Thursday, January 19, 2017

BoardingHouse Rooms for Rent

Paul Dorpat reported in the Seattle Times magazine about  a large mansion built in 1900 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Columbia Street in Seattle's First Hill. It was a boardinghouse in the early 1900's, called The Sunset, and was managed by the progressive Emma A. Hausman, "one of the most prominent club women in the city."

Emma Hausman had purchased this residence from the Archibald Graham family in 1916 with the intent of opening "a first-class boardinghouse for particular people."

According to the 1937 tax record, this neoclassical mansion featured 27 rooms, including seven on the first floor and eight on the second, all with nine-foot ceilings. There were seven more in the attic and five in the daylight basement. The Sunset offered several rooms for rent, with ads such as this from the Seattle Times on June 2, 1917:

"Mrs. Hausman has one large room, suitable for man and wife, two businessmen or young ladies. First class in every particular..."

The mansion was demolished in 1966 to make way for new developments.

City regulations now prohibit more than eight unrelated people from occupying a Seattle residence, so the days of boardinghouses like this one are long gone - and so too, options like this for more affordable living arrangements in the city of Seattle...

Happy Investing!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Whidbey Waterfront

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Seattle Inventory

As expected, inventory levels did not rise during the holidays.  In fact, only 37 new listings hit the Seattle proper market last week!  Record low inventory levels, combined with continuing strong demand have set Seattle up to have another banner year in 2017.  Zillow actually ranks the Greater Seattle Region as the projected second hottest market in the nation for 2017 (Nashville with all their growth in the healthcare sector came in first).  The interesting, but maybe not so surprising aspect of the report was the neighborhoods Zillow thinks will appreciate the most in Seattle – South Seattle (Jackson Place, Rainier Beach, and Brighton); Delridge over in West Seattle; and Northwest Bellevue.  To me this is interesting, but taking a step back I can’t say I’m too surprised.  Borrowers have been expanding their search out of the most competitive Seattle neighborhoods, and into the lower priced, less competitive surrounding areas.  Like a rising tide lifts all boats – the neighborhoods of Seattle that appreciated the most last year are now projected to lift the surrounding neighborhoods with spill-over buyers who have decided to expand their search.

Today's blog courtesy of Kyle Bergquist, Guild Mortgage

Happy Investing!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Puget Sound Waterfront!

Spacious house, with 60' of waterfront on a well-protected canal for crabbing/boat moorage, just a stone's throw to open water of Admiralty Straits on Puget Sound, in a stunning island community. West-facing, spectacular sunsets. Moor your boat on your backyard dock, kayak the canals, or fish for salmon from some of the best shore fishing on Whidbey. Beachcomb at the community beach of coveted Lagoon Point.

Watch container ships and cruise ships sail by as you relax on your back deck. Watch the winter storms safely inside by the gas fire. 

Wildlife abounds here: deer, rabbits, ducks, hawks and eagles. Minutes from south Whidbey State Park and the Greenbank Farm, with miles of trails for both dogs and humans. Easy access to Coupeville, Ft. Casey, Freeland, Langley. Only 20 minutes to the ferry!

House is vacant, show any time. Access by NWMLS keybox. Listed at $599,999.
MLS #1063093

Happy Investing!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

King County Waterfront

Several people have asked me about getting good deals on King County waterfront. 132 lakefront properties sold for less than $1 million in King County last year. Two lakefront houses sold last year for under $200K. I bought one of them...

Right now there are 18 active listings under $1M. They are on little lakes with names like Killarney, Star, Steel, Horseshoe, Angle, Pipe, and Tuck - with a few floating homes on Lake Union. Savvy buyers are looking now, even with our frigid sub-zero temps...

If you are interested in buying or selling King County waterfront, shoot me a private message at

Happy Investing!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Housing Market Trends

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. 

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Wendy Ceccherelli
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