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.

Upper Queen Anne Real Estate Market Update

Upper Queen Anne is beautiful – I especially love the retail all along Queen Anne Ave N and the walkability that most of the homes in this area offer.  I wanted to look at homes in the Upper Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle that score extremely high on Walk Score so I looked at the market just from 4th Ave W all the way East to 4th Ave N and from W Smith Street and Queen Anne Dr to the North down to W Lee St and Lee St where the hill starts really impeding walkability.  I would expect that all of these houses score in the high 80s to well over 90 on Walk Score’s site.

queen anne real estateQueen Anne’s real estate market has been very active this year and Upper Queen Anne especially. These numbers do not include townhomes which I will pull out separately in another post.  There are currently 16 Active homes in this area of the Queen Anne neighborhood.  There are 6 pending homes and 37 sold in the last six months.  Queen Anne homes are selling!

Active Queen Anne lisintg:  These are Queen Anne homes that are available right now on the market.These range in price from $525,000 to $1,545,000 with an average of $826,557 and a median list price of $783,835.  I have previewed or toured most of these and there are some amazing offerings included so let me know if you are interested and I can show you my favorites. Pending Sales: This is Queen Anne Real estate that has not closed yet, but has offers.  Sold homes: 37 in the last 6 months!!!!  This is great news!  They range in price from a very affordable $375,000 to $1,900,000 with an average of $741,5111 and a median of $660,000. Average days on market was 68 days for Queen Anne homes.

Average listing price per square foot is $309 for these homes and average selling price per square foot is $306.

Happy Halloween Queen Anne!

Queen Anne Homes