2016 is set up to be a year of progress for Seattle as the city puts initiatives in place to make it more affordable to more people. But most of your reading this will never be able to afford to buy here. Instead, our annual uncorking of the year that was in expensive house and condo sales is mostly real estate porn. Go ahead and look. It’s safe for work.
While big apartment buildings have been hot targets for Capitol Hill real estate deals, single family homes, condominiums, and townhouses also turned in a strong year for investors. According to Zillow, Capitol Hill home prices were up 16.9% over the past year and are forecasted to rise another 7 points in 2016. Below, thanks to real estate site Estately, we’ve listed the most-expensive sales of the year for houses and condos — you get two bonus “condo” listings thanks to two townhouses in the mix. As in 2014, the caveat remains that some of the biggest sales can sometimes be dropped out of the databases by the real estate industry’s magic powers(tm). If you know of something that should have made the list, let us know.
$2,800,000 — 1105 Boylston Ave E — June: “Outstanding mansion quality residence in a private gated setting. Meticulously remodeled and updated, grand formals w/exquisite millwork. Piano sized living room w/fireplace, elegant dinning room & handsome den on main. Terrace off of gourmet kitchen. 4 beds on 2nd level including spectacular master suite w/dressing room & elegant bath. Spacious 3rd floor w/home office, family room & guest suite. Lower level media room, billiards room & wine cellar. Lush, rolling lawns & gardens.” — Info and pictures
$2,730,000 — 1236 21st Ave E — June: “Stately sited to capture sweeping northern & eastern vistas, this engaging 1914 residence is ready to meet the demands of both formal & a comfortable ‘today’ lifestyle. Classic lines, architectural ornamentation, leaded glass & materials over a century old with detailed craftsmanship to match are a few of the appointments found in this handsome home. Remodeled kitchen, baths & third floor; versatile landscape with a terrace, turfed play area, afternoon sun patio & enclosed hard-scape.” — Info and pictures
$2,479,000 — 803 E Prospect — March : “Historic and significant this sophisticated Harvard-Belmont Tudor was designed by noted Architects, Somervell & Cote with the exterior grounds beautifully designed and landscaped by Olmsted. Incredible hand carved siberian oak trim, leaded glass windows and ornate Italian plaster ceilings showcase exquisite formals. Truly some of the best detail work from its era. Cheery sun filled kitchen w/brfst rm and butlers pantry. Romantic master w/sitting/dressing rms & frpl. Third floor vaulted studio.” — Info and pictures
$2,466,000 — 1651 10th Ave E — July: “Exceptional residence designed by renowned R. Anderson Design. This sophisticated home boasts open spaces with impeccable finishes & offers captivating views of the city, Lake Union & the Olympic Mountains. The chef’s kitchen is an epicurean’s delight & flows seamlessly to the gorgeous living & entertaining spaces. With nearly every room oriented to take advantage of the view this fine home boasts a gated entry, elevator & stunning rooftop terrace. This is the best in contemporary urban living!” — Info and pictures
$2,450,000 — 1134 22nd Ave E — June: “Sited prominently on one of the Hill’s most coveted streets this classic brick traditional has been thoughtfully updated by Schultz Miller to suit today’s lifestyles. Framed by a handsome wrought iron fence & softened by neatly trimmed hedges & gorgeous gardens. The interior artfully blends formality with casual livability & a floor plan that matches the way you live & entertain. Impeccably remodeled chef’s kitchen & adjacent family room, sumptuous stone baths, upstairs views of lake & Cascades.” — Info and pictures
2015 CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES
$2,600,000 — 1185 Broadway Ave E Unit PH7 — November: “A once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this coveted & completely remodeled penthouse at world class Harvard & Highland. Nestled among the tree-lined streets of the renowned Harvard-Belmont District, this is not your typical penthouse. Completely redesigned with the finest quality, craftsmanship & finishes this unique home boasts an ideal floor plan & over 500 square feet of outdoor space and combines the elegance & style of a single-family home with the ultimate in lifestyle & convenience.” — Info and pictures
$1,395,000 — 730 Boylston Ave E Unit A — December: “Enjoy living in this beautiful, modern luxury home nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill. Striking features include a rooftop deck with mountain and sound views, hardwood and heated concrete floors, an island kitchen with Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances. The 2nd floor houses a sumptuous master suite with 5-piece bath & walk-in closet. The 3rd floor includes 2 bedrooms with en-suite baths and a bonus room. All this plus 3 garage parking spaces and a private back patio oasis – truly unique city features!” — Info and pictures
$1,360,000 — 1185 Broadway Ave E Unit 5 — December: “Enjoy a rare opportunity to purchase this stunning condominium at world class Harvard & Highland nestled among the tree-lined streets of the renowned Harvard-Belmont Historic District. Designed with exquisite architectural details this beautifully appointed home boasts coffered ceilings, elegant moldings & warm, rich hardwoods. Featuring a chef’s kitchen, 2 en suite bedrooms, an office & 2 reserved parking stalls. Walking distance to many of Seattle’s fine restaurants, shops, theaters & museums” — Info and pictures
$1,295,000 — 941 11th Ave E Unit 1 — July: “Presenting The Fairmont! Classic architecture, the epitome of New York pre-war, meticulously updated. Light drenched living, w/amazing art walls. This gracious 2-bedroom, 2 bath home comprises of elegance and style w/ an exquisite palette of finishes, setting a modern, sophisticated tone in this stunning residence. Master bedroom and an additional beautifully proportioned bedroom each en suite. Secure entry w/ 2 car garage and storage. Sought after building in the heart of North Capitol Hill!” — Info and pictures
$1,256,789 — 1517 E Denny Wy Unit 5 — July: “The Sanctuary…an architecturally significant 12-unit boutique community of townhomes built in a century-old church in vibrant Capitol Hill. NYC chic and impressive in scale, with dramatic interiors and matchless workmanship. Featuring concrete floors, solid wood stairs and artisan metalwork throughout. Soaring 35’ ceilings, repurposed architectural salvage and the lavish use of organic materials creates an environment that is both calming and stimulating.” — Info and pictures
- $1,250,000 — 1178 Harvard Ave E Unit 1– April: “Located in the private enclave of distinctive homes of Harvard and Highland, in the historic Belmont district, this luxury condominium residence offers beautifully landscaped gardens, gracious courtyards and artistic water features, all within a private and secure setting. Fashioned from materials of uncompromising quality with elegantly appointed finishes. Private terrace is enclosed with brick walls, cedar hedges & wrought iron fencing. Exceptional parking and 3 fully equipped exercise rooms.” — Info and pictures
$1,120,000 — 744 Harvard Ave E Unit 200 — July: “Picnic on a warm afternoon in Volunteer Park. Sip your early morning cup of coffee on your master bedroom deck. Celebrate a special occasion with a delicious dinner at Poppy. This dynamically designed contemporary home offers luxury finishes and an open flowing floor plan. High ceilings, direct unit access from the elevator, a well designed kitchen with high end appliances, romantic master suite, custom upgrades, 2 car pkg. Common rear patio yard area. 93 Walk Score. Compelling. Dramatic. Cool.” Info and pictures