Why this Capitol Hill home is the dreamiest spot for Seattle summer

Regardless of whether you're a native Seattleite or freshly transplanted, the transition from rainy season to warm, dry season means a big shift in how we enjoy our city. We take every opportunity to be outside, choosing outdoor patios, visiting local parks (especially ones with big views!), we gobble up local produce, and attend barbecues with reckless abandon.

What if you could enjoy all of these activities without ever leaving your home?

Behold, the Skinner Mansion. This stunning, 10,000-sq.-ft. house is positioned on the crest of Capitol Hill, providing phenomenal views from the highest point overlooking the city and Elliott Bay. 

Click through the gallery below to learn more about all this incredible home has to offer.

A toast to summer!
Select from your collection of 4,000 bottles in this custom wine cellar, and toast to the season of sunshine! Impromptu picnics with said wine— need we say more? 

Game room goals!
This spectacular media/billiards room with a built-in Dolby sound system has the feel of an English gentlemen’s club. Custom cabinetry conceals a 70ꞌ screen. Bar with a long granite-topped counter is equipped with an icemaker, refrigerator and keg on tap.

An exquisite kitchen.
The kitchen enjoys lovely western vistas, while top-notch appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and a stainless steel 6-burner gas range with griddle and two ovens, warming drawer and dishwasher – all by Viking.

Grow your own!
Love gardening? Enjoy preparing foods harvested from your own garden! The raised bed in the rear of this home is ready for your fruits and veggies of choice.

Breakfast on the view terrace?
A weekend ritual, waiting to happen! Enjoy the sumptuous views from this expansive terrace -- accessible through the master suite. Again, the view terrace is quite large and will become one of your favorite spots in this home. The beauty of a west-facing view comes with endless sunsets. 

Volunteer Park, just blocks away!
If all that wasn't good enough, Volunteer Park is located just a few blocks away. 

Capitol Hill—a foodie's dream!
The 15th Avenue shopping core is just a short walk from this home, with a bounty of wonderful shops and cafes.

Truly, this home has it all.
We told you! This home really is the dreamiest spot to spend Seattle summer—and every season! A spectacular setting in the heart of the city.

Want to learn more? Visit SkinnerMansion.com for more! Or visit our Contact Us page if you'd like to tour this home.

Find your zen with these gorgeous master baths

There's nothing like lighting some candles, queuing up favorite tunes, and sinking into a relaxing bath. Once you close your eyes, the whole world melts away (at least for a few minutes!). In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, we're sharing some of our favorite master baths from our current listings. These baths are perfect for pampering mom. 

Luxe Marble Bath with Lake Views

This Washington Park view home features a master bath with marble tile floors, double sinks in marble-topped serpentine vanity, freestanding tub and frameless glass wall shower with marble mosaic tile floor.

 

Exquisite Spa-like Master Bath

With its stylish Stuart Silk updates, this Queen Anne home has a spa-like master bath with radiant heated floors, honed marble Calacatta double vanity and dressing table, freestanding egg-shaped tub under Murano glass chandelier, big shower with opaque glass walls and bench, water closet with bidet.

 

Spectacular Master Retreat

This Mercer Island contemporary features a spa-like, large scale bath with freestanding tub, glass-walled shower with built-in bench, two long vanities – one with a dressing table, and two water closets – one with a bidet. A floor-to-ceiling window gives the room lots of natural light. Adjacent to the bath is a big walk-in closet with skylights and special storage features.

 

Chic, Classy Capitol Hill Master Bath

This beautifully updated Capitol Hill Colonial features a master bath with Carrara marble floors, glazed tile walls, a platform tub, separate glass wall shower, two marble-topped vanities and a heated towel rack.

What does your dream bath look like? Share some love with us in the comments below! To learn more about our current listings, click here.

Enjoy romance all year long at these cozy spots

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd pull together some of the most dazzling spaces in our current listings. Nothing says romance like cozy, well-designed spaces and big views. 

Scroll through these five luxurious photos and find the corresponding description below. 

1. Rich, luxe tones

With a wall of art in shimmering gold frames and a rich, tufted headboard, this room draws us in with its symmetry and playful textures. Light a few candles, and this Capitol Hill penthouse couldn't be more romantic.

2. Bathed in light

Recently remodeled by Stuart Silk, this gorgeous Queen Anne home has been redesigned to maximize light. In addition to the amble light throughout, mirrors have been placed strategically to enhance the bright essence of this gorgeous bath.

3. Dine at the edge of the world

Enjoy dinner for two, with front row seats to the Puget Sound's spectacular sunsets over the Olympic Mountains. Featuring different levels of outdoor entertaining spaces, this Magnolia beauty is sure to inspire every day.

4. Velvet, gold & bold

Nothing says romance like curling up next to a toasty fire! Long, luxurious velvet drapes create a stand-out statement next to the crisp white bedding. The gold-framed mirror is the final touch of glamour in this beautiful master suite in the Highlands.

5. Dazzling city views

Imagine walking out onto your master suite terrace to find these sparkling city views! The scene transforms at sunset, when the sky turns the city into a sea of pastel hues. Grab a glass of bubbles, and watch the city glitter.

Looking for more? See all of our current listings here.

3 Kitchens You'll Absolutely Adore

Kitchens are often the gathering place of a home, regardless of how much or how little cooking actually happens! And a well-designed kitchen can inspire us to eat in, have friends and family over, enjoy a long weekend breakfast. We collected a few of our favorite kitchens from our current listings, kitchens that we wouldn't mind brushing up on those cooking skills in -- because we all have goals of cooking more at home, right?

1. Bright, bold & beautiful

This stylish kitchen stands out with its oversized island, eye-catching white quartz counters, and rich cabinetry. An open layout was applied to the whole main floor of this 1913 Georgian home in Queen Anne. Wonderful for entertaining, the kitchen flows right into the dining room, which flows naturally to the lush outside area. 

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

2. Warm hues, lake views

These counters look familiar, eh? We're seeing this style of crisp, white quartz counters often lately. They add a splash of sophistication and modern appeal. We love how the stark white counters are paired with the natural wood grain of the bar stools. With the sink situated in the island, the chef can also enjoy sumptuous views of Juanita Bay through the curved wall of windows that lines the main floor.

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

3. Fabulous & functional

With a large skylight overhead, you'll always have the benefit of natural light in this kitchen. The custom design that flows throughout this home is especially evident in this well-equipped kitchen. Pretty cabinetry does a lot of work here, showcasing dishware and providing a home for your most prized bottles of wine.

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

Everyday Inspiration: Follow these Seattle Instagrams

October was soggy, and November is settling into its usual crisp temperatures, so we're naturally spending a lot more time indoors. Winter months in Seattle are for cozy dinners, catching up on our favorite tv shows, testing out our rain gear, and getting inspiration for what we now have time to do, since we aren't busy basking in Seattle summer sunshine.

Instagram just so happens to be perfect for gaining inspiration. Whether you're looking to live vicariously, get design/style ideas, or you just want some cheerful photos to distract from the doldrums outside, Instagram is full of talented bloggers with impeccably curated feeds. What's more, Seattle has oodles of its own such bloggers. 

We've selected four Seattle-based bloggers whose Instagram feeds are making us happy right noweach for very different reasons!

 

1. FOX AND BRIAR

Meghan of Fox and Briar has a gorgeous food-focused feed, all of the time. Her latest concoction, a Cranberry Irish Mule, is not only beautiful, but it looks delish! (We love anything that includes ginger beer, to be honest.)

Also featured recently, Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts. YUM! Total cook time? 13 minutes!

Whether we plan to make Meghan's recipes or not, we love when these shots pop up in our Instagram feed!

 

 

2. JOJOTASTIC

With over 16,000 followers, Joanna Hawley has definitely made a name for herself in the Seattle blogging scene, and beyond! 

Jojotastic is a 4-year-old lifestyle blog that focuses on "runway-fresh fashion, inspiring modern-but-modest home interiors, and [Joanne's] addiction to donuts."

Filled with a delightful mashup of lifestyle goodies, her Jojotastic Instagram feed is always bright and always inspiring. With cozy lifestyle shots, DIY tutorials, and adorable shots of her furbabies, we always enjoy seeing what Joanna is up to! 

 

 

 

3. JEJUNEMARGO

Minimalism is so in right now. And understandably so! There is so much clutter in our lives (just look at our physical mailboxes and our digital inboxes). Minimal design and fashion styling attempts to soothe us with simplicity. It's like a visual breath of fresh air.

Jejunemargo's minimal feed is endlessly chic. She weaves texture, pattern and style into her restrained color palette. If you're ever craving some less-is-more inspiration, her feed is your go-to.

 

4. MESEATELLITE

Colorful, slice-of-life photographs fill MeSeatellite's Instagram feed. Pretty food photos (ahem, Mamnoon!), cozy cafes, and all sorts of other locals-only Seattle features inspire us to get out and keep exploring our wonderful city. 

MeSeatellite's feed is almost like a love letter to Seattle, documenting its many facets, personality traits, and stunning nature scenes.

 

And if you're looking for a stylish real estate Instagram feed, don't forget to follow us!

Design trend: Swoon-worthy wallpaper

Wallpaper has had its share of transformations over the years (starting a couple thousand years ago with decorated rice paper in the homes of stylish Chinese, followed by Europeans in the 16th century.) While paint has become the new staple in home decor, wallpaper is coming back into vogue. With a wide array of designs to choose from, wallpaper can transform an entire space, infusing it with elegance, whimsy and style.

The following photoshand selected from our listings this yearshow just how versatile and delightful wallpaper can be in a well-designed space. From entryways to bathrooms, the right wall covering can be transformative in the best possible way.

Like what you see? Explore these homes: Chic powder palette  | A pop of pattern | Breathtaking elegance | Larger than life | Step back in timeTo see more beautiful Seattle real estate listings, click here.

An Insider's Guide to Columbia City

Brandon Bright, Seattle Office Manager for Avenue Properties, is our guest blogger this week. We asked Brandon to give us a foodie tour through his favorite Seattle neighborhood -- Columbia City.

The Columbia City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and has become a recent Seattle hot spot with desirable neighborhoods, breathtaking valley views, and convenient light rail access. With various incredible bars, shops and eateries, Columbia City continues to grow and flourish while maintaining its friendly neighborhood vibe. Last year, Seattle Met named Columbia City one of Seattle's 10 Best Neighborhoods.

Three of my favorite spots in particular make this neighborhood both a great place to visit, and a great place to live.

1. Lottie’s Lounge
Located in the heart of the historic Columbia City District in the former Columbia Hotel Building. Lottie’s is home to innovative cocktails, delicious comfort food, and a relaxed camaraderie feel. You may also catch an impromptu band at times while sipping on a ‘La Selena’ or ‘Beyoncé Lemonade.’ 

2. Island Soul Restaurant
When you think of soul food, Seattle doesn’t usually come to mind. One visit to Island Soul Restaurant will upend that perception. With roots straight from Jamaica, following the tradition of authentic Jerk and soul food, you are sure to find something on the menu that tickles your taste buds. Be sure to get there early on the weekends – their famous brunch always draws a packed house!

3. The Royal Room
Restaurant, bar, project room, place of all-things-awesome. The Royal Room is a Columbia City staple and well known for its array of live music, dance parties and special occasions. With a different event scheduled every day of the month, there is always something fun and new to do in Columbia City; especially at The Royal Room. 

Three takeaways from Inman Luxury Connect

This week, we attended Inman's Luxury Connect conference in Beverly Hills to learn about real estate marketing, technology, business intelligence -- and to catch up with the most talented realtors in our industry. We were overjoyed to soak up some California sunshine, learn new insights, and to also reaffirm what we already know and practice. Read about our main takeaways from this year's conference. 

1. If you market to everyone, you market to no one.

Sharran Srivatsaa, co-president of Teles Properties gave a powerful talk about 7 Superpowers of Elite Agents. His first slide announced "Riches are in the niches" -- meaning that finding your specialty is imperative to your success. Once you can find that focus and connect with your audience, you'll be off to the races. This advice is applicable to most industries, but particularly helpful for real estate since there is such an immense spectrum to our business. 

2. Get to know people and show your value.

Building upon this sentiment, Director of the Compass Global Sports & Entertainment Division, Kofi Nartey explained that once you have identified your niche, you must know your value and exude it with confidence. Many other speakers touched on this point as well, including Sally Forster Jones, President of John Aaroe International Luxury Properties, who emphasized how realtors must lead with the tremendous value they provide to their clients. 

3. When it comes to branding, consistent online presence is key. 

We heard this over and over at this year's Luxury Connect. Realtors often have to be a one-man (or woman!) show, from salesperson to legal expert to marketing guru. Taking the time to plan out how you want your brand to be perceived is crucial. From your social media presence, to your website, everything should be current, flow seamlessly and, (this is big) be mobile-friendly.

We learned from Adam Fish, Partner Lead responsible for the Real Estate business at Google, that 50% of people will use a competitor's site if your site is not mobile-friendly. And 40% of people will abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Wonder how your site stacks up? Use this link to find out how fast your website loads, and use this link to determine whether your website is mobile-friendly. 

Inside one of Capitol Hill’s largest — and most historically restored — homes

Many of the homes on Capitol Hill’s ‘Millionaire’s Row’ fascinate us. What makes this grouping stand out among the historic homes in Seattle is that these grand early 20th century residences are largely intact — renovated, updated, restored — giving us a unique glimpse into the past. 

And if one home in particular stands out for its restoration, it’s 725 14th Avenue East. Originally built between 1903 and 1905, the house is best known as ‘The Skinner Mansion,’ named for the prominent shipping magnate who lived in it from 1914 until the 1950’s. The 10,000-sq.-ft. house sits on a half-acre lot — one of the largest properties on Capitol Hill. The estate was carved up into three separate lots in the 1970’s. In 1999, the current owners acquired the properties that had been sold and restored the estate to its original footprint.

We've selected several of our favorite living spaces (and it was hard to choose!) that showcase the extent of this incredible restoration. Toggle through the photo gallery below:

 

Take a cinematic tour through this home:

Interested in a tour? Contact us for your own private showing. To see more wonderful Seattle real estate, visit our full list of homes.

Five must-have outdoor spaces on the market right now

During those blustery winter months in Seattle, we make do by donning cozy sweaters, drinking warm mugs of tea or coffee, and dreaming of the sunny, dry days of summer when we just can’t get enough of the great outdoors. Seattle summers are more than great, they are exceptional.

In the spirit of summer outdoor living, we hand-selected some of our favorite outdoors spaces on the real estate market right now.

1. Sip an Arnold Palmer while gazing upon the golf green

There is a major zen factor to this backyard. With expansive golf course views, this 1929 Colonial is situated next to the Broadmoor Golf Club’s 14th hole. A multi-use sport court and secluded hot tub are located just off the huge patio — perfect for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities leading from daytime barbecues to a relaxing nighttime soak.

2. Dine alfresco at this enchanting view home in The Highlands

This 1937 view estate exudes charm from the inside out. Beautifully landscaped terrace off the house’s main level overlooks a turquoise lap pool and expansive sloping lawn, bordered by rose bushes that lead to a lower level lawn with a vine-draped arbor, raised beds and a fruit orchard. With such a lush, inspiring setting, you’ll want to make outside dinner parties a summertime ritual.

3. Legendary backdrop for gatherings of all kinds

The grounds of this historic Capitol Hill estate have so much to offer. From formal boxwood gardens at the entry, to a full vegetable garden out back — there are so many experiences to be had! Pictured above, levels of bluestone terraces invite outdoor living and entertaining, and the expansive side lawn is ideal for baseball, croquet and badminton. Gorgeous water feature, plus a tree-house tucked just beyond the lawn!

4. Bathe in the never-ending beauty of this Bainbridge retreat

If we go missing, you just might find us here. This gorgeous Bainbridge Island home has it all: ample lawn with meticulously manicured gardens, path to a private beach with 200 feet of waterfront and mooring buoy, and forested front grounds that teem with life. Endless Puget Sound views throughout the grounds and the house up the dazzle factor.

5. Sensational views showcase the best of Seattle

Front row seat for the Independence Day fireworks? Check! This fabulous Capitol Hill penthouse is perfectly situated to take in views of Lake Union, the Olympics, and the Seattle skyline. These views fill the living spaces, and the huge roof deck is ideal for relaxation, entertaining and sky-watching. Just imagine sipping champagne from the rooftop hot tub during the firework show grand finale.