As the recent Bisnow “Seattle Construction & Development Forecast” event outlined, the commercial real estate industry in Seattle is continuing its boom and the city is even looking at ways to lessen the length of time of the permitting and approval process by adding staff.
Though year-over-year home prices in Seattle for February 2018 grew at a lower rate than the previous year, an upward trend appears to be in motion, as monthly decreases moved from -0.28 percent in January to +0.57 percent in February. This put an end to the series of seven months of decreases, which tied the last run of slower price gains, which lasted August 2011 to February 2012.
There is something to be said for the power of modern architecture. I have long admired the clean lines of Canlis, the windowed masterpiece perched on the east slope of Queen Anne. Now the restaurant is in the global spotlight, as it was recognized by James Beard with the 2019 Design Icon Award.
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Current zoning restrictions in various parts of Seattle are under discussion, as Seattle’s City Council has just begun what promises to be a debate on whether to upzone neighborhoods that have historically been reserved for single-family homes. Seattle Times has been keeping a close eye on the topic in a series of recent articles.
A recent Seattle Times housing column tackled a topic that is an important key to understanding our local housing market: zoning. As the article outlines, though 69 percent of Seattle’s residential plots of land contain single-family homes (which is about average compared to the nation’s 50 largest cities) it “generally devotes a lot more of its housing to single-family homes,” which is putting more pressure on a city struggling with affordability amidst rising demand.
Though the winter months have historically given way to slowdowns within the Puget Sound real estate market, there was no sign of a slowdown in February 2018, as home prices in Seattle and on the Eastside reached new benchmark values. As Seattle Times reports, “Seattle’s median single-family-home price hit $777,000 in February, $20,000 more than the previous all-time high set just a month prior,” while on the Eastside, “the median cost of a house was $950,000, or $12,000 more than the peak price from two months ago.” According to Northwest Multiple Listing Service data, home prices in every Puget Sound county increased by at least 15%, with many setting record high values.
A recent Seattle Magazine article asks readers, “What would Seattle look like if I-5 was covered?” The question comes as the initiative, which was first introduced to Seattle Public Parks two years ago, was given a $1.5 million feasibility grant by the Washington State Convention Center to explore how Lid I-5 may come to life. If approved, it would improve existing infrastructure and expand the city’s space to build housing, public parks, streets, and more – all over top of Interstate 5.