Dwell Development’s 1st Net Zero Modern

4606 43rd Ave S

From the pictures, this house by Dwell Development is impressive, with many environmentally friendly features including solar panels.  Creative use of materials on the outside, even the fence is a winner.  Not the same old panel siding used on many modern houses.   4606 43rd Ave S is a 3 bedroom plus loft, 3.25 bathroom house,… Read More

Must See Open Houses: September 13 and 14

14368 Edgewater Lane NE_up deck

[Update: we're up to 490, get looking] Open houses are back in business, this weekend there are 490 open houses in Seattle.  We’ll start with a home on Lake Washington, swing by Magnolia for a 2012 modern, find affordable 12 foot high concrete ceilings in Belltown, and finish up in Capitol Hill with a top… Read More

The Japanese Farmhouse in Madison Valley III

415 26th Ave E_back

After selling last year (?), the Japanese farm house in Madison Valley, 415 26th Ave E, is back on the market.  From the street the structure presents as fairly unassuming (picture is of the back), but inside you’ll find unique features such as shoji screens, a tatami room, 30-foot ceilings, and a skybridge.  Designed by… Read More

Mid-Century Modern with Exposed Steel Beams

2600 W Bertona St_2

2600 W Bertona St was designed by architect David McKinley as his personal residence in 1953.  It must have been an early work by him, but the use of exposed steel beams in residential architecture was still cutting edge.  I toured the house Tuesday and was impressed.  The living/dining room is the perfect entertaining space,… Read More

New Listing Monday

3333 E Terrace St_mtn

I’m guessing most of you are wishing about now that this was a three day weekend. So put your precious time to good use and look at real estate.  I’ve picked 4 brand new listings for your pleasure.  Because of limited selection, I warn you in advance that they start at a million and work… Read More

Must See Open Houses: Sunday September 7th

8533 10th Ave NW_facade

Due to technical issues, we missed Saturday’s open houses. So time to clear out my favorites list, feature some listings Matt has been pushing, and add some brand new listings that are open Sunday. 8533 10th Ave NW Neighborhood:  Crown Hill Open House:  Sunday 1-4 pm New construction is being priced out of the inner… Read More

Floating Home Tour This Sunday


Heads up! The Floating Home Tour (only occurs every other year) is this Sunday from 12 to 5. Tickets are $30/each. The Seattle Floating Homes Association is pleased to announce their biennial Floating Homes Tour in 2014, taking place Sunday, September 7, from 12 to 5 PM. The theme of this year’s tour, “Wonderful Water… Read More

Sweet Floating Home For Rent

Hamlin St houseboat_facade

  New to town and need a furnished place until you get settled, or just tired of looking at those same four walls?  Matt has found the perfect rental for you.  This  1,200 square feet contemporary houseboat off Hamlin St at Fairview Ave E has 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, study, full kitchen, and a dining… Read More

Must See Open Houses: August 30 and August 31

4540 8th Ave NE 2205_rooftop

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

2803 E Pike St_front night

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

12139 Shorewood Dr SW_back from deck

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

Must See Open Houses: August 23 and August 24

4508 NE 70th St_front

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

Must See Open Houses: August 16 and August 17

90th Back

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

300/600/900: Ballard

Solo LR

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

Must See Open Houses: August 2 and August 3

Cali main

The sound of fighter jets overhead tells me it must be Seafair Weekend.  If you’re not planning to spend the next couple of days on Lake Washington, might I suggest visiting some of the 261 Open Houses scheduled this weekend?  Here are three new construction options in West Seattle to get you started. 7426 California… Read More

Magnificent Magnolia Mid-Century

Fulton LR

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

2222 Eastlake Ave E_00

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

14th main

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

Modern Mastery in Denny Blaine

DB main

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

E. Cobb Designed Modern In Madrona

915 38th Ave_00

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