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It’s not easy to find decent square footage when condo shopping in Ballard, but this 1,181 sq-ft two-bedroom home definitely provides it.   Located on the 6th floor of LEED Silver certified Hjarta, this condo has a spacious living area with slider to back patio and electric fireplace, designated dining room, and kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and under cabinet lighting.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and big bathroom with separate tub & walk-in shower.  Conveniently, the second bedroom is all the way on the opposite side of the home, with a full guest bathroom.  Washer and dryer are included, and found in the guest bathroom.

Home 610 comes with one parking space and one storage space, both located in the garage below.  Hjarta also has some fantastic building amenities – a community room with kitchenette, pool table, lounge seating and patio, and an exercise facility located off that room with separate spaces for cardio and yoga/pilates.    There’s also a large rooftop deck with seating, barbecues and a p-patch.  The building itself is solid concrete & steel.

You can call me at (253) 653-6299 or email sheath@matrixrealestate.com for more info on this condo at 1530 NW Market Street in Seattle.

Priced at $549,950






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.

Latona & 65th – Businesses close, businesses open

The intersection of Latona and 65th has been a favorite of mine for awhile now – of course, that generally has to do with the fabulous Latona Pub and the fact that it’s walking distance for me.  But besides Latona Pub, I was a regular (and, ahem, Foursquare Mayor) of Irwin’s Bakery & Cafe, which recently closed down their Green Lake location right at the two-year mark.

The Irwin's Green Lake sign being installed two years ago

The Irwin’s Green Lake sign being installed two years ago.

On top of that, Mona’s also closed – a place I didn’t visit too often but understood to be a long-time staple in the neighborhood.

And while I was frustrated to lose my favorite coffee shop, I’m excited to hear that the intersection will soon be lively again.  Frelard’s Dish Cafe is expanding to Green Lake to fill the empty space that Irwin’s left behind.  The Dish serves up breakfast and lunch items and is currently located at 4358 Leary Way NW.  Don’t worry, local fans – the Frelard location will remain as-is while the second spot opens this summer

The spot where Mona’s used to reside, although not officially announced, is said to become another cocktail bar/restaurant similar to what was there.  The owners (who own the Thai food place next door) are in the process of fixing the space up now and we’re hoping for an official announcement soon.

Change – it happens.  And hopefully it’s good.

PHOTOS: Team Up for Nonprofits Gigs4Good benefit for Outdoors for All

Friday night I was incredibly excited to attend my second Gigs4Good benefit presented by the amazing Team Up for Nonprofits.  The evening benefited an organization called Outdoors for All, which provides children and adults with mental, physical and sensory disabilities the chance to enjoy outdoor sports.  Thanks to sponsors like REI and Stevens Pass, the concert was able to donate a large portion of ticket sales to Outdoors for All, as well as raise extra money selling raffle tickets at the event.

Three bands performed Friday evening at The Tractor Tavern in Ballard – River Giant, Smokey Brights and two members of The Head and the Heart, Josiah and Charity Rose.  Here are a few photos I managed to snap!

River Giant kicks off the show:


Team Up for Nonprofits:


Bill Rudolph takes the stage to present a toast to his son, Chris.  Chris Rudolph was the marketing director of Stevens Pass, and passed away last year in an avalanche. The benefit was in his name:


Smokey Brights takes the stage:












Josiah & Charity Rose of The Head and the Heart close out the concert .

It’s the end of the world…but don’t forget, it’s the Winter Solstice too.

If the world is going to end, go out with a full belly – that’s what I always say.  And celebrate the day, which also happens to be the Winter Solstice.  The Fremont Arts Council presents their 24th annual Feast of the Winter Solstice this Thursday, December 21st at 1416 NW 51st Street in Ballard.

The event begins at 6pm and as always, is a potluck dinner so bring a dish and your beverage of choice.   See artwork and costumes and come prepared to dance with three different bands gracing the evening.  Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchase through Brown Paper Tickets, and children under 16 don’t need a ticket to attend.  You can also RSVP on the event’s Facebook page. 

In addition to bringing some food and drink, participants are encouraged to bring their own fun and funky dinnerware, and to “dress to impress.”  The event acts as a way to celebrate the past year and prepare for the next – despite rumors  of fire and brimstone Thursday night, I think this will be a great way to party!


Neighborhood Review: Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Stop the car – this place is called Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery – turn left here.

That’s essentially what happened on my ride home from the Sounders game Sunday night.  Craving chocolate, or at least something sweet, I turned to Yelp to help my friend and I find somewhere open late on a Sunday that served up something delicious and unique.   I didn’t even need to read the reviews – with a name like that, I went straight for the address.

Inside Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

I’ve been up and down Ballard Ave, but never stopped into this place before – Hot Cakes is located at 5427 Ballard Avenue and is right in the thick of things.  The chocolate menu is extensive and the list of drinks, some alcoholic and some just fun, causes you to stare at the chalk board for a good seven or eight minutes before you can figure out what to order.

I went for the Peanut Butter Cup, a milk chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache and peanut butter fudge inside.  My friend went dark with the Dark Decadence, which had salted caramel and butter toffee.  And since I wanted to feel like Harry Potter for the night too, we tried the butterbeer.

Peanut Butter Cup cake with vanilla ice cream

The cakes are baked in the jars they come in, and served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.  For a small size, they pack a big, rich punch and are well worth the $6.75 to $7.50 apiece.   But I shouldn’t be surprised at how delicious they are – Autumn Martin, a local who started the company, has prior experience as the pastry chef at Canlis and as head chocolatier at Theo Chocolate.  To top it off, the cakes are organic, and generally made with local ingredients.

If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, you can take Hot Cakes home.  Several of the cakes are sold in jars, along with toppings, cookies, pies and more. You can also pick up their products at a variety of farmers markets and local cafes.    What’s more, the store offers an array of classes covering everything from how to make caramel sauce and butterbeer to informational sessions on the coffee and other fine items they serve.

Hot Cakes made a great change from all the cupcake and frozen yogurt options out there.  It’s a perfect treat when you need that extra something, and one I’ll definitely be going back to.  Now, I suppose I owe Yelp a thank-you letter!

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.