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

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

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

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

Must See Open Houses: August 2 and August 3

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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

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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

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

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

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