Local Artist Adds Whimsy To The Neighborhood With New Park


12th Ave 2  You may have noticed a new addition to the corner of 12th Avenue and East James Court in the last few months.

What was once a vacant lot, filled with patchy grass and not much else, has been transformed into a beautiful work of art, thanks to Local artist Ellen Sollod.

Sollod is noted for her imaginative and whimsical artistic contributions all over the city, including a sculpture entitled “Origami Tessellation” prominently located on Mercer Street, and “Lost in Thought”, consisting of three seven-foot diameter mosaic insets placed in the sidewalk at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue, and at Valley Street and Fairview Avenue in South Lake Union.

Her latest contribution to the city’s aesthetic is this thought provoking 7,332-square-foot hardscape park, right here in Capitol Hill. The park, which the artist calls more of a “plaza” than a park in many ways, took about eight months to construct and is a bit more personal to the artist, as it’s located close to her home. “I’ve never lived quite as close to something I’ve done, I feel like I’m more of a guardian than I ever have before.”, she is quoted as saying.

12th ave 3Though it’s been open to the public for months now, a grand opening is set for Thursday, April 14, to coincide with the Capitol Hill Art Walk, and will feature live music by the Garfield High School jazz band trio and folk singer Noami Wachira. In addition to live entertainment, the grand opening will also include food and beverages provided by local favorites Starbucks, Ba Bar and Cherry Street Coffee, and will surely prove to be a lovely community gathering and celebration.

 

 

For more information about 12th Avenue Square Park, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm. To learn more about Sollod and her work, go to www.sollodstudio.com.

Harvard / Belmont Landmark District Walking Tour

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Spend Saturday, April 9th peering into the glamorous history of Capitol Hill’s Harvard / Belmont Landmark District. Designated in 1980, the district boasts an inventory of impressive estates as well as numerous smaller, but nevertheless charming, homes.

By the early twentieth century, Capitol Hill’s central location yet pastoral streets were attracting affluent families away from the increasingly commercial Frist Hill, arguably Seattle’s first fashionable neighborhood.  Horace Chapin Henry, the venerable Seattle businessman and founder of the Henry Art Gallery, is credited with commissioning the neighborhood’s first substantial house.  Designed by Bebb & Gould, a prominent Seattle firm responsible for the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Hotel, the house was completed in 1901 and featured a five-car garage, a novel amenity for a time when automobiles were just appearing on the city’s streets.  The scale of Henry’s home, which unfortunately was demolished in 1936, set an impressive precedent for other affluent Seattleites commissioning homes in the area.

Characteristic of urban development in the early twentieth century, the homes in the Harvard / Belmont district run the gamete in terms of architectural style.  Among the buildings of primary significance, however, are numerous residences undoubtedly influenced by the English architect Richard Norman Shaw.  While Shaw was essentially an eclectic architect, his projects that held the most influence for American designers  were a series of picturesque country houses that derived from a careful study of sixteenth-century English manorial architecture.  The half-timbering, hanging tiles, projecting gables, massive chimney blocks, and asymmetry of Shaw’s work can be felt throughout the Harvard / Belmont District, but especially in the M. H. Young House, the C. H. Bacon House, the J. A. Kerr House, and the W. L. Rhodes House

Whether you go for the early-twentieth century gossip, the plethora of beautiful and architecturally significant houses, or just for the walk, the important thing is to go, as you will not want to miss this glance into the fascinating history of the Harvard / Belmont Landmark District.

Details

Tours are approximately 2 hours and run rain or shine, dress accordingly! Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available for a cost of $25 (cash only/exact change required). For more information on SAF tours, visit their FAQ page (http://seattlearchitecture.org/tours/tours-faq/) or call 206-667-9184.

 

Capitol Hill Real Estate: February Report

The real estate market in Seattle’s popular Capitol Hill neighborhood was slightly down in February with 26 sales. According to the NWMLS, data shows a decline in sales from previous years of 33 in 2015, 34 in 2014 and 31 in 2013.  This year’s February listings sold for a total of $15 million. Out of these sales, 57% were condos as capitol hill is one of the more densely populated neighborhoods.

Currently, there are 54 active listings in Capitol Hill as well as 51 pending listings. The year to date median sales price for the area was $477,000 and the average sales price was $597,902.

Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle

Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle

For similar information on Denny BlaineMadison Park, or Madrona real estate please click the previous links to each of these Seattle neighborhoods.

Capitol Hill is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined my Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate basically includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5.  The start of the year shows home prices are up across the city and sales for the first two months are down with 165 sold in 2015 versus 158 in 2016.  Currently, in this central Seattle area, there are 177 active listings.

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

First Hill Walking Tour

 

The historic fireside room at the Sorrento Hotel serves as the final stop on tour.

The historic fireside room at the Sorrento Hotel serves as the final stop on tour.

On Tuesday, March 8th Historic Seattle, publisher of Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation in 2014, is offering a walking tour of First Hill.

Directly adjacent to Capitol Hill’s busy Pike and Pine retail corridors, First Hill may seem like little more than a neighborhood of hospitals. At the close of the nineteenth century, however, First Hill was one of Seattle’s first “it” neighborhoods. Offering commanding views of the fledgling city center, as well an abundant supply of fresh water provided by streams and springs, First Hill attracted many of city’s wealthiest residents who built imposing houses in the varied and exotic architectural styles popular at the turn of past century. At the height of its social cache, First Hill boasted approximately 40 stately residences, home to such influential Seattle names as Terry, Minor, Hanford, Burke, Lowman, Frye, Pigott, Malmo, and Denny. To accommodate the influx of moneyed residents, exclusive social clubs, churches, and restaurants were also built.

First Hill’s reputation as a prestigious residential district fell victim to urban growth. During the interwar period, the neighborhood began a quick transition into a largely institutional and commercial district, with Virginia Mason establishing its first foothold in the area in 1920. Today, most of First Hill’s mansions have been demolished, but a few remain, including the Stimson-Green Mansion, now operated by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (http://preservewa.org/Tours.aspx/).

Tuesday’s walking tour will include the Frye Art Museum, Saint James Cathedral, H.H. Dearborn House, Stimson-Green Mansion, Piedmont Hotel (now Tuscany Apartments), First Baptist Church, Fire Station No. 25, the Sorrento Hotel, among other properties. The tour will provide insight into the development of First Hill and changes the neighborhood has faced over the past century.

Details

Date: March 8th, 2016

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue

Tickets: $35 general public / $25 Historic Seattle members

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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

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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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This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day!

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This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day! For one day only, temporary mini parks pop up throughout the city for Seattleites to turn on-street parking spaces into public places. The pseudo-parks offer a variety of public enjoyment from live music, coffee & lemonade stands, visual and interactive art initiatives. Seattle’s PARK(ing) day is a part of a larger,  international awareness program that hope to remind people how to repurpose our streets to create a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.

This is the biggest year yet for the event, as over 50 pop-up parks are slated to spout up across Seattle. With extended hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm, you’ll have all day to go check out how your favorite neighborhoods are using their spaces to give back to the city.

Click here to find out where the pop-up parks are in your neighborhood!

Below are the parks happening in Capitol Hill! Check them out!

Zipcar Capitol Hill 504 E Denny Way Zipcar will provide a peaceful, zen-centered space with guided yoga, icy beverages, and chill-out space for everyone.
Samantha Fisher Capitol Hill 500 E Pike St Like a regular lemonade stand, but on the moon! Features space-themed food and drink.
Sustainable Capitol Hill Capitol Hill 414 E Pine St 8 tools will be selected for the Tool Championship Finals. Watch them face off each hour. Only one tool will be victorious! Plus bike cleaning/maintenance and juggling.
The West Studio Central District 847 Hiawatha Place S Themed adventure nature play for kids to build and explore with natural materials such as bamboo and water. Accessible ramp provided so everyone can join in on the fun.

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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HEADS UP: SDOT Plans Installation of DYNAMIC MESSAGE BOARD

Heads Up!

On the corner of 24th Ave East and East Galer, the SDOT wants to install a dynamic message board, similar to the giant ones seen on highways.

It’s unclear what information they plan to share on the board,  maybe, tell people about traffic on Montlake?  Nonetheless, it will be big, ugly and out of character for our neighborhood.  You can see photos at the facebook page below.

We are urging neighbors to write to SDOT and the city council.

You can join the FACEBOOK group No DMS on 24th at this link or email nodmson24th@outlook.com if you have any questions, thoughts or insights.

3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, May 29th – May 31st

10924228_824020597690690_2799304422795667153_oThis weekend the 3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, takes place from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st. This food bonanza and street festival takes place in Capitol Hill and will be the mecca of all things Greek.

From souvlaki to baklava, you will find the most authentic and delicious Greek cuisine around. They will also have music and dancing too! You don’t want to miss this… or else you might be saying “Opa!”

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
1804 13th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, May 29th 4 -10 pm
Saturday, May 30th 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, May 31st Noon – 6 pm