The Gaffney House Hits the Market

1604 17th Ave Gaffney House-5The Gaffney House, facing east on the corner of 17th Avenue and Madison Street, has just been listed for sale by Ewing and Clark Inc. The current owner, Full Life Care, a not-for-profit organization, has owned and operated a memory care home out of the property for the last 12 years.

“For persons living with dementia,” says Nora Gibson, Full Life Care’s executive director, “our small-scale assisted living is a fantastic model. But the reality is it’s cost-prohibitive for us to continue at this location. We’ll invest the property’s equity into our other memory care home in Columbia City and our adult day health centers throughout King and Snohomish counties. We are committed to providing fiscally-sound solutions for the long-term care needs of our most vulnerable populations.”

1604 17th Ave Gaffney House-2Prior to the establishment of Gaffney House in 2004, the property had served many purposes. In the 20th century it had numerous incarnations: hospital, mental health facility, a venue for weddings and other large parties. At one point, it was even configured into a warren of non-profit arts organizations. Most recently, the stairwell was encased, a large elevator was added, and extra-large bedrooms were re-sized.

Gibson emphasizes that Gaffney House will continue to provide high quality of care during the sale. “We expect the process to take many months,” she says. “And our residents’ quality of life will always be our paramount concern. When the sale approaches, we’re committed to helping families make a smooth transition for their loved ones.”

“Our residents and their families have loved what we’ve accomplished at Gaffney House,” Gibson says. “And it is at a very special location in the heart of a mixed-use area. It’s even conveniently sandwiched between two incredible markets: Trader Joe’s and the Central Co-op. Like Gaffney House, I’m sure a new use will develop from the sale that will be of great benefit to the Capitol Hill community.”

1604 17th Ave Gaffney House-3The stately 1906 house was originally built for Caroline Kline Galland and was completely renovated in 1990 and again in 2003. The elegant and palatial property sits atop Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most dynamic & vibrant neighborhoods. The Gaffney House is equipped with handicapped and elevator access to all four floors, two full staircases, fire sprinklers, fire rated doors, & other life safety improvements and is currently approved for 16 residents, while operating as Full Life. This property provides a unique high profile investment opportunity in a NC365′ zone.

For more information about Full Life Care programs, contact Doug Harkness at 206.224.3757. To inquire about the sale, contact Ewing & Clark, Inc.: Tom Graff at 206.295.1445 or Jane Powers at 206.322.2840.

Just Listed: Classic Capitol Hill Craftsman

1150 17th Ave E-33

This lovely Craftsman sits on a coveted tree-lined Capitol Hill street, within easy walking distance of Volunteer Park, 15th and 19th Avenue shops and eateries, and both private and public schools, all in a surprisingly quiet setting. Well-manicured landscaping and a rocking chair front porch create an inviting street presence and feeling of “home.”

A formal entry welcomes guests to a circular and nicely flowing floor plan graced with original details including box beam & bead board ceilings, wainscoting, leaded windows, columns, and oak floors. The light-filled eat-in kitchen and adjoining family room have a romantic outlook to Capitol Hill’s canopy of trees with a Cascade Mountain backdrop. A large entertaining deck sits off the kitchen. The upper level has three large bedrooms, including a master with a three-quarter bath; an additional full bath; peek-a-boo views of Lake Washington; and east-facing deck.

The lower level works well for additional living, hobby, play space or easy guest quarters/mother-in-law suite with an additional bedroom, ¾ bath, full kitchen, and common area with French doors as a choice separate entrance. The private and fenced backyard has a level lawn surrounded by gardens and native plantings and access to the large storage area/shop that sits beneath the kitchen deck.

For more information about this home, or to learn more about Capitol Hill real estate, please contact the listing agent, Kristine Losh.

The Details

1150 17th Avenue East

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 3 | Sq. Ft.: 2,950 | Year Built: 1904

Available for: $1,300,000

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Just Listed! Stunning North Capitol Hill Tudor

954 17th FrontJust listed, this North Capitol Hill home is lovely in so many ways. This stunningly updated and cared for Tudor sits on a pristinely landscaped corner lot, anchored by an 80+-year-old Atlas Cedar. This home checks every box: formal and sophisticated entertaining spots; beautiful and functional eat-in kitchen with attached family room; and chef’s kitchen fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. This home features beautiful hardwood floors and leaded windows throughout; designer fabric window coverings; and Barbara Barry fixtures.

Hardwoods continue on the upper floor, and a full bath serves three comfortable bedrooms with generous closet space. It is easy to take respite in the master suite with its soft grey walls. A walk-in closet and full bath, adorned in Carrera marble and two pedestal sinks, in keeping with the homes era, complete this grown-up space.

The garden is serene and private. Landscaping by Beers-Withington, it is completely in touch with its environment; the native plantings designed to create a purposeful and tailored effect with a smidge of whimsy. There are three cedar decks: one directly off kitchen/family room for outdoor dining, one tucked privately along the side of the house to escape the heat and nap in a hammock, a third at the lawn’s edge to catch the last rays of sunlight.

For more information or to make an appointment to see this fabulous home, or to learn more about Capitol Hill real estate, please contact the listing agent: Kristine Losh.

The Details

Bedrooms: 4+ | Bathrooms: 4 | 4,050 sq. ft. | Year Built: 1928

Available for $2,100,000

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Capitol Hill William Bane Home-For Sale

This Capitol Hill home for sale is a William Bain residence with glorious views of Lake Washington, the Cascades and the Arboretum.  The three bedroom, two bathroom home has been remodeled throughout, and has many delightful features including a granite entryway.  The gorgeous kitchen has high-end appliances, pretty moldings and millwork, and oak floors.  The home also has newly insulated windows and two walk-out decks.  Enjoy surround sound, recessed lighting, and air conditioning throughout this unique Capitol Hill home.  Please follow the link to find full listing details and photos or click here to search for other Capitol Hill homes for sale. 

Status: For Sale
Listing Price: $939,950
Bed/Bath:  3,2

Mediterranean Home-For Sale

This stunning Capitol Hill home, located up the hill from Seattle Preparatory and Interlaken Park is a Mediterranean beauty is new on the market and under renovation.  The home, which is currently unfinished,  is listed for sale at $2,500,000,has all new systems and priced for the finished product.  The home was originally built in 1922 overlooks Lake Washington, the Cascades, Interlaken Park and the University of Washington.  The five bedroom, four bathroom home has 7,390 sf of gracious interiors perfect for entertaining.  The homes technical updates do not overshadow the original plasterwork and fine finishes.  The home is close to Volunteer Park, shops and cafes.  Please contact a listing agent to find more information about this Capitol Hill home for sale

Status: For Sale
Listing Price: $2,500,000
Bed/Bath: 5,4

North Capitol Hill Home-For Sale

This Craftsman style home for sale on North Capitol Hill has been beautifully and has sweeping lake, mountain & territorial views from most rooms of this over 7,000 sf home.  It has been completely renovated yet maintains its architectural integrity with tall ceilings, large rooms, detailed millwork, hardwood floors, and 4 fireplaces.  The home also takes advantage of modern amenities in the gourmet kitchen, six full bathrooms and two master suites.  The home has a vast 1,600 sq ft deck w/ Cascade, Lake Washington views. The home is currently for sale for $2,495,000.  Click the link to see full details on this Capitol Hill home for sale.

Status: For Sale
List Price: $2,495,000
Bed/Bath: 5,6

Capitol Hill Home-SOLD

This stunning Capitol home sold in January has commanding wrap-around views of Lake Washington, University of Washington, and the Cascade Mountains.  This home is a picturesque William Bain residence with eight bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms in over 7,000 sf feet. It has gracious rooms and fine millwork including walnut floors and lovely moldings, making for a romantic outlook.  The home also features a large living room, pretty library, dining room, and a big kitchen with commercial appliances. The home’s exterior has private terraces with lovely plantings and a Tsutakawa fountain in the entry courtyard. The unusual loft style 2nd floor family room with soaring ceilings is something not to miss.  The home located on E. Boston Terr was listed at $1,995,000.  See more details on this Capitol Hill home here or find more Capitol Hill homes for sale.

Status: Sold
Listing Price: $1,995,000
Bed/Bath: 8/7.5

Interlaken Park Capitol Hill Home-For Sale

This Picture perfect stucco home in the Interlaken Park neighborhood of North Capitol Hill is currently for sale.  The home is remodeled throughout, but still maintains the original character.  It sits on a sunny, corner lot with pretty grounds.  The interior features include lovely hardwood floors, coved ceilings, beautiful  millwork, grand rooms, and a new kitchen with slab counters and stainless appliances with a balcony offering awesome views.  The 2.25 bathrooms have been remodeled as well. There is a good sized basement w/ high ceilings to add to this 2,750 sf home.  The convenient location is close to 19th restaurants, schools, and parks with easy access to buses, UW, hospitals, downtown and freeways.  See more details on this Capitol Hill home for sale.   

Status: For Sale
Listing Price: $749,500
Bed/Bath: 3/2.25

New Affordable Housing

A new affordable mixed-use project is coming to a long-time vacant lot at 12th Avenue and East Jefferson Street at the outer edge of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  The building will consist of 40 residential units and 5,000 sf of commercial space and the apartments will be aimed at individuals earning an average income of $36,000/yr or $41,000/yr combined.  Capitol Hill Housing, an affordable housing developer, estimates the buildings completion to be in summer of 2012.  The project will also be “green”, designed by Environmental Works of Seattle.  It’s nice to know that affordable living opportunities are popping up closer to Downtown Seattle.  Applications for housing and more information on these Seattle rentals will be available two months prior to opening at