North Capitol Hill Home New to the Market!

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This quintessential North Capitol Hill Tudor sits privately above the street on coveted 22nd Avenue East, one of Seattle’s finest blocks. Generosity and flow of space are the key elements making this home both luxurious and functional.

The expansive but private front porch is a room of its own–a great spot for breakfast or an evening read. The large, sun-filled living room boasts classic Tudor-style details: original stained glass and leaded windows, beamed ceilings, and a wood burning fireplace framed by a substantial mantel and built-ins. Off the living room is a cozy study with a gas fireplace.

Perfect for entertaining, the spacious dining room is conveniently open to the living area, kitchen, and breakfast room. The chef’s kitchen is well equipped with a commercial range combo–6 burner gas cooktop, double oven, broiler, and griddle–plus ample counter and storage space, counter eating, and a cook’s desk. Just off the kitchen and breakfast room, a decked garden space is lush with mature shrubs, trees, and vines.

The 2nd level features the bright and spacious master suite with walk-in closet, finished sunporch, and full bath; two more bedrooms, one with in-suite bathroom; a stately office with gas fireplace; a 3rd full bath; and hall closet space.

The 3rd level is complete with two large bedrooms, both with a pair of built-in single beds; a full bathroom; craft/work room; large storage room; and another large closet. In keeping with this home’s spacious overall feel, the basement level hosts a sizeable recreation room warmed by a wood burning fireplace; a huge, open laundry area with laundry chute and closet; and, of course, plenty of additional storage space.

Nearby shops and restaurants, parks, excellent schools (both private and public), 10 minutes to downtown, this home meets all your needs and more. Make this your forever home.

City Recommends Community Meetings to Discuss Further Pike/Pine Street Closures

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released its comprehensive report this week detailing last August’s experimental closure of East Pike Street to car traffic. Ultimately remaining reticent, the city is recommending more community discussions before moving forward with the project.
While SDOT is far from abandoning the project, which attempted to address issues of pedestrian congestion, aggressive crowd behavior, and LGBTQ visibility and inclusivity in the nightlife core of Capitol Hill, the city is approaching the concept of pedestrian-only streets very carefully. Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Sierra Hansen approves of the city’s decision to adding, “That’s exactly what we had been calling for…[to] get all the diverse perspectives at the same table. We want to foster a conversation between critics and supports.”
A further conversation between supporters and critics is likely a good idea, as the project is controversial. SDOT’s survey of the neighborhood’s residents and businesses found 66 percent were in favor of continuing pedestrian-only weekend nights on East Pike street, with 57 percent in favor of expanding the pedestrian-only zones to other times. However within those numbers, there is a split between how residents view the project and how local business owners view the project. 70 percent of residents surveyed approved the project while only 48 percent of businesses did. Additionally, just 44 percent of businesses wanted to expand it, while 66 percent of residents did. Comments regarding the street closure SDOT collected via a survey reflect this divide. One support for the project stated, “I felt safer and more connected to the community.” While a critic argued, “The space created felt like a big dark void. The police presence made it feel like a pen. And the side streets were abused as Parking lots by limo vans, etc.”
According to the report, SDOT will soon announce the date and time of an upcoming stakeholder community meetings on the street closure project. While the project remains controversial, the issues on Capitol Hill that inspired its implementation still need to be addressed. EcoDistrict director Alex Brennan argues that the “Issues [on Pike/Pine] with sexual harassment, gay-bashing, a lack of visibility for the queer community and the arts community, those issues aren’t going away.”

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! 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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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

Pronto Bike Share On A Roll On Capitol Hill

Pronto CycleIf you live on Capitol Hill, you’ve most likely seen one of the bright green Pronto Cycle Share bikes that are docked at 10 locations throughout the neighborhood. So, after three months in operation, are people riding them? According to Pronto’s recently released statistics, the answer is yes, and a large chunk of them are starting on Capitol Hill. The docking station at Broadway and Harrison has the highest number of origin trips out of all 50 stations in the city, with 849, and the stations at 16th and Pine (747 trips) and 15th and Thomas (639 trips) are also in the top 10. Not surprisingly, only one Capitol Hill station, Broadway and Harrison, is on the list for the top 10 destination stations (it appears most of you prefer to ride downhill).

The majority of users were those who purchased single-day or three-day passes (3,501 people), but nearly 2,000 people have signed up for an $85 annual membership, as well. With the 21,026 total trips taken, Pronto users have ridden 43,010 miles – enough to circle the Earth 1.72 times; burned 1,677,390 calories; and saved 34,941 pounds of CO2. We’d say that’s a pretty good start, and numbers should only increase as the weather improves!

Halloween Pub Crawl On 15th Next Saturday 10/25!

15th Ave Pub CrawlThink of next Saturday’s 1st Annual 15th Avenue Halloween Pub Crawl as trick-or-treating for grown ups, except instead of candy you’ll be collecting delicious beers and prizes at bars and restaurants up and down 15th.

Put on your costume and start the night off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. After that, the crawl will move every 45 minutes, starting with Coastal Kitchen (don’t forget to eat a few oysters…or a dozen), followed by stops at the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar/Olympia Pizza, and the Canterbury. The person with the best costume will get a special prize, so make sure to stick around until the end!

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

Capitol Hill Real Estate: Steady as She Goes

Capitol Hill SeattleCapitol Hill Real Estate is pretty steady as compared to last year.  This July there was 51 sales, the average days on market for a Capitol Hill property was 35 days, and the average sales price was just over $500,000.  Comparing this to last July there was 57 sales, the average was 32 days on market, and the average sales price was slightly over $525,000.  All the numbers are very similar to the previous year.  For example, the above pictured North Capitol Hill home sold twice in the past year and half.  Both times the home sold for essentially the same price indicating the market has been relatively steady over that time.

Capitol Hill real estate market has a small sample size so the statistics have to be tempered because a few sales can make a huge difference.  Looking at both residential and condo sales in the Central Seattle real estate market (east of I-5 to the lake; south of the Montlake Cut to I-90) the number of sales increased (last July 146 sales vs 153 sales this July) but the average sales price decreased slightly from $650,977 to $644,454.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate.

SDOT Wants Your Input On The Central Area Greenway Project

greenwayAs one of the main arterials for car traffic that runs the length of the eastern edge of Capitol Hill and through the Central District, 23rd Avenue is not the most welcoming street for pedestrians or cyclists. But the Seattle Department of Transportation is hoping to give residents and commuters a calmer, safer north-south route by creating a greenway parallel to 23rd that will stretch from Roanoke Park at the north end to Rainier Avenue at the south end. The 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project will bring a redesign of the street, but it will not include a dedicated bike lane, so the greenway will provide a much-needed lower speed limit alternative to the heavily trafficked 23rd. The final route will most likely follow both 21st and 25th avenues, and could include features such as new pavement markings; improved pedestrian and cyclist crossings; new signage; and traffic features such as flashing beacons, islands and speed bumps.

The project is being carried out in three phases, with phase 1 covering East John to South Jackson, phase 2 covering South Jackson to Rainier Avenue South, and phase 3 covering East Roanoke to East John. The design for phase 1 has been finalized, but SDOT is looking for neighbors’ input on the proposed routes for phases 2 and 3, and is hosting two drop-in planning sessions next week. The session for phase 2 will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at the St. Mary’s Church school house (611 20th Ave. S) from 4:30-7:00 p.m., and the session for phase 3 will take place on Thursday, July 17 at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E) from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

There are six existing greenways in the city, six more set for implementation in 2014, and eight in the planning stages that will add up to 17.9 miles toward the city’s ultimate goal of 250 miles of connected greenways. When it is complete, the 23rd Avenue greenway will be one of the longest in the city at 3.9 miles. Visit the Seattle greenways site for more info on all of the projects, and don’t forget to attend one or both of the meetings next week to give SDOT your feedback!