For the first time, Seattle is adding more people on average each year than during the post-Gold-Rush boom years. We’ve never grown this fast, and we’ve never been this populous.
by Gene Balk, The Seattle Times, 5/25/17
Seattle is back on top.
For the second time this decade, we’re the fastest-growing big city in the country, according to my analysis of population data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
If you’re among the thousands of folks who moved here this past year, give yourself a pat on the back — you’re part of the team effort that got us there.
Buy local and find those one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll never see anywhere else.
Looking to add some pomp and flare to your dwelling? Yearning for a unique piece to tie the room together? Look no further. Each of the stores on this list are small, independently curated boutiques, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind furnishings, vintage pieces, and home goods with a distinctly Seattle flair.
This is a store with a super-stylish perspective. Adorn is a great place to find something unique for your home. The staff is well known for its friendly attitude and the always charming Rocco, the shop dog.
Unique Find: Temporary wallpaper in uber-stylish prints
This is a store with a super-stylish perspective. You’ll find an impeccably curated inventory of eclectic vintage furnishings and art.
Unique Find: Warthog Taxidermy Mounted Head
In addition to an amazing array of furniture styles and a seemingly endless selection of fabrics, it’s also a boutique housewares store full of goodies. You’ll discover gifts for everyone in their offerings of serving ware, candles, furniture, art, accessories, and gifts for baby.
Unique Find: Modern furniture that doesn’t compromise comfort for style
Let your Seattle pride shine at this West Seattle home and lifestyle shop. Featuring the work of local, independent, and eco-friendly artists and craftspeople, Capers is a great spot to pick up a beautiful new cookbook that also serves as a coffee table book.
Unique Find: Coated outdoor linens that are chic and functional with really stylish textile patterns
This Market Street staple has an exuberant mix of art, furniture, and craft; boosting a healthy mix of mid-century and contemporary pieces with a generous dose of whimsy.
Unique Find: Life size cow sculptures
A basement full of furniture, art, and accessories could be considered the mother of all vintage stores. Spending a couple of hours browsing here is like shopping an entire antique district. Each visit will reveal new things. From the roaring ’20s to midcentury, this gallery isn’t stuck in a particular decade.
Unique Find: 1950’s metal carnival clown baseball toss game
Gigi Buchanan opened Phase Two as an art, décor and furniture shop for gently used home furnishings that are worthy of a second life span, in a new home. The showroom has a large and varied selection spanning many different design styles.
Unique Find: Scooter the shop dog apparently has great taste and is happy to help you find the perfect throw pillow
The ultimate store for a hardcore scavenger; going to Second Use feels like being at a 100 yard sales under one roof. From old lumber, vintage cabinet pulls, and fun retro lighting options to modern appliances, unused doors and large stock piles of unused wood flooring options; they literally have it all.
Unique Find: Antique Pine Winnowing Table used to separate the wheat from the chaff – great for a side table
Windermere Cut Party – Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo is nacho average holiday and this year the Windermere Cup has planned the biggest Cinco de Mayo party in Seattle in conjunction with one of the world’s premier rowing regattas. What do they have lined up? Let’s taco bout it!
The party will take place along the north shore of the Montlake Cut, west of the Montlake Bridge. Here you’ll have access to a Beer and Margarita Garden, while enjoying live music and a stunning waterfront view overlooking Portage Bay.
Don’t lay there and siesta – It’s time for a fiesta! Purchase your tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets. And don’t forget, you can come back down to the Montlake Cut on May 6 for Seattle’s biggest free sporting event – The Windermere Cup. More info on WindermereCup.com.
Affordable Downtown Seattle condos are getting competitive
The units going the most above asking in 2017 were listed at below $400K
As Seattle residents are scrambling for more affordable housing options, more affordable condos could be at the forefront of that demand.
Data compiled by Urban Condo Spaces (UCS) found that in 2017 so far, the five condos in the greater downtown area driven the most above asking were all listed at below $400,000. Most of them were listed at below $300,000.
The condo driven most above asking listed at $299,900, sold for $370,000—a full 23 percent above asking.
“The story that seems to developing is not just an inventory issue but an affordability issue,” Jeff J. Reynolds of Urban Condo Spaces tells us. “These are all small units with very affordable price points, which has more buyers driving the prices up.”
He notes that there are only two available units downtown under $400,000 right now, plus four in Queen Anne and seven in Capitol Hill.
The inventory problem isn’t isolated to affordable units, though. At the time that the last unit in the Insignia sold earlier this month, Downtown condos were experiencing a 57 percent decline year over year.
Join Us for a FREE Shredding, Electronics Recycling, and Clothing Donation BBQ!
Reduce * Recycle * Re-Use
Saturday, April 15th
from 11 am to 2 pm
Windermere Greenwood will have three trucks on site to shred your paper material, recycle obsolete electronics and donate clothing.
Paper Shredding: Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Bring your sensitive papers, bank and credit card statements and personal documents to be destroyed by a professional document destruction service with a mobile shredding unit on-site.
*10 box/bag limit per person
Items Accepted: DVD players, VCRs, stereo equipment, desktop & laptop computers, monitors, cell phones, iPods, keyboards, mice, cables, scanners, copiers, and TVs under 40″.
Not Accepted: Microwaves, kitchen or other appliances, TVs over 48″, styrofoam or cardboard.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: This year, we will also be accepting used, worn & damaged* clothing donations! Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts donations for all of your clothes, shoes, and linens. Even items that are ripped, torn, have holes are acceptable! Even single shoes, socks, gloves, and other items that are normally paired-up.
* Please do NOT donate are items that are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous material.
Have Lunch on Us! We will be serving grilled brats, veggie & hot dogs, soda, chips, coffee, cookies, and a smile to thank you for your support!