After patio dining at Tanakasan Friday night, I can’t complain about shiny new construction for downtown dining. Tom Douglas’s Tanakasan has a right fine patio that pairs nicely with their Japanese tapas. If you go, try the saki slushie and the pork shoulder wrapped in banana leaves.
photo courtesy of Brenda Pederson at CulinaryFool.
But, very nearby, Belltown Pub in Belltown offers its own patinaed charms. Located at street level next to the historic Austin Bell building, expect pub food, Seattle-style. You can sit on the First Avenue patio or in the front windows and watch the kooky world go by.
Because I have been spending time getting ready to close on my listing here, I am immersed in the aura of the era that is old Seattle. I am glad it still exists in places. It’s sweet.
Antique vestibule at Belltown Pub, pioneer character intact.
Old or new, in Seattle, we embrace our locavore food culture with an abiding loyalty to what is good.
Real estate continues to thrive in Seattle, ten sales reported at the GBK meeting this morning a hearty number for the middle of June. Inventory does not keep pace with demand. We need more inventory!
Aren’t we all very weary of this refrain by now?
To do my part, I have brought this condominium home to market. It’s a good one.
Live in a historic landmark! The Austin Bell was originally constructed in 1889 as a hotel, said to be one of the showiest edifices in town at the time though its location was considered the outskirts. In 1999, Murray Franklin developed this designated landmark into a condominium complex, retaining its facade and some of the original elements while making modern the condominium homes within.
2324 1st Avenue, Belltown, Seattle. Offered at $205,000. One bedroom, one full bath. 501 square feet. En-suite washer/dryer. Garage parking. Common area amenities include dramatic lobby entrance, courtyard patio, and great rooftop deck. Monthly dues: $371. This particular unit allows for live/work space so you can run your small business here, too, if so inclined – a rarity! And what an affordable find in re-burgeoning Belltown.
Open tomorrow, Tuesday, 11:30-1:30 p.m. For more info and photos, click here.
As seen this morning at Bedlam Coffee in Belltown where the whole staff is sworn to secrecy as to who roasts their espresso beans: it’s strictly hush-hush, and they won’t tell you the reason or even if it’s a local roaster. Quirky!
Tomorrow, I am showing this one bedroom condominium apartment at Continental Place, a swanky Belltown high rise, one of the early downtown condos in Seattle.
Life could be so simple and elegant here.
All high-end appliances in kitchen are under-counter. Sleek!
2125 1st Avenue, at the corner of Blanchard, overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay. Offered at $399,000. One bedroom, one bath. 700 interior feet. A recent studs out remodel created a very modern and sophisticated space in this venerable concrete and steel building, also featuring fantastic common spaces inside and out. Garage parking and separate storage included.
In addition to the swimming pool and grassy outdoor spaces, there is a gym, a spa, a wonderfully large party room, and an on-site guest suite. The building also has a 24 hour doorman. For more info and photos, click here.