Magnificent Magnolia Mid-Century

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On the market for the first time in twenty years!  This 3,120 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath mid-century at 2522 W Fulton St has so many unique details I can see why you’d want to stay.  Listed for $865,000, the house sits on a large lot on the eastern side of Magnolia overlooking downtown… Read More

Eastlake Ave Live/Work Building

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Readers have expressed interest in live/work space and this building at 2222 Eastlake Ave E is an option.  A 3 story building with 2,184 square feet on a 2,050 square foot lot, it lists for $599,900.  Extra features are the location, front patio and the 2 tandem (4 car) parking spaces off the alley.  The… Read More

Tiny House Trend: Ballard, Central District, Greenlake

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There are quite a few small houses on the market right now, but I’ve whittled them down to three top picks.  No mega-mansions here.  All are Craftsmans under 1,000 square feet built between 1900 and 1914, the last time small was chic. Pick #1:  7357 14th Ave. NW Listed for $399,950, this 910 sq ft,… Read More

Don’t Like A Rectangular-Shaped Space? Try This Triangle…

Unit 519 at VIVA on Capitol Hill at 12th and Union and Madison

Tour enough of the new residential properties coming online around the city and you realize that there are only so many ways to divide up a rectangular space. After a while, the units, especially studios and open one-bedrooms, start looking the same. If you’re looking for some variety, try this V-shaped unit at the new… Read More

More Isola Townhomes – Different Layout

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UPDATE:  this is another project that was designed by Caron Architecture.  Good job folks! Last week I wrote about rowhouse and duplex townhomes at The Nines from Isola Homes.  This week it will be their new corner style townhomes in Leschi/Judkins Park.  These 4 units at 3003 S Judkins Street are each 1,611 square feet,… Read More

Modern Mastery in Denny Blaine

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This new contemporary at 541 Lake Washington Blvd E could hardly be more “at one” with the land.  A combination of 54 Pin piles, 5 helical anchors, and 110 yards of concrete not only support the structure but also retain the hillside, which was formerly considered too unstable for construction.  Designer/builder First Lamp worked with… Read More

#CHBP: Capitol Hill Block Progress


Standing among the thousands of people who flooded the Pike/Pine corridor yesterday for the rocking Capitol Hill Block Party, I was struck by some many of the colorful characters and the  continuing construction progress in the neighborhood. The blocks surrounding the block party look very different than even just a year ago. Earlier this month,… Read More

E. Cobb Designed Modern In Madrona

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Officially, this 1951 Madrona home was renovated in 2005, and what a renovation it was!  Designing modern homes that are able to balance form and function is not easy (successes are few).  Either implementation fails to reflect a great design, or it wasn’t a good design in the beginning.   This house at 915 38th Ave… Read More

Must See Open Houses: July 26 and July 27

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Looks like the weather’s clearing up just in time to check out some of the 308 Open Houses (!) in Seattle this weekend.  I’ve pulled a few to get you started: two new constructions, one remodeled mid-century, and a complete wild card.  Leave a comment if you see any of these, or any others that… Read More

Don’t Judge Capitol Hill’s VIVA By Its Facade…

VIVA, 1111 East Union St. (intersection of 12th, Madison and Union)

I had walked by VIVA – a new apartment complex on the edge of the Pike/Pine corridor – a few times and didn’t think much of it. Afterall, the gray corrugated metal facade didn’t exactly inspire much excitement. But a tour of the 105-unit complex this week taught me the old adage of not judging… Read More

New Isola Townhomes on West Slope QA

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It’s Isola, so they are modern townhomes.  Their latest community is called The Nines and is just up the hill from the Interbay Golf Center, which has a heated two story driving range and a 9 hole course.  Oh, you wanted to read about the townhomes? There are two styles available at 2556 14th Ave… Read More

Before and After: Winning Remodel in Victory Heights

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It can be pretty hard to see the potential in certain houses.  The folks at 360Modern offered to give us a peek into the before and after of this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath mid-century at 2129 NE 100th St.  Thankfully, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape was capable of looking past the peeling paint, broken windows,… Read More

Heart of Uptown Condo – Walkable + Transit

17 W Mercer Tribeca

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


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


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!