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Bewitched by Bungalow


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.



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.

For more info and photos click here.

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Completely Magical


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.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.


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.

For more info and photos, click here.

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Luma Rising


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.


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.


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


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.



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



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



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



Home Sweet Home.


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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The Desert Cure


Six more weeks of winter have been predicted, according to the groundhog in Punxsutawney, matching our somber mood this week in Seattle.

Here is a remedy: go to Palm Springs!

This is the undeniable season for it. I just visited in December and experienced such warm weather I wore a short skirt and a tee shirt during the day and lunched on a sunny patio. Paradise.

While there, I took a tour around Old Las Palmas and the Movie Colony neighborhoods and particularly admired what my local guide called tracery walls, a mid-century construct of breeze blocks or architectural screen blocks, meant to allow breezes through.

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Marvelous, aren’t they?

I also had a drive by Brad and Angelina’s home, as well as the former home of Cary Grant. It was all terribly glamorous.



If you are now tempted to book a trip, you can stay in this mid-century home, the one from above with the pink flamingo pillows, perfect Palm Springs kitsch. Embody the old Hollywood lifestyle!


Paseo Gracia. Four bedrooms, three baths. Rents for $350 to $1300 per night.

While there, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and visit Joshua Tree Nation Park.

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Palm Springs is a special, dry kind of dreamy.



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U District Roost


Whether you desire a pied-à-terre or a perhaps a more permanent pad, this University District condominium home is worthy of consideration. Check out its high walkability score and how easily accessible it is to now and future transit.

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But this unexpectedly elegant building delivers even more.

High end finishes include hardwood floors and slab granite counters in the kitchen and bath.

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Stainless appliances. Open floor plan.

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A dining-sized covered balcony. Charming!


Visit me here at my new listing tomorrow, Sunday, July 20th. Open house from 1-4 p.m.

4547 8th Avenue Northeast, Seattle 98105. Offered at $270,000. One bedroom, one full bath. 593 square feet. Floor to ceiling windows, balcony, en-suite laundry, secure garage parking, additional storage. Monthly dues: $367. Exceptionally well-kept Duncan Place, with lobby entrance, well-appointed community room, roof-top deck.

For more info and photos, click here.


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A Sweeping Sensation


West Seattle arguably features the best views in Seattle: the stunning downtown skyline, the Space Needle, ferries, cargo ships, airborne entities -large, small, and feathered. When you can look out your window and see all this and more, it’s hard name a rival outlook.


At the crest of the hill above Alki beach, this view home for sale has the added inducement of being an utterly romantic Mediterranean villa with a red tile roof, my favorite old house style. Rather rare for Seattle.GetMedia.ashx

Come see for yourself and say hello at my open house here tomorrow, Sunday, June 15th, 1-4 p.m.

1418 Palm Avenue Southwest, Seattle, 98116. Offered at $1,500,000. Built in 1947. Four bedrooms, two and one-quarter baths. 4120 interior feet on a 12,500 square foot lot-over quarter of an acre! Nicely maintained with terrific kitchen and bath updates. Two-car carport. Enjoy a sweeping, unobstructed panorama of sky, water, mountains, city. A sweet spot in this pretty North Admiral neighborhood.

For more info and photos, click here.


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Stairway to Heaven


Tomorrow, on what is predicted to be another perfect day, I will find myself on top of the world.GetMedia-1.ashx

1812 11th Avenue #C, Seattle. Offered at $679,000. Two bedrooms, two and one-half baths. Fabulous rooftop deck overlooks it all. 1540 interior feet. Modern! Built in 2007. One garage parking space. Monthly dues: $362.

For more info and photos, click here.


Join me tomorrow, Sunday, June 1st, from 1-4 p.m. at this Capitol Hill townhouse, across the street from Cal Anderson park, at the apex of the hill and in the epicenter of Seattle’s über urban neighborhood. We can climb the stairway together.