Green Lake Project Updates!

713 N 77th as of January 24th, 2014

We’re making great strides with our homes in the Green Lake neighborhood!  For the 713 N 77th home, pictured above, the foundation walls are poured and then utilities and backfill are complete.  These homes will have a unique feature - a walk-out basement! The basements will contain a large family room and bedroom which will both have have sliding glass doors leading directly to an outdoor patio.  The basements will also have a full bathroom so they would be terrific for guests or could even function as a mother-in-law suite!  And the family room would be great as a kid play space, game room or media room. Buyers with young families will find Daniel Bagley Elementary just blocks from these homes, with Whitman Middle School just under 2 miles away and Ballard High School just over a mile away.  There are also three city parks nearby in addition to Green Lake.  The closest of these is Linden Orchard Park, at N 67th St. and Linden Ave. N.  The park is the former site of an apple orchard and has a P-Patch community garden, fruit trees and edible landscaping, benches and a picnic table with interactive features for children’s play.  It also features a super cool tool shed!  Two other nearby parks will be featured in upcoming blog posts.  Framing on 713 N 77th starts 1st to 2nd week of February, while the framing for the home at 715 N 77th is complete!  The image below shows the home as of January 22nd:

715 N 77th as of January 22nd, 2014

Stay tuned for more updates about these homes and this awesome neighborhood!  You can see more details about these homes here!


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Latest Progress on 14th Ave S. Beacon Hill Projects

2004 14th Ave. S., Beacon Hill, January 23rd, 2014

We’ve got power!  With utilities finished and gas and power online, our homes at 2004 and 2006 14th Ave. S. on Beacon Hill are coming right along, and one of these homes is already sold!  Next we’ll be installing floors in the back two units (shown above) and then complete their interiors-they should be ready by the end of February.  The north front unit will have drywall complete and the south front unit will be getting their NovuStone countertops and Abodian cabinets, with flooring starting soon.  We expect to be finished with the front units by late March.  Imagine celebrating Springtime in these gorgeous modern, sustainable homes targeting 5Star Built Green.

The location of these homes are amazing.  Just a few blocks from the Beacon Hill Light Rail station, commuting is a breeze - you can even pick up your groceries on the way home! You’ll pass by some cute cafe’s and restaurants on your way home, including a family style mexican and the recently opened Hiroshi’s Japanese Deli.  There are also many opportunities to connect with the outdoors-Beacon Hill Playground is just a stone’s throw away, and the nearby Mountains To Sound Greenway Trail provides biking and hiking fun, taking you from Seattle over the I-90 bridge, through Mercer Island and onwards to the Eastside! Find more info about the trail here and check back for more progress updates as well as additional details about this incredible location!

Meanwhile, our project page with more details about these homes can be found by clicking here!



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Ground breaking on N. 77th!!



A few weeks ago we broke ground on new territory - Green Lake!  The newest member of our team, Aaron Yankauskas, is overseeing his first project which will be two single family homes on N. 77th Street.  It’s an unbelievable location in one of the best neighborhoods in Seattle, close to bus lines and just a few blocks from the lake to the east and from Greenwood Ave. N. to the west.  You can literally walk to the lake, just under a mile away, in less than 15 minutes!  You couldn’t imagine a better location - for example: the homes will be just 4 miles from Golden Gardens to the west and under 3 miles from both Carkeek Park to the north and the self proclaimed center of the universe (and home of Google Seattle) Freemont to the south!  Ballard and Wallingford are also just a stone’s throw away at 2.5 miles!  And it’s a bike lover’s dream with the greenway on Freemont Ave. N. in Greenwood. We expect completion in late Spring/early Summer of 2014 (learn more about the project here) and we have some video of some of the excavation and Aaron telling us more about the project - please check it out below!

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Updates on 14th!

One of our 4 homes on 14th Ave. S. on Beacon Hill has sold leaving only 3 remaining.  Check out the progress below and learn more about these homes here.

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Columbia City Lifestyle

[updated December 2013 with info about Green Eileen, Hunt, Chrysanthemum, the Hummingbird Saloon and more]

You will simply not believe how much fun, food, art, music and more is packed into Columbia City, a hip neighborhood within the most diverse zip code in the nation.  Between its vibrant commercial district, with great food, shopping and nightlife and close proximity to the 300 acre Seward Park, Lake Washington and Genesse Park, you can indulge in all of life’s pleasures.  And while you’ll find it hard to leave, when you have to, Columbia City is one of the easiest locations to connect to I5 and I90 (both within 3miles) or leave the car behind and hop on Light Rail north to stadiums, the ID, downtown, or south to Sea Tac Airport!

Like Paris?

Likened to a typical Parisian arrondissement, you’ll find your butcher, boulangerie, café, coiffer, bibliotech, librarie, and bar aux vin, resto, all within a few short blocks.  In fact, calls Columbia City a “Walkers Paradise” giving it a walkability rating of 100, out of 100!



Honestly the abundance and variety of restaurants are astounding, I do hope you like to eat.  And especially if you like all types of cuisine, you…are…in…luck!  Greek, Senagalese, Pho, Ethopian, Sicilian, BBQ, Pizza (the best indy pizza in the country), classic American breakfasts, east coast deli, island soul food, french, vegetarian, filipino, puerto Rican, thai, sushi, mexican.  And that’s all within a few blocks.  There are so many great eating establishments in the neighborhood…


Columbia City Eateries and Pubs


Among the food venues in Columbia City, you’ll find La Medusa - one of the original restaurants in Columbia City, featuring “Sicilian Soul Food” and a Wednesday Farmers Market Menu, Tutta Bella authentic Neopolitan Pizzeria - the other CC original and named America’s Best Indie Pizza 2010 by Pizza Today.  Geraldine’s Counter is often referred to as an upscale diner and  hands-down one of the best breakfast to be found in Seattle.  There’s Empire Espresso with heavenly coffee, paninis and waffles plus free wireless that draws in professionals, writers and locals with laptops in tow-you could almost consider this the co-working space of the neighborhood.  Columbia City Ale House offers over a dozen beers on tap and mouthwatering pub grub, or try the fare at The Hummingbird Saloon. Lottie’s Lounge features a Monday Morning Hangover Brunch with local music, and Shane, formerly of the now closed Roy’s BBQ is in the kitchen cooking up his famous Georgia Gold listed as among best BBQ on the west coast in Sunset Magazine.  Sportsfans love Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, (read Hanna Raskin’s review of Rookies here) and get your organic juice and smoothies at the Jus Bar (see more about this venue here).

Let’s round things up with mention of The Spice Room (Thai), WabiSabi (sushi), El Sombrero (Mexican), Awash (Ethiopian), The Bourban (New Orleans-influence), Full Tilt (ice cream), Jones Barbeque (Oprah is a fan!), Kawalli Grill (Filipino), El Pilon (Puerto Rican), Island Soul (Caribbean and Soul Food).  There is even an eatery tied to the laundry mat, as the Time Warp Cafe offers a wide variety of specialty hot dogs, sammies, smoothies and breakfast wraps.  Reviews on UrbanSpoon here.



Living in Columbia City means you really can have a night out without leaving your neighborhood!  The community was overjoyed when, in December of 2012, the Columbia City Cinema re-opened as Ark Lodge Cinemas!  We are thrilled to have this cinema as a vibrant part of our neighborhood!  Featuring both first run and specialty art films, the cinema is run by new owner David McRae.  Like them on Facebook here!





The music scene of Columbia City is thriving, with venues like the Columbia City Theater - recently named Seattle’s “finest sounding room” by SPIN magazine!  Having the distinction of being the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington, the Columbia City Theater was home to jazz in the 40′s, punk rock in the 80′s, and somewhere in between was one of the 1st stages graced by Jimi Hendrix.   The Theater most recently re-opened under new ownership in May of 2010 and has since seen the likes of musical talent including the Fleet Foxes, The Maldives, Too Beautiful to Live and many more.  Shows are generally Thursday through Sunday with genres ranging from indy to hip hop, to country and jazz, and that great sound is attributed to the talents of former Crocodile soundman Jim Anderson, who did the sound design for the venue.  The Theater also features the Bani-Love recording studio, with legendary Gary Mula at the helm.  Gary once ran the rehearsal studio for Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Screaming Trees and other well known Seattle musicians, before it tragically burned to the ground in January of 2009.  We are so fortunate he has made his new home here with us.

Of course another major player in the Col-City music scene is The Royal Room, which opened in December of 2011.  A restaurant, bar and music venue featuring jazz, classical, local songwriters, country, blues and roots, groove, funk, soul and alternative rock, The Royal Room brings incredible music and great food to the hood - and it’s family friendly until 10pm!  Behind the project are Tia Matthies and Steve Freeborn (OK Hotel, Lottie’s Lounge and Rendezvous) along with local musician and composer Wayne Horovitz.  The Royal Room features national acts mid-week and offer a unique opportunity for local musicians to establish residencies and create projects special to the venue.  Horovitz was sure to provide a concert grand piano and Hammond B3 organ, drums, guitar amps and other instruments for the musicians.   In addition to being a rehearsal space and recording studio, their mission also includes supporting education and youth outreach activities, and the restaurant will feature comfort food with a touch of Cajun, with Pauline Wickey formerly of LC’s Kitchen on Lake City Way.

In addition to these primary venues, music can be heard all throughout Columbia City’s commercial district.  Free music is often a staple at Lotties Lounge, Tutta Bella and Island Soul.  Music events like Valley Vibes Jazz can be found at the Rainer Valley Cultural Center-the community’s multicultural performing arts center, home also to SEEDArt’s Art’s Gumbo, and from May through September you’ll find the Beat Walk which features music at many of the shops and restaurants in the neighborhood on 1st Fridays.



…Arts, Crafts & Literary…

The art & literary scene is strong with a seasonal Art Walk every third Thursday from May - September, the Columbia City Gallery (pictured above bottom row far left - art featured by Joan Robbins), poetry readings at the local Starbucks and SPLAB, a center for poetry, theater, local journalism and other word arts.  If you’re crafty and like to make your own art, you’ll love Stash Quilt Shop, where you can buy incredible fabrics, and other craft sewing and knitting items.   You’ll find owner Stephanie Snider often there with her darling son Jackson (pictured at the top of the pyramid, above) who can guide you in projects, pattern selection and who also offer classes in sewing, quilting and crafting!  Check out their Facebook page here.  In artistic celebration of the diverse community, SPLAB is supported Represent 98118, where residents were asked to participate in a one-day project, on October 5, 2011, where they shared their experiences - using film, photography, poetry and other manners of creative expression - working, living, playing, studying and worshiping (and eating - yep, that’s me) in the 98118 zip code.  And last but certainly not least is our wonderful Carnegie Library which was refurbished in 2004 is another literary anchor in the community.


Paris Bakery & Deli

       …Butcher, Baker…

No village would be complete with out their butcher and baker.  Bob’s Quality Meats has been an anchor in the neighborhood for four generations, and like many of the Columbia City residents and business owners with whom I spoke with say, owner James Ackley notes one of the best things about being in the neighborhood is the diversity.  “And, for me its also a great market!  I get the Muslim holidays, the Christian and the Jewish holidays too!”  You’ll find organic grass fed meats, homemade snappy links and sausages, porter house and melt away tri-tip, oxtail, rabbit, duck and yes…turducken!  The Columbia City Bakery will put you back on the streets of Paris with their baguettes, ficelle’s croissants and pain au chocolat, and you know you haven’t strayed far from home with American classics like fresh cookies, cakes, cupcakes and blondies!  Find local cheeses, freshly made sammies and other delicacies in their cold case.  And speaking of Paris, check out the Paris Bakery & Deli, a family-owned restaurant offering delightful Vietnamese noodles, sandwiches, and baked goods.




And then there is the Farmers Market which is open May - October every Wednesday, from 3pm to 7pm.  That’s Cle of HalfPint homemade ice cream at the top of the the set of images just above - these pictures should be making you hungry!





     …and Candlestick Maker! (Shopping in Columbia City)

From the eclectic home decor, gifts, jewelry and women’s apparel of Andaluz, to African masks, fabrics and more at Baol, you can find a rich assortment of treasures in just a few short blocks.  Find stylish home decor items with a French touch and interior design services at Bayle & Co!  (Like them on Facebook here!).  Grab the perfect shower gift at Columbia City Bouquet, or revel in retro heaven with clothes, hats, shoes and housewares at Gather Consignment.  Chrysanthemum, another consignment shop caters just for kids and find treasures in mensware at Hunt. And kids of all ages delight in RetroActive Kids incredible selection of toys, crafts and books.  Did you know your charming offspring can even get their hair cut while you browse, as Columbia City Cuts kids’ salon resides at the back of the store.  Green Eileen sells gently worn women’s wear from Eileen Fisher, both extending the life of these garments and generating revenue to support programs that improve the lives of women and girls.Or perhaps it’s you who are in need of a trim…

There are two nail salons, and numerous hair stylists also within these few blocks.  Reign has 3 stylists and celebrates one year this August with the addition of an aesthetician.  Owner Taco Yarborough loves the neighborhood because of its diversity, quaintness and family friendly feel.  Pure Alchemy offers earth friendly color treatments, avoiding the “dirty dozen” chemicals often found in cosmetics.   Get your outer self looking sharp with a fluff and fold or dry cleaning at Columbia City Suds, and tap into your inner beauty at Kadampi Meditation.  Bodywraps, scrubs and aroma therapy await at Massage For Seattle.



     …Fitness and Health

Staying slim in the face of all the great food in Columbia City is not difficult - with Bull Stewart and his inspiring wife Flo at Columbia City Fitness, or tone and de-stress at Lotus Yoga. There are several massage salons to ease your tired muscles after that long work out, and two businesses which offer acupuncture and herbal treatments.  Within walking distance you’ll find tennis and Genesse Park, where you can also keep Fido in shape, at the double-gated 2 and 1/2 acre off-leash doggie park!  Tune up your bike at BikeWorks, because close by is also Seward Park with its 2.4 mile bike and jogging loop and serene old growth forest on the Bailey Peninsula at Lake Washington.  Not up for a bike ride or a jog?  Take in the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Rainier, ducks on the lake and bald eagle’s overhead during a relaxing stroll.

I’ll be sure to update this post as new establishments open, and other great features about the neighborhood arise.  By the way, we at Dwell Development live in the neighborhood and consider ourselves lucky to be here.  We have several projects in the works in Columbia City, so if you are interested in owning a Dwell Development home and want to consider yourself one of the lucky ones, please get in touch (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  Learn more about living in Columbia City here.

Check back for news about other venues soon to open in this vibrant, exciting, walkable neighborhood!

(all images copyright Dwell Development 2011, 2012)





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5031 and 5033 43rd Ave S. Columbia City Open House, Sunday December 8, 1p-4p!

5033 43rd Ave S., Columbia City neighborhood, Seattle

 5031 43rd Ave S., Columbia City neighborhood, Seattle

Just Listed! 2 large brand new high-style modern Dwell NW homes in highly desirable Columbia City Proper.

Public Open House hosted by the Brokers Susan Stasik & Sabranie Coyne of Windermere Real Estate. Sunday, December 8th.

3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms, family room, office area, rec room, entertainment deck, yards, garages and views!

Tucked away on a quiet residential street at 5031 43rd Ave S., Seattle $775,000

and 5033 43rd Ave S., Seattle $789,000.

5-Star Built Green & NW Energy Star verified. Stop by between 1-4 for an opportunity to tour these fabulous new homes and learn more about what Dwell has planned for 2014.

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Party at 5031 and 5033 43rd Ave S.!

Come celebrate with Dwell NW and Kenzi Partners this Thursday, December 5th from 3-7pm at a party at our two new 5-Star Built Green modern homes at 5031 & 5033 43rd Ave S. in ColumbiaCity! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and Cast Iron Studios while you check out the stylish finishes, spacious floor plans, decks and views. The Dwell NW team will be on hand to answer questions about these homes and upcoming Built Green & Passivhaus projects!  Check out the photo gallery here!

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Passive House Consultant Aaron Yankauskas Joins the Dwell Team!

We’re so proud and excited to announce that this November, Aaron Yankauskas-formerly of Brute Force Collaborative and one the consultants on our 1st Passive House-has come on board the Dwell team!  Aaron joins us as Project Manager and resident Passivhaus consultant and begins by overseeing the Green Lake project at N. 77th where you can see him pictured above.  Originally from Boston, Aaron attended Virginia Tech during which time he worked at an artictecture firm in Berlin where he collaborated on competitions as well as a library in Wildau.  His background includes working for both architects and builders, and his experience ranges from designing a brownstone renovation in Boston’s historic South End to working on the construction side.  Aaron is passionate about sustainable home building and will be leading Dwell to making Passive House the standard signature Dwell home!  Welcome Aaron!



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The countdown is on for 5031 & 5033 43rd Ave S. in Columbia City!

The countdown is on and we’re putting the finishing touches on 2 brand new energy efficient Dwell NW homes that live large, have hints of mid-Century Modern and great yards with room to breathe and play? Look for these fantastic Columbia City homes to hit the market right after Thanksgiving and please save the date for our ‘open house party Dec. 5th 3-7:00’.

Check back soon for more photos and details. Meanwhile here is a sneak peek.


Learn more about these homes on their profile page here



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Tour Dwell NW Homes Again This Sunday November 24th - Due to Popular Demand!

(pictured above: 3106 S Oregon St)

Last weekend’s open house was so successful we are holding another open house this Sunday, 11/24 from 1-4pm

Newly completed 5-Star Built Green Uber energy efficient high style modern homes for sale in Columbia City.

Open House Sun., Nov 17th 1:00-4:00

UNIT 5: 3106 S Oregon St - $529,950 - see more info here

Approx. 2,300 SF - 3 bd/2.5bth, large garage.
Expansive roof top deck. Signature Dwell upgrades.

See images of UNIT 5 below:


UNIT 9: 4460 31st Ave S. - $479,950 - see more info here

Approx. 1,900 SF – 3 bd/2.5 bth, parking.
Bonus room. Private grotto.

See images of UNIT 9 below:

 (pictured above: 4460 31st Ave S)

Stop by and see Susan, Sabranie & Ted to learn more about award winning Dwell NW

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