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

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

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

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

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

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

$3m Eastlake Houseboat

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I have some serious houseboat envy. 2369 Fairview Ave E just hit the market at $3m and is quite the place. Built in 2009 it is is three bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms spread over 2,150 square feet and has a ton of decks. Slight bummer that it faces north and not south but other than that…… Read More

Beacon Hill Mid-Century Modern

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Here’s another mid-century modern project. This time at 5004 29th Ave S on Beacon Hill with a great view. Listed at $528k it is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 3,820 square feet on a whooping .41 acres.

North Beach ’60s Contemporary

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Here’s a North Beach PNW contemporary home built in 1963 at 2844 NW 90th Place that has potential. Listed at $775k it is 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,600 square feet on a 10,200 square foot lot. Doesn’t look like it has been updated in a while so perfect if you want to embark on a… Read More

New D3 Design/Build Modern in Hawthorne Hills

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A reader tipped us off to new construction at 4051 NE 56th St in Hawthorne Hills.  This might not be a typical target neighborhood for many of our readers, but street views show other new builds starting to eat up the older, smaller traditionals in this area.  Definitely an area to watch.  And, this is… Read More

Pacific Northwest Style on Mercer Island

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Looking for an urban retreat?  This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath house at 6932 SE 34th St on Mercer Island is just minutes from downtown, but feels a world away.  The home, listed for $1,450,000, sits on over 10,000 square feet of thoughtfully landscaped property, including an 800 sq ft deck overlooking Lake Washington and downtown. … Read More



With three posts already today about Eastlake floating homes for rent and for sale, it seems only fitting that I fill you in on what it is like to live on a houseboat/floating home. The story starts when we moved out of our loft at Trace Lofts into a rental home in the Central District…. Read More

Newer Eastlake Floating Home

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Here’s another floating home for sale on the 2031 dock. Unit P is larger than unit N for sale on the same dock. P is 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,050 square feet. Listed at $750k it is $714/square foot versus N’s $621/square foot. Though P was built in 2002 while N was built in 1925.

Charming Eastlake Floating Home

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Here’s another Eastlake floating home. This one is at 2031 Fairview Ave E a dock over from us (or maybe two.) It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 885 square foot place. It is listed at $550k.

Rent a Jim Olson Designed Floating Home

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Tom Kundig Designed Hammer House

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Wow, I want this Tom Kundig designed Madrona home, named Hammer House. At 1701 33rd Ave it has 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 2,210 square feet on a 3,917 square foot lot. Built in 2009 it is an amazing combination of concrete, glass and steel. Here’s the description from Kundig’s site: This single-family residence… Read More

Northwest Contemporary in Greenwood


One block west of Greenwood Avenue, this contemporary home is back on the market with a new price and it has some pretty great features.  Some highlights are a covered outdoor entertainment room complete with kitchen, eating bar, built-in gas grill, wine storage and media center. Separate guest quarters with kitchenette & private bath.  This home also boasts… Read More