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

“Hot” Townhouse in the Central District

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Redfin has a new feature called “Hot Homes”, where they analyze hundreds of attributes to calculate the chances a property will sell within two weeks. The website labeled a two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhome in the Central District as a Hot Home, with an 81% chance of going pending in 11 days. A friend of mine lives… 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

Sunset Electric Taps Into Capitol Hill’s Energy

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The most appealing aspect of the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may well be what’s in the surrounding blocks. You can start your Saturday with brunch at Oddfellows Cafe, unwind at Cal Anderson Park, indulge in salted caramel ice cream at Molly Moons, party at Purr, and round out the evening (or morning)… 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

Mid-Century on Minor

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Built in 1960, the Sutton Place building at 1221 Minor has a cool mid-century vibe.  I wish I could say the same for Unit #708.  Though this 675 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath has been upgraded, it’s more 2000s traditional on the inside.  Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of nice features –… 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

Awesome Penthouse in the Heart of South Lake Union

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Of the dozens of new Seattle residential buildings that I’ve toured in the last year and a half, the penthouse at 325 Westlake is easily one of my favorites in terms of design, style and quality. The folks at Graham Baba Architects did a superb job divvying up 1,758 square feet among two bedrooms, two… 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

Must See Open Houses on June 28 and June 29

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Happy Pride weekend, Seattle! When you’re not out and about celebrating 40 years of Pride or simply soaking up the summer weather, be sure to put some of these open house appointments on your calendar. This weekend, we are featuring a gorgeous mid-century modern in the coveted West Seattle neighborhood of Fauntlee Hills as well… Read More

New Boutique Building in SLU Is A Work of Art

325 Westlake, located on Westlake Avenue between Thomas and Harrison Streets

It took maybe two minutes after stepping into 325 Westlake to develop a crush on the new residential project. Unlike some other buildings that shout about luxury features that turn out to be more marketing than material, 325 Westlake doesn’t have to  pound its chest very hard. The quality of the design, material, and touches… 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

Welcome home to Monique Loft #401

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If a contemporary loft with 20′ ceilings, radiant heat, exposed concrete, original wood beams and views of the city smack dab in the heart of Capitol Hill’s action is your thing then this top floor end unit is a must see.  This one bedroom, one bath unit has been updated, remodeled and comes with two parking spots…. Read More

$2.4m View from Millennium Tower

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Here’s a Chance to Live In A “Castle in Seattle”…

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If you’re bored with the new cookie-cutter buildings rising up across the city, check out an architectural gem from the 1930s that is being rehabilitated on Capitol Hill. The Anhalt Apartments on 16th Avenue and E. John Street preserves one of the celebrated buildings by prolific Seattle builder Fred Anhalt. Inspired by Tudor and Norman… 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