Polly Want a Cracker…Factory That Is

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Port Townsend’s historic Cracker Factory is on the market again, with a $60,000 price cut from last year.  $878,000 gets you this fully restored, 3 story commercial/residential, 2,700 square foot building in the heart of Port Townsend’s downtown.   It’s address is 819 Washington St, but it’s tucked in a courtyard off of Washington St.   Currently… 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

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

Customize Your Own Penthouse

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What would you do with a 1,908 square foot blank canvas?  What if that canvas grew to 9,876 square feet?  Gather your creative inspiration and take your pick!  Both are possible. Escala just listed Penthouse 202 for $2,299,000. There are two penthouse floors at Escala, the 30th and 31st floor, each with four units.  Two… Read More

Must See Open Houses May 24 and May 25

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I certainly hope that we’ll see some sun this holiday weekend.  If not, I suggest seeking shelter from the rain at one of the 87 Open Houses this weekend.  Here are a few of our top picks. 1920 4th Ave, #2408 Neighborhood: Downtown Open House: Sunday, May 25, 1-4 pm This spacious one-bedroom condo on… Read More

Competition at the High End

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Rumor has it that this $2.3m home on Capitol Hill had five offers with the winning bidder paying $500k over list in a bidding war. WOW.

Seattle Modern Home Tour 2014


Urbnlivn had the privilege once again this year to partake in the annual Seattle Modern Home Tour.  The self guided tour took us through some of the best North Western modern designs by local architects; some are for sale and some just for design showcase. The tour took us from West Seattle to Magnolia to Leschi to Madison Valley,… Read More

Newly Built West Seattle Home on 18th Ave W

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A newly built house with sleek white interior design is up for sale in West Seattle. It  is 2,090 square feet in size with 3 bedrooms and 2,5 bathrooms for $474,990. The location is close to freeways, parks and shops. It has a great asymmetrical design on the exterior with a similarly built house right next door. The garage can… Read More

Buyers, You’re Competing with Wall Street


The Seattle Times has a great in-depth look at how Wall Street is buying a ton of homes, Wall Street buyers snap up thousands of local homes for rentals. Last April, amid the region’s tightest housing supply in a decade, a Wall Street-backed company stormed into the Seattle metro area and bought, on average, 10… Read More

New with room to spread out in Wedgwood


Prefer new construction but need more rooms and space?  If yes then check out this 2 story modern with basement in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood.  It offers close to 3,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage and a yard. In a great NE Seattle neighborhood, it has generous rooms and is filled with light…. Read More

New House in Ballard on 62nd St

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You will either love or hate the non conventional angle in this house built by Noren Development. It offers an interesting angle that opens up the adjoining spaces of living room, dining room and kitchen but it also pose challenges to traditional furniture placement. This new construction in Ballard  with 3 bedroom 2.25 bathrooms with… Read More

Exquisite Modernism at 128 18th Ave E Seattle

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gProjects and b9Architects have yet again materialized a beautiful yet functional design. The brand new construction in Capitol Hill has 3 bedrooms, 2,5 bathrooms in a 1800 square feet space with 1 covered parking space. The cabinets offer exceptional storage space in custom walnut. The bedroom has breathtaking floor to ceiling view and all the concrete… Read More

Mark Company Says, New Construction Pricing up 15% YoY

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The Mark Company, who is selling Insignia, has released a Condominium Pricing Index for Seattle: The Mark Company Condominium Pricing Index for December was $687 per square foot, which is down 3 percent from November. New construction inventory was more than 400 percent higher than a year ago, with 321 units available. I can only… Read More

Come home to this Urban Canyon in Capitol Hill


This 5-Star Built Green home is 1 of a 7-home community by Seattle builder, Graham Black, of gProjects and award winning architect, Brad Khouri, of b9architects.  Built in 2008 it initially sold for $660,000 and was used as a second home.  It is 1,688 square feet with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 covered parking spot.  This SW corner… Read More

Rent My Fully Furnished Capitol Hill Condo

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How do you forget your rental’s lease is expiring? I don’t know, but I did! So now I’m scrambling to find someone to rent my fully furnished Capitol Hill one bedroom plus den condo. Great views of the Olympics, Puget Sound and Space Needle from the bedroom, kitchen and living room. Perfect location: 4 blocks… Read More

Must See Open Houses in Seattle on July 13 and July 14


This weekend is incredibly busy in Seattle, with the Ballard Seafood Fest, West Seattle Summer Fest, AND Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee taking place. When you’re not getting your share of summer festival madness, we suggest checking out some of the 93 open houses also taking place in Seattle this weekend. Here are some of our… Read More

Live on Lake Union for Only $499k


While out boating around Lake Union tonight the home that received the most discussion was not this jaw dropping ultramodern Portage Bay floating home or the two story floating home on the Roanke Reef dock (both homes priced well above a million dollars). But rather was an almost quaint $499k, 1,050 square foot, 2 bedroom,… Read More

Capitol Hill Mansion Updated By Tom Kundig


The Seattle Times recently featured a mansion built by Rainier Brewery founder Andrew Hemrich, which was bought for $2.3m in 2010, by a couple who cashed out to tune of $25 million on a dot.com play and had it renovated by famous architectTom Kundig. Check it out, Mansion built by Rainier Brewery founder gets a… Read More

Redfin Collections of our Faves

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Today Redfin released Collections, a way for real estate junkies to collect the beautiful, bizarre, or just plain jaw-dropping photos of homes you find on Redfin. Of course, I’ve already started collecting :). Particularly “Urbnlivn” condos and lofts and “Urbnlivn” houses. Have fun :). Disclaimer: I work at Redfin.