A Look Back On the Installation of the Black Sun

Have you ever wondered what the story is behind that big black sculpture in Volunteer Park? The Black Sun sculpture, (not to be confused with the Changing Form steel sculpture in Kerry Park) has often been the centerpiece for iconic Seattle photography, as the view from the sculpture overlooks the Space Needle, the Olympics, Elliott Bay and beyond. It’s inspired generations of onlookers, including Seattle’s own Sound Garden, (remember Black Hole Sun, won’t you come, won’t you come?). But did you know it’s been displayed in the neighborhood since 1969? Internationally renowned artist Isamu Noguchi had a vision to create a fluid and timelessly constructed piece that would appear to move as the sun does, creating a steadfast relationship between the actual sun, and the artwork itself.

Courtesy of the City of Seattle Archives, Installation circa 1969

Courtesy of the City of Seattle Archives, Installation circa 1969

Black Sun was a gift donated to the City of Seattle from the Seattle Foundation, with funding support from National Endowment for the Arts. Noguchi etched the stone to capture the organic forms found in nature, and the sculpture is made out of Brazilian granite form materials, measuring 9ft in diameter. Installation took place in 1969, and has been drawing crowds of tourists and locals alike ever since. If you haven’t been to the park in a while, take advantage of this beautiful weather and snap a shot of the skyline through the hole of the sculpture, or put your headphones in and zone out with Chris Cornell.

North Capitol Hill Craftsman Home: $685,000

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This lovely 4 bed, 2.25 bath North Capitol Hill Craftsman home is now available! Features of the home include beamed ceilings, oak flooring, wainscot paneling, large windows, cheerful garden, covered porch and an upper deck. The home is located in close proximity to shops, restaurants, Volunteer Park, schools and also a short distance to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and freeway access. The home is currently leased through February 2015, if you are interested in this or other Capitol Hill neighborhood homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.25
Price: $685,000

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.

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

Cap Hill Coop

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!

North Capitol Hill Condo Available: $1,595,000

Capitol Hill Condo

This 4 bed 3 bath convenient urban condo in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available, and has much to offer prospective homeowners! Gated entryway in a boutique complex, with expansive western views including Lake Union, the Space Needle, Puget Sound, Queen Anne and the Olympics. Features include walnut flooring, fireplace, breakfast/reading room, master suite + two additional bedrooms, and an additional full bath. This listing includes a 1,289 sf, one bedroom garden level condo full of natural light, hickory floors, and living and dining areas. Gorgeous grounds, outdoor pool, an urban oasis!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4&3
Price: $1,595,000

Two New Developers Begin Apartment Construction this Summer on 14th & Republican

There is a new apartment project being planned on Capitol Hill, on the corner of 14th Ave E & E Republican Street, that is said to be for renters looking for a boutique building to live in, with retail and a great walkable score. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, new developers  John Schack and Dugan Earl have formed a development and consulting  company in the Seattle area called Revolve, and will begin construction on their first project this summer. Finding the perfect site for the proposed 35 unit 4 story apartment complex wasn’t easy. The dynamic due apparently spent 6 months analyzing  some 150 sites on Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Columbia City and West Seattle; all urban areas predicted to continue blossoming with renters. 14th and republican st

While they were knee deep in the search, they ran into a road block, and a big one at that. According to Schack, “once a property is listed, it’s blood in the water for piranhas.” They found themselves coming in second, and being beat to the punch when expressing interest in any given project, so they found an alternative option. They approached sites that were of interest to them that were off-market, and purchased a 10,183-square-foot Capitol Hill site in November 2011 that is soon to be the home of their first project. The building will have 33 one bedroom units, 2 studios, and 19 stalls for below ground parking, a courtyard for entertainment, and a roof top deck. For more news to come on when the project will be leasing units, visit Revolve’s news blog.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!

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Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Ghost Beach Performing at the Baltic Lounge this Weekend

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Looking for something interesting to do this weekend on the Hill? If you haven’t been to a show at the Baltic Room in a while, head over and check out the third Friday Sex Pop series experience, featuring Electro pop group Ghost Beach on February 15th. They’ve barely been on the map for a year, but the Brooklyn duo Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have already established themselves as a vibrant force to be reckoned with.Their first album was released last March, and their more recent debut of Modern Tongues EP  has Ocean unleashing the lyrics while Doc orchestrates the beats and guitar. This won’t be your typical electro pop show, with hip hop/dj Noah Hyde opening, tickling your ears with a mix of his remixes from Youth Lagoon, to Wake Owl before Ghost beach takes you on a feeding frenzy for the eyes and ears.