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Just Listed North Capitol Hill 2 Bedroom Condo with Balcony

May 7, 2017

Spacious, light-filled corner unit in the heart of Capitol Hill. Great views of Space Needle, Downtown, Elliott Bay, and the Olympics. Relaxing home with a fireplace, bamboo floors, balcony, and a gourmet galley kitchen with granite countertops, gorgeous cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Rooftop deck. W/D in unit. No rental cap. One parking space deeded with unit. Planned future upgrades to include new building exterior and gated parking lot. WalkScore of 95. Urban living at its best!  

705 E Republican St #304, Seattle 98102

2 beds/1 bath

For more information contact Chris Barnes at



Classic Madrona Craftsman

April 6, 2017

Just Listed! Classic Craftsman home tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in the desirable neighborhood of Madrona. Large 4 bedroom house is full of artisan details and comes with original fir floors, decorative staircase, tall ceilings, 2 fireplaces, ample living and dining rooms, box beam ceilings, beautiful sunroom, lush yard and partial city views. Workshop and photo darkroom area in basement. Walk to Lake Washington, nearby parks, and celebrated Madrona restaurant & retail.

758 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Open House Sat 4/8 12-4pm & Sun 4/9 1-4pm.

Offered at $849,950


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Walkable 2 Bedroom Condo in Beacon Hill with Fenced Yard

March 12, 2017

Beautiful 2bed unit w/ patio and fenced yard now available! Mins away from downtown Seattle and just steps to award-winning restaurants, cafes, the ID, Pioneer Sq & stadiums. Updated kitchen w/ granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, cozy wood-burning fireplace, and 2 parking spots in secure underground parking. Building includes outdoor pool, hot tub, community clubhouse, & no rental cap! Pet-friendly with off leash dog-park next door w/ amazing downtown & Mt views. Walker’s & Transit Paradise!

1311 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

#MLS 1086970

For more information contact Eva Otto 206.235.6925





The Future of Senior Housing is the Green

January 10, 2017

homefarm-by-spark-8-1020x610With an aging population of Baby Boomers in the USA, and aging populations in Japan and around the world, the need for senior housing is growing. That often means new construction, and in many cases developer’s are choosing to develop senior housing not only with green building practices, but also with sustainable socioeconomic factors such as combining senior housing with farming, youth rental agreements and childcare facilities. Green choices add to the health and well being of residents and sustainable, community factors add to the quality of life and happiness of residents.

What makes a senior housing facility green?

Sustainable Site – Choosing the place the building on the site to reduce disturbances to the natural habitat and soils.

Water efficiency – Reducing the amount of potable water that gets used in the building and adding water saving fixtures and features like greywater systems.

Energy efficiency – Reducing the amount of energy used in the building and attempting to maximize the use of renewable energy such as solar.

Materials & Resources – Reducing the amount of harvested resources from forests or mines in building construction and using salvaged materials or materials made from post-consumer waste and recycling.

Indoor environmental air-quality – Improve the indoor air quality of a building by providing proper ventilation and reducing the amount of building materials that have been treated with chemicals that continue to off-gas long after the building is constructed.

Innovation in design – Embellishing buildings with good design, innovation and art.

Walkability – Choosing a site that is close to other amenities so that residents can continue a healthy lifestyle of walking to the store, a cafe, or library.

Community/ Healthy Living Style – Fostering community and promoting activities that bring seniors together such as gardening, farming, exercise, dance, cooking and many other forms of intergenerational interaction.jenvironment_image_06

In Washington State, senior facilities are already beginning to focus on sustainability for their residents. The Green Village Retirement community in Federal Way, offers eco-friendly choices to it’s residents and promotes a natural way of living. They recycle, maintain a large lush grounds for residents to enjoy and provide individual gardens to each of the residents to promote health and wellness.g2

“From the beginning, we have focused on creating a breathtaking natural setting, and ensuring that our practices are as eco-friendly as possible – offering sustainability, and promoting a healthy green lifestyle.”

In Japan, planning for senior housing is a new concept, one that strives to incorporate seniors into multi-generational living. Senior housing is found in newer developments and construction. For example, to promote urban development to help Japan fulfill its commitment to tackling challenges for the future of the world Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City was formulated. The entire city will focus on energy savings and conservation, urban farming, CO2 Reduction, renewable energy, and sustainable design. Kashiwa-no-ha promotes health and wellness programs, the use of technology for monitoring health and health stations for residents to primarily focus on preventative medicine.

In 2016 Inhabitat reported on a visionary Homefarm concept that takes the best of urban sustainability and design and combines it with senior housing.3

“Architecture firm SPARK unveiled Homefarm, a visionary design that tackles food security and elder care challenges in one fell swoop. Presented at the World Architecture Festival, the conceptual proposal combines urban retirement housing with vertical urban farming into a live-farm typology that’s beautiful, productive, and empowering for its residents. In addition to its aquaponic vertical farming system, the eco-conscious Homefarm also includes a roof garden, fruits and vegetable marketplace, and biomass power plant.”5


This concept was in part developed to address Singapore’s growing aging population, and includes apartments up to four bedrooms to allow for the tradition of multi-generational housing. The farms are to help the seniors maintain an active life, where they can part a community, and protect against depression, dementia as well as promote self-esteem and worth. “Spark director Stephen Pimbley told Dezeen. The vertical farm also addresses food security in a country where 90 percent of food is imported. Spark hopes to build the first Homefarm in Kuala Lumpur by 2018, with plans to build additional units in Singapore and other Asian cities.”


Another trend in senior housing in both the US and Europe is to invite college aged students to live with seniors to eliminate or reduce their housing fees. Many students are struggling to get by, and having subsidized housing and interaction with seniors, they report is a huge benefit. in NYC, Cleveland and many countries in Europe such as Finland.

Cohousing is another sustainable green model for seniors. LivingCohusing SL put this conceptual video together in Spanish to show the viability of leaving a solitary life of aging for a community life. Very cool!

For more information about Green Living or Green Senior Living contact Eva Otto at




Lunch & Learn Real Estate Series

October 20, 2016

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Woodinville Modern Retrofit with Eco-Friendly Udpates

September 20, 2016


001This classic 1977 modern Woodinville home stands proud on a shy acre. Soaring ceilings and light-filled windows look out to a beautiful fenced backyard with hazelnut, apple & pear trees along with berry, veggie & garden beds. Solid construction updated with eco/energy efficiency upgrades. This serene property is close to nature trails, outstanding Woodinville schools, major employers & transit hubs.

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, home: 2900 ft, lot: 38,000 sf
Offered at $599,950.

JOIN OUR OPEN HOUSE SAT 9/17 & SUN 9/18 11-2pm
19086 194th Ave NE, Woodinville 98077 MLS#1029692

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Private Retreat in Bellevue

July 27, 2016


JOIN OUR OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY July 30th 11am-2pm and SUNDAY July 31st 12noon-3pm

13610 NE 48th Place, Bellevue 98005

Just listed secluded home on a private lane in excellent Bellevue location.

Smartly updated w/new roof, carpet, tile, new paint in & out makes this move-in ready.

Open living spaces with vaulted ceilings, large windows and skylights connect you to the beautiful landscaping. A bright kitchen w/SS appliances looks out onto the entertainment sized deck. The large master suite includes a sitting area & fireplace, new granite, tile shower, large walk-in closet and extensive built-in cabinetry/storage. 3 car garage. Bellevue Schools & close to Bridle Trails Park and Microsoft.

For more information contact Chris Barnes @