Frustration with Via6 Fees

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A reader wrote in frustrated with a recently imposed fee at Via6. They’re not along in being frustrated. Via6 only gets a 3 star rating on Yelp out of 27 reviews. Thought I’d pass this along. Via6 has done some sketchy stuff since I moved in, but this is definitely the most frustrating/ridiculous I’ve seen…. Read More

Martin Elevator Fail

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A reader wrote in wanting to warn all prospective apartment renters to carefully consider whether their apartment buildings has enough elevators. I’ll also add that for both the condos I bought at it seemed to take about a year for the elevators to break in and stop breaking down frequently. So beware if you’re renting/buying… Read More

“Amsterdam Loft” for Rent on Capitol Hill

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A reader wrote in today about an older home by Cal Anderson Park (108 E 11th Ave) that they have transformed into an amazing rental: This was custom-built over the past 18 months to evoke the experience of a Dutch home in the heart of Capitol Hill, with every nook and cranny of space put… 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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

#CHBP: Capitol Hill Block Progress

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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

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

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

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

Sunset Electric Taps Into Capitol Hill’s Energy

Sunset Electric, located at 11th and Pine on Capitol Hill

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

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

New Boutique Building in SLU Is A Work of Art

325 Westlake, located on Westlake Avenue between Thomas and Harrison Streets

It took maybe two minutes after stepping into 325 Westlake to develop a crush on the new residential project. Unlike some other buildings that shout about luxury features that turn out to be more marketing than material, 325 Westlake doesn’t have to  pound its chest very hard. The quality of the design, material, and touches… Read More

Here’s a Chance to Live In A “Castle in Seattle”…

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If you’re bored with the new cookie-cutter buildings rising up across the city, check out an architectural gem from the 1930s that is being rehabilitated on Capitol Hill. The Anhalt Apartments on 16th Avenue and E. John Street preserves one of the celebrated buildings by prolific Seattle builder Fred Anhalt. Inspired by Tudor and Norman… Read More