How tall is Capitol Hill in Seattle?

Volunteer Park SeattleThe highest point on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is 444.5 feet above sea level near the water tower (of course) in Volunteer Park.  How does Capitol Hill compare with other Seattle neighborhoods when it comes to height?  How about 5th behind High Point/Delridge in West Seattle (512 feet), Greenwood (yes, Greenwood) at N 145th St which has conflicting information (492 or 475 feet), Queen Anne (456 feet), and Maple Leaf (455).

According to Wikipedia, Capitol Hill also has half of Seattle’s 12 steepest streets.  The eastern slope just below the arterial on 23rd has most of the steepest street. Roy (21%) and Ward (19%) both between 25th and 26th a long with Highland (18%) and Lee (18%) between 24th and 25th.  The western slope also has their steep streets with Boston (19%) between Harvard and Broadway and Roy (18%) between Melrose and Bellevue.  The Seattle DOT has different grades for these streets although they admit the information may be out of date.  Nonetheless, both agree Capitol Hill has many of Seattle’s steepest streets.

Why did we say “of course”, when we said the highest point in Capitol Hill was by the water tower?  We could explain it, but this water tower article does a better job than we ever would.

Picture above of Volunteer Park Water Tower By Steven Kevil (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Capitol Hill Real Estate – 2016 in Review

Capitol Hill HomesCapitol hill real estate, like Seattle real estate, continued to be strong in 2016.  Capitol Hill home market in 2016 seemed uninterrupted from 2015.  Prices were up in total ($983,591 average vs $981,161) and cost per square feet ($460 average vs $439), days on marketed decreased (25 vs 32), and the number of sales increased (221 vs 204).

Capitol Hill condos still attracted Seattle buyers in 2016 like they did in 2015.  While the number of condos sold reduced (349 vs 365) nearly all other numbers improved. Median sales price ($399,000 vs $355,000) and average price per square foot ($552 vs $492) went up.  The numbers of days on market tightened with condos staying on for only 18 days in 2016 versus 23 days in 2015.

Maybe the most astonish number for the previous two years is both the Capitol Hill homes and Capitol Hill condos on average sells for over list price.  In 2016, the average Seattle home on Capitol Hill sold for 103.1% of list price in 2016 and 103.6% in 2015 and the average Seattle condo on Capitol Hill sold for 104.2% of list price in 2016 and in 2015 it was 102.7%.

The Capitol Hill real estate market is similar to Seattle and the surrounding counties.  The overall real estate market in the region (area covered by Northwest Multiple Listing Service which serves 23 Washington State counties) saw an 8.1 increase of sales in 2016 when compared to 2015 with inventory at a record low for most of the year.  For the 23 counties, the median sales price increased 8.9 percent from $310,000 in 2015 to $337,500 in 2016.  Condos, which make up a smaller share of the market, were actually up 12.6% while single-family homes increased 8.7%.

Inventory was tight throughout the year, there was an average of 1.86 months of inventory in 2016, compared to 2.4 months in 2015.  King County was the tightest with only 1.1 months of supply.  A balanced market is generally considered to be between 4 and 6 months of inventory.

2017 seems to be taking over where 2016 left off.  Low inventory remains and prices remain strong.  As always, to maneuver the market, reach out to your local real estate agent to navigating the Seattle real estate market.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Pictured: Capitol Hill Home sold in August 2015 for $2,550,000.

Capitol Hill Real Estate Report – October 2016

capitol hill real estateAs with the rest of Seattle, Capitol Hill real estate continues to perform well.  In October of this year, there were 13 Capitol Hill homes sold for an average of $926,000 and 28 Capitol Hill condos for an average of just over $446,000.  The highest price in October was $1,500,000 for a home on 16th and Republican and $1,150,000 for a condominium on the 700 block of Belmont Ave.

The Central Seattle area (between I-90 and the Montlake cut and I-5 and Lake Washington) saw the average price of homes up from October 2015 of $882,720 to $990,258 in October 2016 while condos rose from $507,567 last October to $593,872 in October this year.  The number of sales of area’s homes decreased from 83 in October last year to 64 this year, whereas the number of condos sold rose from 52 to 79.

While prices of real estate on Capitol Hill and in Central Seattle are significant, they are still dwarfed by other local areas.  For example, the average price on Mercer Island this October was just under $1.5 million and the Bellevue area west of 405 was nearly $2 million.

Seattle Police Report on Interlaken Attack

policeIf you have not heard there was an attack last Thursday in broad daylight on a woman jogger on the section of Interlaken that is closed to traffic.  The news has shocked Capitol Hill residents as well as others in Seattle.  The first reports did not give a huge amount of information on the motive of the attack and unfortunately there are still unanswered questions.  Here is the police report:

15 INITIAL INCIDENT DESCRIPTION / NARRATIVE:     {On 10/9/2014 I responded to an assault at Interlaken Park.  I arrived and contacted V/ at 21 Ave E & E Interlaken Blvd.  stated she was jogging on the roadway that runs through Interlake Park. The roadway is closed of to vehicular traffic.   was jogging eastbound through the park when an unknown black male attacked her from behind.  The suspect grabbed  in a carotid choke hold from behind.  struggled with the suspect and they both fell to the ground.  continued to struggle.   and the suspect rolled down an embankment. was still in the suspect chokehold and went unconscious. said she was unconscious for a few seconds.  regained consciousness and the suspect was gone.   climbed up the embankment to the roadway.  observed a black male walking very fast westbound on the SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT GENERAL OFFENSE HARDCOPY WEB RELEASE – SOME REDACTIONS PER RCW 42.56.240 GO# 2014-338190 INACTIVE 1306-0 ASSLT-AGG-BODYFORCE For: 5306      Printed On: Oct-13-2014  (Mon.) Page 4 of 5 roadway.  believed it was the suspect that choked her out. described the suspect and a black male, 5’10” tall, medium muscular build, wearing an maroon hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. also stated there was a black male standing on the other side of the roadway starring at her.   did not know if the second person was involved in the attack.  described the second person and a light skin black male, 5’8′ tall, thin build wearing a orange hooded sweatshirt.   ran westbound on the roadway yelling for assistance. came to the corner of 21st Av E & Interlaken Blvd, flagged down a passerby and used his cell phone to call 911.                said the suspect did not make any statements during the attack. did not know the suspects motivation.   did not have any property on her person at the time of the attack.  I asked  if she thought the attack had a sexual motivated.  said she did not think it was sexual.  had punched and grabbed the suspect’s genitalia during the altercation.  said the suspect did not appear to be sexually aroused.  clothing was intact.  skin and clothing was soiled with dirt from the struggle.   had no visible signs of injury.  I requested SFD respond to the scene.  SFD E6 responded and rendered aid to                Officer Laina, Officer Williams and Officer Bolton checked the area for the suspect(s) with negative results.   took me to the area the assault occurred.  could not pinpoint the exact area but she was able to point out the general location. I scoured the area for evidence.  I found nothing in the area of evidentiary value.               Sgt Visaya responded to the scene.               I gave  my business card with SPD case number and SFD run Officer Bolton transported  to her residence. –>} I hereby declare (certify) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington that this report is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief (RCW 9A.72.085) Electronically signed: KNOX, KURT E         Date: Oct-09-2014       Place: Seattle, WA

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.

Happy Turkey Day Seattle!

Thanksgiving SeattleHappy Turkey Day Seattle!

For those procastinators: How to Cook a Turkey

For NFL Fans: 9:30 AM on CBS, Texans vs Lions (Seahawk fans root for Texans); 1:15 PM on FOX, Redskins vs Cowboys (Seahawk fans root for Redskins); & 5:20 on NBC, Patriots vs Jets (Seahawk fans do not care)

For College Football Fans: 4:30 PM on ESPN, TCU vs Texas

For Gonzaga Fans: 6 PM on ESPN2, Clemson vs Gonzaga

For those who get stressed on the holidays: Meditation

For those akward moments when talking to family: Discussion Topics

For keeping peace at the Thanksgiving dinner: Topics to Avoid

If you do not avoid those topics: Unbeatable Arguments

Capitol Hill Pride Festival

Capitol Hill Pride FestivalCapitol Hill Pride Festival is this Saturday, June 25th, starting at 11 AM and scheduled until 10 PM.  Over 15,000 people are expected to celebrate diversity and community pride.  Everyone is welcome.  The event will be on Capitol Hill’s Broadway Avenue between East John and East Roy Street and features three stages of entertainment and over 100 vendors.

Capitol Hill Helps Win Waste-Reduction Competition

Recycle SeattleCapitol Hill, together with First Hill, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Denny Blaine and Montlake reduced their waste by 19% in a period tracked from 2009/2010.  And because of that, the Arboretum is getting a new playground thanks to a $50,000 prize. CleanScape, which collects waste for 60,000 residents in Seattle, sponsored the contest.

The competition is running again this year and ends this Fall.  To learn more about the competition or ideas how to reduce waste go to CleanScape’s website.  But if Capitol Hill and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods wants to win again, then we need to start reducing our waste even more.  Currently, the neighborhoods in the northeast Seattle are leading this year’s competition.