Celebrate The Holidays In Volunteer Park This Thursday

PrintVolunteer Park will be lit up with lights and 500 luminaria this Thursday, December 11, for the Volunteer Park Trust’s annual Holiday in the Park event.

Pop into the Seattle Asian Art Museum, get your first peek at the newly renovated Volunteer Park Conservatory (both will offer free admission on Thursday), and stroll the park while enjoying holiday music and complimentary snacks and drinks. The Volunteer Park Express holiday train will be on display and circling the seasonal house, and Friends of the Conservatory members will receive 30 percent off at the Palm House gift shop.

The festivities run from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and keep in mind that the concourse in front of the Asian Art Museum will be closed to cars for the duration of the event. This will be a great chance to spend some time with your neighbors and see the restored conservatory decorated for the season!

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.

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

Capitol Hill Home For Sale: $1,275,000

This beautifully restored Capitol Hill home is newly on the market, and sits directly across from Volunteer Park. The lovely designed home has been featured in Seattle Homes & other local magazines, for it’s fine craftsmanship, and beautiful mill work, with beamed ceilings and built-ins. The expansive kitchen gets a hearty amount of natural sunlight, with top of the line appliances and finishes. The master bathroom is enormous, as is the closet, and the 3rd floor even has a media room for entertainment! If you’d like more information on this wonderful Capitol treasure, with 4 bedrooms, and 2.75 baths click here.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.75
List Price: $1,275,000