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NEW LISTING: One bedroom condo in Greenwood

Here’s a little info on my newest listing!  Waterford North is a fantastic building on N 90th just a block east of Greenwood Ave (that means it’s walking distance to Naked City Brewery, just sayin’.)

This one bedroom, one bath condo is on the market for the first time in over twenty years and priced for a quick sale at $150,000.  It has a wood-burning fireplace with tile surround, kitchen with eating bar, and a huge private patio off the living area.   The seller is offering a $500 credit at closing towards a new range, as the current one is a little old (but works).

There is one assigned parking space and one storage space in the controlled-access garage beneath.   For more information, you can call me directly at (253) 653-6299 or email sheath@matrixrealestate.com.   Or, stop by the open house this Sunday, May 4th, from 1pm to 4pm.

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Naked City turns 5

Who’s a big kid now? Naked City, that’s who.  They’ll be celebrating their 5th year all day on Saturday, October 19th, and its sure to be yet another packed party.

26 taps will be devoted to Naked City beers that have been brewed over the years – a lot of classics and a few new ones.  And to top off the beer presentation, they’ll have a special bottle release of their famous Big Lebrewski, a white Russian imperial stout.

They’ll also have food specials, oyster shooters, live music and t-shirts available to purchase to commemorate the special day.   For those that don’t frequent the brewery & taphouse too often, this was a big year for Naked City – they finally opened The Walrus beer garden in the vacant lot next door.  Come out and celebrate with them at 8564 Greenwood Ave North.

If you can’t beat it, Join it – 5 Can’t-Miss North Seattle Patios

Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand.  You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn.  Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio.  So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:

  • Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden.  This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music.  You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
  • Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly.  If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
  • Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility.  Why am I including a coffee joint in my list?  Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options.  Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
  • The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot.  With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
  • Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here.  You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood.  If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.

Modern Townhome just listed in north Seattle under $300k

I know, I know, it’s just about impossible for a first time buyer to purchase in north Seattle.  Besides the fact that there’s barely any inventory, there’s also essentially nothing in a first-time buyer’s price range.

Luckily, Debbie Lee of Matrix Real Estate just listed this great modern townhome at 29 on Stone that should fly off the shelf fast (so hit me up if you want to see it!).

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The townhome is just three years young and faces southwest so it has lots of natural light.  It also has a high-efficiency A/C heat pump to keep energy costs low.   The kitchen features gas cooking, there are natural hardwoods in the living area, and you’ll find vaulted ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms.

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For three bedrooms and 1,210 square feet, it’s kind of a steal in north Seattle for just $294,950 – its almost impossible to find anything around here under $300k.   It’s located just off 99 at 1246 N Northgate Way (#29).    The home is having an Open House this weekend, so stop in Saturday from 1-4 or Sunday from 1-3 and say North Seattle Sarah sent you!  Call me at (253) 653-6299 if you can’t make it to the open house and we’ll set up a private appointment.

Green Lake Real Estate Inventory: 2013 and Beyond

Green Lake, I love you.  But if you don’t start providing inventory soon for my buyers that are still waiting in the wings to purchase, I’m going to get annoyed.

As I’ve done in the past, I’ve taken a look at current Green Lake inventory from 85th at the north end down to 50th at the south end, and between Aurora & I-5.  And do you know what I’ve found?   Seven homes for sale.  Seven.  That’s all.  That’s one condominium and six homes, with price ranges from $205,000 (for the condo, the lowest price house is $399,000) to $859,000.

This 3,500 square foot house on Green Lake Way N is currently listed for sale for $765,000:

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I don’t think this data will come as shock to anyone, and I’m sure everyone can make the interpretation as to what this is continuing to do.  Limited inventory drives up house prices, causes bidding wars, and also reflects only a small amount of sales.  So far in  January, nine homes have closed in the Green Lake neighborhood.

Time to get frustrated?  If you’re a buyer or a real estate agent, sure.  Time to panic?  Nope.  Last January, Green Lake closed twelve homes – just three more than where we’re at today.  And in January 2011, Green Lake only closed four homes.   My biggest fear is that sellers who are waiting to list because they’re seeing prices rise will all list their homes around the same time, bringing on more inventory than necessary.  However, the desirability of the Green Lake neighborhood should continue to move homes quickly into the hands of new buyers, no matter how many come on the market at once.

The other trend I’m seeing right now is the greedy seller.  Yes, it is a seller’s market.  Yes, prices are rising.  But no, buyers out there aren’t actually stupid and still aren’t going to pay way more than market value for your home.  If your home is listed in Green Lake (or most of the surrounding area) for more than 30 days, there’s a strong chance that you overpriced it so much, no one even wants to make a low offer.

Other neighborhoods seeing similar action: Ravenna, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and particularly Maple Leaf after Redfin named it one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the country to watch. 

As always, I’m happy to help any of my neighbors purchase or sell their home, and provide free extensive market analysis reports to sellers.  You can reach me directly at sheath@matrixrealestate.com or at (253) 653-6299.

Seattle Restaurant Week Returns – here’s your north Seattle hookup

I know it feels like it just happened, but Seattle Restaurant Week returns October 14th – 18th and 21st – 25th.  For those of you new to Seattle, this is one of the greatest weeks for those of us that aren’t millionaires - the week when many restaurants present a 3-course dinner for just $28 (and some also provide a 3-course lunch for $15).

And there’s no shortage of options for north Seattle dining this time around, either.  Here’s where you can go to get your fine dining fix, along with my recommendations:

In BALLARD, you can visit the Golden Beetle, Volterra, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Belle Clemantine, Bastille, Maggie Bluffs, and Anthony’s Homeport. My choice?  Ray’s Cafe.  Ray’s is about to remodel their downstairs restaurant, but the cafe is offering up some excellent Restaurant Week menu selections, including a pumpkin creme brulee for dessert.

In FREMONT, swing into the 35th Street Bistro, Chiso Sushi, or Hunger 2.0. Or one of my favorites, Via Tribunali, where you can start with some caprese arrostito.

In GREEN LAKE, which I’m quite partial to, dine at Nell’s, or try some of the best sushi in Seattle at Kisaku.  You can also dine next door at Eva.

In PHINNEY-GREENWOOD, you can go vegetarian at Carmelitas, or Mediterranean  at The Olive and Grape.  Or visit my pick: The Stumbling Goat, where you can choose between an entree of pan seared trout, pork tenderloin, duck risotto, or grass fed hangar steak.

Finally, in WALLINGFORD, don’t forget to stop by one of my absolute faves: Cantinetta – one of their entree options is a seasonal butternut squash ravioli.  Or, you can dine at Tilth or Art of the Table.

If you just feel the need to get out of north Seattle, which I won’t hold against you, you can view the full list of participating restaurants here.

 

Be Phabulous at the Phinneywood Pig-Out

Ready to eat some more food for the greater good? (I know, crazy question).  Well, exercise that tummy in preparedness for the Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out, coming Thursday, October 11th to the neighborhood.  By eating at one of our fine Phinney-Greenwood establishments, each of the participating businesses will donate a portion of proceeds for the night to the PNA Hot Meal Program.

The Hot Meal Program serves between 250 and 300 meals to the homeless and elderly each week, by providing Monday night dinners in Ballard and Tuesday night dinners plus Wednesday lunches in Phinney Ridge.

Participating restaurants that will be dishing up for the Pig Out include Oliver’s Twist, The Stumbling Goat Bistro, El Chupacabra, Barking Dog Alehouse, Wingdome, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and a whole host of others.  Metropolis, the card and stationery store at 7321 Greenwood Ave North, is providing balloons to each business to mark the occasion and alert passers-by to the event.  For the complete list of participating restaurants, click here.

PHOTOS: Phinney Greenwood Summer Streets

Tonight was Summer Streets along Greenwood Avenue, with lots of activities for  kids and adults alike.  Here’s a few photos from the night:

 

 

 

 

Soccer Tourney at Phinney-Greenwood Summer Streets – with beer, of course.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets returns next Friday, August 10th, where much of Greenwood Avenue will be closed down for a fun neighborhood block party in the evening hours (6 to 10pm, so be prepared to reroute if you’re driving).  Summer Streets features live music, dancing, activities for the kids and more.  Bring nonperishable food again this year for Seattle’s largest food can pyramid to benefit Greenwood Food Bank, and enjoy the art walk which will spill into the street.

And this year, something new: the first ever Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament.

The soccer tournament is presented by Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Yard Cafe, and natural energy drink Golazo (I’ve had it – it’s good).  Registration is now full for the event with 92 players divided into 16 teams and competing in two divisions – fun and pro, so if you didn’t get a chance to sign up you’ll be watching from the sidelines at this point.

A big neighborhood event like this wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity referee, so come see former Sounders player Santa Maria Rivera, now a Golazo spokesperson, ref the game.  And enjoy music with tunes spinned by DJ Dave Newman.

“Seattle is one of the greatest soccer cities in the world,” said Naked City’s general Manager Bryan Miller. “It was only a matter of time before we had our own major street soccer tournament.” He adds, “The response has been incredible.  The City of Seattle has been amazingly helpful with logistics, and The Yard and Golazo are great partners.”

Several of the players on the “pro” division are former Sounders, and there will be a cup prize for each division.  All the participating players in each division receive two complimentary beers.

What a great addition to Summer Streets!  To learn more about the other events happening at Summer Streets, visit their website here.

July’s Think & Drink to discuss marriage equality, Ref. 74

Think & Drink, presented by Humanities Washington and hosted at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood, always packs the house with people interested in hearing from local voices on interesting topics.  But July’s Think & Drink, coming up on July 17th at 7pm, touches on a rather major subject to Seattleites right now: marriage equality.

The discussion, titled, “State of the Unions: A Conversation on the Institution of Marriage,” will feature social historian Stephanie Coontz, civic leader Anne Levinson and moderator Steve Scher – and as always, will take questions and comments from the audience.

The conversation will cover everything from the historical context of marriage, to the recent legislation and opposition.  Although Think & Drink starts at 7pm, it usually sees a full house around 6:30 so people who want to attend are encouraged to show up 30 to 60 minutes early.  Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is located at 8564 Greenwood Avenue N.