Belltown Condo Rental: $1,400

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Have you been searching for an affordable rental in Belltown with a view? Check out this Belltown studio rental in the much sought after Avenue One building, now available. This contemporary rental features a gourmet kitchen with a gas range, granite counter tops and all stainless steel appliances. Avenue One is in close proximity to the Sculpture Park, Seattle Center, shopping and very convenient to Downtown, Queen Anne, and South Lake Union. Building amenities include concierge, an entertainment room, access to the athletic center and a beautiful shared rooftop deck. If you’re interested in this, or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed//Bath: Studio/1
Price: $1,400

Downtown Waterfront Rental: $3,000

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This 2 bed 2 bath condo rental is the only condominium on the downtown waterfront, and is now available for rent! This fully furnished luxury condo overlooks the waterfront via floor to ceiling windows, with views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountain range. The master suite features 2 closets with a 5 piece bathroom including a relaxing jacuzzi tub. Features include granite counter tops, gas cooking pantry in the kitchen, gas fireplace, and laundry room with full size front load washer/dryer. There are two secured parking stalls, and the cost of rent includes water, sewer, garbage, cable and gas. For your convenience, there is 24 hour concierge service available. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 2//2
Price: $3,000

Denny Triangle Condo Available: $1,995

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This West facing unit in the sleek modern 2200 Westlake complex features amenities such as a game room, theater, gym, hot tub, and conference and party rooms within the complex. There is a Whole Foods, Starbucks, Yoga Studio, Dry Cleaners, and fine dining, all within an elevator ride away from the unit’s doorstep. The unit itself features hardwood flooring throughout, granite counter tops, S.S appliances, motorized shades, a covered deck, and of course, sparkling downtown views. The unit comes with a wall mounted flat screen TV, book shelves, mirrored cabinet, and murphy bed that all will stay within the unit, and a modern couch and coffee table are also available upon request. For more information on Seattle Rentals, contact your local Real Estate agent today.

Perks and Downfalls of Keeping old Facades in New Construction

A number of the architects and developers involved in planning new apartment and condominium buildings around the city have voluntarily kept old facades from previous structures to incorporate in their new designs, but most often just divert the decision to the city’s landmark board for the final decision. Many seattleites have almost come to expect historical structures to be saved with all of the new development and future project plans, but why would a developer want to keep a facade when the landmark board deems the older building not historically significant? There was an interesting article today in the Daily Journal of Commerce, that pinpointed similar projects like the 1915 Terminal Sales Annex building on 2nd and Virginia, which will integrate the front of the annex in the base of a 38 story building that has plans to possibly include 190 condos, 154 hotel rooms, and 6,100 sf of ground floor retail space.

Location if the 1915 Terminal Sales Annex Building

Location if the 1915 Terminal Sales Annex Building

In the past 20-30 years, there hasn’t been alot of interest in saving the older buildings, but within the last few years, there has been recent changes to city rules, allowing developers to build larger projects if they preserve the facades of their previous historical structures, that are at least 75 years old. In turn, alot of the new apartment developers trying to take advantage of the rule could run into extra costs, as keeping some of the older facades that aren’t as structurally sound as the new construction could pose issues. For more information on those new apartment projects incorporating historical structures, visit the DJC.

How Much Has Seattle Rent Risen In the Past 10 Years?

It’s not news to anyone living in Seattle that the cost of rent is considerably high today, given the low inventory and influx of renters in and around the city. But just how much has the cost of rent risen over the past decade? The folks over at Seattle Rentals pulled together some rental rates from 2002 in the Downtown Seattle area, and the comparison to 2012 is quite stagnant. rental

The average cost of rent in 2002 for a studio apartment rental was $548/Mo if you can believe it, compared to $940 in 2012. A one bedroom downtown unit used to be around $1,031, and today is $1,664, and a two bedroom was $1,662 whereas today is $1,719. What will rent be over the next ten years?

New Apartments Planned for Western & Vine

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle’s Schulster Group has recently put in the paperwork with City Planners for a proposed 12-story apartment building on the corner of Western & Vine Street in Belltown. The proposal is for a 132 unit apartment building that also includes 75 underground parking stalls.

The property is currently a parking lot owned Skyway Luggage. According to the Times, the Design Review Board is tentatively scheduled to review the project January 8th. Stay tuned for future updates!

Will the City of Seattle Require All Landlords to Register Rentals?

Are you living in a run down rental? The City of Seattle is considering cracking down on older problem rental buildings by requiring all landlords to register their rental units for inspections. According to NPR, the non profit group Tenants Union of Washington State is working in collaboration with other groups, along with Seattle City Council to determine a new system of rental registrations. In the proposal, Landlords would have to register all units, pay an initial fee, and go under inspection for health and safety issues every 5-10 years.

There would be some exemptions in place, such as vacation rentals, and mother in law apartments, but overall if the proposal is approved, landlords will have to adhere to a new set of rules. As of now the city council committee may come to a vote before the full council meeting on October 1st. For more information on the issue, visit NPR online.

Where Have All the Rentals Gone?

It’s a question many rental seekers have been asking themselves while on the quest for the right apartment. According to Seattle’s Real Estate ladies Team Diva, “the rental market out there just sucks right now and I would not expect it to get better any time soon.” Seattle has a very tough, competitive market right now and if you’re looking into renting, you should expect to fight for it like they do  in New York and LA these days.

Last year rental prices rose around 10% from the past year, and in particular certain neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have prices that continued to climb. If you want to give yourself the competitive edge against other potential renters, Team Diva has compiled a checklist of things that will make your application stand out among the rest.  It might be useful to have letters of recommendation handy from your previous landlord, have a cashier’s check ready for the deposit, and have a renter’s resume that includes a description of what you will bring to the community, past rental history, and pet description, or other information needing to be disclosed. For more information on the best places to find rentals, visit Team Divas.

Where Have All the Rentals Gone?

It’s a question many rental seekers have been asking themselves while on the quest for the right apartment. According to Seattle’s Real Estate ladies Team Diva, “the rental market out there just sucks right now and I would not expect it to get better any time soon.” Seattle has a very tough, competitive market right now and if you’re looking into renting, you should expect to fight for it like they do  in New York and LA these days.

Last year rental prices rose around 10% from the past year, and in particular certain neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have prices that continued to climb. If you want to give yourself the competitive edge against other potential renters, Team Diva has compiled a checklist of things that will make your application stand out among the rest.  It might be useful to have letters of recommendation handy from your previous landlord, have a cashier’s check ready for the deposit, and have a renter’s resume that includes a description of what you will bring to the community, past rental history, and pet description, or other information needing to be disclosed. For more information on the best places to find rentals, visit Team Divas.

Tips For Choosing the Perfect Rental

The Rental market has become quite competitive in recent months, with long time homeowners swiftly switching back into the renting along with prospective renters, all in search of the perfect rental. While everyone seems to be scrambling to find a home, there are a few things to keep in mind while searching for the right rental for you, before you sign the lease.

Make sure you know what you want before you go shopping. What are your personal requirements for renting? Do you need covered parking, a good pet policy, or washer and dryer in the unit? What are your wants vs needs? Make sure that you’re open to different options, and that you don’t expect the landlord to add additional amenities just for you. It’s also important to connect with the landlord; you don’t have to be best friends, but you want to make sure you’re able to have a working relationship with them. Being aware of possible scams is a good thing to keep in mind when you’re searching rentals on Craigslist, Zillow, other sites where anyone can post a listing. Don’t give financial information to just anyone, or even personal information if you don’t have legitimate information on the company or landlord first. For more information on rental listings, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.