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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Curbed Seattle

Carnation's River Run Ranch Estate Runs You $9.9M

Really, your interest in River Run Ranch, which just hit the open market asking a cool $9.9M, comes down to your interest in horses. Do you own horses? Do you want to own horses? Do you know people who own horses?

Cornerspotter: Catching the Trolleybus in 1959

Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments.

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Two WSCC Expansion Co-Development Towers Coming

The Washington State Convention Center expansion is a huge deal, not only for the ways it'll transform the center itself but for what else it's bringing with it to Downtown Seattle.

Are Urban Farms More Hype than Hope? Report Raises Questions

City farming may not solve urban hunger. In fact, its greatest benefits aren't found in the produce at all, suggests a new report.

Bertha Passes 385-Foot Mark But Isn't Stopping Yet

Wednesday, WSDOT announced that Bertha the boring tunnel machine had reached her latest goal and had officially moved past the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

I-District Residential/Hotel Complex Takes Shape

Last night, Chinn Investments and Hewitt Architects presented plans for their massive residential/hotel project at between 10th Avenue South and 12th Avenue South, and South Jackson Street and South Main Street to the design review board.

$525K Gets You 9 Acres & a 'Mini Farm' in Enumclaw

Take your pick: Should S&G Ranch stay a ranch, become a hobby farm, or host really big parties within sight of Mt. Rainier?

Capitol Hill Apartment Complex Looks For Approval

Sunrise DC and d/Arch LLC are bringing their plans for a six-story apartment building at 323 Bellevue Avenue E in Capitol Hill before the design review board tonight for recommendation.

Brick Tudor Takes Shape in Laurelhurst For $1.35M

Inside the house you'll find plenty of original features including leaded windows, refinished hardwoods and coved ceilings. The remodeled kitchen has all the requisite stainless appliances and marble countertops.

The Seattle Freeze is Holding Tech Startups Back

Turns out, while we might have a strong tech and startup community, we're not even in the top ten of major U.S. cities when it comes to readiness. According to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Seattle checks in at No. 11 overall.

New & Old Seattle Condo Prices Rose Two Percent

The Mark Company Trend Sheet for April is out and it looks like Downtown Seattle-area condo prices are back on the rise.After dipping in February and leveling out flat in March, new construction condo prices rose two percent this month.

Where You Can Find Some Quiet Around Seattle

If you want to find some peace and quiet around Seattle, you might have to look at the areas around, not in, Seattle. No surprise there, especially on Seahawks Sundays.

Mediterranean Luxury Awaits in Bellevue for $3.88M

Luxury homes are known by their formal spaces, living and dining rooms, but it is the less common rooms that distinguish one mansion from another. Why have a wine cellar when you can have a wine room?

How the Back-to-the-Land Movement Transformed American Architecture

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a wave of young Americans fled cities and suburbs for the countryside. Many built their own homes, and often they made those homes domes, putting their own spin on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic forms.

Vulcan's 23rd & Jackson Development Taking Shape

Vulcan Real Estate, Hewitt Architects, and Runberg Architecture Group are bringing their plans for a massive development at the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and Jackson Street before the design review board tonight for early design guidance.

'Hill House' Turns South Slope Living Upside Down

On his website, interior and furniture designer Steve Hensel says "a home is as much a sanctuary as a showplace." That goes for his own home, 'Hill House,' the Queen Anne South Slope luxury residence is now available to a new owner for $2.39M.

Seattle Rent Rose 11 Percent in May, Most in U.S.

Rental site Abodo has released their National Apartment Report for May 2016. In Seattle, not only did one-bedroom rents rise, they rose more than any other city in the nation.

Big Reveal: $318K For This North Beacon Hill Condo

Yesterday, we asked you to guess the asking price for this 2-BR, 1.75-bath condo in North Beacon Hill. James A. submitted a guess on the Curbed Facebook page for $405K, but it was MichaelMack's guess of $379K that actually comes in closer.

$275K Gets You This 240 Square-Foot Vashon Cabin

When a tiny cabin has a tiny studio on a big lot with big views, someone has taken the small house on the big lot to the maximum. For $275,000 there's a zero bedroom, 1 bath waterfront cabin with a sunset view on Vashon Island.

Five Cheapest Properties Available in Capitol Hill

We looked around for the five least expensive places to buy on Capitol Hill. No surprise, they're all condos. Who wants a yard when there's so much to do in the neighborhood?

Arbor Heights Tiny Home Awaits Your Garden Skills

Shopping for houses in spring can be as much about garden tours as house tours.

Unrealized City Plans: 9 What-Ifs That Would Have Changed U.S. Cities

Counterfactual city planning, missed opportunities, and a floating stadium

Green Lake Making Room For Mixed-User 'Meter'

Developer Briar Box and Caron Architecture bring their plans for a six-story mixed-use project at 417 NE 73rd Street in Green Lake called 'Meter' before the design review board this evening for potential recommendation.

Flipped Green Lake House Gains Level & Price Tag

The aging house at 1112 N 76th Street in Green Lake was sold last year for $350,000. It has re-emerged on the market with a brand-new look and a brand-new third floor. Now it's asking $1.05M for the new-and-improved version.

Hear How This Phinney Ridge 3-BR Sold For $1.3M

Between the soaring housing prices, plummeting inventory, and insane bidding war stories, we keep hearing about how crazy the Seattle housing market is. So we've asked local real estate agents, sellers and buyers to share their nutty stories with us.

Satya Nadella Gets $2.77M For Clyde Hill Home

Microsoft head honcho Satya Nadella listed his 4,050 square-foot contemporary-style home in January for $3.5M. The price came down a little bit in February but it took until April to go pending.

How Much For This North Beacon Hill Condo?

PriceSpotter is Curbed's asking price guessing game. We provide you with some details and pictures from a real estate listing, and you take a crack at the price in the comments. Tomorrow we reveal the answer. And hey, no cheating!

See How Busy Puget Sound Shipping Lanes Really Are

With the right property you'll get to see that Seattle has ships, lots of them. Here are some maps that show you just busy the waters are. There's even a highway out there.

Alaskan Way Viaduct Re-Opens Ahead of Schedule

WSDOT has clearly learned a valuable lesson from all of the troubles involving Bertha since her inception. Under-promise and over-deliver. A week early, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is open for business for this morning's commute.

5 Eco-Friendly Prefab Homes You Can Order Right Now

A major benefit of prefab homes is efficiency, starting from the speedy, precise construction process to the innovative green features readily built into the houses. Here's a closer look at five fab examples currently available for purchase.

This Week in Strange Seattle Real Estate Photos

As the weekend approaches, let's take a look around the Seattle real estate listings to find some examples of the strange, the weird and just the plain terrible. (Come across one we missed? Let us know...)

New Home Listings Up, Inventory Still Nonexistent

NWMLS reported strong gains in new listings in April (up 13.6 percent from March) but as we've been seeing for a while now inventory remained well below the supply needed to consider this a balanced housing market.