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

Seattle to Become the Most Wired and Connected City in the Nation

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The city of Seattle has an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to develop a high speed fiber network which will use the city’s unused fiber network capacity. The network is called Gigabit Seattle and will start in twelve areas of Seattle before expanding through the rest of the city. The twelve areas are: UW’s West Campus District, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill/First Hill/Central area, UW’s Metro Tract, UW’s Family Housing at Sand Point, Northgate, Volunteer Park area, Beacon Hill and SODO Light Rail Station, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello and Rainier Beach.

The network will include fiber connections directly to homes and businesses, gigabit broadband wireless connections to multifamily and offices across Seattle as well as next generation mobile wireless internet. UW President Michael Young believes the network will help the economy as well as help make Seattle the most wired and connected city in the nation. No money from the city will be going towards the project. Gigabit Squared is to raise all money needed to design and build the network. It is unknown what the cost will be and when the project will be launched. It is believed that will drive down costs but still be similar in price with competitors such as Comcast and CentryLink.

Charming Capitol Hill Co-op For Sale

coopThe top floor of the charming Capitol Hill building is available for purchase at $164,950. Owning the 610 sf co-op is a great opportunity to own your own place instead of rent! It has one bedroom and one bath as well as open formal living areas, hardwood floors and includes a washer and dryer. Although there is no parking included, it has a walking score of 92! Enjoy all the food and entertainment that Capitol Hill has to offer just a few blocks away. Bus stops are near by which make it easy to get around downtown and other areas of the city.

Status For Sale
Price $164,950
Bed / Bath 1 / 1

For more information please contact Kristine Losh of Ewing & Clark at 866-675-8911.

Much Loved Seattle Theater to Close Doors for Good

EgyptianSeattle’s Egyptian Theater will be closing its doors for good after showing its last movie on June 27th. After 20 years on Capitol Hill, a new lease agreement could not be reached with the Seattle landmark. It is not easy for single screen theaters to compete with all of the major theater companies showing several movies multiple times a day in today’s economy and so it must close.

The Egyptian is a 600 seat single screen theater that opened in 1915 as a Masonic Temple. In the early 1980′s SIFF began using the theater and since 1989, Landmark Theaters has shown foreign films, documentaries and restored classics. Seattle Central Community College bought the building in 1992 and is a separate business entity from the school and it’s closing will have no effect on the school or students. Someone will end up renting it.

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.

 

Family Fun at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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The Children’s Film Festival has been bringing joy, culture, and fun to the youngsters and their families in the Seattle area for the past 8 years and it is back! The festival is produced by the Northwest Film Forum and shows more than 120 films from over 35 countries around the world. This year, Children’s Hospital is helping sponsor the festival. 5 short films made by Children’s Hospital patients will be shown as well.

Many of the films have subtitles so parents will need to be sure that their children are at the correct reading level if they don’t understand the language. You can find information on age recommendations for each film or event on the festival’s website. Although there is plenty to do and see for all ages, it seems the average age is 8+ for films.

There are other events that will get little ones’ creative juices flowing. Classes are available to learn animation and how to make a movie using sock puppets. I would recommend taking your little one to the Pajama Party with Caspar Babypants! They can wiggle and jiggle and shake those ants in their pants to a live performance from Caspar Babypants, Seattle’s own Chris Ballew, of The Presidents of the United States of America. The site says it’s for ages 3+ but I happen to know a few little munchkins younger than that who love to dance and sing along with Caspar Babypants. Warning to parents, his songs are catchy and hard to get out of your head. You’ll be singing them for a week!

The festival is begins January 24th and ends February 3rd. Average price is $12 per person or $38 for a family of 4. It’s a great event that the whole family can enjoy!

SCCC Makes Room For Student Housing on Broadway

Apparently Seattle University isn’t the only school with plans in the works to expand their student housing. Seattle Central Community College is also busy at work towards utilizing some of their Broadway property as student housing. Seattle Central’s President has told Capitol Hill Seattle president that the college has an interest in a partnership with Capitol Hill Housing, and is currently exploring new ways to expand their student housing. apartment

The Seattle Community College District put in a mail center for the College on Broadway a few years back, and in a recent Capitol Hill Housing board meeting, plans for the building were brought to light. SCCC intends to partner with Capitol Hill Housing to develop that space into a six story student housing  building, with the first floor dedicated for commercial space. Stay tuned for future updates on the building’s progression!

Seattle University Gets Approval to Plan Expansion

Yesterday Seattle University received the approval from the City Council for a plan that would more than double the school’s square footage of campus space on Broadway & Madison St. Right now the University is spread across 2.04 million sf of the 4.8 acre campus. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, the school’s master plan is designed to stimulate growth of the University over the next 10-20 years, and by 2028 the school hopes to add 2.1 million sf of classrooms, parking, housing, retail and other buildings.

The plan includes taller buildings, and expansion of the campus’ boundary lines, and campus officials have said that the plan is necessary in preparation for the projected growth of the university; an estimated 2,500 students by 2028. Will this affect the cost of rent in the area? Most likely, but officials will have plans for housing to accommodate the influx of students who want to live on campus as well. The city’s approval doesn’t necessary approve any specific projects, but does allow the University to continue planning.