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Okay Belltowners, we all know we live in the BEST neighborhood in Seattle, right? Well, now’s our chance to make it known across the city!

The 2016 Curbed Cup is up for grabs and we’ve made it pretty darn far already.

Currently we are in the Final Four, and poised to make it to the final round of voting! But, we only have today, December 28th 2016, to make it to the final round.

The Final Four sees Green Lake facing off with Ballard for a shot at the final, and our lovely Belltown is going head to head with Columbia City for the other spot in the final. Voting ends tonight at midnight, so vote, vote, VOTE until the clock strikes 12!!

If we make it to the final round, we will have 5 (yes, F-I-V-E) days to vote for Belltown to take the title over either Ballard or Green Lake. That is, THE title, the whole shebang, The Curbed Cup.

Head over to Curbed Seattle to cast your vote (or click here and skip the extra typing) for our ‘hood before midnight tonight for it to count.

And don’t just stop there, share the link with your friends! Text, them, email them, bribe them into casting their vote, whatever you have to do, get others to join so we can come out on top!

The title is within our grasp, so close we can taste it, let’s not let it slip away! We all know Belltown is where it’s at, but now it’s time for all of Seattle to know!

 

 

belltownReal Estate in Belltown/Downtown is continuing to show growth month by month. The numbers also show us that summer has been a busy buyer’s market. The number of sales as increased slowly up throughout spring into summer. Between March and May, the number of sales climbed in small increments March 38, April 44, May 53. At the end of June, we saw 164 residences sold with 93 left pending. The astronomic increase was due mainly to pre-sales for the Insignia building, but still shows the demand for condos continues to grow.

The general downtown area only saw 10 more sales this July than July of 2015, but the average prices increased. The lowest average price has gone up by $12,500, the median price increased by $169,450, and the highest jumped $1,520,000.  There are currently 63 active listings and 101 pending. We will have to see what this crazy neighborhood market has in store for us next month!

downtown seattleAs some of you may know, real estate in Belltown is booming! But do you know by how much? With all the new buildings going up in the neighborhood one can just assume how many people are attracted to the hip and trendy area. There are currently 93 pending listings, 45 of them being in the Insignia building. According to the NWMLS, last June (2015) there were 35 sold listings. This June there were a total of 164 sold listings, 102 of them being, once again, the Insignia Building. The cumulative days on the market dropped from forty days to fourteen.

Surprisingly, it seems prices aren’t jumping as much as you would think. The highest price for a home has dropped from $1,615,000 to $1,272,000, the lowest going from $219,000 to $210,000. But on the other hand, the median sales price is up from $557,800 to $414,950. According to the Development and Construction Projects on www.downtownseattle.com, there are currently more than 18,00 residential units in pre-development downtown. Looks like there will be a lot of inventory for next June!

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Check out this great one bedroom/one bathroom condo located in Belltown. Offering a variety of stunning views from the 19th floor, you’re able to catch a gorgeous view from any room in the unit. Enjoy a beautiful east facing view of Downtown, the Cascade Mountains, and a partial outlook of Lake Union from your large deck. With high ceiling throughout the unit allows for a spacious free flowing setting. The open kitchen has stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinets, gorgeous granite counter tops and a pantry. A spacious living room allows for a complementary dining space perfect for entertaining. The bedroom has two closets for added storage. With twenty-four hour security and concierge you’ll feel safe sitting in the laps of luxury. The build offers great amenities such as an indoor-pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise room, a club house and a large outdoor area. Condo is air-conditioned. No rental cap.

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If you work or live downtown, you’ve no doubt seen one of the many Metropolitan Improvement District ambassadors in their yellow jackets keeping our sidewalks and streets clean. But these ambassadors do more than just remove graffiti and sweep up leaves; members of the MID Outreach Team help homeless men and women find access to social services, and serve as familiar faces for those living on the streets downtown.

Since October they have partnered with the Seattle Union Gospel Mission to give free haircuts to those most in need. Mike, an ambassador who is also a certified barber, came up with the idea, and since the program began more than 60 haircuts have been given to men and women at the UGM. Mike and fellow ambassador Decloran offer the service every first and third Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the downtown men’s shelter on 2nd Avenue.

So, next time you see one of our ambassadors braving the cold and rain on our downtown streets, give them an extra smile and thank them for what they do! And visit the Union Gospel Mission’s site to find out about how you can help our citizens in need.