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June Real Estate Report

 

 

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Queen Anne is a good example of the growth for real estate in Seattle. It may not be growing as quickly as some neighborhoods, but nonetheless it is showing some strength. There are currently 78 active listings and 71 pending. According to the NWMLS, last June there were 91 sales and this past month there were 90. Even though close in number, it still beats 64 in 2014. The median sales price for a home is up to $648,000, compared to $550,000 (2015) and $546,000(2014). The highest price for a home has dropped from $5,100,000 to $2,500,000 and the lowest is up by a little less than $900. For a neighborhood so close to the booming Downtown market and all the amenities, maybe Seattle transplants will start buying in Queen Anne.

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Latest Update on the Seattle Childrens Home Project

After the Design Review Board’s approval to proceed came through two months ago on the Seattle Childrens Home project, and additional changes were suggested, the developer responded recently with more updates.

On April 28th, CamWest/Toll Brothers provided these updates to the Land Use Review Committee (LURC) of the Queen Anne Community Council:

  • Reducing the number of townhome units by three, from 62 to 59 units.
  • Bringing some of the units back further from the street to allow for more open space.
  • Widening openings along the street.
  • Adding a street to divide the cluster of homes planned for the center area of the lot.

According to Andrew Miller of CamWest, “We pulled back and made some units smaller, [which gives] the separation the neighborhood wanted.” Some of the other updates to the plan have the additional benefit of “[bringing] in more light and air,” Miller said.

Not surprisingly – due to the ongoing controversy that this project has received – community members had additional requests and suggestions to CamWest’s updates. These included asking for architecture that would sufficiently blend into the neighborhood’s existing style, double handrails on the public easement hill climb, careful assessment of tree drip lines, and saving four elm trees existing on the property.

LURC Chair Marty Kaplan commented in appreciation for CamWest/Toll Bros. ongoing efforts to alleviate the neighbors’ concerns: “I really agree with the commitment you’ve made to keep advancing the plan,” he said. “It’s evident it keeps getting better.”

Now that these updates have been brought before LURC, CamWest will be submitting them for the Master Use Permit very soon – they told the Queen Anne News that they expect to submit the plan within 30 days. Next, they will have to wait on the city’s reply before they can respond, then apply for and schedule a Design Review Board meeting. CamWest’s representative, Miller, estimates that this DRB meeting will take place in late summer or early fall – August or September.

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Seattle Childre’s Home Design Proceeds After Review, With Suggested Changes

Nearly two weeks ago, the developers of the proposed townhomes at the former Seattle Childrens Home site on west Queen Anne were approved to proceed. Suggested design changes were offered to Option 6 of the design plans, which is the preferred design for the project, in addition to some further airing of community concerns about the project.

This approval came on Wednesday, March 19th following developer CamWest/Toll Bros. presentation of three new design proposals for the project, at the second early design guidance meeting. The first early design guidance meeting took place on December 18th, and called for more specifics on the site and plans, as well as these three additional designs.

Of these three new proposed designs, each includes several consistent features (a notable one being the total units in the project – 62). However, Option 4 calls for no exceptional tree removal, Option 5 allows for covered garages topped with greenspaces, and Option 6 (the preferred new design), includes a greenspace on 9th Avenue West.

Click here to view the full summaries of each new design plan, from the design meeting agenda.

The Design Review Board did approve the developer’s proposal to move forward, however they had some suggested changes:

  • Reduction of pavement on the site
  • More details on the affect on blocks adjacent to the project
  • Add porches or front stoops on 9th Avenue West for more street activation
  • Provide more pedestrian space, and less to vehicles
  • Additional open space between buildings
  • Maintain significant trees along the external areas of the site
  • Enhance variety on 10th Avenue West

The developers added the hill climb on 9th Avenue West (requested in the last design review meeting) and moved driveway access as also requested. “We now have connectivity throughout the site,” said Andrew Miller, of CamWest. He says the new development will be “much more residential than the institutional use that’s here now.”

The Land Use Review Committee (LURC) of the Queen Anne Community Council still has concerns – including removal of significant trees, parking, density and scale of the project. However, the Queen Anne News reported that LURC is generally pleased with the progress of the project thus far, and the developers’ collaboration with the community. There is still a lot of community concern about the number of units CamWest plans to build on the property. Click here for more details on the results of the meeting.

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Seattle Townhome Plan Continues to Cause Community Push-Back

The city’s Design Review Board met last night at 8 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center to discuss the Seattle Children’s Home site on west Queen Anne. Another community meeting occurred the night before, on Tuesday. Both meetings this week were held to continue the discussion about the planned Seattle townhome development by Toll Brothers for the site – a plan that has controversy in the community.

On Tuesday, neighbors to the property discussed the changing face of Queen Anne as a whole. The neighborhood and the city are growing, which residents of the area understand and appreciate, however they want to ensure that growth is done responsibly and with maintenance of the things people love about where they live.

“Seattle is booming. I happen to think that’s a really good thing,” said Terri Johnston, who has been living in Queen Anne for more than 20 years. “This is about how our neighborhoods are respected and treated as growth happens.”

Currently, the new owners of the Seattle Children’s Home site are planning to have Toll Brothers developers tear down the six old buildings on the property. The structures will then be replaced with 11 three-story townhouses – with about 60 townhomes in total. Plans for the site were released ahead of the design review meeting on Wednesday night – we reported on those last week.

“We’re taking a Berlin Wall-style building and putting it into the heart of a residential neighborhood,” said Susan Allen, another 20-year resident of Queen Anne. “It’s urban sprawl right in the heart of the city.”

The Future Queen Anne group continues to raise awareness for the project and gather signatures to try to have the plan modified to be less dense.

At the design review meeting last night, information and early design concepts were shared, public comments were taken, and high priority design guidelines were provided (in preparation for the Master Use Permit application). We are now waiting to see the Department of Planning and Development’s Early Design Guidance report, which will be sent to attendees of last night’s meeting.

Click here to view the project’s full design review proposal.

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