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New On Market: 2-Bedroom Condo with Patio near Gas Works Park

Just one block north of Gas Works Park, this two-bedroom condo hits the market in The Biscayne for only $304,950.  The home has hardwood floors throughout, and a great open kitchen with eating bar that features stainless steel appliances and tile countertop and backsplash.

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The second bedroom has french doors, and leads out onto a large, ground-level patio that’s perfect for a potted garden or outdoor entertaining space.

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The home includes parking in the controlled-access garage, as well as two interior storage units in the building.  The Biscayne is perfectly located in walking distance to downtown Fremont and cycle commuters will love being close to the Burke-Gilman.  The building is pet-friendly!

MAKING A FULL PRICE OFFER? GET USED TO REJECTION.

I’m frustrated. Other real estate brokers are frustrated. A lot of homebuyers are frustrated.  In some parts of Seattle, making a full priced offer on a home just doesn’t get you anywhere anymore.

Let me give you a backstory: I have clients that are looking for a new home in north Seattle.  They’re open to a lot of different neighborhoods, but they have wants and needs just like everyone else so over the past two months of house hunting they’ve found only four or five homes they like enough to actually pursue.  And out of those four or five, they’ve so far put offers in on three of them, and lost out every time.

The first home they put an offer in on was listed at $650,000.  They didn’t get it – but whoever did paid $760,000 for it – $110,000 more than list price.

The most recent home they put an offer in on went the same way – it was listed at $650,000, and it sold to someone in the range of $760,000 + (it’s still pending).

From the time I started house hunting with these particular clients, to this past week of facing another rejection, I have felt like it’s gotten worse.  So I checked the stats – and yep, it’s gotten worse.

I took some of the most popular neighborhoods – Ballard, Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Phinney Ridge – and to narrow my stats down, I took a popular price point right now – homes between $600,000 and $800,000.   Looking back at those homes that closed in the month of January, the average sale price was 101.8% of list price – so if a house was listed for $700,000, for instance, on average it sold at $712,600.

In February, the average sale price was 102.5% of list price – or $717,500 on that hypothetical $700,000 house.  In March it crept up just a little more to 102.6% – $718,200.

Then came April.  In the month of April, the average sale price in that range and in those neighborhoods was 105.3% of list price – that means that $700,000 house is now costing on average $737,100.   And a scary thought here – the biggest percentage difference during April between list price and sale price was 123.3% – that would have made a $700,000 house $863,100.  OUCH.

I very much wish I had a point here, but I think instead this post is meant more to vent everyone’s joint frustration on the matter.   What’s my advice?  Persevere, buyers.  Don’t pay more for a home than what you value it at.  Consider how long you intend to live there.  Know that you’re not alone. Because hell, if you were alone, you wouldn’t be paying so much.

Keep on truckin’.  And punch a pillow, instead of a wall.

 

Seattle Beer Week: Your North Seattle Picks

Seattle Beer Week is soon to be upon us again.  The fifth year running, this year’s Beer Week falls on May 9th through the 19th and as usual, is sure to include something for everyone.  Although I do like to expand my horizons out of the neighborhood a little for this one, here are my North Seattle event picks!

  • On May 10th, head to Brouwers in Fremont for the Underberg Back in Black Stout Fest – 40+ stouts on tap.  Event runs all day
  • On May 11th, it’s time to head to Hale’s Ales for Brewgrass – a collaboration of beer & music with 10 local breweries and 3 bands, benefiting NW Harvest.  Starts at 5pm and you can buy your tickets here.
  • On May 12th, it’s Mother’s Day. So treat your mother to one of her favorite movies – Psycho.  DJ Nicfit plays this film at Naked City’s screening room to a live soundtrack, and I can say from experience it’s amazing.  Starts at 8pm in Greenwood.
  • May 13th, check out the Sierra Nevada dinner at the Burgundian in Tangletown.   5 beers paired with 5 dishes (exact beers & dishes tbd).  This starts at 6pm.
  • On May 14th, check out Beer & Burger Battle back at Brouwer’s in Fremont.  It runs all day long, and pits six brewers against each other to design the best burger.
  • On May 15th, don’t miss the annual Latona Pub Cask Fest in Green Lake.  A huge selection of cask beers, starting at 6pm.
  • On May 16th, try out pFriem Family Brewing at Art of the Table in Wallingford.  Everyone is buzzing about this brewery, and the restaurant is pairing up 7 courses to match.  The reception starts at 6:30, dinner served at 7.  Call the restaurant at (206) 282-0942 for a reservation.  Dinner is $95/person + tax/tip.
  • After taking a few nights off to repair your liver, celebrate the last day of Beer Week with The Dray in Phinney Ridge.  The Dray has a celebration of its own that day – their 5th Birthday!  There will be special brews from Firestone Walker, and tacos from The Yard.

Make sure you don’t miss one or two other events in the rest of the city either, as there’s plenty to do!  You can check out the full schedule here. 

Wine World & Spirits joins U-District Food Bank for Chili Cook-Off

I’m a huge proponent of the University Food Bank (well, any food bank).  And those of you who know we well know that I’m also a proponent of beer and wine. So I’m thrilled to pass along that Wine World and Spirits has teamed up with the U-District Food Bank for the second annual Chili Cook-Off.

The Cook-Off will be held on Sunday, March 3rd from 2pm to 5pm at Wine World and Spirit’s private ballroom, with proceeds benefiting the food bank.  Tickets are $10 and include your chili tastes plus 5 drink tickets to sample local beers and wines that have been selected to pair with the chili.

Men, that’s probably all you need to read – buy your ticket here or at the door.

Ladies, if you still need a little tempting, this is the part where I get to tell you that the chili will be judged by Seattle firefighters.   And yes, I know that’s a totally sexist comment and I don’t really care.  FIREFIGHTERS.

Wine World & Spirits is located at 400 NE 45th.

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.

 

Like beer, LOVE coffee? Don’t miss the Coffee Beer Festival October 6th

Last night I went on a date with a guy who doesn’t like coffee.  I know, crazy talk, right?  I can’t fault him too much – there was a time when I didn’t really like the stuff either.  Granted, that time was when I was about 11 years old.  Now, it’s a life force for me.  And well – you all know by now how much I love craft beer.

Have I died and gone to Heaven?  Because those two of my favorite things are getting combined for one day only at the Coffee Beer Festival, being held on Saturday October 6th at The Burgundian in Tangletown.

So far, 20 beers have been confirmed for the taps including concoctions from Oakshire, Big Time, Ram, Naked City, Schooner Exact, Fremont, Elysian and Southern Tier.  And they won’t all be porters, either – we’re talking IPA’s and saisons and even pale ales.

The festival starts at 10am and goes until the beer runs out (or closing time, whichever comes first).   The Burgundian is located at 2253 N 56th Street on the Wallingford/Green Lake border.

Clips of Faith – Beer & Films, coming to Gas Works next week

New Belgium Brewing Company brings its third annual “Clips of Faith” event to Seattle next Friday, July 27th.  The concept behind the event is to pair 16 New Belgium beers with short films created by fans, for a fun tasting event.

New Belgium will feature tastes of their more common beers such as Fat Tire, but also beers from their special “Lips of Faith” series, including their Cocoa Mole Ale, a spicy chocolate concoction.

Food will also be served up from Rainy Day Gourmet and A Lunch in Hand.  The event takes place at Wallingford’s Gas Works Park on Friday beginning at 8pm with the first film showing when it gets dark.  A few cool details: dogs are welcome (on leash, of course), and feel free to bring your own water bottle as you can get water refills.

The event itself doesn’t cost anything to get in, but there are charges for the beers which you can get in either a 3oz pour or a 12oz pour (cash only here folks).  All proceeds from Clips of Faith go to the Nature Consortium, a local grassroots organization who bring together nature and the arts.