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Bewitched by Bungalow

12/02/2015

During the holidays, happily, we can be reminded that good things come in small packages. So, Lo! and behold the sweetest little bungalow listed just today and right in time.

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Inviting formal rooms live large.

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And period details abound: fir floors, three panel doors, high ceilings.

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The vintage bath features claw foot tub and tiled floor.

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And the built-in sleeping nook provides the perfect guest space in the lower level.

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932 22nd Avenue, Central District, Seattle. Offered at $395,000. Built in 1924. One bedroom, one full bath. Formal dining room. Updated kitchen has gas cooking. Covered front and back porches. Charm galore! 1050 interior square feet. 2370 square foot lot. Parking off-street for at least one car. This is a hot location with lots happening close by.

Open tomorrow, Thursday, December 3rd from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.

and open Sunday, December 6th 1-4 p.m.

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Surprises Around Every Turn

09/10/2015

Just when I think I might be at last up to speed on Seattle’s condo buildings and their particulars, I come across something surprising and delightful that makes me glad I am not.

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I cannot remember a time when a client said to me: Please find me something outside of town, the further the better.

Instead, what most everyone wants, in my experience, is: As close to downtown Seattle as possible.

So I circle around these one hundred year old neighborhoods and continue discovering, layer after layer.

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Not Quite Back

09/08/2015

School is supposed to start tomorrow in Seattle, but the teachers are hitting the picket lines instead and school is cancelled district-wide, allowing children everywhere another day of summer.

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To get my own self in the mood for back to school, I have been working on a website update. I wanted to begin the school year right, like having a new autumn outfit and a stash of fresh Pee-Chee folders.images I thought it would be a smart way to start again after a long hiatus.

However, building a new website makes my brain hurt more than anything I ever tried to learn in school (except statistics). And it demonstrates how many times earth has rotated since I was a student. I am not quite ready. Do kids still carry Pee-Chee folders?

 

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Completely Magical

05/02/2015

In a happy development, a whole spate of appealing condominium homes have come on the market this past week. I tooled around with clients and visited several of them today on Capitol Hill and First Hill, each just as good as the last. This one, though, it captured our imagination and I daresay even a heart or two.GetMedia-3.ashx

The Twin Gables condominium is classic Anhalt, built in 1929 in his signature Tudor Revival style with courtyard entry, high beam ceilings, hand-carved woodwork, lead glass windows. Romantic. Like living a fairy tale. Except in this fairy tale the kitchen and bath have been sumptuously updated.

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One of Anhalt’s most agreeable features, I think, is that his apartments had both a front and a back door. From the kitchen, step through the back door of this home onto leafy 16th Avenue East, the prettiest street of historic homes in all of Seattle.

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This new listing will be open again tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m. You will fall in love.

1516 East Republican Street #10, Capitol Hill, Seattle. Offered at $369,000. Built in 1929. One bedroom, one full bath. 890 interior square feet. In unit washer/dryer, and separate storage in basement. Homeowners dues are $495 per month and include hot water, radiant heat, water, sewer, garbage and grounds maintenance. Walk a half block to wonderful 15th Avenue bistros and coffee houses, the city at your feet.

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Luma Rising

04/30/2015

None of those imposing buildings being built all along the Pike/Pine are slated to be condos. Not any of them. All rental apartments. So many rental apartments.

Until now, that is. This was made utterly official with the opening of the Luma sales office Saturday, located at 907 East Pike Street, just east of Broadway. We have been just waiting.

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Luma itself will be built at Boylston and Seneca on adjacent First Hill, is actually well underway. I took a walk all around it today and peered in through the construction fencing. Already the hole is dug deep. I noted that Luma at 24 stories will not rise as high as venerable First Hill Plaza, its 33-story condominium neighbor to the south. Still it will be impressive at its perfectly located site. Building completion is estimated as Summer 2016. Contracts on it not accepted until June 1st.

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Prices will begin at $350,000 for a 602 square foot one bedroom and go up past $1,000,000. The Seattle PI nicely sums up the not quite priced assortment here. But stopping in at the sales center is best because you can check out the finishes, see a fully built-out kitchen, and play with the cool interactive displays. Also, meet Julie McAvoy and Larry Ahrens, sales director and associate respectively. They are believers and it is infectious. It’s easy to predict that the Seattle market will enthusiastically embrace this timely project.

 

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While Waiting

04/22/2015

This is the excruciating time between submitting an offer and waiting to hear our fate. The house is straight and solid, the neighborhood is quiet, the price is good; I expect they are reviewing about eight offers on it RIGHT NOW. I know my buyers are anxious, and I am anxious, too. We can try all we like to adapt a que sera, sera attitude, but in these most intense moments of waiting, all that woo-woo shit sort of goes out the window.

Meanwhile, in an effort to keep busy and not fret, let’s reflect on another recent offer situation with success its lucky outcome. In this case, my sweet and savvy buyers prevailed over 15 (!) offers. Now they are on to homeowner things like how will we fit ourselves into this pretty but petite house ? And, should we expand now or wait a year to get a feel for things around here? I have been happy to listen in on meetings with a contractor and an architect. So many interesting ideas flow when talented people brainstorm.

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With a backyard like this, lingering while dreaming of home improvements will be pleasant.

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Looking out at the gardens from inside is worthy of a linger as well.

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And, I know the kitchen is a little spartan, but isn’t it still very charming?

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Home Sweet Home.

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This truly is what makes the current status of excruciating limbo worthwhile in the end, a concept I am focusing on while still waiting…

 

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Splendid Spring

04/21/2015

Don’t be crabby about completely insane real estate market. It’s spring!

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Blue skies, warm temperatures, light until late. I get pretty excited when the sun comes into my northwest facing windows in the evening. For a limited time only.

At my building, we just did a little spring planting. Lots of us got into it.

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It’s gorgeous all around the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Seattle. You look good all over. No wonder people are moving here in droves.

 

 

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Seeing the City

03/18/2015

An exceptionally active market means putting many miles on the odometer. I visit dozens of homes every week, all across the city previewing, showing, structural inspections, market analyses.

It’s not drudgery. Not at all. Never.

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Seattle is spectacular.

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Even though we feel a little embattled at times, and caught up in a whirlwind, even with our unimaginably competitive real estate market, it can still be joyful and fun.

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It’s no surprise to me that so many people want to be here. I’m glad to be able to help in the cause.

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