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.

Garbage Piling Up? Waste Management Strike Affects King County

Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.

Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

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.

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.

Zillow Reports Home Values See High Monthly Increase

Attention Homeowners: there is hope after all for your beloved family home that holds more personal value than net worth! Last week, Real Estate website Zillow reported that both national home values and rent both rose in the month of April. According to Zillow, home values rose nationwide 0.7%, marking the largest month to month increase in value since 2006, and April is also the second month in a row for the value to increase! While King County home prices are on the rise, rent is also steadily climbing; of the 178 areas covered by the Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, 78% felt a rent increase. The housing recovery appears to be headed in the right direction overall, even though a weighted number of Americans still have homes with mortgages that are underwater, or risk foreclosure.

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

Holland Development Plans Huge High Rise on 9th & Pine

If you’ve always dreamed of living in the highest high rise apartment building in Seattle you’re in luck…. Holland Development is planning the construction for your new humble abode right now! According to a report today in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce,  Holland is preparing to start construction on what will soon be noted as Seattle’s tallest apartment tower. The building will sit on the Southwest corner of 9th & Pine just West of the Paramount Theater and will stand nearly 40 feet taller than the nearby Aspira building. The building is planned to be 440 feet tall, with 386 units and 269 parking stalls. While this might seem like a hefty project for Holland Development by itself, they also have 6 other projects in the works and will be responsible for putting 1,400 new apartment units downtown. For more information on the project please visit the Daily Journal of Commerce.

For Rent: Luxury Belltown Condo With Sweeping Views

Are you looking for a luxury rental in the heart of downtown Seattle?  Perhaps you’d like to live on the Seattle waterfront at Pike Place market?  If so, we have the perfect rental for you.  This two bedroom, one and a half bathroom condo is located in the legendary Pike and Virginia Building offering breathtaking views of Elliot Bay, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle waterfront from the floor to ceiling windows.  The unit features a gorgeous marble bathroom, a French country kitchen and a spiral staircase leading to the loft-style bedroom.  Residents will enjoy superb restaurants, shopping, entertainment and everything downtown Seattle has to offer, all just a short walk away.  This unit is available for rent for $6,700/mo.  Please contact the Ewing & Clark Madison Park office for more information.  To search for more Seattle luxury rentals, please visit our online property search. 

Status: For Rent
Beds/Bath: 2/1.5
List Price: $6,700