What’s an Urban Village?

Seattle, like all cities, has many interesting neighborhoods that each have a unique flavor and character that make living in Seattle a wonderful experience. I call these neighborhoods Urban Villages.

Many of the Seattle neighborhoods have a center or village where shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and businesses gather that provide places for the locals to shop, relax with a cup of coffee, meet up with their friends and neighbors, and catch up with the local happenings.

The Seattle Urban Villages that we are going to explore over time are: Alki, Ballard, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont (the self proclaimed “Center of the Universe”!) Georgetown, Green Lake, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Magnolia, Montlake, Queen Anne, Pioneer Square, University District, Wallingford, West Seattle and many more.

We will also explore the cities surrounding Seattle such as: Mercer Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, other places on the Eastside and around Seattle.

So why take the time to explore these Urban Villages and more?

Because buying a house and choosing it’s location where you will make a home is such an important step to make…it should not be taken lightly.

Location, Location, Location is not just a Real Estate phrase about one way value is determined, it’s also about the lifestyle you will be enjoying and living for years to come. Making a good match with a neighborhood or Urban Village is important for truly making a home.

So…join me and let the adventure of Seattle’s Urban Villages and Seattle Real Estate begin!

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Welcome to My Seattle’s Urban Villages Blog!

Sun Breaks in the clouds over Downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay from Queen Anne’s Kerry ParkHello….

Welcome to my Seattle’s Urban Villages Blog!

I hope that your visit here is helpful, fun and gives you some insight to Seattle, the Seattle Real Estate Market, my Real Estate Ethics and Philosophy, and a good introduction to me.

Seattle is not my hometown, I chose to live in Seattle and moved here in 1994. That has been a wonderful decision…

….because I love Seattle!

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Montlake Neigborhood of Seattle

Montlake Neighborhood of Seattle has many charming Tudor Homes

Montlake Neighborhood of Seattle has many charming Tudor Homes

Montlake, one of Seattle’s Urban Villages…is where I have been spending a lot of time these past few weeks.  I am working with some out of state sellers as their Seattle Real Estate Agent to prepare their house to enter the Seattle Real Estate market when we list their Montlake home for sale later this spring.  It has been an interesting project for me and it will be exciting to see it to it’s conclusion.

520 Freeway Bridges that pass through the Montlake Neighborhood and the Washington Park Arboretum

520 Freeway Bridges that pass through the Montlake Neighborhood and the Washington Park Arboretum

The Montlake neighborhood lies just south of the University of Washington across from the Montlake cut, north and down the hill from Capitol Hill, east of Portage Bay and Eastlake, and west of the Arboretum and Lake Washington.  It has great accessibility to Downtown Seattle, as well as Bellevue and The Eastside via the 520 freeway which runs through Montlake…in an interesting way. The freeway is mostly bridges over water and provides motorists with some great views of wildlife on their commute!

Tudor Home in Montlake

Tudor Home in Montlake

The homes, built mostly in the 1920’s, are made up of brick Tudor and Craftsman styles of single family homes.  The market history for the month of March has just sixteen total homes comprising it.  The eight that are active as of April 1st range between $549,000 to $879,000.  Three are STI (Subject To Inspection) ranging between $847,000 and $1,250,000, Four are Pending ranging between $609,900 and $959,000.  Only one closed for the month selling for $734,000.  This puts Montlake well above the median price for homes sold in King County, $429,925, in February. 

Now that spring had arrived Montlake is especially beautiful right now, good timing for the springtime Seattle Real Estate rush! 

Originally published on my first
Seattle’s Urban Villages Real Estate blog
on April 2, 2007:

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