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?

Pioneer Square Pergola

Pioneer Square Pergola

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?

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

New Scam in the Seattle Apartment Market

According to the Seattle Times, there’s a new scam in the housing market. Online scammers advertise listed homes and foreclosed properties as for rent on popular rental websites such as Craigslist, with potential renters sending a deposit before receiving the keys. Be wary if the deal looks to be good to be true and/or the “property manager” asks you to wire funds through Western Union or Moneygram without letting you see the rental unit. For more details and tips, please read the article here.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – AVAILABLE

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views is available for rent. This home features main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Four good sized bedrooms upstairs including master suite with big lake views, 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. Lower level with bedroom and bath, bonus room and attached 2 car garage. This Leschi home has some of the most breathe taking views you could ask for in a rental. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, see Craigslist Seattle ad, or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
List Price: $3,295/mo

 

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – AVAILABLE

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views is available for rent. This home features main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Four good sized bedrooms upstairs including master suite with big lake views, 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. Lower level with bedroom and bath, bonus room and attached 2 car garage. This Leschi home has some of the most breathe taking views you could ask for in a rental. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, see Craigslist Seattle ad, or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
List Price: $3,295/mo

 

Elegant Broadmoor Home- AVAILABLE

 This Superb shingled Colonial on beautifully landscaped lot & a half in Broadmoor is available for rent. Perfect floor plan for both formal and informal lifestyles. This Broadmoor home features a top of the line kitchen with pretty adjoining family room. This home has a den, kitchen, living and dining room, which all wrap around the outdoor stone terrace w/ BBQ center. The 3 fireplaces in the home will surely keep the home warm this winter. Lastly, the home features a private master suite, fine millwork and nanny’s quarters. There a play structure perfect for children in the backyard. Truly one of the best houses you will find in this neighborhood for rent! Shops and restaurants close by in Madison Park. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 6/5.75
List Price: $6,400/mo