4 Bed Queen Anne View Home Available

This lovely 5 bed, 3.25 bath home in Queen Anne features large rooms, and a stunning view of the city and Elliot Bay. There is a formal dining room, new kitchen with top of the line appliances, (as well as an additional kitchen on the lower level!). The living room has a beautiful view overlooking the city and Bay and the master bedroom is quite expansive, with an exquisite connecting master bath. Living room opens to a huge deck over looking the city. For more information on this rental, or other rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/3.25
Price: $5,000

Pinehurst Rental Available: $2,495

This sleek contemporary 4 bed, 2.5 bath rental in Pinehurst has an expansive open floor plan, and a delightful cook’s kitchen, overlooking the dining and living room areas. The home features beautiful bamboo flooring, and deep espresso cabinetry, gorgeous granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The upper level has a master suite with a double vanity master bath, and private deck.

The entertainment room has a cozy fireplace, and opens to the Western facing fully fenced backyard, with a bamboo enclosed patio. The carport and long driveway provide ample off street parking. If interested in more information on this rental, or others in the Seattle neighborhood, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.5
Price: $2,495

Aspira Apartments Sell for $165.7M

The Aspira apartment building Downtown near South Lake Union was bought by T-C Aspira LLC on Thursday November 1 for $165.7 million, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. Urban Partners and O’Conner Capital Partners developed the 37 story building, which has 325 units, and 6,500 sf of retail space.

The price per unit of this building after the sale is far beyond anything in the Puget Sound area. Based on the availability,the price per unit has been configured to $509,760 per unit, not including the retail space. For more information on the sale and building, visit the Aspira Apartments website.

Estimating Apartment Utility Costs

When you’re searching for a new rental, utility costs aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind when configuring your financing.  You’re aware you need to plan for them, but the costs aren’t always clear, so before you sign the lease, be sure to account for extra rental expenses. During the winter months, you can expect to pay between $30-50 a month for electricity, largely depending on how much you’re at home, how careful you are about turning off the lights, and how energy efficient your appliances are.

Photo courtesy of Movingtoday.com

If you live in a multi-unit building, there is a chance there will be no extra costs for heat, and the Landlord will have added the additional costs for heat into the cost of rent. If you’re renting a house, and have gas or forced air heating you could be paying at least $100 a month in the winter time, but the best way to determine the costs would be to ask the landlord or a previous tenant. If you don’t want to spend time trying to connect to your neighbor’s Internet for free, you’ll need to plan for $30-45 a month for Internet costs, which can be cheaper if you’re bundling with cable or a phone line. It’s also never a bad idea to look into getting renter’s insurance, especially if you’re a first time renter. You never know what can happen, and planning ahead to be safe is actually very affordable, sometimes around $150 a year. For a general rule of thumb if you leave out the cable, you can expect to pay roughly 20% of your rent in utilities if you live alone, and 10% if you’re living with a roommate.

Seattle Home Show This Weekend

Are you thinking about updating your home, but having a difficult time coming up with savvy ideas for improvements? The Seattle Home Show is in town this weekend, and is the perfect place to gain inspiration for new home projects. The Home Show is the Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything indoor and outdoor home related.

Photo Courtesy of the Seattle Home Show

The expo begins tomorrow at the Century Link Field Event Center, and will showcase hundreds of exhibits from builders, developers and re-modelers, with the latest models of new appliances, fixtures, and landscaping. There will be seminars throughout the weekend, and special events such as wine tasting to boot! Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door for adults,  and $7 in advance for seniors. All ticket pricing includes free parking at Century Link Field Event Center, and a free cup of F.X. McRory’s chowder. For more information on the Seattle Home Show, visit their website.

Helpful Home Organization Apps

Organizing your living quarters can be a pain whether you live in a 540 sf apartment, or a 4 bedroom home. With schedules to attend to, appointments to remember, and household items to pick up before you return home from work, keeping your home organized can turn into quite the nightmare. Once you factor in bills, keeping track of maintenance contacts, recipes, and seasonal decorations, your nightmare can quickly become a reality. Lucky for us, in today’s technology driven generation, we’re able to keep track of nearly everything right from our smart phones, and home organization can be a simple solution with a number of apps.

If you’re looking for a place to organize all of your date, Life Topix is a good place to start, with no limits to the amount of organization storage it can keep. It can manage calendars, task lists, projects, notes, shopping lists, household utility information, health, travel, education, you name it. Google Drive is another storage app that can be useful for organizing cloud base information, with the ability to edit and share documents right from Google docs.

Helpful Home Organization Apps

Organizing your living quarters can be a pain whether you live in a 540 sf apartment, or a 4 bedroom home. With schedules to attend to, appointments to remember, and household items to pick up before you return home from work, keeping your home organized can turn into quite the nightmare. Once you factor in bills, keeping track of maintenance contacts, recipes, and seasonal decorations, your nightmare can quickly become a reality. Lucky for us, in today’s technology driven generation, we’re able to keep track of nearly everything right from our smart phones, and home organization can be a simple solution with a number of apps.

If you’re looking for a place to organize all of your date, Life Topix is a good place to start, with no limits to the amount of organization storage it can keep. It can manage calendars, task lists, projects, notes, shopping lists, household utility information, health, travel, education, you name it. Google Drive is another storage app that can be useful for organizing cloud base information, with the ability to edit and share documents right from Google docs.

Seattle Ranked #2 City to Live In!

You probably have several personal reasons of why you love living in the Seattle area as much as you do, but do you know where our city stands among the rest of the nation? According to a poll run by Businessweek.com, a national Bloomsberg site, our very own Seattle was ranked the number two city to live in across the United States! Ranked only second to San Francisco, Seattle is highly regarded for having a high median average income, mild year round weather, clean air, and being a lovely waterside metropolitan area.

We have top companies like Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, and Google that provide tens of thousands of jobs throughout the area, and a variety of neighborhoods sure to please every palate. According to the survey, the median household income is $90,303, we have 9 park acres per 1,000 residents, and have 16.8% locals with a graduate degree or higher. Do you think they missed some of the best reasons to live here? Check out who ranked after Seattle at Businessweek.com.

Helpful Tips to Get the Landlord to Pick You

As a new prospective renter, you’ve probably spent countless weekends searching for the perfect rental for yourself, and finally stumble on the right one for you; only problem is, 20 other potential tenants have applied and think it’s the perfect place for them too! Are there things you can do to help yourself standout amongst the other applications? Yes of course! Zillow has provided a few useful tips to set you ahead of the rest. First and foremost, you should really only be pursuing rental accommodations that you can afford. If you go into a showing knowing the maximum rent you can afford with your income, you’re in great shape. You’re landlord needs to know that you’re capable of paying your rent, and paying it on time, so being knowledgeable of this is important at the time of viewing.

Knowing your credit history is also important, as almost every landlord these days will be doing their homework, and checking your credit score prior to giving the OK to accept your application. Credit scores generally range from 300-850, and according to Zillow, a score of 550-580 should be sufficient for a first time renter with a decent income. You can actually go online and check your credit score for free through the Federal government once a year, and you’ll want to do so before searching for an apartment so you can keep that in mind. You should also dress presentable when meeting with a potential landlord to view an apartment (remember while it may feel like you’re interviewing them for finding the right home for you, their actually interviewing you to make sure you’re the perfect fit to work with their company, and the building’s tenants too!). Be on time, and dress business casual, or dressy casual will do the trick, as the first impression on how you appear, and present yourself during this initial meeting is crucial to setting yourself apart from the rest. For other tips, and things you can do to give yourself a head-start in the rental world, visit Zillow’s Blog.

Influx of Hotels Planned for Downtown Seattle

The Downtown Seattle metro area has not seen any hotels break ground in the past two years, and there are no current plans for any to go under construction in the next upcoming months. But according to the Seattle Times, all that might change this year, with current hotels having successful bookings, with little trouble filling rooms, and they’re able to have consistently higher rates. Developers are feeling more confident with those statistics in place, and are moving forward by proposing more hotels pop up in the downtown area.

Downtown Seattle Sheraton, photo courtesy of destination360.com

According to the Times, one of those proposals includes a hotel with 1,200+ rooms, which is larger than any hotel in the area except for the Seattle Sheraton hotel. If all of the projects presented were to be built, the Seattle hotel industry would increase by more than 15%! Developers like Touchstone, Kauri, and Daniels Development among others all have projects in various stages of planning for construction, and Seattleites looking for hotel living should keep an eye out for upcoming hotel projects that have apartment rentals planned into the space as well. For more information on upcoming projects in the Downtown Seattle area, visit the Seattle Times.