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!

 

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

Projected May Opening For Revived Canterbury Ale & Eats

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The restaurant and bar scene on 15th Avenue East isn’t exactly lacking, what with Ethan Stowell’s continued domination (Rione XIII, Anchovies & Olives, Bar Cotto) and Linda Derschang’s stalwart Smith, but for the last few months it has lacked a certain…medieval-ness. CHS reports that The Hill’s much loved Chaucer-inspired Canterbury Ale & Eats, which occupied its spot at 15th and Mercer for 37 years before closing late last year, is on the verge of reopening under new owners Mike Meckling and James Snyder as a considerably less dive-y iteration of its former self.

The medieval theme will stay, in the form of chain mail screens, dark English pub-style wood, a recently uncovered Canterbury Tales mural, and yes, the resident suit of armor, but the space will be completely opened up and will feature a brand new 30-foot-long bar, 30 taps, new seating areas and most notably, a new chef and menu. Cormac Mahoney, former head chef at the recently closed Madison Park Conservatory, will serve as new head chef, and according to Eater his menu will consist of elevated versions of traditional English pub food, including fried rockfish and chips, Canterbury bangers, deep fried cheese curds, French onion gratin, and steak tartar with bone marrow tots – a far cry from the fries and chicken strips that graced the previous menu.

This will not be the Canterbury of days of yore, but we are glad to see it given new life and continue to occupy its spot on 15th. Its projected public opening date is May 30, but check its Facebook page for the most up to date opening info!

 

Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Tomorrow With Events On The Hill

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The 6th annual Seattle Beer Week, which has stretched to a 10-day-long beer and food extravaganza, starts tomorrow, May 8 with kickoff events at The Pine Box and Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill. Meet up at The Pine Box starting at 3:00 p.m. for a celebratory pint before the official 2014 Seattle Beer Week “Six Degrees of Collaboration” IPA keg tapping at the Elysian at 5:00. The Six Degrees beer was brewed in collaboration with Naked City, Pike, Schooner Exact, Georgetown and Black Raven. See below for more Beer Week events on Capitol Hill this weekend:

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Saturday, 5/10

Sunday, 5/11

  • Learn all about how to brew your own beer at the Central District Brewing Collective’s How To Brew Night at Chuck’s CD from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 10 Barrel Beer Dinner with chef Scott Carsberg at The Pine Box.Tickets and more info here.

This is a Capitol Hill-centric list, but Beer Week events are happening all over the city and in select locations on the Eastside from May 8-18, so check out the website for the complete schedule of events. Log in with your Facebook account to add events to your personalized itinerary so you don’t miss out on any beers you’ve been dying to try!

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Tour Capitol Hill’s Remodeled Fire Station This Saturday

We can’t promise you’ll get to slide down the fireman’s pole, but you will get a chance to see how the firemen live at this Saturday’s open house for the newly completed remodel of Capitol Hill’s Station 25.

The remodel was begun in spring 2013 as part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy passed in 2003, and included seismic upgrades and some reconfiguration of spaces inside the station, which houses an engine company, a ladder unit, an aid unit and a battallion chief unit.

Fire Chief Joel Andrus invites neighbors to come and tour the station, located at 14th Avenue East and East Pine Street, this Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your kids for a unique rainy day activity, check out the refurbished station and meet the firemen and women who keep Capitol Hill residents safe!

Easter Happenings Around The Hill

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In keeping with the diverse spirit of the neighborhood, Easter events on Capitol Hill run the gamut from good old fashioned egg hunts to an Easter bonnet contest at C.C. Attles bar. Here’s a rundown of how the Hill is celebrating Easter.

FRIDAY, 4/18

- Start your celebration on a quiet note tonight with a Good Friday service at one of Capitol Hill’s many churches. Services start at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church Seattle, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Parish, and St. Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church (Montlake), among many others.

- For a history lesson tied in to Easter, head to the Harvard Exit theater today at noon to hear Seattle’s Michael McCullough tell the story of his grandmother, Lily Kempson, who participated in Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, which aimed to end the Britain’s rule of Ireland.

SATURDAY, 4/19

It appears that Capitol Hill will be covered in colorful plastic eggs this Saturday, as there are several kids’ egg hunts taking place all over the hill. Hunts for kids ages 1-11 will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park, Montlake Community Center, Volunteer Park, and Yesler Community Center.

SUNDAY 4/20

Along with Easter church services, Sunday brings the ever-important Easter brunch. If you’re not cooking at home try one of these Capitol Hill spots!

- Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto will have several special Easter offerings on the menu, including pork belly hash, pizza with house guanciale topped with an egg, and Easter julep cocktails.

- Monsoon believes that Easter = crab. Get half of a Dungeness for $18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If that’s not enough crab for you, stick around for the restaurant’s regular Sunday crab dinner and get a whole two-pounder to yourself!

- For an Italian-style Easter, hit up Rione XIII for eggs on everything, pizzas, salads and Easter-inspired cocktails.

- Volunteer Park Cafe will supplement its already-stuffed pastry case with hot cross buns, bunny- and egg-shaped sugar cookies and birds’ nest cupcakes.

Happy Easter, everyone!

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

Capitol Hill Craftsman Home Available

This lovely 4 bed 2 bath craftsman home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available for rent! The home has a gourmet kitchen with an island breakfast bar for gathering around the kitchen. There is also a formal dining room, and large living room with hardwood flooring. The top floor hosts a master bedroom with a nice sitting area and two additional bedrooms, while the lower level has a family room and additional bedroom. Fore more information on this home or other Seattle Rentals visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.0
Price: $3,900