Shoreline Rental Available: $1,799

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This lovely 2 bed, 1 bath rental home in Shoreline is now available! Located in a quiet neighborhood in a cul-de-sac, this rental is in a great location near shops, close proximity to a bus line, Shoreline Community College, Ronald Bog Park, among other attractions. The home sits on a large landscaped lot, with a fenced backyard, with a new deck, and hot tub! Inside the home, there are two fireplaces, hardwood flooring throughout, new tiling, and a recently updated kitchen and bathroom. This is a first time rental, and you can definitely see! For more information on rentals around the Seattle area, visit your local Real Estate Agent.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2&1
Price: $1799/mo

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

Olympic Hills Rental: $2,195

Looking for a rental in North Seattle, a little outside the city? This 3 bed 1.75 bath mid century rambler is available in the Olympic Heights neighborhood, just north of Lake City. The home sits on a dead end street, with excellent access to the freeway, and has a huge backyard for entertaining. The west facing kitchen features laminated flooring, new counters and opens up to a covered deck overlooking the backyard. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and hardwood flooring, and the basement is fairly sizable for entertaining as well. This home is in close proximity to the Jackson Park Golf Course, a Boys & Girls Club, and the Lake City Farmer’s Market. For more information on this rental, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 3/1.75
Price: $2,195

North Queen Anne Rental: $3,200

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is located in the heart of North Queen Anne, and has sweeping views from the wooded deck! The kitchen has been recently remodeled  with new stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, nice hardwood floors and a cute breakfast bar. The kitchen opens up to an expansive naturally filled light dining room, and large deck. The living room features nice hardwood floors, crown molding, and the basement is completely finished, perfect for entertainment. This lovely home is in close proximity to Seattle Pacific University, Denali Fitness, and Interbay Golf Center.

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

How is Your Cost of Rent Determined?

There are several factors that come into play when owners, landlords, and housing boards decide how much to rent a particular space for. In Seattle it can be assumed that since inventory is low, the cost of rent is rising and will continue to do so for the next few years. The Seattle Transit Blog has an interesting take on how your rental price is determined, and why that price was decided maybe even before your apartment was built!

According to Seattle Transit, construction costs, and debt accumulated are taken into consideration, as well as what the market will hold when determining the set rent. They suggest that the cost of rent is decided before the unit is finished being built. There is a supply and demand factor in the housing price decision. If inventory is low, rent is high, but if there is a surge in construction maybe the quality of housing will decrease and renters will wind up eating extra costs. Seattle Transit suggests that if all goes well in the construction process, and attracts prospective tenants, we should be seeing an increase in supply and lower costs in housing production. Read the full story to gain a better understand of all the bells and whistles that come into play when deciding that final rental rate. Understanding that there are many factors at hand and wrapping your head around what those factors are should open the flood gates for new ideas to cut costs for renters and builders alike.

Curious How Much Your Rent Has Risen? Rental Prices: Past and Present

Do you find yourself wondering what your rental cost would have been, had you moved into your basic one bedroom apartment 3 years ago? Me too! The cost of rent in the Greater Seattle area has steadily risen over the past few years without inventory changes, although builders are starting to pick up where they left off, and apartment building construction is now on the rise all over the city. If you were to take a look at the cost of living in your neighborhood, say in 2007, how much do you think your overall cost of living would change? Well we’ve got the results! Seattle Metropolitan has the stats and the changes might make you resent your non waterfront view home. For instance, the average cost of rent in the Ballard neighborhood back in 2007 was $755, and today the same unit costs around $1,188. Ouch! Take a peak at your neighborhood, you might wish you could rent a time machine.

For Rent: Grand Issaquah Retreat

This wonderful Issaquah retreat is now on the market, and sits on 5.6 acres. The initial walk into the home invites visitors with a grand staircase and features an Epicurean style kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite and cherry cabinets. The Master and guest suites are quite expansive, and other amenities include an indoor golf room with a projection simulator, a dance room with stage, and a media and craft rooms. The backyard feels like you’re sitting in your own private park with a wading pool, waterfall, gazebo and play structure perfect for entertaining guests. This home is near Lake Sammamish State Park, and Tiger Mountain State forest.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 6,8
List Price: $8,000

Looking for a Unique Rental? Live in a Church!

If you’ve been searching for a rental unlike any other around town, check out this converted home on Ballard that was once an actual church! This quirky 6,300 sf Ballard landmark, located at 2007 NW 61st St is partially renovated for residential living quarters, and has that spooky haunted house/old spirits lurking around the church feel to it.

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This 6 Bedroom, 3.25 bath is equipped with a bell tower, abandoned tricycles amidst the entryway and a relatively large attic space and can be your humble abode for $789,000. Find other listings in the Ballard neighborhood here.