New Eastlake Modern Home

1911 Franklin Pl E - Roof deck

Build Urban has built a new modern home in Eastlake at 1911 Franklin Place E. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms it is 1,858 square feet. Listed at $829,000, we have no idea what they paid for the land. We like the concrete floors throughout and rooftop deck that includes a bar sink. But wondering why there… Read More

Mid-Century Waterfront Under a Million

9630 Rainier Ave S - Exterior

I’m a little enamored by the possibilities of this 1966 home at 9630 Rainier Ave South. Waterfront living for under a million dollars! Actually it is only $850k (last sold in ’99 for $420k). Though it needs some work. But looks livable while you do the work. Wish it wasn’t so far south though… But… Read More

Monique Loft for $257k

1024 E Pike St - 302 - Living

We know we feature a lot of higher end places out of many people’s reach. Here’s a loft for you first-time buyers – unit 302 at Monique Lofts. Only 482 square feet, it does have a loft, though not a full height one, where you can stash your bed and clothes. Listed at $257,000 it… Read More

A Whole(some) Lot of New Apartments in Green Lake


The former site of a sprawling Vitamilk Dairy plant in Green Lake is now home to about 300 new apartments. And like the liquid that flowed here for six decades, the new homes come off as good, clean and wholesome. We’ve been looking forward to visiting the Green Lake Village project given its large scale… Read More

Lofty Leschi Townhouse

301 Lakeside Ave S - Exterior

301 Lakeside Ave S – unit B has been on the market over a month but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out! It definitely has a lofty feel with the nice feature of being almost on the water. It’s one of a six townhouses down in Leschi. Unit B is 2 bedrooms, 2.5… Read More

Seattle Times on Apartment Boom’s Toll


Earlier this week the Seattle Times took a look at the toll that Seattle’s apartment boom is having on some renters, Rising rents, rising towers push out tenants of modest means The Seattle metro area is witnessing a historic boom in apartment construction: More than 7,000 units opened last year in King and Snohomish counties,… Read More

Three AIA Award Recipients From Seattle

Sol Duc Cabin

On Monday the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected ten recipients for the 2014 Housing Awards and two three were from Seattle. Way to go Seattle! Sol Duc Cabin; Seattle Olson Kundig Architects The owner desired a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. Composed of two levels,… Read More

WSJ Features Seattle Affordable Builder


The WSJ recently featured Seattle builder, Spectrum, Seattle Builder Aims Low: As the cost of rental housing shoots up across the country, so has the need for affordable housing. Yet most new apartment buildings are geared to the higher end of the market; building and operating affordable housing, many developers argue, isn’t profitable. Seattle builder… Read More

Seattle Apartment Leasing Experience is Terrible

Dear Seattle Apartment Owners, Your leasing experience is generally terrible. We know we’re in the midst of an apartment boom and you’re leasing up faster than you can imagine. But we’ve been frustrated with nearly every interaction we’ve had recently. Here’s a quick summary of the problems: 50%+ Don’t Get Back to Us Over half… Read More

Judkins Six By Playhouse Design

721 Martin Luther King Jr Way S - Exterior

Greenbuild Development and Playhouse Design Group have teamed up to build six freestanding homes by Judkins Park. Here’s unit A at 721 Martin Luther King Jr Way S. $529,950 for 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 1,955 square feet.

Wallingford New Construction

4118 Whitman Ave N - Exterior

Looks like 3 new standalone homes are going up at 4118 Whitman Ave N in Wallingford. This first one on the market is 3 bedrooms, 3.25 bathrooms, 1,550 square feet and priced at $599,950. Individual garage, rooftop deck, views…

Portage Bay Isola Home Pending in a Day

2821 11th Ave E - Exterior 2

Blink and you’ll miss some of the new listings these days. Case in point, one of Isola’s new homes in Portage Bay went pending almost as soon as it hit the market (or sold pre-sale?). 2821 11th Ave E was listed at $1.85m. They didn’t even include interior photos. Gotta move fast!

Pre-Sale Cherry Hill Townhouses

2216 E James St - Elevation 1

Barcelo Homes has three pre-sale units in a 4 pack of townhouses at 2216 E James St. Estimated completion is the end of May. Prices for #2212 is $639,990, #2214 $614,990, #2218 $619,990.

Ralph Anderson Mid-Century Mercer Island “Cabin”

9109 SE 50th St - Exterior

I really like this Ralph Anderson designed, mid-century home that feels more like a cabin, on Mercer Island at 9109 SE 50th St. Walls of windows, lots of wood, trees coming up through the deck, stone fireplace, and the studio/garage looks awesome! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,630 square feet on a .44 acre lot. Listed… Read More

Incredible Queen Anne House

1228 2nd Ave N - Pool

The incredible Queen Anne house at 1228 2nd Ave N is back on the market for $5,450,000 after last selling September 2011 $4,488,000. Re-modeled in 2008 by Stuart Silk and contractor Schultz Miller it is a very impressive home. Massive views, a pool, outdoor fireplace, high ceilings, windows galore, roof top deck… I’m in love…. Read More

Potential Gem: Belltown Loft $249k

66 Bell St - Exterior

No interior pictures make us wonder if this Belltown Loft at 66 Bell St is a good deal at $249k or not. Why don’t you check it out and let us know? :)

Seward Park Modern with Lake Views

5237 S Farrar St - Exterior

I don’t care for the exterior of this brand new modern home in Seward Park (there’s a lot going on and I don’t like seeing the rooftop railing from the street), but the place has views of Lake Washington and is under a million bucks. 5237 S Farrar St is a 4 bedroom, 3.25 bathroom,… Read More

Gatsby Apartments, Millionaire Neighbors


We checked out the Gatsby Apartments on North Capitol Hill yesterday. The Gatsby isn’t really our style but we figured we had to check out the apartments that went up next to the million dollar condos at Harvard and Highland; surprisingly the developer did a good job fitting them in! Even going so far as… Read More

Must See Open Houses: April 5 and April 6


Fingers crossed that the sunny spring weather of Friday holds over the weekend! If you’re not out basking in the sunshine, take some time to check out some of the 264 open houses going on around town. Below are a few of our picks. 920 21st Ave East Neighborhood: Capitol Hill Open House: Sat, Apr… Read More

Hard Hat Tour: AMLI South Lake Union


Last week, AMLI South Lake Union hosted its very first official tour through their new luxury apartment complex, and Urbnlivn was there to snap some photos! Located right across the street from the current AMLI complex at 535 Pontius Ave North in South Lake Union, these new rental units are still under construction, but they… Read More