Tips for Spring Sellers!

 

The flowers are starting to bud, and the sun is peaking through the clouds (on some days); Spring is in the air and For Sale signs are emerging around Seattle. How do you stay ahead of the game? As the housing market begins to heat up, sellers can take these extra steps to help stand out among the rest. At first glance, potential buyers are scrutinizing your property before they even step foot in the door, and having a clean entrance and yard can make a big difference for first impressions.  Adding a beautiful potted plant to the front porch, or staining the front deck could be relatively small projects that could add generous appeal to your home.

Staging your home is another great way to entice buyers to choose your home. Hiring professionals to arrange your home to appeal to a broad array of buyers could be the difference between a buyer choosing your home, or choosing one just down the street. Removing personal belongings helps buyers envision themselves living on the property- not you. Also remember to give your home a good cleaning before showings; a clean home feels bigger and more inviting.

For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

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.

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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Melrose Promenade Plan Taking Shape, Set For 2017 Completion

Melrose PromenadeMelrose Avenue East runs along the western edge of Capitol Hill, and though it provides some of the best views in the city of the Olympic Mountains, the street itself is unwelcoming and often the site of robberies and other crime. A greenway at its north end that should be a perfect place to sit and watch the boats on Lake Union is overgrown and isolated from the rest of the neighborhood.

A group of neighbors has been working since 2010 to transform the street into an inviting promenade that will serve as Capitol Hill’s “front porch”, proposing wider sidewalks, benches, trees and new landscaping (including creation of Bellevue Place Park north of Roy Street), and public art. Aided by a $20,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the City of Seattle, the Melrose Promenade planning group released a Visioning Project Report in September 2013, outlining the group’s proposed design for the corridor. The planning process took a big step forward this October, as the City announced it would incorporate the promenade project in its citywide network of greenways, and set a project completion date for 2017.

While this is a major victory for the community members who have been working to see this project through, they still need public support, and there will be an extensive public engagement process throughout the planning stage in 2015. So, keep up to date on the project’s website, and if you would like to help fund the project you can do so through the Seattle Parks Foundation.

Capitol Hill Art Walk Is Tomorrow, 12/11

Capitol Hill Art WalkThe end of 2014 is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time for the last Capitol Hill Art Walk of the year. This month’s walk is tomorrow, December 11, and as usual there is a long list of participating venues. Barca will host two Pacific Northwest jewelry designers, Michelle McCarthy and Khai Bhagwandin; Capitol Cider is hosting a “Drink and Draw” event along with Gage Academy of Art, and will have free drawing materials to use; Glasswing will have vintage workwear on display; and many other venues all over the hill will host shows of their own. See a full list of venues and their opening times here.

Get In The Halloween Spirit With Events This Weekend

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are several events happening this weekend on Capitol Hill to get you in the Halloween state of mind before the 31st. DCF 1.0

  • If you’re feeling like a big spender, a $100 ticket will get you in to the Haunted Halloween Party at the rumored-to-be-haunted Stimson-Green Mansion this Saturday, October 25. The ticket price gets you admission to the party, signature cocktails, appetizers, sweet treats, and entertainment including a DJ and a live burlesque performance. Costumes are required! Buy tickets here.
  • If that’s a little too rich for your blood, the Halloween Pub Crawl on 15th Avenue East is also happening on the Saturday the 25th. The crawl kicks off at Smith at 5:00 p.m. and will also visit Coastal Kitchen, the Hopvine, Liberty, Harry’s Bar (at Olympia Pizza), and wraps up with a costume contest at The Canterbury.
  • For the little ones, Hilloween is Capitol Hill’s kid-friendly event, taking place at Cal Anderson Park on Saturday the 25th. Get there at noon for carnival games,entertainment, and face painting; followed by a costume parade at 3:30; and trick-or-treating on Broadway from 4:00-7:00. Kids in costume will also get a free pizza slice from Pagliacci! RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Historical Ghost Tour Of Capitol Hill Tomorrow 10/18!

DCF 1.0Get yourself in the Halloween spirit and learn about the spooky side of Capitol Hill on the 9th annual Capitol Hill Historical Ghost Tour, tomorrow October 18. This is first of three tours (Saturday, October 25, and Friday, October 31 are the other two dates), and begins at Elliott Bay Books at 5:00 p.m.

For approximately an hour and a half, you’ll take a guided walking tour of the Pike/Pine area and head up Broadway, ending at the Harvard Exit Theatre, which is considered one of the most haunted theaters in the Northwest. Hear spooky stories of famous Seattle residents (and their ghosts), including Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

There is a suggested $5 donation, and tour organizers recommend calling ahead to make sure there is room, especially for large groups (206-523-6348).

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!

 

O’Dea Principal Quits After Being Accused of Abuse

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Brother Karl Walczak has resigned as principal at O’Dea High School, after being accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s.  According to the Seattle Times, the accusations against Walczak relate to his time teaching at another diocese in the early 70’s, and he has denied all accusations.

The operation of the high school will continue under the Acting Principal James Walker. The School Board did not learn of the accusations until Wednesday afternoon.  According to the Times, John Shuster, Seattle co-director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has accused O’Dea School and Archdiocese of Seattle of a cover up, and knowing of Walczak’s accusations back in August, and not acting on the issue. For further coverage on the story, visit the Seattle Times.

Seattle Gets Approval to Design First Hill Street Car Extension

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Major Mike McGinn said that the City of Seattle has gathered enough funds to begin the design and planning process for the First Hill Streetcar line’s Broadway extension. According to the City of Seattle, $850,000 of federal funding have already been secured, and another $900,000 are pending final approval, in which case the City will have enough funding to design a half mile line extension, requested by the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The line would then extend into Broadway’s Retail District, and be able to support residents by moving the terminus from Denny Way to Roy Street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is currently constructing the First Hill street car line, and ever since the project’s first stages of planning, the Capitol Hill community has been very vocal about obtaining an extension to the North End of Broadway, instead of it’s currently final stop at the Capitol Hill Link light rail station. The extension project would continue the double track street car installation, with two or three additional stops, and the total extension project is estimated to be around $25 million. For more information on the project, visit the Seattle Streetcar’s website.