Art Deco Studio

Seventeenth Avenue between Union and Spring is a street lined with historic apartment buildings from the roaring twenties, a very charming row of Seattle history. If you like vintage real estate that retains its original character, check out my just-listed studio at Mayfair Manor, one of these antique buildings on 17th, converted to condominiums many years ago.

Renting for $55 to $65 per month, an advertisement in the Seattle Times in 1928 described the Mayfair Manor’s “2-room suites” as unbelievably beautiful and supermodern.

And, while supermodern doesn’t describe it well anymore, the unbelievably beautiful part still applies, I think.

Original features have been perfectly preserved throughout, including light fixtures and leaded glass windows, even the ironing board remains in the wall cupboard in the kitchen.

 

A sleeping loft is tucked in near the bath.

 

And the full bath is glorious in lavender.

With a Walk Score of 91, living at Mayfair Manor puts you smack dab in the heart of Seattle, still a modern notion.

1101 17th Avenue, Seattle #208. Asking price $290,000. Built in 1928. Studio apartment with full bath. 454 interior feet. Hardwood floors, coved ceilings, garden views. Monthly dues $358.

Open today, Sunday, from 1-4 p.m.

For more info and photos, click here.

 

Shingled Cottage, Totally Zen

Sometimes, less really is more, isn’t it? Especially in our overwrought and booming, busy city.

This shingled cottage in the Arboretum proves the point perfectly. A refuge, a sanctuary, a simple place to call home.

Sited above the road amidst tranquil Japanese-inspired gardens.

 

Inside, high-quality, high-design features and finishes abound.

 

A covered back porch is the right place for contemplation.

 

At the back of the property stands a heated studio/office. Lake and mountain views are especially beautiful from here.

 

Lower level provides additional workspace and storage, with laundry room and half-bath.

Only one bedroom, but this home lives large!

1061 25th Ave East, Seattle, 98112. Offered at $750,000. Originally built in 1908 but completely redone by designer/artist owners. One bedroom, one and one-half baths. 1340 interior feet on a 4320 square foot lot. Every detail thoughtfully chosen for design and quality. All systems new. Metal roof will last a lifetime. Well-located for in-city living, walkability, and proximity to University of Washington.

Open today, July 30th 1-4 p.m.

For more info and photos, click here.

 

A Mount Baker Romance

If you lived here, your life is sure to be more romantic, like living in a fairy tale.

This pretty, sweet-talking Tudor sits up above a tree-lined street in Mount Baker, offering an amazingly private setting.

 

Step through the front door to find all the 1920’s character intact.

 

 

Kitchen is vintage with updates.

 

Master bedroom has lake, mountain, and downtown Bellevue views. Dreamy.

 

Alcoves, nooks, and crannies galore.

   

 

The outdoor living space, front and back, is secluded and delightful.

2311 33rd Ave South, Seattle, 98144. Offered at $885,000. Built in 1925. Two bedrooms, one and one-half baths. 2410 interior feet on a 5000 square foot lot. Hardwood floors upstairs and down, original plaster work throughout, coved ceilings, alcoves, leaded glass windows. Kitchen is large and opens to back yard. Detached garage. A well-preserved sweetheart.

New on market today and open tomorrow, Sunday, June 23rd, 1-4 p.m.

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Splendid Split

Mid-century homes made a big comeback a while ago, so it’s only right that this split-level join their ranks. Its appeal is undeniable with an open concept floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and picture windows that frame the gorgeous views.

 

Other cool features include a stunning slate fireplace and cork floors, upstairs and down.

 

The kitchen offers all the bells and whistles: slab granite counters, solid oak cabinets, stainless appliances, gas cooking, two sinks!

 

The grounds and gardens are abloom with plenty of privacy, and a great garden shed.

This is an oasis.

11822 79th Avenue South, Seattle 98178. Built in 1977. 3050 square feet on a lush 8820 square foot lot. Four bedrooms, three baths. Immaculate condition. Two-car attached garage. Garden shed. Splendid views and set on a quiet, private lane in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Seattle. Asking price $630,000.

Open Sunday, July 9th, 1-4 p.m.

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Wonderful, Whimsical, Walkable Wallingford

You know when you’re out walking your dog who is obsessed with sniffing so you have lots of time to critique your neighbors’ paint colors, garden design and exterior maintenance habits? You are generous with your ideas and compliments of course, and then, one special property will just stop you in your tracks.

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In Wallingford, this 1908 vintage beauty is one such special property.

Surrounded by spectacular perennial gardens, this home exudes a style and charm a little bit different than expected.

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Kitchen and baths are nicely updated.

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Four upstairs bedrooms. The master bedroom is light-filled and elegant with large walk-in closet.

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Find antique features around every corner.

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Best of all, step outside any door and lush landscape will fill your senses. Live life in this romantic setting!

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4215 Ashworth Avenue North. Offered at $1,150,000. Four bedrooms, one and one-half baths. 2320 interior feet on a 5469 square foot lot. Fir floors, scads of original details and terrific living spaces, inside and out. Detached garage. This home has been updated and lovingly maintained by long-time owners. Walk from here to burgeoning restaurant scene on Stone Way and to all of Wallingford’s eclectic neighborhood shops and services. Downtown Seattle is only a short distance for however you commute.

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Open this Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and May 21st, 1-4 p.m.

For more info and photos, click here.

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Concrete and Steel

Downtown living can be sweet in the right location. Chose this one! The Concord condominium rises above a surprisingly quiet and leafy spot in Belltown where not only can you walk to work, but you are also right around the corner from Seattle’s nine acre Olympic Sculpture Park and the waterfront. Really cool.

This one bedroom home has a terrific, well-proportioned floorpan with upgraded finishes throughout.

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Upgrades include solid cherry cabinets and slab granite counters in kitchen and bath as well as stone floors, stainless appliances including gas cooking, and Kahrs hardwood floors.

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Sizable covered deck has Puget Sound and Olympic mountain views and overlooks the courtyard.

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The Concord is an elegant concrete and steel high-rise, built in 2000.

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Luxury amenities include 24 hour concierge, and exceptional party, gym, and spa facilities.

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Stop by my open house tomorrow, Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. or Sunday noon to 3 p.m. and take it all in!

2929 1st Avenue #415, Seattle, 98121. Offered at $510,000. One bedroom, one full bath. 780 square feet. Garage parking and an additional double-height storage locker. $519 per month homeowners dues include central heat and air-conditioning. The Concord is impeccably maintained and is 95% owner occupied. Any offers will be reviewed Tuesday, April 11th. 

For more info and photos, click here.

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Tudor Revival

When I first started my real estate practice and throughout the early 1990’s, I sometimes sold homes still owned by the original owners, owners who had lived in one place for forty or fifty years or sixty years. I always thought the buyers of these homes were lucky to get to become part of such a home’s history, that a special worth was conferred. Generational home improvement stories, valuable for their lode of structural information, usually also include local lore and history; the home itself becomes a notable part of the fabric of Seattle along with its chain of ownership.

It is rare to find such long-held homes for sale anymore, especially in our inventory-deprived market. But this week I listed this Tudor Revival-style home in Montlake owned by the same family since the 1940’s. An heirloom!

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Remarkably, almost every original architectural detail is intact: oak floors throughout, upstairs and down, hand-patterend plaster, coved ceilings, arched doorways, doorknobs, light fixtures, leaded glass windows, and Batchelder tile fireplace.

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The rooms are flooded with light and feel magical.

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Imagine the kitchen however you want; the space is terrific, with butler’s pantry and many built-in cupboards.

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Upstairs find two large bedrooms, more built-ins in both. The master bedroom has a sitting room within it.

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Unfinished basement has lots of possibilities and an attached garage.

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Located on a storybook lane of Tudors, this sweet home has had just three families reside in it since it was built, according to Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.  Now’s time for a new owner to become part of its history.

1941 East Blaine Street, Montlake, Seattle. Offered at $775,000. Built in 1926. Two bedrooms, one and one-half baths. 2300 interior feet on a 3281 square foot lot. Basement garage with alley access. Live on one of the most desirable blocks in Montlake!

Join me for an open house tomorrow, Sunday, August 14th, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Walls of Glass in the Downtown Sky

I wouldn’t mind waking up to this.

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Living downtown. Such a sophisticated pleasure. At 5th and Madison the across-the-street neighbor is our iconic Koolhaas public library, with the 5th Avenue Theater down the block.

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Find every amenity in this LEED Gold certified building, including 24 hour concierge, guest accommodations, gym, lounge, dog-walk facility, luxury throughout.

Sophistication meets exceptional utility.

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Just listed! Open tomorrow, Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th from 1-3 p.m. each day.

909 5th Avenue #1703, Seattle, 98164. Offered at $595,000. One bedroom, one and one-half baths. 979 square feet of lofted living. A sleek home in the sky. Custom designed built-ins and cabinetry. Luxurious baths. Walls of glass overlooking downtown Seattle which always puts on a show!

For more info and photos, click here.