The Renter’s Essential Toolkit

When you find the right rental, making it look like home is an essential part of calling it home. Just because you don’t own your humble abode, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have good toolkit around for emergency repairs, home improvement needs, and decorating! Many new renters don’t think of keeping these household items around until they need them, so here is a thorough list of must-haves to consider getting now before you run into stressful situations.

  • Power Drill
  • Screw Driver set
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammer
  • Extension Cords & Power Strips
  • Wire
  • Flashlight
  • Small Ladder
  • Hose
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Fasteners & Hooks
  • Pliers
  • Light Bulbs

You never know when you’re going to run into a DIY situation, so it’s always best to be prepared beforehand, and you might even feel a boost in self esteem after accomplishing  something on your own!

Vacationing Late Summer? Review Home Security Tips to Keep Your Residence Safe

Summer is prime time for vacationers to pack up and get in the car, and it’s smart to make sure your home is secured before leaving the humble abode for an extended weekend or longer. Zillow has compiled a precautionary checklist to review before leaving your home alone, and the first item on the list is to consider having a house sitter or consulting with your friends and neighbors to see if they’re able to check on the house while you’re gone, which could be simple if you’re having someone check on your pets, or water your plants.

It might be wise for a neighbor to park in front of your home while you’re away, creating the illusion that someone is home at all times. Shutting off a main valve might be a cautious step to take before you leave to avoid any pipes leaking, which can cause extensive damage, and become very costly. You could consider putting up motion sensor lights (check with your landlord to see if this is feasible) or electrical timers for inside lighting, again you could also have your neighbors stop by and do the same thing. For other tips on securing your home, visit Zillow.

Tips For Choosing the Perfect Sofa

Let’s face it, we spend alot of our time on the sofa, which makes it all that more important that you pick out the perfect one for you, that you’re going to love for a number of years. A sofa can be a hefty investment for many of us, so you’ll want to pick a comfy durable couch that you won’t get sick of, or resent buying within a short period of time. If you’re moving soon, the Seattle Times has compiled a list of tips on picking out the perfect sofa for your rental.

Don’t buy a sofa with loud fabric you’ll likely get sick of in a few years. If you choose a sofa with is covered in big floral or loud stripes that you enjoy now, you might end up getting sick of it before you wear it out, and a couch in good condition that you hate, is a resented one. Pick a neutral fabric you can jazz up with changeable accent pillows. If you MUST have a loud piece of furniture, you can certainly do so, but maybe choose a bright ottoman, or side chair. Don’t choose a fabric or color that is high maintenance; you’ll likely spill on it, dogs will shed hair, food crumbs will make their way into crevices…you’ll want something you can easily clean and make like new. Don’t buy a sofa you wouldn’t want to sleep on, you might have guests over, fall asleep watching TV, and it’s crucial you don’t buy a sofa until you sit in it like you would at home, and make sure the shoe fits! For more information on finding the right couch for your home, visit the Seattle Times.

Roanoke Park Home for Rent: $2,950

Looking for a home to rent in the Portage Bay neighborhood? We’ve found it! The 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in Roanoke Park has 2,050 sf of space over two stories. The home is fairly close to the University of Washington, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility of a quiet neighborhood. It has a nice fenced in yard, and durable hardwood flooring in the bedrooms, (I also love the balcony nook on the second floor over looking the neighborhood below). The kitchen is roomy enough for a few cooks, and the fireplace in the living room is a nice finishing touch. This home is in close proximity to the Queen City Yacht Club, and Seattle Preparatory School. For more information about this rental, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Beds/Bath: 4/2.
Price: $2,950

Roanoke Park Home for Rent: $2,950

Looking for a home to rent in the Portage Bay neighborhood? We’ve found it! The 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in Roanoke Park has 2,050 sf of space over two stories. The home is fairly close to the University of Washington, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility of a quiet neighborhood. It has a nice fenced in yard, and durable hardwood flooring in the bedrooms, (I also love the balcony nook on the second floor over looking the neighborhood below). The kitchen is roomy enough for a few cooks, and the fireplace in the living room is a nice finishing touch. This home is in close proximity to the Queen City Yacht Club, and Seattle Preparatory School. For more information about this rental, visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Beds/Bath: 4/2.
Price: $2,950

Western Avenue Condo For Sale: $314,000

This lovely condo on Western Avenue, located at The Vine is located is close proximity to the Pike Place Market,  the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other shops and restaurants downtown. Built in 2002, the building was structured to include modern amenities in all units, including granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas stove and fireplace; not to mention the 150 sf deck overlooking the Sound, and out to West Seattle!

This 1 bed 1 bath unit has beautiful huge windows over looking the city and Sound, and a great little build out in the kitchen separating the space from the living room. The building amenities include a 24 hr concierge, garage parking,  a fitness room, and ample storage space. For more information on unit or others in the Seattle area contact Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 1,1
Price: $314,000

King County Home Prices Have Double Digit Rise!

This has been the third straight month in a row that we’ve seen a year over year price increase in King County, and it’s definitely the largest! According to the Seattle Times, for the first time in five years, we’ve seen a double digit increase, with the median value in homes estimated at $380,000, a 10.1% rise since June of last year. The last time there was a year over year double digit increase was back in 2007, when the median also hit an all time high of $481,000.

Denny Blaine Home listed for $3,895,000

After the high, the inevitable countrywide median housing drop occurred, falling nearly 36% nationwide, dropping down to $308,125  this past February. According to the Times, this June was a jaw dropper, with 23 or 29 King County areas experiencing a year over year increase, with 13 of them in the double digits! While not as impressive as King County, Snohomish and Kitsap County also saw slight increases, and condo prices in King County went up nearly 5% as well. For more information on the price of homes in King County, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Seattle Designer Gives Her Tudor a Makeover

When Seattle Designer Judy Tall finalized her divorce, she packed up her belongings in Mercer Island and began the move to her newly purchased Tudor in Denny Blaine. According to the Seattle Times, she fell in love with the neighborhood and her master bedroom with an abundance of natural light, but wasn’t 100% sold on the rest of the place. She waited a year before remodeling, and says that “you have to know how you live in a house, and what works and what doesn’t.”

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Times, Tall’s expansive master bedroom

Before Tall became an interior designer she was an acupuncturist, and tries to brings elements of healing into play with her design concepts. She told the Times that whether you’re moving into a new space, or someone recently moved out or in, there are several emotions that come into play when redesigning or remodeling your home. Tall said that a large portion of her clientele chooses to remodel because they’re going through a life transition, and that’s just what she was going through when she decided to redo her home in Denny Blaine. From her choice in tranquil paint colors, to the picture rail below the coved ceiling, Tall tried to make each and every room in the place more cozy and comfortable for her to live in. She believes that every change serves a purpose, and should bring great joy to a living space. For more information about her Tudor design, visit the Seattle Times.

Bosa Starting Construction Soon On 2 Condo Towers

photo courtesy of the Daily Journal of Commerce

Bosa Development Corp is planning on beginning the first construction phase of a gigantic condo project within the next two weeks. There will be two 41-story, 335 unit condo towers in the Denny Triangle Regade, just a block or so away from where Amazon plans to build three office towers. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce Bosa’s president Natale Bosa said “construction will be done in two phases on a  full block site between Battery and Bell streets and Fifth and Sixths avenues.”

The construction plans include 36,000 sf of retail space below the two towers, a swimming pool, lounge area and exercise room, and 900 parking stalls. The project will cost roughly $350-$400 million, and the first tower is scheduled to open at the end of 2014. If the market turns around, and the first tower fills, the second tower will begin. The is the first condo development to be built downtown in five years! For more information, visit the Seattle Times.

For Rent: Laurenhurst Waterfront Home

This Jim Olson designed waterfront home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has stunning architectural craftsmanship with strong horizontal lines, steel detailing and huge walls of glass. The home has a stunning entryway, with high ceilings and an open floor plan. The lower level of the house has a wonderful walk out to the Lake Washington waterfront, with your own brand new teak dock out to the jet-ski lifts, and boat dock area. This home is located near Laurelhurst Park, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Union Bay. For more information on this Laurelhurst listing with Western exposure, please visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/3.25
List Price: $16,000