Queen Anne Homes For Sale Million Dollar Seattle Queen Anne Real Estate Market

The million dollar and up market in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood has been quite vibrant over the last 180 days. There have been 22 SOLD Queen Anne homes for sale in the MLS priced at over a million dollars. These Queen Anne luxury homes and historic homes have had a final sales price ranging from $1,011,060 to $2,700,000.  The median price for these was $1,321,500 and they had an overall sale price to listing price percentage of 99.41% with a range of 87.53% to 112.86%.  Ten of these sold Queen Anne homes went for over full price. Despite this, the average days on market was 81 days with 9 of these homes on the market for a week, one of them on the market for 32 days, one on for 42 days, and the rest of them on the market for anywhere from 76 days to 307 days.Queen Anne historic homes

One of the more impressive Queen Anne homes on the lower end of this million dollar and up price range was 357 Highland Dr.  It was listed on the market for $1,050,000 and sold in 2 days for $1,185,000 (112.86% over list).

There is one pending feasibility property and two pending inspection Queen Anne homes currently.  They are priced between $1,100,000 and $3,495,000.  There are six pending Queen Anne homes in escrow at the moment, although that can change by the hour… These range in list price from $1,225,000 to $2,495,000 with a median price of $1,725,000 and all but one were on the market for far less than a month.

There are 14 Queen Anne homes for sale in the million dollar and up price range.  These range in price from $1,195,000 to $11,500,000 with a median price of $2,499,000.  You can find a lot of the stately homes on the Queen Anne South slope.  Additionally if you are interested in Seattle historic mansions, then you should look at other neighborhoods as well as Queen Anne.  There are many choices across the Puget Sound for Seattle Luxury Homes, but Queen Anne is always one of my first picks.

Luxury Homes listed FOR SALE over 1 Million are hot!

There are SEVEN homes in Queen Anne that are currently pending sales and all listed for sale in excess of $2,450.000 so the market is certainly hot. Cash buyers are contacting us nearly every day and showing are keeping us busy throughout the holiday season. The fact that there are many sold properties, and two very recently, supports the fact that living in Queen Anne is as popular as it’s ever been. Folks want to live close to work in downtown Seattle and buyers know that owning real estate here is a solid investment for their financial future and quality of life. Kerry Park

Many of the houses we see on a daily basis in Queen Anne have high walking scores and are close to the amenities of urban living. There are too many Queen Anne Parks to mention all of them here but are easy to walk to and fun finding. Kerry Park pictured here is a wonderful park to see the Seattle sites. Some residents choose to live without personal automobiles and use Zipcar vehicles if they don’t own a car and need to head out to run errands further away then the normal stops. I think one of the most missed destinations for city people is Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement. These places have many of the things that we need as home owners or renters that need to get the basics for home maintenance. Most things that Queen Anne residents want are right here.

Especially the undeniable beauty and architecture of these stunning luxury home estates.

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Recently SOLD in Queen Anne is:

1211 8 Ave W, Seattle 98119 for $1,000.000

1517 11th Ave W, Seattle 98119 for $1,437.500

Check out the current Queen Anne listings (split up in market focus sections North, Lower, East, West) at cooper jacobs real estate

PLUS you can research ALL other SEATTLE SUBURBS from our website.

ALSO check out our Historic Seattle Homes  resources and site information.

If you are interested in looking at the current listings on or around Queen Anne hill please contact me,

Courtney Cooper at 206.850..8841 or courtney@cooperjacobs.com.

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate and Platinum Properties division Seattle, Washington

Winterfest Ice Skating at Seattle Center

Winterfest Ice Skating at Seattle Center

My daughter decided that for her borthday, she wanted to go ice skating and I told her that there was no where to skate around here.  She of course had already done her homework and pointed out that we could ice skate practically under the Space Needle if we wanted to.  Seattle Center has Winterfest going on right now and there are lots of events including…ice skating.

From the Seattle Center website:

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 25 – Jan. 1, 2012
Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Fisher Pavilion, Prices Vary

Glide into the season with the greatest of ease. For novice or Olympiad ice skaters, the Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6– 12, $2 children ages 5 and under. Admission fee includes skate rental. Cash only. Admission is free only to patrons wanting to watch and not ice skate. Special hours: Dec. 24 closes 4pm, Dec. 25 closed, Dec. 31 closes at 11:30pm

Ice Skating at Seattle Center was something indeed!  It was especially significant for my daughter who has grown up hearing stories of her great grandparents having their first dates ice skating at the Seattle Center.  The Winterfest Ice Skating Rink is a in Fisher Pavilion and very crowded, but a pretty amazing winter experience overall.

Seattle Center is the heart of Seattle local events.  It is a great place to explore and a wonderful part of Uptown (Lower Queen Anne).  If you are interested in Queen Anne homes or other Seattle neighborhoods that are close by Seattle Center, then let me know and I will show you my favorites!

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.

Queen Anne Boulevard: Buying a Home Along Queen Anne’s Boulevard

Queen Anne Boulevard:  Buying a Home Along Queen Anne’s Boulevard. I have been writing about the various highlights along Queen Anne Boulevard on Queen Anne’s crown, but it is amazing how many people I show Queen Anne homes to that have not heard of this 80 plus year old loop around the top of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.

queen anne boulevardQueen Anne Boulevard has been the source for much love and hate through the years and a big part of that involves the fact that very little people moving into the area have even heard of it.  It is now largely marked by trees and various signage you might miss if you sneeze, but Queen Anne locals know all about it…hopefully.

The trees are gorgeous, but what do you really need to check for when it is time to buy a home along Queen Anne Boulevard?  Buying a Home Along Queen Anne’s Boulevard.  It is important to really look at that title report you get when you are buying Queen Anne real estate along the Boulevard so that you know exactly what you are getting.  The city condemned sometimes as much as 16 or 17 feet on either side in some places as part of public lands turned over to the parks department.  Many Queen Anne residents have gone through the years not knowing that half their front yard is fact not theirs at all. Many Queen Anne home buyers have been quite surprised to find out that they bought a home along a Boulevard they had not heard of and that they don’t own part of their property.

If you are interested in reading more about this great neighborhood, QueenAnneBoulevard.com is a funQueen Anne Blog!  Let us know if you have something to post or if you have had an experience with real estate along Queen Anne Boulevard!

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!

Betty Bowen Viewpoint On Queen Anne

Betty Bowen LookoutBetty Bowen Viewpoint or Marshall Park on Queen Anne’s Southwest slopeis a thing of beauty.  Betty Bowen was a patron of the arts in Seattle and supported artists like Morris Graves whom she met as a teenager.  There are some wonderful art installations right here (including an unsigned Morris Graves)for all to enjoy if the view from Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood isn’t enough.

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Beautiful Southwest Queen Anne View Location: This park is located on the very West end of West Highland Drive over looking Seattle’s Puget Sound and at the foot of the South end of the Wilcox Wall.

Queen Anne Seattle Living: Queen Anne real estate:  Are you interested in living in one of Seattle’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods?  We are happy to show you some of our favorite spots here!

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.