Diva’s Fav Home of the Week | Lead Me to the Lamplighter
It has a pool! With the fantastic warm weather we have been having lately that should mean “nuff said” write me an offer. This week’s Listing of the Week is Unit 1001 in the Lamplighter located at 505 Belmont Ave E. One of only a hand-full of high-rise condo buildings on Capitol Hill this mid-century wonder is one of the most coveted buildings on the hill.
As an end unit on the 10th floor it offers panoramic views stretching from North Seattle, capturing all of Lake Union and Queen Anne, sweeping all the way through to Downtown. The Olympics provide a majestic backdrop to the Space Needle which is beautifully framed by South Lake Union and big blue sky. I often rave about western views at various condos on both Melrose and Bellevue Avenues. There are some fantastic buildings on those streets. The one downside to those locations can be their proximity to the freeway and the noise that usually accompanies them. The Lamplighter is nestled deep enough on Capitol hill that it does not receive all of that noise pollution, so the outdoor lanai can be enjoyed in blissful peace and quiet.
Of course most people don’t buy condos just for the view. The living space is usually the most important factor in the buying decision. This unit has two good size bedrooms and a spacious and comfortable living and dining area. The owners have taken excellent care of the space and left a clean blank slate for the next owner to turn this into something breathtakingly fabulous and out of this world. Hardwood floors, a little kitchen and bath upgrade would make this a truly luxurious oasis in the sky.
Spectacular views, spacious living areas, in-unit laundry, a garage parking spot, available guest parking, all yours starting at $399,900. Oh, and did I mention there is a pool? What a fabulous listing brought on exclusively by Shane L Ristine at Windermere Real Estate Co. and Steve Foss at Windermere R.E.N.W Eastlake.
I know this wonderful unit will fly off the market fast, so if you are looking for an amazing place on the hill this is it. Everything you could want is here waiting for you. Cheers!
Team Diva Real Estate
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Capitol Hill Prices Hit 2007 Prices!
Ohhh wee! The Divas have not seen data like this since, like, forever! Here is the deal: we are right at the edge of 2007/2008 market pricing heights. As you know Single family homes include everything from townhouses to North Capitol Hill Manors. WE HAVE PASSED THE SEPTEMBER 2007 HIGH AVERAGE SOLD PRICE OF $837,000. The average price this last month was $956,000. Just to put it in perspective that is 14% above the height!!!! The Divas and the Diva Dudes are clapping and throwing glitter in celebration.
Now for the condos. Back in 2007 the average price of a condo was around $360,000 on Capitol Hill. Right now we are hovering around $300,000. The primary reason the sold prices are low is that there are NO TWO Bedrooms on the market. Back at the height, the months of inventory were closer to 2+ months. We most recently have been at one month of inventory for the longest period in the last seven years. In other words – expect us to pass 2007 heights by June!
Diva List of Favorite Capitol Hill Condos
Capitol Hill is absolutely bustling these days. People are moving in by the truck load, and new developments are popping up in every nook and cranny. How is anyone supposed to navigate all of this? Well lucky for you, you came to the right place – Divas know the Hill like no others and have a DIva-Approved list of some of our favorite condos and co-ops in the hood – learn a little about them, and if you want to know more about anything (even if it’s about other listings), let’s plan a coffee chat ASAP.
Capitol Hill Micro-Hoods
The Olive Way Corridor:
People tend to underestimate Olive Way, thinking the only thing down here is the big ol’ Gaybucks. But people forget that there are so many other sweet treats down here including some of our all time favorite Diva posse favorites, like the wine peeps at Vino Verite, the cocktails at Tommy Gun, and the caffeine bumps at Analog Coffee. Not to mention that Diva HQ sits right in between all of these wonderful sites and has in incredible view of the Space Needle – so come walk down and stop in to say hello!
This awesome little intersection of the three Bellevues is home to a host of awesome little places that have all really hit it big in the past few years. Head over to B/B/B to check out the original Top Pot Donuts and indulge in everyone’s favorite morning snack. If you’re more of an evening person, you can always stop in at Sun Liquor. At Sun Liquor, they have some of the best craft cocktail bartenders that we have ever encountered – so get on over and have a French 75 or a Gin Fizz before a night out.
The 15th Ave Drag:
Want a pick-me-up? Head on over to Remedy Teas to check out their huge selection of delectable drinks. Want to meet someone for one of the best brunches in all of Seattle? Check out Coastal Kitchen and their monthly rotating specialties. Need a housewarming gift? Check out Shop Agora for a bottle of wine or gourmet olive oil. Do you just want to enjoy the outdoors on a sunny spring day? Take a stroll through Volunteer Park, one of the all-around best parks for an afternoon picnic. Find anything you like on 15th.
Pike & Pine Center:
Despite invasion of Belltownians and Bellevue-ites, this micro-hood still has a ton of cred since it is home to some of the coolest places around. For those of you who love to lead the fun, quirky, and attractive lifestyle, shopping at places like our favorites Retail Therapy (home of the DivaHQ), Retrofit Home, and Atomic Cosmetics is a must. For those of you who enjoy a unique meal, you’ve got to check out Cafe Pettirosso or Momiji Sushi. It even has places for the performers in all of us with Balagan Theater showcasing independent theater all year long.
19th Ave – more than craftsmen and Catholics:
19th Ave is a hidden gem – not quite as bustling as all of the other micro-hoods, but it has just as much to offer. If you want to make the trip up to explore, we recommend making an evening of it. Grab a caffeine injection at Fuel Coffee or Vios Café. After a pick-me-up, go for the catch of the day at Kingfish Cafe, a renowned Southern comfort restaurant here in Seattle. Finally, following dinner, go see a show with the Washington Ensemble Theater, one of our favorite theater companies ever. 19th Ave will keep you busy and entertained at anytime of the day.