Home to a depth of Seattle history, neighbors seek federal recognition of Capitol Hill’s Millionaire’s Row

Millionaire’s Row from the Volunteer Park water tower (Image: CHS)

Seattle may have a new spot on the National Register of Historic Places if a couple of neighbors have their way. DJ Kurlander, Bryce Siedl and Jim Jackson are leading an effort for federal recognition of a stretch of 14th Ave E known as Millionaire’s Row.

If approved, the district which stretches from E Prospect just south of Volunteer Park to south of E Roy, would be honored as historic.

That recognition, unlike being classified as a landmark by the city, has no implications for future uses of the properties. It would not restrict redevelopment or renovations of either the inside or outsides of any of the homes. Nor would not preclude the area from any future zoning increase.

“This ins’t any kind of stealth reaction against the city’s density. The National Registry has no effect on what can be built. But as the city changes, it’s also important not to forget its history either, and that’s the whole purpose of the nomination,” Kurlander tells CHS. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Bordeaux Mansion goes on and off market in three days


We’ve written about the fast acting, cash-is-king housing market on Capitol Hill, but this is downright impressive. A $3.4 million mansion on Capitol Hill’s Millionaires’ Row was on the market for only three days before a sale was pending.

The Bordeaux Mansion, one of the most stunning along the northern stretch of 14th Ave, went on sale last week. The 8-bedroom, 7,600-square-foot house was last on the market in 1999. The Seattle landmark was built in 1908 by Thomas Bordeaux, a prominent lumber baron.

Check out photos here and more details from Curbed Seattle:

The hexagonal turret and tall brick chimney are the immediate examples of the home’s Bavarian/Tyrolean style. The four-story home is flush with porches overlooking the landscaped double-lot property. Inside, there’s five bathrooms, four fireplaces and a renovated kitchen. Down in the basement you’ll find a wine cellar, exercise room and indoor lap pool. But you can find us up in the fourth-floor, 360 sq. ft. media room with skylights that allow you to enjoy views of, well, just about everything.