These vast construction sites are each within shouting distance of one another in South Lake Union where entire city blocks have been given over to the developers. Hard to believe, isn’t it, that even with all this building boom, Seattle’s growth is expected to exceed available space for it. Today, while I walked through this formerly low-slung neighborhood, I hoped like I usually do that we know what we’re doing.
Many aspects of my job are great: self-determined, flexible hours, interesting, challenging, solid product, pretty houses, financially rewarding. But best of all is this:
Home ownership rocks.
These two newlyweds recently bought a super cool condo at Veer Lofts in South Lake Union, one of my favorite buildings. Tonight we celebrated with dinner. In a week, they depart on a honeymoon in Europe. Helping them, I got to be a little part of their embarkation.
Ain’t life grand?
Sometimes Seattle seems unbearably overrun with people, cars, construction and noise. But even in the very center of the city, it is possible to find fun things to do where you don’t feel crowded. On Sunday at South Lake Union Park, I met all the cute cousins for a wooden boat outing. Surprisingly we practically had the place to ourselves on this sunny afternoon.
For a suggested donation of $5 you can rent a sailboat. Or three.
Everyone had a grand time.
The Lakeview Brige overlooking Lake Union at dusk (10:15 p.m. this evening) provided hundreds of us standing there an unobstructed view of the fireworks barge, the spectator boats, and the stunning, generous display of flashes and bombs.
Happy Independence Day one and all.
When I moved to Seattle in 1989, my children went to pre-school in this downtown industrial neighborhood called Cascadia or the Cascade neighborhood, home to laundry services and the wholesale flower market. It wasn’t one bit glamorous or chic. The moniker South Lake Union hadn’t been invented yet.
I remember when the recent wave of development began here and journalists were fishing around for how to call it. Early on, some of us used the name Allentown since Paul Allen’s Vulcan properties was mostly responsible for the new look.
Obviously, Allentown didn’t take, but I still like it.
And even though it is still possible to find vestiges of old Seattle in South Lake Union, these are disappearing quickly.
South Lake Union has become the neighborhood for would-be urban dwellers. But housing is scarce in this burgeoning hot spot, especially if one wishes to be a renter (at first) who hopes to avoid living in a large apartment complex.
Last week, I helped some clients rent this cool, industrial loft-style condominium at Veer Lofts on 9th Avenue, two blocks from Lake Union Park and well within shouting distance of all that’s going in South Lake Union.
Concrete floors, exposed beamed ceilings, and edgy design characterize this Vulcan-constructed building.
This unit has 13 foot ceilings, and a balcony with a Lake Union view.
And every unit in the building comes with its own Bocce ball set for use on the common area Bocce ball court (with Space Needle view).
Veer Lofts. 401 9th Avenue North, Seattle, 98109. Loft style floor plan with full bath. 1069 interior square feet (does not include the loft!). One secure garage parking spot. Rented for $2000 per month with a one year lease.
This was a really good find.
Tuesday night is Duck Dodge on Lake Union and has been for thirty-six years. Love the flotilla of sails.
And at Cascade Park, a rousing game of organized team kickball takes place with a schoolyard red rubber ball.
Doesn’t that just crack you up?
I had fun tonight playing around with this new app for my iPhone called ShakeItPhoto. It turns the phone into a Polaroid camera. Pretty neat-o.