Tips to Avoid Secondhand Smoke in Your Apartment

Even if you yourself pledge to keep your apartment smoke free, sometimes your neighbors don’t follow suit, and its very easy to consume secondhand smoke from a neighboring unit. Most of the newer buildings in and around Seattle are smoke free, but nevertheless, some folks don’t always follow the rules. There are a few courses of action you can take to try to persuade your neighbor not to smoke indoors, or closer than 25 feet from your unit. You can remind your landlord of the economic costs of smoke damage to the unit. cigarette

Cigarette smoke can cause significant damage to the interior walls, and according to Zillow, is the number one cause of home fires in the US. You can also see if your apartment manager is willing to take steps to make your unit airtight, and to seal off those areas where smoke might be coming in. Areas like around light fixtures, small gaps under the doors, and electrical outlets can be sealed with silicone caulking or insulation foam. Every renter is entitled to what is called “peaceful enjoy” of their apartment, and if you’re feeling like this isn’t being fulfilled, its your right to take action.

West Seattle’s Blake Apartments to Begin Construction Soon

It’s official; according to the folks at the West Seattle Blog, Indigo Real Estate Services has announced that plans for the 5020 California SW apartment complex are scheduled to begin construction in January 2013, and their aiming to be open for tenants the summer of 2014. That means for those West Seattleites who have anxiously been waiting for 5 or so years for  an update on the former Spring Hills project: the Blake Apartments are back on! big-house-01

The Blake was named after the most visible island that can be seen from the building rooftop deck, the complex will also offer views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains for its residents. The Blake will be an upscale, pet friendly establishment, with 101 units including two story town homes, studios, 1 bed 1 bath, and 2 bed 2 bath apartments. It will have 87 underground parking stalls, and a secure indoor bike storage, with a greater ratio for tenant parking than most complexes in the Junction. For more updates and information on the Blake, submit your contact information today.

Alcyone Apartments Gets a Makeover

Alcone Apartment

Photo provided by Alcyone Apartments

In the next few years Vulcan Real Estate plans to do some renovating in the Alcyone Apartment complex in South Lake Union. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, the 161 unit building built back in 2003 will receive several upgrades including new appliances, and new fitness equipment for the community gym. Kitchens will receive Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers, which will be installed to improve energy efficiency, and outdoor furniture will also be added to the amenities of the complex.

Other upgrades are to include single stacked washers and dryers in units, quartz counter tops in both the kitchen and bathrooms, and new plank flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as new carpet in some additional rooms. Units will be re-painted, and some rooms will receive new sinks and faucets, new cabinet faces in the loft units, and updated bathroom lighting and hardware. In a press release, Vulcan has expressed that the upgrades should help the Alcyone stay competitive in the neighborhood, with all of the new building proposals, and developments already underway. For more information about the apartments or availability visit Alcyone today.


Amazon’s SLU Sale Is the Largest in the US for 2012

The mammoth $1.16 Billion Amazon sale of their South Lake Union headquarter went through last week, and was officially dubbed the largest commercial office sale of 2012, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The stats are tracked by New York research firm Real Capital Analytics, and the Amazon transaction was recently ranked as the 27th largest commercial office sale in US history. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Amazon had plenty of incentive to close the deal prior to the new year; Amazon made a $51 million deposit that the company would forfeit if the transaction did not close this quarter. amazon

The sale certainly blows other substantial commercial transactions out of the park, with the next largest deal estimated at $868.6 million being a 1.2 million-square-foot building in San Francisco. The question still hangs in the air as to where all of the Amazonians will live around SLU once the expansion is full installed? Is there enough condos and rentals available in the neighborhood, or will it become overbuilt with highrises in upcoming years?

SCCC Makes Room For Student Housing on Broadway

Apparently Seattle University isn’t the only school with plans in the works to expand their student housing. Seattle Central Community College is also busy at work towards utilizing some of their Broadway property as student housing. Seattle Central’s President has told Capitol Hill Seattle president that the college has an interest in a partnership with Capitol Hill Housing, and is currently exploring new ways to expand their student housing. apartment

The Seattle Community College District put in a mail center for the College on Broadway a few years back, and in a recent Capitol Hill Housing board meeting, plans for the building were brought to light. SCCC intends to partner with Capitol Hill Housing to develop that space into a six story student housing  building, with the first floor dedicated for commercial space. Stay tuned for future updates on the building’s progression!

Can Your Landlord Require You to Invest in Renter’s Insurance?

The quick answer is yes; an influx of landlords are requiring their tenants to have a renter’s insurance policy set in place, during the time of their tenancy. This must be addressed before the signing of a lease, and outlined within your lease. In other words, your landlord may not require you to obtain a policy half way through your lease term, but when your lease is up and it’s time to renew, they can add that within the requirements that need to be met for an updated lease. rental

While some renters don’t feel the need for insurance, there are actually benefits for both renters and landlords, as a result of having a tenant with renter’s insurance. The first good thing renters should know is that having renter’s insurance is relatively inexpensive, (usually between $125-$175 a year) and provides decent coverage, should something happen to your home. What can insurance cover you ask? Things like damage done to your home from flooding, fires, and people stealing your belongings to name a few, and when these things happen, it’s nice to not have to eat all of the costs, and have insurance providers take some of the weight off your plate. It can also provide some liability coverage should someone get hurt in your home, a dog bite, etc. If you’re interested in obtaining a policy even if you’re not required, it can really be a small price to pay, in the case of extensive damage. Calling your insurance provider to receive a quote is a good first step.

Redmond Ridge Rental Available: $3,499

Nicole Redmond Rental

This beautiful 5 bed, 2.75 bath home on a huge private park-like lot in Redmond is now available! This home is back area faces a protected wetlands area, and the home itself is extremely light and bright, featuring cathedral ceilings, crown molding, and skylights throughout. There are 5 bedrooms plus an office area, and the large master bedroom features a 5 piece master bath and walk in closet. Great formal dining area and formal living room , and spacious kitchen with ample counter space, spacious pantry, and large island. This home has a large deck for entertaining, overlooking the expansive beautiful yard.  Yard care is included in the cost of rent, and pets are negotiable on a case by case basis, with deposit. For more information on this home, or other Seattle & Eastside rentals, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/2.75
Price: $3,499

Apodment Boom Frusterates Capitol Hill Residents

Have you noticed the surge in micro-housing in your neighborhood? Many Capitol Hill residents have expressed their frustration with this growing trend that packs dozens of small apartments, (generally 150 sf in size- and no that is not a typo!) into one building, which shared living quarters and private bath. According to Kiro News, a dozen or so of these buildings have popped up on the Hill, and neighbors are expressing their concerns that cramming these residents into the tiny spaces is degrading to their traditional community.

On Monday night, a group of 100 concerned neighbors came together to make themselves heard at a public meeting, where they stated their frustration for these aPodments, pint sized rooms available for around $600 a month. One issue that was addressed, is that the layout of these buildings may allow developers to sidestep a design review process, and neighbors want the city council to put a halt on the development until further regulations are put in place. Is there a need for this so called “micro-housing” within our neighborhoods? We’d love to hear your opinion!

New Apartments Planned for Western & Vine

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle’s Schulster Group has recently put in the paperwork with City Planners for a proposed 12-story apartment building on the corner of Western & Vine Street in Belltown. The proposal is for a 132 unit apartment building that also includes 75 underground parking stalls.

The property is currently a parking lot owned Skyway Luggage. According to the Times, the Design Review Board is tentatively scheduled to review the project January 8th. Stay tuned for future updates!

Seattle University Gets Approval to Plan Expansion

Yesterday Seattle University received the approval from the City Council for a plan that would more than double the school’s square footage of campus space on Broadway & Madison St. Right now the University is spread across 2.04 million sf of the 4.8 acre campus. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, the school’s master plan is designed to stimulate growth of the University over the next 10-20 years, and by 2028 the school hopes to add 2.1 million sf of classrooms, parking, housing, retail and other buildings.

The plan includes taller buildings, and expansion of the campus’ boundary lines, and campus officials have said that the plan is necessary in preparation for the projected growth of the university; an estimated 2,500 students by 2028. Will this affect the cost of rent in the area? Most likely, but officials will have plans for housing to accommodate the influx of students who want to live on campus as well. The city’s approval doesn’t necessary approve any specific projects, but does allow the University to continue planning.