Queen Anne Views: Summer Cruise Ships Are Here!

They’re here!

…to transport passengers on an Alaskan getaway. The cruise ships are great for Seattle tourism plus local businesses and also treat residents of Magnolia and Queen Anne to a moving landscape from their very own yards. Some locals are upset with more Interbay traffic and up & down the Magnolia bridge or in Interbay. Others close to the pier complain of loud music and pollution created by the big boats, but mostly the cruise ships contribute to both Magnolia and Queen Anne views. One can’t deny the ‘cool factor’ when the ships announce departure from Puget Sound with the deep bellow of the horns.

Seattle sunsets with 202 scheduled cruise ships to set sail will create countless images and motion for folks to follow.

It’s estimated that each boat contributes $2 Million to the local economy and about 4,300 jobs to people around the Pacific Northwest. Many photographers, including ones within our real estate industry, capture ship traffic to add visual interest to pictures posted on our property listings. Queen Anne View Homes demand a premium price. Even a peek a boo view out of the corner of a room is desirable by Queen Anne buyers. There are many different types of views from the hill. When creating listings I tag the type of view it has because it’s an important feature of the property.  Whether the home has East, West and or Western exposure are all details to share with readers.

If you have any questions about listing a Queen Anne property for sale and how to make it stand out, let us help you.

If you are looking at homes on Queen Anne hill here’s a great resource for finding out more about the area…

Queen Anne Homes For Sale

Seattle real estate, in particular Queen Anne properties have truly benefited from the views they have over Seattle’s historic landmarks. There are many spectacular homes for sale on Queen Anne right now and for more details on surrounding neighborhoods go to www.cooperjacobs.com.

 

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space Promotion

Angry Birds Space

If you did a double or probably triple take at the Space Needle this weekend you were fortunate to see something truly unique. The new Angry Birds Space video game was released over the weekend by Rovio Mobile so promotors suspended an angry bird in it’s sling shot.

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Another great view of the Angry Birds Space promotion on the Space Needle

Today was also the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle Monorail so I took my 7 and 2.5 year old children to experience the celebrations. Just think for a moment how much tourism and marketing dollars have been tied to the Needle and Monorail.

If you are looking at homes on Queen Anne hill here’s a great resource for finding out more about the area…

Queen Anne Homes For Sale

Seattle real estate, in particular Queen Anne properties have truly benefited from the views they have over Seattle’s historic landmarks. There are many spectacular homes for sale on Queen Anne right now and for more details on surrounding neighborhoods go to www.cooperjacobs.com.

 

More wild weather!

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Seriously, more snow? Luckily not sticking, but it made for an interesting commute up on Queen Anne Ave. this evening. The bone chilling weather is also seriously interfering with my walking schedule around Queen Anne Boulevard! What are you doing to keep from going crazy in all this?

Magnolia & Queen Anne Local Businesses Continue To Need Our Support

Quite a few surprising businesses in both Queen Anne and Magnolia have closed down lately. Pretty shocking and disappointing that Seattle Pie Company which I have supported both online and offline would basically just close up shop and leave the Magnolia neighborhood. That is in fact what happened though.

I knew something was fishy when the furniture started disappearing here and there and then they went to cash only. It is sad to see a local staple disappear. Unfortunately, all over Queen Anne and Magnolia I have been seeing this. The kitchen store by Starbucks is gone now. Pasta Bella on Queen Anne which was pretty much a fixture disappeared.

In two neighborhoods that the real estate is thriving ( we got multiple offers on a Queen Anne townhouse for sale after just a couple days on the market), it is sad to see some of the local biz struggling. It should remind us all to buy local and support our beloved neighborhood fixtures.

Queen Anne Farmer’s Market Adds Delight And Color To Thursday!

Queen Anne Farmer’s Market Adds Delight And Color To Thursdays!

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QUEEN ANNE AVE & WEST CROCKETT ST :

THURSDAYS 3-7:30

Runs June 2nd – October 6th

The Farmer’s Market on Queen Anne….

Just off Queen Anne Ave in Upper Queen Anne at West Crockett Street is where you can find one of the nicest farmer’s markets in Seattle.  The colors are beautiful and the wide range of offerings will truly dazzle you.

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In addition to the fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers you would expect to find at a farmer’s market, you will also find many other offerings at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market.

You also might as well come hungry because some of the best freshly prepared food vendors are there, too!queen anne farmer's market

Finally the weather is cooperating so the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market was an absolute delight to go to tonight!

You can find out more about the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market by visiting their website :

http://www.qafma.org

Queen Anne Living

Queen Anne in general has an excellent Walk Score and the shops and restaurants along Queen Anne Ave make this Seattle neighborhoods a top pick for many people relocating to Seattle from other areas.  Add in the close proximity to Downtown Seattle, and Queen Anne Hill is worth a look. After all, Queen Anne was the choice pick for early Seattle business men from the late 1800′s and  is still one of the most desirable Seattle neighborhoods.

queen anne farmers marketIf you are interested in Queen Anne homes for sale or learning more about Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, please feel free to get in touch with me – I am happy to show you my favorite Queen Anne hot spots and also the lovely Queen Anne real estate if you find yourself looking for Queen Anne Realtors!  (courtney@cooperjacobs.com  206-850-8841)

Backyard Cottages In Seattle

I wrote a blog earlier about Backyard Cottages in Seattle or Detatched Dwelling Units.  Since then, I’ve had numerous questions about them. 

Whether you are considering a Backyard Cottage on your at least 4,000 square foot lot as a rental property, for an elderly family member, or a grown child you need to know the max square footage the structure can be is 800 sq ft.  This includes any carport, attached garage, or storage. 

You can decide to go through a contractor and architect or get a panelized or modular fabricated design.  Fabricated is the fastest, and designed much like building blocks.  Panelized takes a little more time and can be more customized.  

It’s no secret adding a Backyard Cottage on your property can add extra monthly income.  However there are some costs involved.  Here is a link to a handy worksheet that breaks down Hard Costs and Soft Costs.  Example of a Hard Cost is demolition or site preparation.  A Soft Cost is a mortgage, or fees for utility hookups.  Which aren’t cheap, by the way!  Seattle City Light  recommends separate electricity meters.  This will save you way more money in the long run.

Make sure you save room for a parking space for your Backyard Cottage – this is a requirement!

For more information regarding Backyard Cottages and self help steps to diagrams, permits, and more – this site wins, hands down.

Check back frequently to www.cooperjacobs.com for our Backyard Cottage listings in Seattle City Limits.

Seattle’s Missing Ghost Hill: Denny Hill Regrade

Seattle City of Seven Hills: In the late 1800′s real estate developers decided to make Seattle be the city of seven hills similar to Rome and there have been varying theories through out the years ever since as to what are those seven hills?  The fact of the matter is Seattle is full of hills and slopes and steep bluffs, so picking just seven will always be a challenge.

We can probably all agree that Queen Anne Hill, Capitol Hill, and First Hill surely qualify, but Magnolia is pretty high up there, too, and no one ever mentions Maple Leaf which to me is very high…  The debate will go on, but one of those hills is lost forever: Denny Hill.  In 1900, the city decided to basically eliminate a whole hill which covered 62 city blocks. They did it in two parts, but literally razed the hill.

Denny HillThis can not be good environmentally, I am thinking and I have to wonder what the area North of Pine Street would look like with a big hill covering it…. Today it is part of Old Belltown and South of the Space Needle.  The landscape would be quite different if the hill was still around!  Here is a view towards Downtown from the South slope of Denny Hill in 1886 (photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Item # 2869):

Denny Hill height: Look how high that hill must have been!  The removed over 6 million cubic yards of earth to get rid of it!

According to NWDA:

“Before the regrade, Second Avenue rose 190 feet in the twelve blocks between Pioneer Square and Lenora Avenue, causing traffic and transportation problems in the area. The project began by flattening First Avenue between Pine Street and Denny Way. “

190 feet???? So Denny Park would have been pretty high and full of Puget Sound and mountain views back then, but instead is a flat park with huge sweeping views of nothing.  One man wants to change that: Denny Park plan to restore the view given to Seattle’s first park back to the citizens.  It is a little nuts, but he does have a point.

Denny HillWhat the heck was the city of Seattle doing? It was apparently a infrastructure nightmare to have this beautiful hill smack dab in the middle of the city so they just got rid of it and dumped the dirt into Elliot Bay or used it to fill in the soggy streets of Downtown Seattle.  Wow.

Denny Hill would have sloped right down North practically to the Space Needle if it were still here and might not make the needle rise up so obviously although the space needle height is a little over 600 feet.

The Denny Hill regrade was done in two phases.  I found a really cool before and after shot from the second phase which then adds the Space Needle after that to give you an idea.  I am still amazed that they would knock Denny Hill down.  It was so beautiful!

Besides the fact that the city’s first park was basically lowered to flat acerage with no view, one of the truly most amazing things to me about the city’s decision to raze Denny Hill was the loss of Denny Hotel (later called Washington Hotel). Theodore Roosevelt slept in this hotel and they knocked it down to lower the hill.

This picture shows what was left of Denny Hill at the beginning of the second phase of the regrade in 1928 then after the regrade in 1936 and then again after the addition of the Space Needle to Seattle’s skyline in 1964 (Picture Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives item # 28958).

So I went to the SDOT site and found a list of highest elevations in Seattle:

“NAVD88 stands for North American Vertical Datum

High Point above sea level, 6 parcels south of watertower at 35th Ave SW and SW Myrtle Street – 520 feet – NAVD88

Near Bitter Lake, on N 145th St just east of Greenwood Ave – 493 feet – NAVD88

NE 92nd ST and Roosevelt Way NE – 466 feet – NAVD88

Queen Anne Hill, at First Ave N and Lee Street – 456 feet – NAVD88

Highest point in Volunteer Park – 453 feet – NAVD88″

This list is interesting to me – Queen Anne and Capitol Hill seem to dominate here, but I was definitely  right about Maple Leaf – it is in there!  Let us know if you are interested in learning more about a particular Seattle neighborhood history!

Queen Anne Yesteryears Revisited…

Yesterday we visited two sets of great grandparents on Bainbridge Island and I got the chance to talk to my husband’s Grandfather about growing up on Queen Anne.  It is funny because the two houses he grew up in are on the historic registry and his gandfather’s house is also on the historic registry.  Unfortunately,  his “Uncle Joe’s” Queen Anne house hadn’t gotten there yet before the disaster when it was knocked down a few years ago on a long holiday weekend to make way for the new buyer’s “new home”.  Now it is the the site of a planned townhome community (google the JC Black house sometime if you want to hear more about that one).

West Queen Anne Love: I recently wrote a post on Betty Bowen Viewpoint and was completely drawn to a particular house right across the street.  That shouldn’t be too surprising because West Queen Anne is full of gorgeous homes, but this one really brought me in and while I normally would take the time to take a picture of a house so that it looked good on my blog or website, I just snapped a quick photo of this house because I LOVED IT.

I was completely taken in and drawn to this house. I will go ahead and show you the photo I took, but it really doesn’t do the house justice:

It turns out that this very house was my husband’s grandfather’s house when he was 17 and his parents had it built especially for them!  I could not believe it!

The house is something like 6 beds and an unheard of 3 car garage in Queen Anne.  My husband’s great grandfather had it custom built in 1939-1940 and they moved into it when his grandfather was 17 from their home a few blocks over on West Prospect which they had lived in for the first 17 years of his life.  The West Highland house was built for my husband’s great grandfather and mother and the name on the historic registry is the Lyman H & Marion Black Home.

This house on West Highland is only a couple blocks South of my husband’s great great grandfather’s house, the CH Black house on Lee Street which takes up an entire city block. It is also right across the street from Betty Bowen Viewpoint and the West Queen Anne Walls.  In listening to my husband’s grandfather’s stories yesterday, he said his dad used to have a light he would switch on in the 1940s whenever couples were hanging out at the Viewpoint for too long after dark.  He remembers that his parents would always know he came home safely because he would come in and play Moonlight Sonata at the Grand Piano after a fun night out.  He KNEW Betty Bowen!

I had heard the piano story before but it was so amazing to find out that this particular house that I obviously did not photograph for any purpose except that I loved it happened to be the house where all this happened. I also find it amazing that not one, but at least four of their family homes are on the historic registry in family names – even if one other is gone now.

If you are interested in West Queen Anne real estate or other Queen Anne real estate, please feel free to get in touch with me.  Queen Anne has a rich history and I would love to share with you some of my favorite spots!

Wilcox Wall On Queen Anne’s West Slope: Major Part Of Queen Anne Boulevard

The Wilcox Wall is just one of the jewels in the Queen Anne Blvd necklace on the Queen Anne’s West Slope. This amazing piece of Seattle history is such a key feature to this neighborhood and a wonderful place to take a stroll at just over .4 of a mile long.Wilcox Wall Queen Anne

Wilcox Wall:  Originally the Wilcox Wall which was designed by architect Walter Ross Baumes Wilcox (also designed the Arboretum Bridge) was called the1913 Queen Anne Boulevard Retaining Wallaccording to the Museum of History & Industry.  It is also referred to as the West Queen Anne Wallsby some sources, but many more just know it as the Wilcox Wall.  It is interesting because the walls are all interconnected and vary in height from around 4 feet to about 22 feet.  The brickwork and lighting on the Wilcox wall are phenomenal and there are staircases going down to the next street level if you choose or just a flat walk.

Where can you find this beautiful Queen Anne landmark? The Wilcox Wall is on the West stretch of Queen Anne Boulevard.  Queen Anne Boulevard is Queen Anne’s Green Lake Loop and spans many streets for a complete distance of around 3.7 miles.  The Wilcox Wall is just a small portion of that at a little over .4 of a mile as stated above, but it is all scenic Puget Sound views along the way.  Wilcox Wall runs along 8th Place West between W Galer Street to the North and West Highland Drive to the South at Marshall Park (Betty Bowen Viewpoint).

Wilcox Wall Queen AnneQueen Anne View Homes: If you find yourself looking for a Queen Anne home with a Puget Sound View, then chances are you will run into the Wilcox Wall or another part of Queen Anne Boulevard.

West Queen Anne real estate is full of Seattle homes that offer wonderful views from Southwest Queen Anne Hill in most cases!

Queen Anne real estate is amazing!  Let us know if you have questions about Wilcox Wall, Queen Anne Boulevard, or Queen Anne homes – this is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods and full of rich history.  We would love to share it with you!

Rachel’s Playground on West Slope Of Queen Anne In Seattle

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Queen Anne Living: West Slope:

Soundview Terrace Park on the West Slope of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is quite amazing and a wonderful hidden gem.  It has a beautiful play area and huge views of Puget Sound – hence the name.   Queen Anne view homes line the streets above it and this park is perched perfectly for all to enjoy and reflect.

A reflective place on Queen Anne:

It is sad, but Soundview Terrace is actually a memorial park dedicated to the memory of six children who lost their lives on the 1/31/2000 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 plane crash.   Rachel was a little girl who was only six when she died. Apparently,  she played here almost every day. It is a wonderful place to really appreciate life and the beauty of Seattle.

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Where on Queen Anne hill is it?

2500 11th Ave W, Queen Anne, Seattle

Rachels Playground

Rachels Playground

If you are interested in living in this Seattle neighborhood or want more info about the true sense of community here, please feel free to get in touch with me or look at Queen Anne real estate available now.