Two New Developers Begin Apartment Construction this Summer on 14th & Republican

There 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. 14th and republican st

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, and 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.

Capitol Hill Craftsman Home Available

This lovely 4 bed 2 bath craftsman home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available for rent! The home has a gourmet kitchen with an island breakfast bar for gathering around the kitchen. There is also a formal dining room, and large living room with hardwood flooring. The top floor hosts a master bedroom with a nice sitting area and two additional bedrooms, while the lower level has a family room and additional bedroom. Fore more information on this home or other Seattle Rentals visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.0
Price: $3,900

Moving in With a Roomate? Tips For a Happy Home

Have you been considering moving in with a roommate? When you do make sure you consider these things to ensure you’re both moving into a happy healthy home. First and foremost; make sure that you actually really want a roommate. If you are simply looking for a roommate for financial reasons, search around and see if you afford an apartment on your own. It helps to keep things equal between roommates to level the playing field for all and to keep the home from feeling like it’s owned more by one person than the other. You should also both sign the lease agreement, allowing both parties to have equal rights to the property.

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Keeping the lines of communications open is key in any relationship, (especially someone you live with!) and it’s important to establish  your expectations upfront before you move in to make certain you’re on the same page, and everyone’s needs are being met. of course, you won’t always get everything you want, and compromise is also a key component to a happy healthy home. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and when things aren’t going according to plan, it’s best to put things into perspective and weigh the situation, choosing your battles wisely, and compromising when the situation isn’t worth the fight. Living with a roommate can be a very rewarding experience, and create a lasting friendship, so make sure you plan ahead and choose the right person to share your home. For more information on multi-bedroom rentals in Seattle, visit Ewing & Clark.

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.

More Seattle Rentals Becoming Pet Friendly

Attention pet owners: did you find it a huge pain to find an affordable, available rental that could accommodate you and your furry roommate? You’re not alone, according to a study conducted through apartments.com, 43% of those surveyed in the nation are pet owners/ soon to be pet owners, and Washington State was ranked up there as number 13 on the list of top animal friendly places to live. What does that mean for renters?

A spike in animal friendly rental units have been popping up all over Seattle and the surrounding communities, and many apartment managers are becoming more lenient on their pet policies. If you have a pet already, you know how expensive they can be, and although rental communities are becoming more accommodating, pet deposits are rising, (as are security deposits) and can be in the upwards of $200 or more per pet. For more information on where to find pet friendly rentals in Seattle, visit apartments.com.

 

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.

Does Your Rental Have An Unappealing View? Tips For Disguising It!

The great thing about Seattle neighborhoods is that there is almost always a view of something beautiful around the corner from your home; but that can also mean that your direct view isn’t the greatest. Many rentals, especially those homes with rental basements or mother in law apartment rentals can have a view of a warped neighbor’s yard, or better yet your  unattractive neighbor’s living room, who without fail loves to do yoga in tiny neon spandex around the time your hosting happy hour. Thankfully Zillow has come to the rescue with some great ideas to disguise your unappealing view, and turn it around to something worth staring at.

Window coverings, such as curtains or shutters, especially when they’re working together can block out the background, and dress up the window area. Custom shades can run a little higher, but might be worth it for full coverage views. Also if replacing the window itself isn’t an option, a fun way to blur views is with decorative window film that is applied right to the glass, especially around the holidays! If you have a knack for plants, you could install some shelving in front of the windows and disperse with light craving plants. You could also create the same affect with a large hanging plant, or a large drooping vine. For more information on other tips to disguise your unsightly view, visit Zillow’s Tips & Advise Blog.

Novelty Hill Redmond Rental: $3,995

This recently updated traditional Novelty Hill home in Redmond is available for rent! The home has mature landscaping, spa, an outdoor fire pit and a gas heated in ground pool sitting on a little less than an acre of land. The remodeled kitchen has lovely granite counter tops, and is adjacent to an expansive family room. This 4 bedroom 2.5 bath has a huge rec room upstairs, and also comes with all the bells and whistles for an at home theater! This listing is conveniently located to the Redmond Watershed Preserve, the Village at Redmond Ridge Shopping Center and the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. For more information on this rental, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.5
List Price: $3,995

Looking Into Being a Landlord? Pick a College Town!

Have you been looking into the perks of being a landlord? Purchasing properties in college towns will typically convert into a rentable unit, no matter how the economy is doing in any particular area. College towns generally provide a steady flow of jobs for locals and school enrollments are on the rise with the unemployed going back to school to seek new job skills.

Along with the increased demand for available units, according to CNN Money, the cost of rent has continued to rise by 5% over the past 12 months, and we can expect the cost to continually increase. For buyers in the college town market, there are plenty of bargain deals out there and the closer to the campus, the better. According to Coldwell Banker’s College Home Listing Report for 2011, the typical 3 bed 2 bath home sold for less than $200,000 in nearly two-thirds of the college markets in the US, and in 1/4 of the towns, the same size home sold for under $150,000. For more information on this article visit CNN Money.