Ask and You Shall Receive: Rental Perks You Might Get if You Ask!

In general, the terms of your rental contract tend to be in your landlord’s hands. Most apartments do not come with extra services like a concierge, room service, or much housekeeping. While typical rentals do not come with such amenities, there are added bonuses available you might receive, if you just ask for them. What is an extra parking space worth? In most apartment buildings, spaces are limited to a per apartment space, but there are usually one or two spots tucked away in back, or an extra storage space nobody is using. If these things exist, there is definitely not enough to go around for everyone in the building, so how does one acquire these? You may have to put your name on a waiting list, or  pay an additional monthly fee, but the spot could be yours if you ask for it. rent

If you’ve found the perfect rental that has everything you’re looking for, but is clearly outlined in the fine print that your beloved dog Chappy isn’t welcome to live in the building, don’t walk away just yet. It’s worth asking if there are any exceptions to the policy, as sometimes a landlord might just own a few properties and not be familiar with all of the fine print himself. If you explain that your pet is well behaved, and provide references that backup the fact that you’re an excellent neighbor, you might just walk away with a lease; although you might be looking at a little higher rent, or a pet damage deposit. If you’re an existing tenant, and wish to get a pet, you might have a greater shot at getting accepted, as you’ve already proven to be a responsible tenant, and your landlord most likely won’t want to lose your lease. You can also ask if the property management company offers any incentives for referring a friend – does your girlfriend need a place to live? Bonus for you if you refer her to your landlord and they give you some cash in exchange for her business. At any rate, nothing is never worth asking; as and you might receive! For more information on Seattle Rentals,click here.

Enso Condominium Rental: $2,395

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This beautiful 1 bed 1 bath condo rental in the Enso building is now available, with amazing city and Lake Union views! The unit features include vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows,  patio, and the kitchen contains new stainless steel appliances, with gas range and  granite/limestone counter tops. The open floor plan includes bamboo hardwood flooring and a double sided fireplace.The bathroom has a spa feel, and a large soaking tub, (one of few in the whole building) and marble counter tops. The building has 24 hour controlled security, and the unit comes with 1 parking space. Some of the building amenities include a fitness center, community garden, BBQ deck and a guest suite for overnight visitors! The Enso is located in the heart of the Amazon campus, in close proximity to coffee shops, retail shopping district, and streetcar access. For more information on this listing, or other Seattle Rentals contact your local Real Estate Agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1,1
Price: $2,395

Queen Anne Rental: $2,250/Month

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This spacious one bedroom condo in the coveted Le Parc condominiums is now available for rent! The one bed, 2 bath space has a lavish master bath with a sizable tub and his and her sinks, walk in closet, beautiful fireplace and a lovely terrace overlooking the downtown skyline, with Space Needle views. Le Parc sits in a prime Queen Anne location, on a quiet street overlooking the Bhy Kracke Park. This unit has a  den, secured parking, and does not allow pets or smoking. If you’re interested in this unit, or other Seattle Rentals, contact your local Real Estate Agent for more information today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 1&2
Price: $2,250

Micro Apartments- Love Them or Hate Them?

If you haven’t seem them popping up in neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or the University District, you’ve certainly heard about the 50 some micro-apartments being built all over the city. While these tiny 150-200 sf apartments offer a cheaper living option for young Seattleites, they’re also stirring controversy across the board. According to the Seattle Times, some of these apartment buildings contain 64 units each, but because the city only counts kitchens, not sleeping quarters for development regulations, the buildings bypass design and environmental review as well as notice to neighbors that is usually required for multifamily projects. apartment

Neighbors against the micro-apartments are trying to convince the city to adopt a moratorium on the apartments, as they’re concerned the buildings are creating a massive increase in neighborhood density. They feel that the city is currently allowing developers to twist the rules, and building developers are getting around standard regulations; they feel that developers should undergo the same regulations as multifamily projects. If you currently live in, or next to a micro-apartment building, we’d love to hear your feedback! Email us today if you love or hate them.

Is Seattle’s Apartment Boom Overbuilt?

If you’ve seen new apartment buildings sprouting up left and right in your neighborhood, you’re not the only one. Developers are planning on opening more apartments this year, than they have in the past 20 years, and plan on continuing to built throughout 2014 too. The majority of the building will be done in the downtown neighborhoods, and to some watching, it seems like a classic act of over the top real estate. According to the Seattle Times, many banks and others increased their financing for apartments in 2012, but some lenders are becoming more cautious, with the understanding that when new apartments open when rental rates are higher, they might have to offer deeper discounts to fill vacancies.  Concerns aren’t running high at this stage in the game, but if construction continues at the rate it is going, many are concerned that a Seattle apartment bubble is in place, is demands aren’t keeping up to pace. jason

On the other end, construction wouldn’t be booming if vacancies weren’t at the lowest they’ve been in over a decade, which has caused rent to skyrocket. The market rate is currently well below 5%, and even below 3% in some neighborhoods, causing an unbalance between the hierarchy in power between landlords and tenants. According to the Times, apartment construction and rent growth in Seattle is more intense than in most of the nation. Apartment developers are flocking to Seattle due to the strong job growth projections, but are the estimates going to cause the city to be overbuilt? For more information on Seattle’s apartment growth, visit the Seattle Times. If you’re currently searching for a new apartment, check out some of these Seattle Rentals.

Time to Move? Tips for Decorating Your Rental

When you move into your first apartment, the excitement is absolutely the best feeling in the world! Your initial priority is just getting the basics, but after you’ve stocked the fridge, and  put the furniture that you already have in the correct rooms, you’ll want your living environment to be comfortable and a good representation of you, so how will you decorate your first home? Here are a few tips to guide you along the way. Before you buy any furniture, go online or read some design magazines and figure out what styles you like best, that go along with the furniture you already have. Do you like the look of steel or a dark food finish? Are you going for a modern or vintage look? While you’re looking for furniture, look at rooms that are already decorated to get a better idea of the right style for you. Rental

Have you picked out a color scheme? Not everything has to match, but you don’t want to have a thousand colors in a 500 sf apartment either. If your landlord won’t let you paint, you can still add color to the rooms with an end table, throw pillows,  and add color to the walls with art. It’s important to measure everything in your apartment before you go looking for furniture; you don’t want to buy a couch that looks like it might fit, then come to find it don’t even fit through the doorway. Buy the big pieces of furniture first, then see how much room you have left to fill with a coffee table, floor lamp, and tv stand. If you have the right budget, it might seem like a grand idea to do all of your shopping in one trip, but you’ll save money in the long haul if you shop around, and see what’s available. Garage sales are a great way to support neighbors and find items you might not have, and places like Target and Ikea have inexpensive furniture that is perfect for the first time renter. If you haven’t found the right rental yet, check out these Seattle neighborhood rentals.

Record High Price Tag for Queen Anne Apartment Sale

The new Elliot Bayview Apartments sold last week for a record breaking price of $14, 650,000 in Queen Anne’s Uptown neighborhood. The 41 unit project marks the highest sale of a multifamily property with less than 100 units in Seattle, which breaks down to $357,317 per unit and $518 per square foot. The So. Cal buyer, 17910 Burbank Limited Liability Co. Another LLC purchased the building half leased, and according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, tenants are currently paying close to $2.60/sf. Elliot Bay View Apartment

The Business Journal said that the average cost of rent in the Queen Anne neighborhood in properties built since 2010 is close to $2.51/sf, and rent has increased close to 17% in the neighborhood over the past year. For more information about the apartment building, visit the Elliot Bayview website today.

Eastlake Receives Micro Apartment Proposal

The tiny apartment boom has gained popularity in areas like Capitol Hill, and now the Eastlake neighborhood might be getting a new Micro Apartment complex as well. Johnson Carr LLC development team has submitted a proposal to build a room-share style apartment complex. Similar projects have gained popularity due to affordability, and are set up a little different than your typical apartment; with rooms organized around centrally located common spaces on one floor. Residents share common kitchen and laundry facilities, but individual units have their own bathrooms and kitchenettes.

Micro Apartment sketch from Biz Journal

Micro Apartment sketch from Biz Journal

Johnson Car LLC is proposing a 5 story project, with 115 units at 2820 Eastlake Avenue E, on a site that currently has a house and a small apartment building that will have to be demolished. The developer has teamed up with Janette Architecture | Planning | Design, and a Seattle design review board meeting was scheduled last night to discuss the proposal. For more information on the project, visit the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

Organization and Feng Shui for Tight Living Quarters

If you’re living in a tiny apartment, or sharing a home with several others thus limiting your own personal space, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice organization, or the ultimate Feng Shui. The folks over at Zillow have put together an excellent list of things you can do with any room big or small that will create and maintain a good flow system. feng-shui

For starters, it’s good to designate a strong command position, somewhere in the room where you feel the strongest and most safe, most often it will be the spot directly across from the entryway. In a studio or 1 bedroom apartment, you’ll oftentimes need to arrange furniture and things around your bed. Sometimes the use of room dividers can make the space feel larger than it is. De-cluttering your space can transcend into other aspects of your life, eliminating  unnecessary stress caused by the mess. Using self-storage to store furniture that won’t fit is a good start, or storing your belongings vertically can offer a varietal for wall decorations. Keeping the entryway clear in Feng Shui is said to produce good energy, that can  flow throughout your apartment easily. And lastly, make your place your own. It can be difficult to get yourself to decorate and personalize your apartment if you know you won’t be staying there for long, but it’s important to feel comfortable in your space, no matter how long the stay. For more tips on making your space your own, visit Zillow.