For Sale: Fort Lawton

Exterior of one of the Fort Lawton buildings.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

If you’ve ever frequented historic Fort Lawton, located within the 534 acres of Discovery Park, one can imagine how it must have felt to live there over 100 years ago when the army base served as an outpost to protect Seattle from outside naval threat. And second, ironically, to protect Seattle from itself: by curbing rampant lawlessness in newly-formed Seattle.

Panoramic aerial views of Fort Lawton.  Photos: Fort Lawton Homes

The panoramic views are still incredible today, and the beautiful old homes, which are registered as national landmarks, have been fully renovated inside while retaining the character of the original build: the original windows, woodwork, fireplaces, and often a roomy three stories + a basement. As many Magnolia natives know, Fort Lawton is also very convenient to the downtown Seattle core: only 15-30 minutes away.

Historic photo of Fort Lawton and soldiers.  Photo: Museum of History & Industry. All rights reserved.   Neg# SHS7164

In 2011, the last military presence occupying the site, the Army Reserve, relocated to Marysville, WA. The U.S. Navy personnel who were then living in the dwellings were moved. And the historic residences, built in 1900, went on sale in 2015. Many people have applied to buy these 26 homes: well over 2,000 people, in fact. As of this writing, the somewhat smaller homes located along Montana Circle and the larger Officers’ Row homes have all sold with the exception of two: 4002 & 4216 Washington Ave. W. (plus an additional one pending). The remaining two are priced at $1.79 million and $1.975 million.

Fort Lawton, in the course of its long history, has seen many things. 20,000 U.S. soldiers were processed through, whether embarking or returning from four different wars. It held German and Italians prisoners of war during World War II. A riot against Italian prisoners’ privileges erupted, resulting in a murder and numerous injuries. African-American soldiers were accused of the murder on shaky grounds, and years later the army publicly apologized for these soldiers’ imprisonment, reinstating honorable discharges, and provided back pay to their families. Native Americans protested their rights to the land and encamped at the site when the surplus land was decommissioned in 1970, which resulted in the formation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A fire broke out in one of the buildings being renovated only a year ago. And our city’s largest park (and most pristine in this writer’s humble opinion), Discovery Park, began when the military gave the rest of the surplus land to the city.

Interior of Fort Lawton home.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

Many of Fort Lawton’s Colonial Revival buildings have withstood the test of time. And now you can tour the restored homes, in-person (at least for the moment), or vicariously peruse the photos below.

Photos and video of the Fort Lawton homes:
http://ownfortlawton.com

http://seattlerefined.com/the-home/the-most-unique-new-neighborhood-in-seattle

https://seattle.curbed.com/2016/9/16/12938138/fort-lawton-officers-row-homes-4002-washington

Magnolia Real Estate Market Report – May 2017

 

Not sure what is heating up faster, the weather or the Magnolia real estate market. All across Seattle we are seeing rising prices and more home sales. Last month there were 44 single-family homes sold in the area, 8 more than April (2017) and 10 more than May 2016. The average list price has gone up from $956,631 (May 2016) to $1,055,468 (May 2017). The highest sold price was $3,350,000, which is $1,450,000 more than May of 2016.

Condominium sales are also showing growth in the Magnolia neighborhood. There were 6 more condo sales this past May than May of 2016. The median price for a home has gone up over $100,000 more than last year, but the lowest sold price dropped from $239,000 (May 2016) to $220,000 (May 2017).

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate Market in Magnolia continues to be extremely dynamic, and that’s not anticipated to change as summer continues to roll on in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Washington State Home Sales Soar Past Previous Highs

sold-sign2015 may have been an interesting year for many reasons, but in the world of Washington real estate, it sure felt like the good old days.

Not since the way-back-when of 2007 had so many homes and condominiums sold in the Evergreen State. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2015 saw a whopping 88,331 homes changed hands last year, about 14% more sales than in the previous year. Those who have done the math say that works out to about 75,975 single family homes and 12,356 condominiums, valued at approximately $34 billion, about 23% more than the dollar volume sold the year before. Those impressive figures make 2015 one of the best years for Washington State real estate in recent memory.

The last time this state saw real estate figures like that was in 2007, before the bubble burst and sent the country into what is not-so-affectionately known as The Great Recession. Even in 2007, the figures only added up to about 82,197 sales valued at $32.3 billion, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Furthermore, despite a ‘lower inventory’, so to speak, prices and number of sales continue to grow. In King County, the median home price was $480,000 and more than 26,600 homes sold. Compare that to a median price of $440,000 and 26,600 homes sold, in 2014 and you’ll notice a jump of close to 10%. Snohomish and Pierce counties can top those figures with growth figures for both median home price and number of homes sold over last year at nearly 16.80% ($355,000, up from $326,360 with 11,303 homes sold) and 17.39% ($249,950, up from 230,000 with more than 13,200 homes sold) respectively.

Overall, region-wide, the growth was about 8.8% from 2014, with a median price for single family homes and condominiums at about $310,000, up from $285,000 last year.

Numbers like this are a positive and encouraging sign for the state of the real estate market and the country’s economy as a whole. Let’s just hope nothing comes along and tries to ‘burst our bubble’ this time.

Magnolia Real Estate Report for June

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Needless to say, the month of June was an absolute scorcher in Seattle, and so too was the real estate market in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. As we know, the summer months typically signal the busiest time of year for real estate transactions, and we saw this to be true when we look at last month’s statistics. Let’s take a look at some of the real estate highlights for the month of June in Magnolia:

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, June brought about the sale of 47 single-family homes. The median sales price of those 47 homes was approximately $831,134. The homes that sold in the month of June averaged being on the open market for just 26 days, and the total dollar amount of those transactions totaled roughly $39,063,319. That’s pretty incredible for a month’s work!

There were also 11 condominiums sold in Magnolia in June at a median sales price of $354,454 and averaged being on the market for only 13 days.

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate Market in Magnolia continues to be extremely dynamic, and that’s not anticipated to change as summer continues to roll on in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Magnolia Real Estate Report for May

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The month of May has come and gone, and although the weather makes it seem like we’re right in the middle of summer, the official start is just a few weeks away. The beginning of summer typically signals the busiest time of year for the real estate market, but the last several months have been quite active as well. Let’s take a look at some of the real estate highlights for the month of May in Magnolia:

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, May brought about the sale of 38 single-family homes. The median sales price of those 38 homes was approximately $895,108. The homes that sold in the month of May averaged being on the open market for just 26 days, and the total dollar amount of those transactions totaled roughly $34,014,104. Not a bad month’s work!

There were also 8 condominiums sold in Magnolia in May at a median sales price of $337,056 and averaged being on the market for only 18 days!

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate Market in Magnolia continues to be extremely dynamic, and we don’t anticipate that to change as we get deeper into the summer months. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Magnolia Chamber of Commerce Spring Fest 2015!

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Join the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for Spring Fest in the Village on Friday, April 24th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

This event will keep the entire family entertained, with music by the Superchargers (sponsored by Serendipity), a bouncy house (sponsored by Ewing & Clark, Inc), a beer garden (featuring Hale’s Ales), and art pieces in various participating businesses.

Bring the family out and have a great time in the Magnolia Village next Friday, the 24th!

*The Magnolia Village is located at W McGraw Street, Seattle, WA 98199

 

Magnolia Real Estate Report for 2015 (Thus Far)

August Real Estate

It is not a secret that the year 2014 was a huge success for the real estate market in Seattle, and particularly in the Magnolia neighborhood. Homes were purchased, sold, and tons of transactions were agreed upon last year. Now that we are a couple of months into 2015, let’s get an update on what the Magnolia real estate market is looking like thus far.

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service from January 1, 2015 – March 19, 2015, there has been 59 homes sold in Magnolia. The median sales price of those 59 homes was $685,525. The homes that sold so far this year averaged being on the open market for a total of 58 days before they were purchased. Of the 59 houses sold, 48 have been residential homes and 11 have been condominiums. The total volume of those 59 transactions totals $40,446,032. 2015 is certainly not off to a bad start!

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the year 2015 is off to a good start for real estate transactions in Magnolia. With spring and warmer weather right around the corner, expect the market to continue to heat up even more! For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Commercial Condo Available in Magnolia!

Commercial Condo for Sale

A 2,036 square foot Magnolia condo in the Chez Nous building located at 2100 Thorndyke Avenue West is available for purchase.

This particular unit allows for both commercial and residential uses, however the unit has only been occupied by commercial tenants thus far.

Shower, closets, appliances, and kitchen would need to be installed if unit were to be used as a residential space.

The Seattle condo features large, westerly facing windows which look out onto Puget Sound and downtown. The space also features a convenient, open layout with a kitchenette and high ceilings.

The asking price for this Magnolia space is $475,000.

Tours are by appointment only, and can be scheduled with Ewing & Clark broker Brian Mayer. Brian can be reached at (206) 441-7900.

 

Magnolia Real Estate Report for the Month of October

August Real Estate

The month of October came and went, and now it is hard to believe that the Holiday Season is almost upon us!  Fall and winter are generally a little slower than spring and summer as far as real estate activity goes, however that hasn’t been the case so far. Let’s take a look at Magnolia’s October real estate report:

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, October brought about the sale of 37 single-family homes, compared to 29 sales in September. The median sales price of those 37 homes was $704,000. There were 41 active homes that remained available for purchase when October came to an end. The homes that did sell last month averaged being on the market for 73 days, compared to only 21 days in September. The total volume of those 37 transactions was $31,761,369. Not too shabby!

There were also 6 condominiums that were sold in October for an average price of $218,966.

It may be getting colder and darker this time of year, but statistics continue to support that people are still buying and selling a lot of real estate in Magnolia! For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Magnolia Real Estate Report for the Month of September

August Real Estate

The month of September in Seattle meant that the kids went back to school, summer weather didn’t let up, the Seahawks returned to the football field, and the real estate market continued to be very active.

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, September brought about the sale of 29 single-family homes in Magnolia. The median sales price of those 29 homes was $777,000. There were 63 active homes for sale in September. The homes that did sell last month averaged being on the open market for a total of 21 days. Obviously, the real estate market is still moving pretty quickly!

There were also 2 condominiums that sold in September in Magnolia at an average price of $169,250.

As you can tell from the statistics reported above, the Magnolia real estate market has continued to stay hot, which is great news if you’re looking to buy or sell a single-family home or condo. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.