Bellevue Rental Home: $3,200/Month

Bellevue Jason

This completely modernized and renovated home in the Woodridge neighborhood in Bellevue is now available for rent! Excellent schools in the area grades K-12, conveniently located near shopping district and close to 409 and I-90 highways. downtown Bellevue is a mere 5 minutes from home, and also an easy commute to downtown Seattle. This home has 4 beds, 2 remodeled baths, an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample storage and closet space.This single level home sits on a large lot, with a play area in the backyard, and the best secret: ask about future opportunity to purchase. For more information on Bellevue or Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Baths: 4,2
Price: $3,200

End of Summer Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

Now that we’re right in the thick of summer weather, the heat might have gotten to some of us fair weathered Seattleites- but never fear, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sunshine while staying cool! There are several things you can do these last weeks of summer, most of which come at little or no expense to you, which other options might cost you, but might be worth it in summers to come. Seeking shaded areas in these later summer months is a great way to keep cool, under the tree in the backyard, or putting up an umbrella over that patio furniture on the deck. Cooking outdoors is another great way to keep it cool indoors- turning on the oven or boiling water for pasta can make it stifling in the kitchen, why not grill some burgers on the BBQ, and keep the heat outside? sunshine

Keeping the air circulating inside is crucial to staying cool, and bringing that cool night air inside with window fans and house fans is a great way to maximize the circulation in the evening. If you don’t own too many fans, you can open windows on the upper floor and lower floor to create a stacked effect, drawing out hot air on the upper floor, and bringing in the cooler air on the lower level. Sealing the leaks in your home, is as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Air leaking in and out can mean that the cool air is escaping just as soon as you’re able to circulate it, so be sure to check your wall and ceiling openings, or ask your landlord about what options you might have. For more information on ways to stay cool this summer, visit Zillow.

Soaring Rental Home Market Could be Good for Renters

Photo credit: www.third-estate.com

Photo credit: www.third-estate.com

More and more rental homes in the surrounding Puget Sound are becoming owned and managed by big investors and hedge fund companies; could this be a step in the right direction towards home-ownership for renters? According to the Seattle Times, a National study suggests yes! A study by Wall Street Analysts suggested that somewhere between $7 billion and $9 billion dollars in distressed family homes have been purchased over the past 5 years, and turned into rental homes by these big name investors. Unlike your average ‘mom and pop’ rental investor, these guys are buying dozens and on occasion hundreds of properties at a time through short sales, foreclosures, etc.

Although single family rental homes have always been a part of the rental scene, the involvement of these large scale companies is really allowing the category to take off. According to a different study,¬† single family homes account for 52% of all rental units in the country; 27% of all renters nationwide. The study also suggests that the boom in rental homes isn’t just a good opportunity for first time home buyers, but also those affected by the bust. About 60% of rental home tenants have expressed interest in buying in the next 5 years, compared with 44% of apartment and multifamily building renters. The study’s synopsis showed that single family rental homes are going to continue to be a growing part of the housing market, and a safe bet for future home buyers. For more information on the study, visit the Seattle Times.

Arguments Over Mandating Section 8 Housing

Schack1_bigThere is a new apartment project being planned on Capitol Hill, on the corner of 14th Ave E & E Republican Street, that is said to be for renters looking for a boutique building to live in, with retail and a great walkable score. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, new developers John Schack and Dugan Earl have formed a development and consulting¬† company in the Seattle area called Revolve, and will begin construction on their first project this summer. Finding the perfect site for the proposed 35 unit, 4-story apartment complex wasn’t easy. The dynamic due apparently spent 6 months analyzing¬† some 150 sites on Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Columbia City and West Seattle; all urban areas predicted to continue blossoming with renters.

While they were knee deep in the search, they ran into a road block, and a big one at that. According to Schack, “once a property is listed, it’s blood in the water for piranhas.” They found themselves coming in second, and being beat to the punch when expressing interest in any given project, so they found an alternative option. They approached sites that were of interest to them that were off-market, and purchased a 10,183-square-foot Capitol Hill site in November 2011 that is soon to be the home of their first project. The building will have 33 one-bedroom units, 2 studios, 19 stalls for below ground parking, a courtyard for entertainment, and a roof top deck. For more news to come on when the project will be leasing units, visit Revolve’s news blog.

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.

Beautiful Meadowbrook Townhome: $2,495

This lovely 3 bed, 3.25 bath townhome in Meadowbrook sits in a quiet residential neighborhood, not directly on arterial. It is thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed, making it a step above your usual townhome. All three of the bedrooms are quite comfortable in size, and have private adjoining full baths. The expansive kitchen has an abundance of maple cabinetry, an array of stainless steel appliances, and beautiful granite slab counter tops. There is a gas fireplace in the living room quarters, and extensive use of ceramic tiling in the kitchen, and slate entryway. There is a small fenced patio on the lower level, with entry via the kitchen, and a one car garage. For more information on this Meadowbrook beauty, or other rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 3/3.25
Price: $2,495

Helpful Home Organization Apps

Organizing your living quarters can be a pain whether you live in a 540 sf apartment, or a 4 bedroom home. With schedules to attend to, appointments to remember, and household items to pick up before you return home from work, keeping your home organized can turn into quite the nightmare. Once you factor in bills, keeping track of maintenance contacts, recipes, and seasonal decorations, your nightmare can quickly become a reality. Lucky for us, in today’s technology driven generation, we’re able to keep track of nearly everything right from our smart phones, and home organization can be a simple solution with a number of apps.

If you’re looking for a place to organize all of your date, Life Topix is a good place to start, with no limits to the amount of organization storage it can keep. It can manage calendars, task lists, projects, notes, shopping lists, household utility information, health, travel, education, you name it. Google Drive is another storage app that can be useful for organizing cloud base information, with the ability to edit and share documents right from Google docs.

Helpful Home Organization Apps

Organizing your living quarters can be a pain whether you live in a 540 sf apartment, or a 4 bedroom home. With schedules to attend to, appointments to remember, and household items to pick up before you return home from work, keeping your home organized can turn into quite the nightmare. Once you factor in bills, keeping track of maintenance contacts, recipes, and seasonal decorations, your nightmare can quickly become a reality. Lucky for us, in today’s technology driven generation, we’re able to keep track of nearly everything right from our smart phones, and home organization can be a simple solution with a number of apps.

If you’re looking for a place to organize all of your date, Life Topix is a good place to start, with no limits to the amount of organization storage it can keep. It can manage calendars, task lists, projects, notes, shopping lists, household utility information, health, travel, education, you name it. Google Drive is another storage app that can be useful for organizing cloud base information, with the ability to edit and share documents right from Google docs.

Influx of Hotels Planned for Downtown Seattle

The Downtown Seattle metro area has not seen any hotels break ground in the past two years, and there are no current plans for any to go under construction in the next upcoming months. But according to the Seattle Times, all that might change this year, with current hotels having successful bookings, with little trouble filling rooms, and they’re able to have consistently higher rates. Developers are feeling more confident with those statistics in place, and are moving forward by proposing more hotels pop up in the downtown area.

Downtown Seattle Sheraton, photo courtesy of destination360.com

According to the Times, one of those proposals includes a hotel with 1,200+ rooms, which is larger than any hotel in the area except for the Seattle Sheraton hotel. If all of the projects presented were to be built, the Seattle hotel industry would increase by more than 15%! Developers like Touchstone, Kauri, and Daniels Development among others all have projects in various stages of planning for construction, and Seattleites looking for hotel living should keep an eye out for upcoming hotel projects that have apartment rentals planned into the space as well. For more information on upcoming projects in the Downtown Seattle area, visit the Seattle Times.

Curious How the 99 Tunnel Will be constructed? See its Replica in Pioneer Square

Are you curious how that gigantic 99 tunnel is going to be sculpted? Me too! You can now go see the replica for yourself of the machine that is going to dig under downtown Seattle at Milepost 31, the viaduct museum in Pioneer Square. The replica is 10 feet long, making it 1/35th of the massive machine that will arrive in Seattle early next year. According to the Seattle Pi, the machine will dig deep beneath downtown to help build the 1.7 mile replacement tunnel for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The machine itself is currently being constructed in Japan, and when completed will stretch 300 feet long, 57 feet in diameter, and weight 6,700 tons. It will be shipped to Seattle in 41 pieces, and re-assembled here. The mini-tunnel has a series of buttons you can press to check out how it might appear in action. For an in-depth look at the viaduct project and how it’s going to affect your commute, visit the WSDOT.