Customize Your Own Penthouse

Millenium Shell 2

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

Modular Two-Story Lofts in Belltown With Great Views


We’ve featured the model unit and some of the lower floors at downtown Seattle’s first modular apartment complex. But the top floor units were just recently completed and I think they’re the best ones in the building. For example, check out this Puget Sound-facing apartment… ‘N’ Habit, located  at 2217 Third Avenue (between Bell and… Read More

Want a New Loft and Office at Prime Location?


If you’re looking for a place to live and a prime location for your office, the “Mezzanine Loft” at the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may be just what you’re looking for. The development is marketing the space as a live/work loft on one of Seattle’s main  streets. This one-bedroom, two-bathroom loft is… Read More

“Hot” Townhouse in the Central District


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

Sunset Electric Taps Into Capitol Hill’s Energy

Sunset Electric, located at 11th and Pine on Capitol Hill

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

Mid-Century on Minor

Minor main

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

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

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


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

MI entry

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

Must See Open Houses for June 21 and June 22

Newton Deck

On these longest days of the year, there’s plenty of daylight to check out some of the 341 Open Houses this weekend!  Here are three options to get you started this weekend.  An historic conversion and two brand new townhomes, both with great lake- and city-view decks.  Have to start thinking about 4th of July…2015…. Read More

Capitol Hill Live/Work Carriage House

Summit Main

I have a secret to confess about this Carriage House on Summit.  When I first moved to Seattle, eons ago, I coveted this home so much that there’s probably an FBI file somewhere with photos of me stalking it!  The charming tree-lined streets provide decent cover, but I drove by at least once a day… Read More

Tom Kundig Condo on Pike

1111 Pike Main

The exterior design reflects the modular interior at 1111 E. Pike St, #301.  Designed by Tom Kundig, this one bedroom, one bath unit with sliding wall dividers has a cool, contemporary vibe, but definitely feels more like a large studio.  The listing claims hardwoods, but the main space floors look like laminate to me, and… Read More

Eco-friendly Capitol Hill Townhouse

418 19th Ave E Unit B Capitol Hill Townhouse Interior

I’m swooning over this 2 bedroom, 1.25 bathroom townhouse in Capitol Hill. Contemporary in design, it features custom bookshelves that extend to the ceiling, hardwood and cement flooring, floor to ceiling windows, a rooftop deck, and a loft bedroom. Eco-friendly features include reclaimed materials, triple pane windows, and rain water catchment. Located at 418 19th Ave… Read More

Stream Belmont: A New Capitol Hill Building that Stands Out

Stream Belmont. located at Belmont Ave and Republican St.

New apartment buildings are popping up left and right across Seattle. Most of them look nice but indistinguishable. To me, here’s one that stands out with its fine facade of brick and golden brown cedar siding. The Stream Belmont on Capitol Hill opened earlier this year and has leased well, according to the leasing manager…. Read More

South Lake Union Two-Bedroom with Perfect Private Patio for Summer

A roughly 300 sq ft private patio

The perfect Seattle  afternoons the last couple of days reminded me of a nice penthouse unit that I toured recently. Check out the photos of this two-bedroom, two bathroom at the new True North apartments on Dexter Avenue in South Lake Union. Particularly, think about lounging in this large private patio with views of downtown… Read More

Must See Open Houses May 24 and May 25

escala living

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

North Capitol Hill Views


Loads of light and plenty of outdoor space overlooking Downtown, Lake Union, and the Cascades at this 1958 Harvard Ave E condo with a townhouse feel.  At $800/mo., the HOA’s seem a little on the high side for this 8-unit property with seemingly few communal amenities.  And it looks like the owners are hoping for… Read More

Eco-Friendly Townhouse in Fremont

3663 Whitman Ave N Exterior

A new eco-friendly townhouse recently went on the market two blocks away from the Fremont Troll–3663 Whitman Ave N.  Listed at $630,000, this 2 bedroom, 1.75 bathroom home features lots of green amenities. Rain harvesting components, solar panels, triple pane windows, and hydronic heating just to name a few. My favorite eco-friendly feature? The translucent walls. They… Read More

True North in SLU Climbs High With Amenities

Bouldering wall

A bouldering wall. A restaurant-style pizza oven. Four roof-top decks. A bike locker that triples as a workshop and club room. Four BBQ stations. The amenities at True North, a new 286-unit apartment complex that opens for occupancy this Friday in South Lake Union, are truly impressive. I generally don’t pay too much attention to… Read More

Lease Rates at Three SLU Apartment Buildings Reflect Strong Rental Market

The multi-colored building in the center is the new True North apartment building that opens on Friday.

In September, 2012, I blogged about how demolition on a stretch of Dexter Ave in South Lake Union was making way for a third apartment complex in as many blocks. We wondered then whether the market would absorb all 672 new units in the three buildings. Today,  I can say I should have asked a… Read More