Live in one of Seattle’s premier Art Deco condo buildings – The Seaview in lower Queen Anne. As soon as you step through the door of this beautiful studio you will be charmed by its gleaming hardwood floors, period perfect details, sweet remodeled kitchen & bath and, even the peek-a-boo Space Needle view. Super pet friendly & can rent once owner occupied. Nestled next to quiet Kinnear Park yet blocks to theater, shopping and dining – this lovely condo is ready and waiting for its next happy homeowner!
The home perched on the 3rd floor of the Seaview is down right adorable. I cannot count how many things are so cute about the unit. From the original built-ins, to the leaded glass french doors, adorable dressing room, open and airy kitchen and the sweet bathroom. Frankly I kinda wish I was truly committed to the live simple lifestyle. Here are the specs for the Seaview Unit #312
Stunning 1930 Art Deco Building – The Seaview #312
Home – 475 sq. ft.
Dues $294 | Central Hot Water, Radiant Heat Water, Sewer, Garbage Earthquake Insurance & Reserves.
Coved Ceilings, Ziggaurat Arches & Other Vintage Details
Radiant Heat Paid by Your Dues
Two Over Sized Walk-in Closets
Storage Unit on First Floor
Now let’s give a little love to the actual building The Seaview. The Seaview is in Lower Queen Anne (also known as Uptown). One goes Uptown for ground breaking theater, world renowned ballet and heavenly arias from the amazing art companies who call Lower Queen Anne home. The Seaview is perfectly situated to take in the best Seattle has to offer in theater, art, music, food and general going out goodness. Not only is the Seaview in a prime location but it also one of the best managed buildings in the area. Anytime something comes on the market I aim to get one of my buyers into the building because of its community, pet friendly policies, and financial health. Here is more information about the building.
Amenities | Renovated Laundry Room, Ultra Mod Community Space & a Ballroom with a Kitchen to Entertain Friends!
Condo Board Activity | No planned assessments, over $100K in reserves, planned plumbing work in the future paid from reserves.
Recent Building Work | New Energy Efficient Windows, Brickwork, New Roof, Landscaping & other Future Plans.
Let’s first get some definitions out of the way. A Co-Op building is not the same as a food Co-Op or one of those fancy co-housing situations that are popping up in the Bay Area. A Co-Op is a was of describing a building that is vintage special. Back in them old fashion days folks bought buildings and created shares within the building for their individual units. Whereas in these new fangled days a developer builds building and incorporates it as a Condo. You own the walls-in. In a co-op you are part of a shareholder group for the entire building. Go it?
Divaland gets a ton of calls from folks who are interested in our co-op listings. The price point and vintage charm is like tasty sparkly bait for many a first timer here on Capitol Hill. Yes – co-ops are cheaper. And yes – they are typically in vintage buildings. But they do have some restrictions.
We created a handy little checklist so you can see if you are a co-op or a condo Diva Dweller.
1 – Love vintage charm?
2 – Want onsite secure parking?
3 – Want your taxes included with your HOA Dues?
4 – Do you like getting your Fitbit steps in by avoiding elevators at all costs?
5 – Do plan to turn your first time Diva Dwelling into a long-term rental investment?
6 – Do you live minimally and need very little kitchen space?
7 – Want to be close to the new light rail station?
8 – Do you want a washer/dryer inside your Diva Dwelling?
9 – Do you want someone else to manage the day-to-day operations of your Building?
10 – Do you enjoy decision making, long term planning, and maintenance plans to be decided on by group agreement?
11 – Does it make you excited to meet, be interviewed, and chat building with a good portion of your neighbors before closing on your home?
12 – Do you want to live someplace for more than five years before selling?
13 – Do you like the fact that you do not have to pay excise tax when you sell your Diva Dwelling?
14 – Do you want to pay a great entry-level price in a really well managed building in in Seattle’s most walkble neighborhood?
As you can see there are some awesome things about calling a co-op home. Co-ops are truly unique living experience for many folks on Capitol Hill. Lots of people love the walkablity, general high quality of care that many of the residents show their buildings, and the fact that you are buying into a community and not just a building.
*The Melrose Terrace does have parking.
*Some co-ops are just figuring out how to allow washer and dryers but typically they have communal laundry spaces.
The 12th Man(Diva) rumble started this last fall. The first sign that Sundays were changing came around last October as the Seahawks were on a winning streak. I was hosting an open house in one of my favorite condo buildings The Plaza Del Sol. The inventory was low. Condo looked great. First weekend on the market. The open house should have been hoppin’. The condo is also over CCs in Seattle’s gayborhood Capitol Hill. Not a big deal. I’m friends with a lot of those bears and they are darlings to work with at the Plaza Del Sol. This particular Sunday CCs went from a quiet older gay man’s bar to a crazy rumble that it shook the floors in my open house. And to top it off not a single person showed up to the open. Not one. Weird!
Other signs of that Seattle has become Seahawks country —> New clients asking me if we were going to be finished in time for the game. Diva team member Roy normally comes to Chez Diva on Sunday’s to work in the art studio. Last fall he started hanging out in his car until the game was over so he wouldn’t miss a single part of the game. And the best yet my friend Sheryl was pissed when her best gay friend (and our mutual friend) Karl decided to host his birthday brunch during a Seahawks gam. Sheryl went but she made it clear she would be wrapping brunch up quickly and returning to Seahawks country!
Kim and I are still in New York City wrapping up a Real Estate conference – Inman Connect. As anyone who is not living under a rock should know our Seattle Seahawks are one step away from the Super Bowl. And yes – I’m scanning the interwebs for a place that I can watch the Seahawks game with like minded fans (speak up if you know a place). I’m sending out a slew of text messages to my Seattle ex-pats to meet up at a Diva-Dive-bar so we can watch the game with our peeps. Yes – I know NYC is filled with great food, art, etc. But seriously!
GenBlue Peeps at Agent Reboot – Andrea Geller Photo Mavin
Kim and I are on the plane on our way to one of our favorite real estate conferences, Inman Connect. For years Kim and I were holed up at the old DivaHQ in the basement of the Coldwell Banker Bain Capitol Hill office just minding our own business and connecting with our other small business friends. Majority of our inspiration and tools came from outside of the industry. July of 2012 we were invited to our first Connect in San Francisco. We were totally blown away by the bevy of amazing smarty-pants industry folks we met that first year. Many of these folks are our peers and meeting them gave us renewed hope for our industry. Looking at you Nerd Nuggets, Greg Fischer, #LobeLife, Chris Nichols, Inman Team, #GenBlue Pals, Stacie Staub, Katie Lance, and of course Kelly Mitchell!
Big News: Our very own Kim has the great honor of speaking at Agent Reboot about New School Tools Do Old School Real Estate. Kim has been practicing for this presentation since the holidays and I have no doubt she is going to rock the New York stage like a Diva should. The presentation is definitely one of our best. I’m so excited! Check out the sneak peek video below:
Couple of things we are looking forward to at this years Connect.
Catching up with our Inman Connect and #GenBlue pals.
Meeting new folks who share our nerdy passion for good design, and a TRUE belief that home buyers and sellers (Diva Dwellers) are more than “leads” to be hunted down.
Learning how Team Diva can better optimize our systems to make sure our Diva Dwellers are the smartest and savviest folks in the market.
Socializing – Divas are really social. We have our NYC pals and our Real Estate peeps all in one place. To hot to handle.
Couple of Wishes (ok maybe a rant or two)
Dear vendors who have never worked with a first time home buyer or helped a seller during the recession, please remember that we do help pay for your bills by using your products. Be nice when referring to us real estate agents.
Hey folks, a lot of us sassy, next generation real estate agents do use social media to effectively educate our peeps, market our listings, and get our community to know us in a more well-rounded light. The interweb is our friend and we would love it if we could take a sabbatical on the “Don’t post listings to Facebook” conversation. Let’s see how the industry plays this one out. The good peeps will always float to the top. And now there is Snapchat. So good!
Still looking for a user-friendly CRM program. And don’t tell me that entering information on four different screens is “user” friendly. My Divas and Divos are peoples people and need to be out on the street with their peeps. Not hold us all up with a clunky system. #NoExcuseForBadDesign
Also – I forgot to mention that the #WestCoastGurls are going to rule ICNY. Their outfits and combined brainpower is going to feel overwhelming at first. But no worries we are all real nice, bubbly, and just want to have fun!
For those of you who have been following the Divas for awhile know we are obsessed with music. The whole team shares Spotify lists with each other and are always on the hunt for something delish. Any given Thursday you will probably find at least one of us out seeing a show or getting our dance on at a club. #BDB
Yesterday Duke Dumont’s song - Need U (100%) – came on the car radio and I flashed back to the clubs back in the 90s. Back when all of the cool kids where wearing light colored jeans, white tennies, and a white t-shirt and a vest with their frosted tipped hair. Oh yeah baby. Regardless of the flashback the song is perfect for kicking off 2014 Diva style. New school sounds to do old school real estate.
I Wanna Be the One You Call Every Day and Night: Seriously. One of my favorite real estate moments was when we were able to be there for Shauna and Zeke when they had a water/freeze/winter issue. Shauna and Zeke had just moved into their new townhouse. It was right around the time we had a major snow followed by one of Seattle’s notorious freezes and of course they woke up to find water coming into their home. Thankfully they called Kim and together we quickly figured out what the issue was. Freezing and blocked up downspouts were backing up into the house. Next we called our plumber and he headed on over to fix the issue. We have so much house information to share. The team has seen probably over 500 houses in our lifetime and can probably figure out a bunch of things that happen after the sale. And we seriously love it when folks call us with good news and oh [bleep] news.
I Wanna Be the One You Tell All of Your Friends About: The Divas launched ourselves to our new satellite office on Capitol Hill. The goal being that we can be more accessible to our clients, host more community events and fundraisers, and have space for our team to grow. Yeah the Diva team does want to be the ones you tell all of your friends about. We are all about community. Working with folks from our own community makes us get up and dance.I have tried a bunch to like golf. You will occasionally see me at a golf club with my cousin. But generally those peeps are not my peeps. Our peeps are smart, sassy, and can carry on a very funny conversation about architecture, burlesque, modern dance, politics, and you know —– fun stuff!
Need You 100, Need you 100 Percent: This next year we are planning on promoting and doing what we can for four Divalicious Seattle non-profits. The first one is going to be PSKS. Followed by many other fabulous places. Second we are pushing the envelope of what we feel like is the ethical, productive, and fun way to do real estate. This next year is going to be critical for our team’s success to become a major game changer in the industry. We believe strongly that people deserve to have folks help them in the real estate process that really care about them and their families. Who wants to be treated like a lead? When you can be treated like a Diva Dweller? So yeah we need your support 100%.
So we love you and we hope this little ditty finds you in good shape.
As many of you know we recently adopted a second dog named Daisy to join our insanely busy household. Daisy joined the one-year-old Hollis and the two old cats as part of our critter loving Chez Diva. Originally, we thought that Daisy would have a calming effect on Hollis being the older more mature dog. But no! Every morning we wake up to Daisy and Hollis snuggling up and playing on top of us. So to remedy this crazy situation we have taken up walking the neighborhood every day. Sometimes three times a day if the dogs are especially crazy. I am sure it is not a cute sight as two dogs get bound up with Kim, their leashes, a dog on the other side of the fence and me.Nope not pretty at all. Not cute. But boy do the dogs need the walks.
Most folks are working at traditional jobs when we are out and about. Cause who is home at 10 in the morning? Instead of meeting neighbors we meet houses.And the occasional dog on the other side of the fence. This morning was typical. Dogs running crazy and finally after a couple of blocks calming down. I passed a bunch of houses that had all of recently sold and are in the process of being fixed up. It feels like there is a construction dumpster in everyone’s driveway. It is not surprising considering Seattle’s comeback. But for our neighborhood it is an intensely gratifying and humbling experience to see this much optimism after what felt like an endless time of real estate wasteland.
During the Real Estate War(as we like to call the recession) our neighborhood was hit hard. South Seward Park is a strange area where million dollar estates are two blocks from Rainier’s run down apartment buildings. Our hood saw a lot of predatory lending practices during the height of the market for many immigrant families. Their homes were one of the first to become foreclosures. Following the first wave of distressed homes we started to see many gentrifying homesteaders short sale their homes to move their families to less crime-ridden neighborhoods with better schools. And you know the story. Distressed homes became a virus that spread throughout our neighborhood. As a professional in the business, it was intense and horrifying to see what was happening to our neighbors and friends. It was hard to not take the whole situation so personally. After all I am one of those people in my industry that loves home ownership. I love everything about owning a home. The projects. The garden. Remodeling. Or the occasional not so nice thing like one’s roof failing and water pouring into the home on a cold November. I take it all and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Obviously watching so many people lose that sense of house love by choice or by circumstance was horrifying. Well guess what happened in five years time? New neighbors bought those distressed houses.Down at the end of the block we finally have a new neighbor gal who is so nice and watches out for us gals. Behind our house we have a new couple that just moved in who wave as we come and go. And the last remnant from the war finally closed about a month ago. At the end of our alley a young women bought the house that has been empty for almost three years. First it was abandoned. Then it was a short sale. Then some hooligans used the front window as target practice. And finally it became a foreclosure. And my favorite is the young woman we met on a dog walk who was moving into her first house. It took close to four months for the short sale to close. But the house was all hers and you would have thought she won the lottery!!
Our lives changed forever when Cousin Angela sent me an email asking if we would like to be her agent here in Seattle. Boeing was getting ready to relocate her to the Emerald City and her husband Cliff was on his way to being transferred with the big plane company a couple of months later. Angela became a fixture with our #Saturgays and we were out and about having fun. Then boom —–> Angela was pregnant. Instead of going out on the town with Noel, we started going over to Chez Hall every Tuesday night. Christmas use to be about watching movies with friends and then going to someone’s house for dinner. Now we spend the time opening presents and looking for the pickle on the huge Christmas tree at Chez Hall.
Last week, little gal Alex celebrated her fifth birthday. It feels like just yesterday when Tracy, Kim, and I were left alone with Cliff’s wine cellar and Alex. Alex seemed fine with the arrangement. But the three of us ladies were terrified. Not only was her diaper put on backwards but one of us (probably Chavi) left her glass of wine in Alex’s room. Years later Alex has gotten use to her adults and manages us appropriately. We are very grateful that the Halls live here in Seattle and Alex keeps our very Diva lives grounded in some semblance of reality.
Here is Angela, Alex, and Cliff’s Diva Dweller Story as told by Angela.
Diva Dweller Wall of Fame Hood: East-side ‘burbs (Newcastle)
How did you meet the Divas? We had heard stories of the ‘Real Estate Divas of Seattle’ for years and during a corporate relocation, there was no doubt who we were going to consult with on our greater Seattle house-hunt! Oh yeah, and Chavi is my cousin!
What type of home did you purchase? Single family home on a nice size property in an excellent, safe, family-oriented neighborhood. House has a three car garage (to accommodate vehicles and toys), a dog-friendly yard, and a great school district. Lots of homes that fit these requirements at the time of our house-hunt, but most had lacked our biggest ‘unwritten’ requirement… privacy. Our nest is in a great little wooded lot on a half cul-de-sac. The orientation gives us the opportunity to host a sizable crowd in the yard without bugging the neighbors too much.
What was your first “OMG” house moment? I moved in while I was about 6 months pregnant and Cliff was living in another state. There was a series of one OMG moment after another in that first year… one stand out was when the Divas hosted a ‘Gay-by Shower’ for me at the new house. One of our favorite boy-pals arrived dressed in drag as a Bavarian maiden. I was pretty sure we were going to get kicked out of the ‘burbs as he marched down the side-walk in red heels… it was awesome!
What is your greatest home extravagance? I used to think it was our spa in the backyard. It’s always hot and ready to go and I use it often. I think I would now have to say that it will be Cliff’s new ‘mini-home-brewery’ he is installing in our garage. Prost!
What is in your junk drawer? Take out menus, rulers, princess band aids and girlie hair-ties
Would you rather:
mow lawn / paint the fence – Mow…but we don’t do either untangle computer cords / sort socks – Socks…less frustration test the smoke detectors / fix squeaky doors - fix the squeaks…I just like playing with the spray-lube plunge the toilet / clean out the refrigerator – plunge…not sure why, my fridge is not that bad! clean the gutters / take down holiday decorations – I love the process of putting up and taking down the décor…many items have wonderful traditions and family memories.
What is your favorite Hood hangout spot? Tapatio (Mexican restaurant) – great friendly service, decent food, cold beer and great margaritas!
What is your favorite local organization/non-profit? Goodwill – appreciate their mission to get people back on their feet through jobs and training and it gives me a reason to keep our closets clean.
What do you love the most about your house? First and foremost, it’s occupants. I love having my family under one roof and being hermits when we are home. As much as we love being hermits, we also enjoy sharing our house with our family and friends when we entertain. I also love our back yard. I can gaze at the forest view and get lost in thought…only to be interrupted by Cliff hunting for Bigfoot!!
Angela, Cliff and Alex have gone way beyond family. They are also some of our closest friends. Thank you for making the big move here to Seattle and being Diva Dwellers.
On my way to work this morning I had an interesting conversation with a very nice fella who is moving to Seattle with his family. He needs to find a place to rent some where between $2,000 – $3,000 a month. Should be doable. But there are honestly more houses for sale than there are single family homes to rent in Seattle right now.What??
Let’s look at the general Central District area. The CD is consistently a favorite hood with our Diva Dwellers. I used PadMapper and compared the results to the NWMLS. There are all of 3 real houses to rent. Everything else is an extra large apartment. The results there are 30% more homes to buy in the same area as there are to rent. WTF??
To Rent = 3 real houses / handful of townhouses or large apartments Criteria: $2-3K / 2-4bd / Using PadMapper
To Buy = 9 real houses Criteria: $400-500K / 2-4bd / Using the NWMLS
Now of course it is always best if you figure out if it is right for you on a personal level to take on the responsibility to own a home. Owning a home is for those of us who cannot imagine a different type of lifestyle.Those of us whose souls hurt when we do not own our own spaces. And for practical reasons sometimes we just want to get a pooch without having to deal with a landlord!
For those more analytical folks I am a huge fan of Home.com Mortgage Calculator mobile app. They have a great little Buy or Rent nugget on the App that gets into the nerdy financials of why one should buy or rent in Seattle. I ran the app just recently for someone who is currently renting at $3,000 a month and is thinking about buying at $500,000. Well the results were super clear — >BUY!
Or for you can check out the slew of news articles on the subject…..
Josh Windsor Chatting With Diva Dwellers + Divotees About Velocity Dance Center Last December
Our friend, fellow arts patron, and one of the founders of the #DanceDork club is getting himself a big dance award this evening at Velocity Dance center. Josh is the reason why Kim and I are such huge supporters of Velocity Dance Center. And more importantly the reason why we have such a huge love affair with dance. Josh is one of the smartest people I know. And his girlfriend Jenny brings out Josh’s social side that allows the rest of us to enjoy Josh’s many nuggets of #DanceDork greatness.
We have so many awesome stories. So many. Here are a few of our favorites….
Once while we were traveling to Rome we watched a live horse come on to the stage of an Italian Opera.
Josh and Jenny invited us to one of our first ballets at the Pacific Northwest Ballet where we watched Peter Boal’s bring some of amazing modern works to the stage.
Josh and I helped to setup numerous Backstage Pass events at PNB.
Jenny though a birthday party for Josh at Washington Ensemble Theatre for a robot/human love affair. Effing amazing!
Ten Tiny dances was one of the early Velocity performances I saw with Josh. I saw the amazing Amy O’Neal use the her little stage like it was something to worship.
Josh introduced us to zoe|juniper.
Josh asked us if we would like to host one of zoe|juniper’s dancers.
We met Raja – zoe|juniper’s dancer who later danced at our wedding with Zoe.
Once we went to the Rainier Club to see Nacho Durado speak about his upcoming show at the UW Dance series. Later that night Josh bought Nacho a shwarma at a late night spot in Pioneer Square.
The next night we saw Nacho’s company at Meany Theater and took Nacho to Comeback (back in them old days it was one of the raunchiest gay dance nights). And there is more to that story but you have to come to Velocity tonight to hear these little nuggets!
Much love to Josh. A well deserved award. Thank you for the stories, the memories, the adventures and for always having a well planned out trip with various diverging experiences for the rest of us to join!
We are over the moon excited about our new relationship with D2-Design & Construction. This past spring we met the nice fellas behind D2 about a project they wanted to make a reality: to find awesome homes in up-and-coming Seattle neighborhoods, renovate the homes using smart but cost effective design, and make some money in the end. Projects like these are everything that Team Diva stands for –> Smart, savvy and effective!
Complete 8 or so projects in the Seattle area.
Focus on real homes for real people.
First Project: D2-White Center
D2-White Center / Before
D2′s First Project / White Center After
We found this delightful house on the south side of White Center situated on just shy of a half acre of land. The original owners walked away from a flip gone bad and sold it without even one picture on the MLS. The house was a total mess when the team arrived. But over the summer it became the shining star of the neighborhood: a smartly designed kitchen, fab tile work in the bathrooms, awesome new front yard. Love!!!
And you know us Divas. We are picky. This was the first project with folks that we had barely met or interacted with before this house, but the D2 team was impressive even by Diva standards.The work on the kitchen alone really showcases their creativity on using cost effective materials in a very stylized fashion.
What is Next? The goal is to eventually do 8 projects a year. Right now we are starting off slow and going after the right projects. We are already on the hunt for new houses now, but follow along with D2′s projects on their Facebook page. Meet the team members as we find new projects. It is going to be a lot of fun and the houses are going to be truly Divalicious!