North Capitol Hill Home New to the Market!


This quintessential North Capitol Hill Tudor sits privately above the street on coveted 22nd Avenue East, one of Seattle’s finest blocks. Generosity and flow of space are the key elements making this home both luxurious and functional.

The expansive but private front porch is a room of its own–a great spot for breakfast or an evening read. The large, sun-filled living room boasts classic Tudor-style details: original stained glass and leaded windows, beamed ceilings, and a wood burning fireplace framed by a substantial mantel and built-ins. Off the living room is a cozy study with a gas fireplace.

Perfect for entertaining, the spacious dining room is conveniently open to the living area, kitchen, and breakfast room. The chef’s kitchen is well equipped with a commercial range combo–6 burner gas cooktop, double oven, broiler, and griddle–plus ample counter and storage space, counter eating, and a cook’s desk. Just off the kitchen and breakfast room, a decked garden space is lush with mature shrubs, trees, and vines.

The 2nd level features the bright and spacious master suite with walk-in closet, finished sunporch, and full bath; two more bedrooms, one with in-suite bathroom; a stately office with gas fireplace; a 3rd full bath; and hall closet space.

The 3rd level is complete with two large bedrooms, both with a pair of built-in single beds; a full bathroom; craft/work room; large storage room; and another large closet. In keeping with this home’s spacious overall feel, the basement level hosts a sizeable recreation room warmed by a wood burning fireplace; a huge, open laundry area with laundry chute and closet; and, of course, plenty of additional storage space.

Nearby shops and restaurants, parks, excellent schools (both private and public), 10 minutes to downtown, this home meets all your needs and more. Make this your forever home.

99-Year Deal Advances Plans for Multi-Use Light Rail Complex

Gerdling plaza

Sound Transit recently agreed to sign Portland-based Gerding Edlen to a 99-year contract to develop the area around the Capitol Hill Transit Link Light rail station, according to Curbed Seattle. The area will be multi-use with a strong community-based approach, including apartment living, Broadway Farmers Market, daycare center, and other smaller businesses. A larger anchor store has yet to be determined.

A large appeal for the complex is easy access to popular areas of Seattle, due to the complex’s location over the new 8-story underground Capitol Hill Transit train station, which opened on March 19th, 2016, and is located at 140 Broadway East. In under 4 minutes, riders are able to reach the University of WA. During rush hour, trains leave the station every 6 minutes, and every 10-15 minutes during non-rush hours. Seattle Central Community College, Group Health Medical Center and other locations are also accessible.

Developer Gerding Edlen plans to move ahead with construction in spring of 2018 and potentially will be completed in late 2019.

Hammershøi and His Contemporaries Lecture Series Begins August Second


Interior with Young Woman from Behind (1904)

In tandem with the Frye Art Museum’s current exhibition, Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark, the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Frye Art Museum are collaborating on a public lecture series titled Hammershøi and His Contemporaries. Comprised of four lectures, the series examines the four major genres represented in Hammershøi’s oeuvre: portraits, interior spaces, landscapes, and cityscapes.

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), whose work was much admired by his contemporaries both in Europe and the United States, is best known for his paintings of sparse, light-filled interiors. Rendered in a strict palette of colors, Hammershøi’s canvases are reminiscent of Dutch Baroque paintings in their handling of light and subject matter. Owing to this mastery, German critic Georg Biermann described Hammershøi in 1909 as a “modern Nordic Vermeer.”

The first lecture in the Hammershøi and His Contemporaries series will be held August Second at 9:30 am in the Frye auditorium.

Cost for series: $110 for NHM and Frye members, $170 general admission

Register Here

Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation

Seattle Asian Art

Beginning in the spring of 2017, the Seattle Asian Art Museum will close to undertake a major renovation that is slated to cost in the neighborhood of $45 million dollars.  The renovation, which will be the first the museum has undergone since its construction in 1933, will modernize the facility while preserving the integrity of the historic building.

In 1990 the Seattle Art Museum moved from its original building in Volunteer Park to downtown Seattle. The museum’s original building was converted to house the museum’s vast collection of Asian antiquities and opened to the public under the name the Seattle Asian Art Museum in 1994.

The Volunteer Park museum building was designed by architects Carl F. Gould and Charles Bebb in the Art Moderne style and opened to the public in 1933.  As a conscious reaction to Art Deco, with its exuberantly decorative historicism, Art Moderne was optimistically modern. Designers abandoned ornament and instead took inspiration from the smooth surfaces of the machine. With its bold horizontal massing and smooth, limestone facades, the Seattle Asian Art Museum fits well within the canon American Art Moderne architecture and due to this the building was declared a Seattle City Landmark in 201

The first in a series of community feedback sessions is set to occur at the Seattle Asian Art Museum 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16, in the Alvord Board Room, which will include updates on the design process. LMN Architects has been hired on to the project.

Capitol Hill Real Estate: May Report

Capitol Hill is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Seattle. The real estate is always booming in the area. Last month there with fifty sales, 37 of them being condos. There are currently 48 active listings and 82 pending. The lowest year-to-date sales price is up from $141,000 to $203,000 and the average year-to-date sales price is up from $567,000 to $609,350.

For similar information on Denny BlaineMadison Park, or Madrona real estate please click the previous links to each of these Seattle neighborhoods.

Capitol Hill is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined my Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate basically includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5.  The start of the year shows home prices are up across the city and sales for the first two months are down with 165 sold in 2015 versus 158 in 2016.  Currently, in this central Seattle area, there are 177 active listings.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel free to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.

Grand Re-Opening of Washington Hall


To celebrate the completion of its ambitious five-year renovation, Washington Hall is holding a grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Hosted by Historic Seattle, 206 Zulu, Hidmo, and Voices Rising, the Voices Rising, the event will feature music and lite refreshments provided by Madres Kitchen and Panera.

Washington Hall was commissioned by the Danish Brotherhood and opened its doors in 1908.  Designed by Victor Voorhees, Washington Hall was built to provide boarding facilities for newly arrived Danish immigrants and also as a community center, fraternal lodge, and dance hall. Most notably, however, Washington Hall has served as a popular performing arts venue, hosting musicians and speakers such as Marian Anderson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimi Hendrix, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Joe Louis.

Despite being in constant use since its construction, Washington Hall faced demolition due to its deteriorating condition.  In 2009, Historic Seattle, with the aid of 4Culture, purchased the building with the intention to restore it.  The restoration and stabilization work to Washington Hall included seismic upgrades, a new roof, and securing the south wall.  An elevator was added, making the building fully ADA accessible. Refinished floors, stage enhancements, new lighting, and a complete re-working of the back space of the building, all helped to restore this Historic Landmark building in a way that honors its storied past.


For more information about his event, visit Washington Hall’s Facebook page.

Former Value Village Could Become an Open Public Market


Cap Hill MArket 5-18

Legacy Commercial and architecture firm Ankrom Moisan released their plans for the redevelopment of the Kelly Springfield Building (formally a Value Village) to the Pike / Pine Neighborhood Council on Monday.

The project aims to create 65,000 square feet of new office space, which will be split between a proposed three-story addition atop the Kelly Springfield Building, and a new, narrow, five-story building.  This new building will be built directly south of the Kelly Springfield Building on what is now a sunken parking lot.

Due to the Kelly Springfield Building status as a Seattle City Landmarks, Legacy Commercial, and Ankrom Moisan must have all of their plans approved by the city’s Architectural Review Committee.  The committee is instant upon the preservation of the building’s brick façade and also committed maintaining a public, retail ruse on the building’s ground floor.  Taking this into consideration, developers from Legacy Commercial are exploring the possibility of transforming the 12,000-square-foot ground floor into an open, food and retail destination, similar to Melrose Market.

Ankrom Moisan and Legacy will be providing its latest design proposal to the Early Design Guidance Review Board (EDG) on Wednesday, June 8, in the Student Center 210 Multipurpose Room of Seattle University, 1000 E. James Way.

Charette to Draw Public Input for Big Lid

 Marchers against I-5 construction, downtown Seattle, June 1, 1961 Museum of History & Industry

Marchers against I-5 construction, downtown Seattle, June 1, 1961
Museum of History & Industry

In 1967, the last phase of Interstate 5 opened. The freeway, which was designed to link Vancouver, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, and Bellingham, demolished anything that fell within its path and nowhere was this more destructive than in Seattle. Rather than cut through downtown, or climb through the hills and ridges directly surrounding the city, planners selected a course of least resistance for 1-5 in Seattle. In 1957, more than seven blocks of residences and retail businesses on the east side of Eastlake were razed to make way for the Interstate. The freeway eliminated the bottom portion of the Republican Street Hillclimb, a stairway leading from Cascade to Capitol Hill built in 1910. South of the Ship Canal Bridge Interstate 5 separates the Eastlake and Cascade neighborhoods from the Capitol Hill neighborhood and separates Downtown Seattle from the Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods. Its construction necessitated the demolition of significantly developed areas and cut off walking commutes to downtown for many First Hill and Capitol Hill residents.
Since its completion, there has been significant interest in placing a lid over the portion of I-5 that cuts through Seattle. An early attempt at this can be seen in Lawrence Halprin‘s Freeway Park, which opened in 1976. This Saturday, May 7th, a design charrette (a collaborative session where designers and stakeholders work to draft proposals to solve a design problem) is being held by the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council to gather ideas that could materialize into an actual lid.
The charrette will take place at 12th Ave Arts this Saturday, May 7th, from 8 AM to 1 PM (coffee and High 5 Pie provided). Attendees will be armed with markers and tracing paper over a blown up image of the I-5 corridor to draw up their best ideas for a lid. Organizers have also compiled packets of materials reviewing existing lids in Seattle and around the U.S.
Pine Street Group developers will next go before the Seattle Design Commission on June 7th, where public benefits for the WSCC addition will be discussed. Commissioners are not expected to take any action. However, the commission will consider materials submitted by the community ahead of the meeting, creating an ideal opportunity to present the results of Saturday’s charrette.

Vulcan is Preparing for 23rd and Jackosn’s First Design Review Session


a preliminary study for Vulcan’s redevelopment of 23rd and Jackson.

Vulcan has released preliminary redevelopment plans for the Central District shopping center at 23rd and Jackson it purchased for $30.9 million in February. While some community members see Vulcan’s entry into the Central District as yet another sign of increasing gentrification, the real estate giant is working affordable housing into the development.

Vulcan plans to replace the shopping center and its expansive parking lot with two mid-rise buildings which would hold 566 apartments. The two buildings will be built over three to four levels of underground parking, allowing the development to center around a public plaza and retail shops. Vulcan is proposing to utilize Seattle’s Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE), an affordable housing incentive program which alleviates certain property taxes from participating developers, to make twenty percent of the units at 23rd and Jackson affordable. This would mean that the redevelopment of 23rd and Jackson would produce 113 affordable units including 49 units affordable to households earning 65% of Area Median Income ($41,145 for a single person, $58,695 for a family of 4).

While Vulcan has stated that the design of 23rd and Jackson was derived from recommendations it received from Central Area stakeholders, some community members do not see the affordable units as enough to counteract the increased gentrification the neighborhood has faced recently. Evelyn Thomas Alan, the founder of the Black Community Impact Alliance, argues that while MFTE does provide affordable housing for middle-class workers, the income range does not go low enough to provide affordable housing for significant numbers of African Americans.

Despite some push back from community members, the Vulcan development team is getting ready for the project’s first design review session, scheduled for May 10th.

Central Co-op Announces Interest in Upcoming Capitol Hill Station development

A preliminary rendering of the future Broadway development flanking the new Sound Transit stop.

A preliminary rendering of the future Broadway development flanking the new Sound Transit stop.

During its annual owner meeting Sunday evening, Central Co-op announced that is pursuing the anchor tenant space in the Capitol Hill Station’s four-site, mixed-use project that will surround the recently opened transit station. Dan Arnett, the cooperative’s president and CEO believes that Central Co-op is “not only the best option for the site but [that] there’s a cultural link.”

Central Co-op’s upcoming formal proposal for the site pits the co-op against New Seasons, a Portland-based grocer that announced its interest in the location earlier this year. While both stores emphasize regional and organic food, Central Co-op’s workforce is unionized while New Season’s is not.

New Seasons’ interest in the Capitol Hill Site sparked dissent from labor advocacy groups earlier this year. Several groups sent a letter to the Sound Transit board, opposing New Seasons as the anchor tenant for the development. The groups argued that “access to jobs for low-income communities and opportunities for locally serving businesses” should be high priorities for the development project. Sound transit, however, does not involve itself in tenant selection which is being left to Gerding Edlen, the developer of the project.  Gerding Edlen, the developer of the property, confirmed that, in addition to New Seasons, “we have received interest from other potential anchor tenants. We have not determined our anchor tenant yet.”

A potential grocery store is far from the only tenant going into retail spaces. Along with more traditional shops, Gerding Edlen envisions a large “bazar” called “The Market House”, which will include a mix of retailers housed in booths of varying sizes to accommodate start-ups as well as more established retailers.