Must See Open Houses: August 30 and August 31

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I should call this Open House Sunday, few are showing and fewer are showing on Saturday.  There are only 223 Open Houses this weekend.  I’ve found four to highlight because of their views, one contemporary house and three different styles of condominiums. 4540 8th Ave NE #2205 Neighborhood: University District Open House: Sunday, August 31,… Read More

New Madrona Modern

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This brand new 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, Madrona house has only been on the market for 6 days.  Listing for $799,000, this 2,220 square foot, 2 story at 2803 E Pike St takes full advantage of the narrow corner lot without overwhelming the neighborhood.  The windows are situated to give you privacy while maximizing light… Read More

Waterfront Mid-Century Modern

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It’s that time of the year.  Summer has been great and you want to hold onto that sand underfoot, water lapping at your toes feeling.  Time to buy a mid-century modern on the beach (sorry Matt, this one’s in Burien too) and I’ve got the perfect one for you.  This amazing design by architects Tucker… Read More

A New Dimension to Living in Belltown

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A 26-story residential building is wrapping up construction at 3rd and Cedar and the developer promises to deliver several new features to apartment living in downtown Seattle. I went for a hard hat tour of Dimension by Alta and liked what I saw. The European-style interiors are sleek and clean, and many units offer wonderful… Read More

Must See Open Houses: August 23 and August 24

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Everybody else seems to be on vacation, so here goes… there are 402 Open Houses in Seattle this weekend, so there is plenty to see.  Let’s get started with these three who are all open Sunday. 4508 NE 70th St Neighborhood: View Ridge Open Houses: Sunday, August 24, 1-4 PM Surprise, I’m starting with a… Read More

Views Are Not Always Forever In Seattle

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Just listed – a west facing top floor condo at Veer Lofts.  Great location, layout, and nice territorial views across the surrounding rooftops.  We’ll get back to that.  Unit 615 at 401 9th Ave N is a 1,006 square foot loft that has 1 bedroom, 1 den, and 1.5 bathrooms.  With 18 foot ceilings, concrete… Read More

Live/Work To Start The Work Week

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I’ve managed to come up with two live/work condos: a dramatic, affordable loft in Lake City (NE Seattle); and this roomy two story at the Bellora in Belltown with “Noticeably high ceilings” (Redfin tour notes). Unit 201/101 at 2716 Elliott Ave has 1 bedroom, 2.25 bathrooms and is 1,540 square feet.   Last time we blogged… Read More

Pioneer Square – Brick and Timber at Merrill Place Condos

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I saw the wood beams and immediately fell in love.   Listed at $650,000, corner unit 402 at 97 S Jackson St has 1,354 square feet, 2 bedrooms (no windows in 1) and 1.5 bathrooms.  After drooling over the pictures for awhile, I felt something was missing.  I just wanted more; more wood, more bricks,… Read More

Must See Open Houses: August 16 and August 17

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With a total of 332 Open Houses in Seattle this weekend, there really is something for everyone.  I noticed a wide range of mid-century homes, including this updated option in Haller Lake.  The tiny house selection is limited, but this cute cape cod in Highland Park might fit the bill.  And, more than one house… Read More

Pricing Info and A Peek Into New 40-Story Skyscraper on Pine

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Premiere on Pine, the new 40-story building next to the Paramount Theater, opened its leasing office this week and began pre-leasing its 386 residential units. Already, four apartments have been rented, sight unseen. We stopped by the leasing office – located on 9th Ave between Pine and Pike Streets – to check things out. Since… Read More

Baby Live/Work Lofts on Capitol Hill

"Live/work" loft at 1321 E. John St.

“Live/work” spaces continue to be the marketing rage these days and it’s all the better if you can tag on “loft” at the end. Most of these units are in the 1,500 to 2,500 square foot range. If that’s too much room for your needs, check out these “baby live/work” lofts at the new Weatherford… Read More

New Eastlake Townhouse With Location Upside/Downside

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If you’ve taken the road that snakes underneath Interstate 5 and connects Capitol Hill and Eastlake, you’ve passed the lot where a recently-completed townhouse is now up for sale. The location, 2015 Boylston Ave E., puts you in the middle of two great neighborhoods, offers great views* of Lake Union and gives you tremendous access… Read More

Loft With Potential At 19 Ave Lofts

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The word loft is used in real estate to describe a myriad of floor layouts, but only one meets my expectations.  This week  I’m going to continue the theme of Capitol Hill area condos, that really have a loft above.  Last week was unit 201 at The Opal, which is nice but very pricey.   Next… Read More

Capitol Hill Contemporary Townhouse In A Sea Of Cookie Cutters

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It’s sad to find the southeast corner of Capitol Hill is home to so may bland townhouses. Thankfully there is 126 21st Ave E to show the way forward.  Built in 2009, the low point of the housing bust, the builder definitely took a risk in offering something different.  At 1,230 square foot, it’s smaller… Read More

A Taste of The New Pioneer Square Leaves Me Wanting More…

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“The Pigfall” was so good I could have eaten two. Slow roasted pork belly with sauteed mushrooms, a subtle carrot spread and leaves of arugula blanketed by perfectly-toasted sourdough bread. Full of flavor, moist and toasty, the sandwich by the folks at Rain Shadow Meats sent me to porcine heaven… Before you check the URL,… Read More

The Weatherford: What Was Old Is New Again…Times 42

The Weatherford at 13th and E. John St.

In the midst of all the construction that’s changing the landscape of downtown Seattle, we have the story of The Weatherford, a new apartment building on Capitol Hill. The 42-unit building takes the place of a house that had sat at the corner of 13th and E. John St. for more than a century. Most… Read More

Quick Sales For New Eastlake Townhomes

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The 6 townhomes at 92 E Newton St have been only open for about month and 4 units have been sold.  2600 Franklin Ave E (254 E Roanoke St on listing), which is now pre-selling, has been able to sell 1 of the 5 units already.  Both developments face south, have views from roof top… Read More

The Wave, An Amenity-Filled Residential Tower with CenturyLink Field in Backyard

The Wave in Pioneer Square reflects CenturyLink Field to the south

Before we toured The Wave, a new 27-story apartment building in Pioneer Square, we knew there were many things we would like. The glass and steel structure features a sea of windows. The building is steps from the new restaurants and shops that are revitalizing the historic Seattle neighborhood. And sitting in what used to… Read More

Twenty Foot Ceilings In This Gem Of A Condo

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The boutique building, The Opal, is home to this dramatic 2 story condo.  With 20 foot ceilings, this 874 square foot, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom condo lists for $585,000.  It’s at 1605 E Pike St, [Update: Unit 201] which is really Cherry Hill (according to Redfin & wikipedia).  Everything that south Capitol Hill offers is… Read More

300/600/900: Ballard

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Today on urbnlivn – one neighborhood, three prices.  I’ve rounded up Ballard’s most intriguing listings in the $300K, $600K, and $900K ranges.  Ballard is an old Seattle neighborhood, but lots of new construction has been popping up throughout the area.  I enjoy thinking about all that my own home has seen over the past century. … Read More