taps Into Capitol Hill’s Energy

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The most appealing aspect of the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may well be what’s in the surrounding blocks. You can start your Saturday with brunch at Oddfellows Cafe, unwind at Cal Anderson Park, indulge in salted caramel ice cream at Molly Moons, party at Purr, and round out the evening (or morning)… Read More

60s Chinoiserie on Lake Washington

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If you’re a fan of themed mid-century, this 1960′s contemporary with Chinoiserie detailing is for you.  I think it’s incredible.  Situated on 107 feet of lakefront at 6669 NE Windermere, the dramatic circular Moon Gate entry leads to a welcoming brick courtyard, all hinting at the many unique details inside.  Mosaic detailing on the floating… Read More

New Isola Modern in Madison Park

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One of two new Isola Homes at 4121 and 4119 E Newton Street in Madison Park just hit the market for $799,950.  Known for their innovative sustainable designs, this Built Green home reflects Isola’s environmental stewardship standards. There are a lot of cool things about this house, but let’s talk about the kitchen…because you’ll be… Read More

Mid-Century on Minor

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Built in 1960, the Sutton Place building at 1221 Minor has a cool mid-century vibe.  I wish I could say the same for Unit #708.  Though this 675 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath has been upgraded, it’s more 2000s traditional on the inside.  Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of nice features –… Read More

See the Space Needle from Your Shower

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Google Street View gives away a total overhaul at 2640 W Boston Street.  From aging colonial to cool contemporary, what a difference a year makes with MK2 Properties at the helm! Walls of windows, south-facing views, and one really cool fireplace have me thinking about moving to Magnolia.  Listed at $1,495,500, this 4 bedroom, 3.24… Read More

Awesome Penthouse in the Heart of South Lake Union

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Of the dozens of new Seattle residential buildings that I’ve toured in the last year and a half, the penthouse at 325 Westlake is easily one of my favorites in terms of design, style and quality. The folks at Graham Baba Architects did a superb job divvying up 1,758 square feet among two bedrooms, two… Read More