Rental Re-Design Tips!

Many Seattleites are choosing to rent out their home rather than selling. At times renovations and revamps can be too pricey for home owners when wanting to get the most out of selling their home. Many homeowners are looking to keep their home in their family for future generations. Whatever the case may be it can be difficult trying to make a home feel like yours. Some landlords wouldn’t mind you to do a little decorating, but some might.

With customization options at a minimum, apartments/houses often never quite feel like home for many renters. Living with your landlord’s choices for wall colors, flooring materials and finishes can leave renters feeling dissatisfied with their surroundings. But there are some things you can do to make one of the most important rooms in your rental – the bedroom – feel less like a hotel and more like your own restful and relaxing retreat. Using some inspiration from the designers at Zillow, here are some ideas:

To start with, overhead lighting in apartment buildings is usually not the most flattering, but since you most likely can’t change the main fixture in your rental, invest in table lamps or floor lamps to give your bedroom a nice glow.  Stylish lamps can often be found inexpensively at stores such as Target or TJ Maxx.

Giving walls a fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to personalize your bedroom, but many landlords are not ready to let you wield a paintbrush of your own. Check in with them first, and if you get the go-ahead, a soft grey or classic white will give you a serene space that is also a blank canvas for the rest of your personal touches.

Once you’ve painted, pick up some new bedding in your favorite color palette to add some interest to the room. Along with a nice set of sheets (Target also carries inexpensive sets that feel much more luxurious), you have an opportunity to make a statement with your duvet cover and unique throws and pillows.

Can’t paint your walls? Paint your furniture or add some adhesive wallpaper! Take an old, tired dresser, give it a good sanding and dress it up with whatever color paint you’d like. Paint the whole thing, just the legs, just the top, it’s up to you! Heavy, dark furniture tends to weigh a room down, especially if there is little natural light, so adding some color in the form of furniture can be a major upgrade and is budget friendly. Temporary wallpaper is all the rage for rentals. Do your research and find the best temporary wallpaper! Check out Pinterest for inspiration!

Now you’ve got some ideas, so get decorating!

If you are interested in renting in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!

Seattle Homes for Rent

If under 2,000 square feet isn’t enough for your next rental, then check out these homes for rent! These homes both have lots of windows to let the much needed sunlight in, and places and spaces to soak it up!

The Highlands

Spacious modern stucco residence in beautiful private setting amongst impressive conifers & magical landscape. Fine teak millwork accentuates the contemporary design & open, rich architecture. Vestibule with round atrium window is a striking venue for art display, and opens into the main floor rooms with floor to ceiling windows. Huge kitchen, five expressive fireplaces, private master suite, lower level with perfect game room & guest suite. Pool, sport court, fountain, just in time for summer!

Available for $9,500
6 bedrooms / 5.25 bathrooms
9,010 square feet

The Highlands: 149 Moss Road NW, Shoreline (MLS# 1088538)

North Capitol Hill

Stunning craftsman on North Capitol Hill. Wood floors and natural daylight throughout. Excellent woodwork, recently renovated kitchen with granite countertops top-of-the line appliances w/east-facing views of Portage Bay. Master bedroom includes fireplace, &luxurious master bath. Lower include separate entrance with second kitchen.

Specific Rental Requirements:

  • All 18 and over applicants must apply
  • Min 750 credit score
  • No co signs
  • 2 car max
  • No negative references
  • No late payments

Available for $6,200

5 bedrooms / 3.5 bathrooms

3,960 square feet

North Capitol Hill: 2818 Broadway E, Seattle (MLS# 1067866)

Seattle Named 5th Most Expensive City In US, But Is Not Most Expensive City In Washington

It’s not a news flash that the real estate scene in Seattle has exploded in recent years. The Emerald City has gone from a town most people outside the state only associated with coffee and flannel, to the tech capital of the US (save for our friends in Silicon Valley). As home to some of the biggest tech names in the world and a booming job market to match, it’s fair to say there’s might not be enough housing to meet demand. Or, at least to meet demand AND your budget.

High rises, apartment buildings and condos are going up all over the city, and soon, our beloved skyline will be dotted with more and more buildings and towers, making the Seattle of just 10 years-ago look almost unfamiliar.

Seattle has recently made headlines as one of the most expensive places to live, get this, in the world. That’s right, recent data has placed Seattle’s rent rates at 5th highest in the nation and, supposedly 9th highest in the world! However, San Francisco and New York still dwarf us, tying for number one most expensive, world-wide.

Those of us who are Seattle Natives know that the average rental rate in Seattle has increased fairly dramatically in the last few years, but it’s interesting to note that, while Seattle’s rents have been on the rise, they don’t quite top the list of highest rents in the state.

According to recent data from Apartment List, Seattle ranks at number 5 in the state for highest rents, with the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at about $1,650.

Surprisingly, Mercer Island tops the list of cities in Washington for highest rents. A one-bedroom on Mercer Island goes for an average of a whopping $1,890 per month. No one said Island living was cheap, I suppose.

Filling in the gaps between number 1 and number 5 on the list are Bellevue at number 2 with an average of $1,860 per month for a one-bedroom (not a whole lot lower than their neighboring Island), Redmond at number 3 with an average of about $1,690 monthly rent for a one bedroom and Kirkland at number 4 with an average monthly rent of $1,660 for a one-bedroom.

Seattle and the Eastside are not the only places in Washington with rising rent rates. Tacoma tops the list nation-wide for fastest growing rent with a year-over-year growth rate of 7.7 percent. Seattle comes close, but not close enough to that figure with year-over-year rental rate growth at 5.3 percent.

Staggering growth aside, Tacoma is still a bargain in the rental market compared to Seattle, with a one-bedroom in Tacoma going for an average of $1,000 per month. For those of you keeping score, that’s a savings of $650 compared to Seattle.

But, proving that some things really don’t change, the cheapest places to live in the Evergreen State are still East of the Cascade Mountains. You can get a one-bedroom for only $600 per month in Walla Walla and it’s not much pricier in the State’s second largest city, Spokane, at around $630 per month.

What a difference a mountain range makes…

Seattle Rental Market – 2016 in Review

Seattle RentalThe Seattle rental market has continued to see increasing rents in 2016 over 2015, although as we wrote last month Seattle rents have shown signs of slowing or even going down towards the end of the year.  Seattle rental numbers cannot be gathered from one source.  When looking at the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), the number of rented homes, the average rent, and average rent per square feet in Seattle all went up.  The NWMLS showed 1,094 vs 1,071 Seattle rentals in 2016 and 2015 respectively.  The average rent increased to $2,752 vs $2,588 from the prior year with the average rent per square feet increased to $2.38 from $2.00.  The NWMLS is mainly rentals from individual owners and does not include large Seattle apartment complexes.  In Downtown alone there was 20 new Seattle apartment buildings in 2015, 14 underway or completed in 2016, and 27 dues to be completed in 2017.  Thus the NWMLS is only a small portion of Seattle rentals.

The above picture property is a Seattle rental located on the north-end of the Pike Place Market.  The one bedroom, one bathroom condo has unobstructed views of the Sound, Market, and the Wheel. It is available for $3,675.

Click here to search the NWMLS rental listings or contact a Seattle leasing agent to assist you.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

1904 Denny Blaine Rental

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A sun-filled, perfectly stunning home in picturesque & desirable Denny Blaine. The home was built in 1904 and has been completely remodeled since, featuring an excellent floor plan,  finish work & beautiful windows. The living room with oak floors and large windows on all 3 sides make the home feel bright and refreshing. The home offers a sun room, stately dining room, and an all new kitchen with garden access. The home is family friendly with two excellent playrooms, a guest suite, storage, and mud room. Lush grounds with a sweeping lawn surrounded by roses, lavender, graceful cedars, fig tree, and lilacs. A truly beautiful setting. Available now for $9,750 a month!

Click the link below for more info!

http://www.ewingandclark.com/dennyblainerental

Featured Rental: Mt. Baker Sweet Sophisticated Craftsman-Style Home

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This updated classic Craftsman-style home, located in Mount Baker offers sweet sophistication and a stately influence to its quite residential neighborhood. Outlined with a white picket fence, the home is situated at the corner of a well maintained residential block.

 

Wrapped in lush foliage, there is a private garden as well as a beautiful back patio, perfect for entertaining. The home’s generous rooms are flooded with light and updated with thoughtful touches like crown molding, trimmed windows, and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. 867188-rental-bmpziz-o

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Nestled behind the house, is a charming office/studio space with vaulted ceilings and wonderful exposed beams. With windows on all sides the studio allows for an abundance of natural light, along with tasteful overhead lighting for nightfall.

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Mount Baker is an excellent neighborhood with a thriving active community. Events such as festivals and concerts in the park, art walks, and holiday parties are often spearheaded

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by members of the community and are open for all to join. In this family friendly neighborhood, it’s not uncommon to across a lemonade stand or have a Girl Scout knock on your door. With views of Lake Washington, it’s a great place to get in on the excitement and watch the theatrics of Seattle’s annual Seafair.

 

Featured Rental: 1920’s Broadmoor Home

1212 Broadmoor Dr. ELiving in Broadmoor offers residents the best of two worlds: in-city living within a quiet, secluded atmosphere. Just blocks from the shops and restaurants of Madison Park and Madison Valley, and in walking distance of the Washington Park Arboretum, Broadmoor is the ideal location.

This 1928 home available for rent is situated on the fairway of the Broadmoor Golf Course and offers a peaceful green view. Many of the 1920′s details are still intact, and this home is attractively decorated with pretty oak floors, classic rooms, and a covered porch. A one-car garage and basement offer plenty of storage.

This is a great opportunity to live in one of Seattle’s most sought-after areas! Please contact listing agents Betsy Terry and Jane Powers at Ewing & Clark, Inc. for more information on this home.

The Details

Bedrooms: 3  |  Bathrooms: 1  |  Sq. Ft.: 2,230  | Available for: $3,900/month

Broadmoor Living room

Most Expensive Active Seattle Luxury Rentals

Although we usually profile and feature “run of the mill” luxury rentals, today I’d like to feature some of the most expensive active rentals on the market in Seattle and environs. We’re talking like… top 10. Yeah, the big kahunas. Not that the other’s aren’t enviable to say in the least!

10. $8,500

Located in Belltown, this property boasts not only views of downtown, but also Puget Sound and the Space Needle. With a gourmet kitchen, floor to ceiling windows, touch screen sound system, garage parking and two storage units. Listed by Joseph Kelly of Soleil Real Estate of Seattle.

9. $8,500

This contemporary Lake Union home boasts a 270 degree view of the water, heated floors, top of the line kitchen appliances and marble bath. This 1,000 square foot house was built in 2011 and has been on the market for 139 days and is listed by Scott Wasner of Sotheby’s.

8. $9,800

Want a penthouse? Who am I kidding, of course you do. And nowone is up for grabs! For rent at least. This 26th floor, 3,081 square foot residence boats three bedrooms and enormous 290 degrees of skyline, mountains, and water. Oak floors, maple cabinetry, gas fireplace, and a chefs kitchen. On the market for 44 days, this property is listed by Julia Tsurusaki with Pointe3 Real Estate.

7. $10,000

Out next most expensive property calls Mercer Island home. Originally listed at $12,000, this 3,880 square foot gorgeous waterfront home features a newly remodeled kitchen with an ensuite deck and jacuzzi tub (uh, that’s awesome). 85′ of waterfront with moorage and dock, two jets lifts and a boat lift. Nicely settled near some parks, what could get better? Not much, that’s what. Listed by Anthony Yap of TAG Realty.

6. $10,000

Tied at $10,000, this Laurelhurst home has only been on the market for a month. Fully furnished with views of Lake Washington, this 4,660 square foot contemporary northwest home comes with Laurelhurt Beach Club access. Offering five bedrooms and four bathrooms, it’s listed by Timothy Lenihan of Windermere Real Estate.

5. $11,000

Now, this one has me drooling. This unit is within the Four Seasons Private Residences Seattle. Two bedrooms and a den, valet parking, 24 hour security and concierge, mile high views, this 2,082 square foot overlooks the Great Wheel through floor to ceiling windows. With a gas fireplace and an ultra modern kitchen, it’s enough to make anyone go gaga. Listed by Scott Wasner of Sotheby’s.

4. $11,000

Another beauty at $11,000, the stunningly designed Arthur Erickson Highlands home is a looker. Having seen this sumptuous property myself, the views and grounds as well as the guest house, I can say will all certainty that it. is. worth. it. Listed by our own Betsy Terry of Our Distinctive Home Shop in Madison Park, this 7,470 square foot masterpiece is constructed  from polished concrete, with a glass ceiling. Mountain and sound views, and a Pemberley-esque (We got any Jane Austen fans out there? No? Just me? Okay) park off the swimming pool.

3. $12,500

Located in Hunts Point and built in 1995, this home is nestled on prime waterfront with lake, city, and mountain views. Designed by Curtis Gelotte, the house is nestled between manicured landscaping and old growth trees. With moorage and a dock, this 3,710 square foot home is full of natural wood and stone details, evoking the architectural style of the pacific northwest. Listed by Anna Riley of Windermere Real Estate.

2. $18,000

Another jewel of Hunts Point, this residence boasts a stunning Chihuly glass chandelier hanging from a sky-lit ceiling. This 3,000 square foot west-facing residence features rustic timers, posts, and beams embodies pacific northwest architecture and art. Listed by Tere Foster and Moya Skillman of Windermere Real Estate.

1. $20,000

Topping our list is a mansion in Clyde Hill. At 6,000 this european designed six bedroom, eight bathroom masterpiece was custom built in 2007. With a gated entrance and a large pool in the backyard, a large up to date kitchen, and an indoor jacuzzi. Listed by Robert Radulescu with The Force Realty.

Well folks, which one is your favorite??

Walkability Score- What is it and why does it matter?

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Walkability- it’s a word that some of you may be familiar with already, and one that real estate marketing often uses. But what exactly does it mean?

Used by Walkscore.com, it’s intended definition is to indicate how easily and readily connected a property is to the neighborhood and community around it. For instance, is the nearest grocery store within easy walking distance? Or would it be necessary to drive there?

The higher a property’s Walk Score (or Transit Score or Bike Score) on a scale of 1-100, the more connected the neighborhood is with the property. Take this chart example. But what makes a community walkable?

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Now, why is this score important? It’s generally known that those who walk more, whether it’s just a few steps or hundreds of steps a day are generally healthier than those who don’t. By walking more, not only do you get outside, but you also use your car less, and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. If you were able to find a property in a highly walkable area, you might be able to forgo the car altogether!

And here’s some great news: Seattle is rated as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.! With a Walk Score of 71, a Transit Score of 57, and a Bike Score of 64, Seattle is the 8th most walkable city, with it’s most walkable neighborhoods being Downtown, the Denny Triangle, and Pioneer Square.

How important is the walkability of the neighborhood to you when looking for a new property?

Seattle Rentals April Real Estate Recap

King County rental activity dipped in April, compared to March with 306 leased properties, according to stats from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.  However, this number ticked up from the same time last year, which was 295 leased properties in King County.  The market continues to stay strong, with 68 available properties within 6 miles of the downtown core with high price tags-the highest asking rent priced at $12,000 for a 2 br/2 bath penthouse in Belltown.

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Rents continue to increase as the Seattle vacancy rates remain at a low 3.6%, according to an article from Seattle Rental Group.  This is up just .07% from the same time last year. For more information about Seattle rentals, contact me at anytime.