Three New “Parklets” Opening This Summer In Capitol Hill Area

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Around the Northwest we have to take full advantage of our short window of summer days warm enough to spend time outside, and this year Seattle residents will have 10 new “parklets” – spots in front of businesses where parking spaces are converted into mini park areas – to relax in the sunshine. Three of these spaces will be in the Capitol Hill/Central Area vicinity, including outside Lost Lake Lounge and the Comet Tavern at 10th Avenue and E Pike St.; outside Cortona Cafe at 25th and Union; and up the hill in Madrona outside the Bottlehouse and the Hi Spot Cafe on 34th Avenue.

These 10 new mini parks, along with three already installed in 2013 in Belltown, the International District and Capitol hill, are part of a pilot program started by the Seattle Department of Transportation in response to increasing interest from Seattle businesses. While permits for the mini parks are issued by the SDOT, this project is fueled by the public, and all funding is provided by the business or resident who sponsors the parklet. The SDOT will evaluate at the end of the summer and decide whether to make these 24-hour public spaces permanent parts of Seattle’s streetscape.

See the full list of the parklets debuting this summer to see if there will be one in your neighborhood, and read more about the pilot program on SDOT’s website.

 

Restaurant Marron Opening in Olivar’s Old Location

After 6 years on the hill, Olivar’s will close its doors at the end of April. According to Seattle Met, Eric and Zarina Sakai are bringing “fine dining without the fluff” to this historically unsuccessful restaurant spot, and we certainly hope they break the dryspell. This dynamic duo is bringing their culinary expertise to the hill to tease our palates with a culinary journey of a steadfast European tradition; Restaurant Marron will serve a 16 course, hours-long tasting menu of french inspired dishes with modern flavors, and the Seattle twist in this establishment is eating like Kings in a casual setting. Olivars

Eric Sakai has pledged to keep the atmosphere casual, and the dishes unique and tasty. Opening sometime this summer, diners will have the option of the 16 course tasting bites menu or choose a four course menu option if they’re not up for the commitment. Stay tuned for future updates on the opening date.

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

Captiol Hill Real Estate Recap: February 2014

The Capitol Hill real estate market featured thirty-two sales this past February which is the best February in the last four years.  In 2013 there were 31 sales, in 2012 there were 26 sales, and in 2011 there were 27 sales.  Currently there are 47 active listings for sale on Capitol Hill with a high of $8.5 million for a home with an undisclosed location and a low of $157,000 for a co-op in the vicinity of Cal Anderson Park.  The pending sales do not vary in price as much with the most expensive being a home listed for $2.6 million and a co-op for $110,000.  There are currently 65 homes pending sale. Cap Hill home nicole

The Central Seattle real estate market which includes Capitol Hill (basically the area from the Montlake Cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5) is showing signs of strength.  While median year-to-date sales price is down from $619,000 to $577,475, the average year-to-date sales price is actually up from $729,042 to $736,659.  In addition, year-to-date sales for the first two months are up with 88 sales in 2014 versus 79 sales in 2013.  Inventory is also tighter than last year, down from 128 to 93 active listings in the month of February.

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

Recent Capitol Hill Neighborhood Home Sales

There are many noteworthy homes that have sold in recent months in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and if you’re looking to move in the near future here is a good indication of what homes are selling for in the area. Last month 12 sales closed in the Capitol Hill and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods, with the sales ranging between $530,000 – $1,185,000. In addition, 21 condo units sold last month with sales ranging from $146,500 to $600,000. Check out these recent interesting sales in the area, and if you’re interested in moving to the Hill contact your local real estate agent for more information.

709 15th Avenue E – SOLD $1,190,000

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This beautiful Capitol Hill custom residence was built with a one of a kind styling, with barrel vaulted ceilings, unique stainless glass accents and and oak finishes. This home sold recently for 91.89% of the asking price.

909 E Newton Street #C6-7 – SOLD $1,490,500

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This beautiful North Capitol Hill condominium features gated entry, in the boutique Newton Place condominium complex. It has stunning views of the sound, Olympics, Lake Union, and Queen Anne, and the gorgeous grounds include an outdoor pool perfect for summertime fun on the Hill.

947 18th Ave E – SOLD $1,915,000

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This home was timelessly rebuilt by an award winning architect and custom Seattle home builder owners, and the quality of this home is impeccable. This neighborhood home closed last month for 95.99% of the asking price, and new owners will enjoy everything new in the home as of 2008 ; plumbing, electric, walls, flooring, you name it!

115 Bellevue Ave E #302 – SOLD $145,000

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This East facing Capitol Hill Co-op corner unit in the Troy Co-op building features very open formal living spaces and has a walk score of 92. This was a really great opportunity for a renter to own a unit on Capitol Hill, and sold for a little over 87.9% of the asking price.

1935 10th Ave E – SOLD $2,153,000

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This beautiful Capitol Hill home has outstanding views of Lake Union, Queen Anne, Downtown, the Space Needle, The Olympic Mountains – you name it! Features include oak flooring, tall ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, marble fireplace, chef’s kitchen and much more. It is no surprise that this home sold for over 100% of the asking price!