A Tale Of Two Lofts On Capitol Hill

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Finally, some more lofts hit the market.  First up is unit 236 at 530 Broadway E.  Listing for $425,000 ($444 a square foot), this 1.5 bathroom, loft unit at the Brix has 958 square feet.  The kitchen has a gas range/oven, double sink, and glass front upper cabinets.  The loft area looks roomy, has a… Read More

Madrona DIY, Designed By Chris Pardo

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This lot, at 1701 37th Ave in Madrona, includes plans, permits, studies, drawings, and a Lake Washington view.  The design is for a three story, 2,456 square foot house.  The lower level is designed to be an ADU with 2 bedrooms and a full bath.  The main level has an open plan living area with… Read More

Must See Open Houses: October 25th and 26th

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Now with 340 open houses, it’s picking up a bit this weekend [updated].  To be balanced, we have a condo in Belltown, four new townhouses in Alki, and a mid-century view house in Laurelhurst. 3049 59th Ave SW unit A Neighborhood: Alki Open House:  Saturday, October 25, 1-4pm  and  Sunday, October 26, 1-4pm This is… Read More

Kundig Designed – Leschi View Home

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  This Tom Kundig designed home at 414 34th Ave S is back on the market again.  It was sold last year, in 2010, and in 2005.  They seem a little shy about the square footage this time, but public records show it as 2,619 finished and 940 unfinished (that data could be out of date). … Read More

Mercer Island Remodel By George Suyama

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Another creative design from George Suyama: a remodel of a 4,101 square foot house built in 1966 on Mercer Island.  Facing west on 0.71 acres, this house at 4215 Holly Lane has views over Lake Washington.  The main house has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms (2 up, 1 down), and separate living, family, media rooms.  The… Read More

Salt Ballard Launches: 38 Condo Units Selling Soon

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It has been known for quite some time that the team behind the Solo Lofts condo project was working on a second condo project, Salt. Today, it becomes official. Construction is slated to begin in early 2015. Homes at Salt will be marketed by Matrix Real Estate, with pre-sales commencing within the next several weeks…. Read More

Moderns In England

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Being a little bit bored with what’s available locally, I decided to see what moderns were to be had in my home country.  First off, I noticed that real estate websites are a whole lot more useful over there.  The pictures look better, many listings have floor plans, and they have more detail than I’ve… Read More

Leschi View Home By MidCentury Master

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411 Erie Ave was designed by well known architect Ted Bower.  A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern, it has clear views across the lake.  Listing for $1,697,000, the house was renovated in 2013.  The kitchen had a full remodel and the bathrooms have been updated.  A third bedroom was added under the back deck, and a… Read More

Must See Open Houses: October 18th & 19th

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There are 398 open houses this wet weekend.  Start your house hunting with my previous post ‘Modern Townhouses near Beacon Hill Light Rail’.  Then northeast to a spacious new contemporary on the Burke Gilman trail, and back south for a Belltown live/work loft. 5400 Princeton Ave NE Neighborhood: Hawthorne Hills Open House: Saturday, Oct. 18,… Read More

Modern Townhouses near Beacon Hill Light Rail

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A pair of brand spanking new modern townhouses, only a five minute walk (says google) from the Beacon Hill light rail station.  Get moving, they are listing for only $460,000 and $470,000.  3011 18th Ave S are each 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, with 1,725 square feet.  Built by Green Canopy Homes, they have hard wood… Read More

Modern Floating Home on Eastlake

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Be our canal neighbors by renting this sweet modern houseboat. We’re sad that our super cool neighbors are moving ashore but our loss is your gain if you’re looking to rent a floating home. Featured on the floating home tour this summer, it’s a one bedroom with den that was lovingly remodeled by the owners…. Read More

Hillside MidCentury Contemporary

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This View Ridge home is really a blend of styles: the overhangs of the roof and decks reminds me of a pagoda; the roof’s fascia is detailed; the stairs are one of kind. 6620 57th Ave NE has been lovingly restored and updated, keeping the basic elements of the design intact, all cabinets have an… Read More

Thrice All American (Tacoma)

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Sorry Neko, with Seattle getting more expensive, it’s just a matter of time before Tacoma will be discovered.  And they have some great condos, at great prices. For only $339,900, you can buy this 1,107 square foot condo, with 2 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms.  Unit 801 at 1101 A  St. is on the top floor… Read More

2 Bedroom Penthouse in Downtown Seattle

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If you were ever curious what you can get for $2,365,000 in a condo downtown in Seattle, look no further. This penthouse at Watermark Tower is your modern abode you’ve been waiting for, albeit at a hefty price. Even the HOA dues at $2,108/month cost nearly as much as a 1 bedroom rent in the vicinity. Its… Read More

Must See Open Houses: October 11th and 12th

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Have you noticed how many listings have no furniture or are staged lately?  It seems to be a common theme today, maybe an indicator that the market has peaked. With only 290 open houses, this looks to be a slow weekend.  We’ll start in View Ridge, travel northeast to BitterLake, and then finish in Queen… Read More

Before & After: West Seattle Beach House Masterpiece

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Tom Kundig designed, Roberts-Wygal crafted, this West Seattle contemporary had a great start in life, and lived up to expectations.  On 50 feet of waterfront, 6775 Beach Dr SW is a spacious 4,110 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 2.75 bathrooms.  It lists for $2,595,000, but considering that the public records say they paid $1,895,000… Read More

Top Floor Anhalt with Beams and Vaulted Ceiling

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Blending of historical European building styles was popular here from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.  Belmont Court is one of Anhalt’s last multi-family examples, before his company went bankrupt and he moved on to single family construction.  Unit 17, at 750 Belmont Ave E, is a rare top floor condo, with vaulted… Read More

Views and More in Fremont MidCentury Modern

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Wonderful wood ceilings supported by open beams. Views over the ship canal through ceiling height glass. Built in 1960, 4229 1st Ave NW is a great example of a late mid-century modern.  Coming in at $997,799, it has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 3,040 square feet.  Three of the bedrooms are on the main floor… Read More

West Seattle Beach House

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A 5 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom home just went on the market a block away from the beach in West Seattle. It’s located at 9236 Fauntleroy Wy SW. Currently listed at $629,950, it last sold in mid 2013 for $542,000. My favorite features are the large tub and open storage in the kitchen. This is 2,300 square… Read More

A $30K Wood Bathtub, Corian, & Other Seattle Home Show Stars*

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The thing about the Seattle Home Show is that amid the familiar names and brands that showcase their products every year, I always find new (at least to me) and unique offerings. While organizers of this weekend’s show at the CenturyLink Field Event Center highlighted the high-tech such as Wi-Fi enabled grills and spas, the… Read More