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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My business, as you would expect, takes me from place to place to place. And our current market remains so brisk that my own pace must keep up. In the past week I have been all over, and along the way I collected a few snapshots of some things that caught my eye.
Downtown Bellevue’s burgeoning skyline and my favorite store Nordstrom, as seen from the Vuecrest neighborhood.
Erica’s new sofa, pillow, and blanket combination struck a good vibe.
Is that an aviary atop that Capitol Hill foursquare?
And, a few blocks further along, the Women’s Century Club has left its place of residence after 90 years here at the corner of Harvard and Roy.
On Beacon Hill, Jefferson Skate Park is lively any time of day while the sun keeps shining in February.
If I were really to write the blog of my dreams, I would have such a fun time talking about what I really think about so many properties I see, as well as all the kooky things Realtors say and do. But this would not only be frowned upon by those I wish to make smile, it is also prohibited by my membership in the Northwest Multiple Listing Association. We are not allowed to publish anything listed by another broker without their express permission.
I can hardly persuade other brokers to let me say glowing things about their listings in this format, let alone having them give me the go ahead to talk about how their new listing is horribly dated and depressing and I’m pretty sure is priced about $300,000 above market. But wouldn’t it be awesome if I could?
(I saw that house today)
Instead, after I looked at eleven open houses this afternoon, all new listings, between Capitol Hill and Mount Baker, I didn’t find one that thrilled me.
I do like this old apartment building I walk past on my way to coffee in the morning, though, with its original windows and finely detailed eaves. I hope it will be preserved a long time.
Tomorrow, on what is predicted to be another perfect day, I will find myself on top of the world.
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.
Oh, la, to be an octogenarian and look this good, still stylish.
This is really an elegant, alluring, and intimate apartment a few blocks away from Capitol Hill cafe life. Available for rent: $1250 per month. For more info and photos, click here.
It’s easy to be grumpy when it’s April 1st and one must finally face the taxes due in two weeks. Woe!
It’s also a funny little holiday, though, and what’s this I espy out my window? Two blue relics, driving down the road.
About two hours later, while walking to my office through Cal Anderson park, I spotted the blue pair again.
I’m not sure it was meant to be a prank, but it did make me lighten up a little bit, even if I made hardly any progress at all on my taxes, except I now have receipts and paperwork spread from one end of my home office to the other…