W[REPORT] https://getthewreport.com Blog Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:58:00 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://i0.wp.com/getthewreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-site_icon-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 W[REPORT] https://getthewreport.com 32 32 156950321 Lifestyle Northwest – Winter 2019 https://getthewreport.com/windermere-news/lifestyle-northwest-winter-2019/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:57:52 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2229

The Fall 2019 edition of Lifestyle Northwest by Windermere Real Estate featuring homes for sale in waterfront and island communities throughout Puget Sound is now available!

Read the online version below or click here to download.

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Keeping Families Warm from Head to Toe https://getthewreport.com/windermere-news/keeping-families-warm-from-head-to-toe/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 18:28:40 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2215

Windermere is in its fourth season of helping #TackleHomelessness with the Seattle Seahawks!

Each year, as part of that campaign, Windermere hosts a “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive for a local non-profit. This year, we are collecting warm winter gear for our new non-profit partner, Mary’s Place, an organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.

We are asking for donations of NEW hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks for all genders and sizes.

From October 14 through November 8, you can drop off donations at our participating Windermere Real Estate and Property Management offices in King and Snohomish Counties. Once the drive is over, our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company — our winter drive partner for the past three years — will once again generously donate their time and trucks to pick up the donations collected by our offices, to deliver to Mary’s Place.

Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. Across eight emergency family shelters in King County, they keep struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go. But shelter capacity is limited and there are still hundreds of families sleeping outside in cars and tents each night. Please help them stay warm during the cold winter months by dropping off your donations to our participating offices. 

Feel free to contact your Windermere agent or local office for more information, or email justask@windermere.com.

Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog.

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WINDERMERE TO PRESENT TO CHINA’S ELITES THE BEST OF SEATTLE REAL ESTATE AT LPS SHANGHAI 2019 https://getthewreport.com/windermere-news/windermere-to-present-to-chinas-elites-the-best-of-seattle-real-estate-at-lps-shanghai-2019/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:37:04 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2209

With a network of 300 offices and more than 6,500 agents throughout the Western United States, Windermere Real Estate is an expert in the Seattle real estate market.​

The company has confirmed its participation to LPS Shanghai 2019 and will welcome Chinese investors at its booth C36 on December 6-8, 2019, at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

“The United States has always been one of the most popular destinations at LPS Shanghai, said Mr. Olivier de Treglode, the Founder & CEO of LPS. This year, we are happy to present more and more American cities and states at the show, with Seattle joining the already impressive line-up of American cities confirmed to exhibit at the show.”

A team of senior property experts from Seattle will be flying to Shanghai to meet with Chinese investors.

For more information about Seattle luxury residential properties, visit Windermere’s booth C36 during LPS Shanghai 2019 on Dec 6-8 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

KEY FACTS ABOUT LPS SHANGHAI 2019

– December 6-8, 2019 | each day from 10:00 to 18:00
– 20th edition of LPS
– 250+ exhibitors
– 300+ official media and partners
– Official website: http://shanghai.lps-china.com
– Organizers: The Luxury Properties Showcase Ltd.
– Inquiries: info@lps-china.com

This article originally appeared on shanghai.lps-china.com

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Neighbor In The Know https://getthewreport.com/windermere-news/neighbor-in-the-know/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:27:41 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2192

The best place to see the sunset in Kirkland

Kirkland isn’t just Costco’s brand name- it’s got imaginative coffee shops, a charming downtown and incredible sunsets. Join Windermere Real Estate agent, Sheri Putzke, and King 5 Evening and explore this picturesque neighborhood.

These West Seattle spots are worth a drive over the bridge

West Seattle has lots of amazing sights and sounds to experience- so get over your fear of the bridge and come on over! Explore this charming Seattle area with Windermere Real Estate agent, Larry Johnson, and King 5 Evening.

Mercer Island is a slice of island life close to the big city of Seattle

Mercer Island tends to slip under the radar- but don’t sleep on this quiet, friendly island! Join Windermere Real Estate agent, Charlie Sirianni, and King 5 Evening and explore this secret, sleepy oasis between two packed cities.

Exploring the tiny town of Beaux Arts

With a private beach, towering trees and rich history, this tiny town has big personality. Explore this hidden Eastside oasis with Windermere Real Estate agent, Randy Ginn, and King 5 Evening.

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The Gardner Report – Third Quarter 2019 https://getthewreport.com/the-state-of-real-estate/the-gardner-report-third-quarter-2019/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:30:33 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2176

The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere agent.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Washington State employment has softened slightly to an annual growth rate of 2%, which is still a respectable number compared to other West Coast states and the country as a whole. In all, I expect that Washington will continue to add jobs at a reasonable rate though it is clear that businesses are starting to feel the effects of the trade war with China and this is impacting hiring practices. The state unemployment rate was 4.6%, marginally higher than the 4.4% level of a year ago. My most recent economic forecast suggests that statewide job growth in 2019 will rise by 2.2%, with a total of 88,400 new jobs created.

HOME SALES

  • There were 22,685 home sales during the third quarter of 2019, representing a slight increase of 0.8% from the same period in 2018 and essentially at the same level as in the second quarter.
  • Listing activity — which rose substantially from the middle of last year — appears to have settled down. This is likely to slow sales as there is less choice in the market.
  • Compared to the third quarter of 2018, sales rose in five counties, remained static in one, and dropped in nine. The greatest growth was in Skagit and Clallam counties. Jefferson, Kitsap, and Cowlitz counties experienced significant declines.
  • The average number of homes for sale rose 11% between the second and third quarters. However, inventory is 14% lower than in the same quarter of 2018. In fact, no county contained in this report had more homes for sale in the third quarter than a year ago.

HOME PRICES

  • Home price growth in Western Washington notched a little higher in the third quarter, with average prices 4.2% higher than a year ago. The average sales price in Western Washington was $523,016. It is worth noting, though, that prices were down 3.3% compared to the second quarter of this year.
  • Home prices were higher in every county except Island, though the decline there was very small.
  • When compared to the same period a year ago, price growth was strongest in Grays Harbor County, where home prices were up 22%. San Juan, Jefferson, and Cowlitz counties also saw double-digit price increases.
  • Affordability issues are driving buyers further out which is resulting in above-average price growth in outlying markets. I expect home prices to continue appreciating as we move through 2020, but the pace of growth will continue to slow.

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home dropped one day when compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Thurston County was the tightest market in Western Washington, with homes taking an average of only 20 days to sell. There were six counties where the length of time it took to sell a home dropped compared to the same period a year ago. Market time rose in six counties, while two counties were unchanged.
  • Across the entire region, it took an average of 38 days to sell a home in the third quarter. This was down 3 days compared to the second quarter of this year.
  • Market time remains below the long-term average across the region and this trend is likely to continue until more inventory comes to market, which I do not expect will happen until next spring.

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. I am leaving the needle in the same position as the first and second quarters, as demand appears to still be strong.

The market continues to benefit from low mortgage rates. The average 30-year fixed rates is currently around 3.6% and is unlikely to rise significantly anytime soon. Even as borrowing costs remain very competitive, it’s clear buyers are not necessarily jumping at any home that comes on the market. Although it’s still a sellers’ market, buyers have become increasingly price-conscious which is reflected in slowing home price growth.

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog.

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Seattle’s median household income tops $93K https://getthewreport.com/local-economy/seattles-median-household-income-tops-93k/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:00:44 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2089

The median income in Seattle reached more than $93,000 in 2018, jumping by close to $7,000 from the previous year, according to data released this week.

The data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the median household income in Seattle was $93,481. Still, thousands of individuals in Seattle were making far less — with many earning amounts making it nearly impossible to afford the cost of living in the city.

The data showed of the 338,002 households analyzed, more than 19,000 were making less than $10,000. Another 27,621 households were making between $10,000 and $24,999 a year. About 20% of households in Seattle were making $34,999 or less per year.

On the other end, close to 100,000 households were making between $100,000 and $199,999 with more than 60,000 households making$200,000 or more a year.

The data found the median income in Seattle was far above the national median income, which was at $61,937 in 2018. Nationally, between 2017 and 2018, the median income increased by less than 1%. The median income in Washington was just more than $74,000. The poverty rate in Washington also declined slightly to 10.3% between 2017 and 2018, according to the data.

Among black households in Seattle, the median income was just $42,527 — far less than the median income among all households in the city. About 17% of the nearly 20,000 black households tracked made below $10,000 in 2018, according to the data. About 45% of black households made less than $34,999. About 20% of black households made $100,000 or more.

Of the more than 641,000 individuals over the age of 16, 470,517 were in the labor force, according to the report, and 17,000 were counted as unemployed. More than 170,000 were not in the work force.

The census data shows a wide range of incomes, representing individuals living in poverty and those making far above the median income.

A report released last month also showed Seattle ranks near the top for most expensive cities in the country.

According to a study released late last month, Seattle was ranked the seventh most expensive U.S. city to live in. A cost of living study published by The Council for Community and Economic Research on the second quarter of 2019, found Seattle ranked below cities including New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The city had previously ranked fifth in the index. The study uses research on the cost of “housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.”

Seattle and King County have recently been trying to address issues of housing and affordability, putting forth various solutions and proposing new affordable housing units. Officials have also grappled with how to provide housing and services for the more than 11,000 homeless individuals living in King County.

This was originally posted on seattle pi by Becca Savransky.

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Redmond ranks high on list of nation’s Best Places to Live https://getthewreport.com/local-economy/redmond-ranks-high-on-list-of-nations-best-places-to-live/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:00:08 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2095

Every day, nearly 40,000 Microsoft employees report to the tech giant’s headquarters in Redmond for work. Luckily for them, and also the employees from Nintendo, AT&T, Honeywell, and other companies with a heavy Redmond presence, they don’t have to go far to find a great place to live.

The Seattle suburb on the northern shore of Lake Sammamish is especially attractive to families, with access to excellent schools (the graduation rate is 92% and students consistently perform well on standardized tests), an abundance of shops and restaurants, and a tranquil location that makes it easy to get away from it all. Residents can spend their days paddling through Lake Sammamish in a kayak, going rock climbing at the nearby Marymoor Park, or celebrating with their neighbors at Derby Days, a summer carnival that celebrated its 79th year in July. Redmond’s close proximity to Seattle is a boon, too: Washington’s largest city is only 15 miles away by car, or about 50 minutes using public transportation.

Redmond’s large share of high-paying jobs — the city’s median household income is slightly over $120,000 — does mean homes are on the pricier end of the spectrum. The average home sold for $763,628 in 2018. That said, if Redmond winds up being the place for you, you won’t be alone if you decide to lease, since 43% of Redmond’s housing stock is occupied by renters, according to Synergos Technologies, which provides demographic statistics for MONEY’s analysis. — Shaina Mishkin

This was originally posted on Money.com by Shaina Mishkin, Prachi Bhardwaj, Olivia Raimonde, and Chloe Wilt

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Hipsturbia and other real estate trends for 2020 https://getthewreport.com/the-state-of-real-estate/hipsturbia-and-other-real-estate-trends-for-2020/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:59:02 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2101

The Urban Land Institute and PwC have just released the real estate industry’s widely anticipated industry forecast, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020. The report indicates that while real estate economists are tempering their views on economic growth in the United States, they continue to forecast steady real estate markets and returns through 2021.  

The outlook remains generally upbeat amid an escalation of the U.S.-China trade war, volatility in global financial markets and the inverted yield curve for U.S. Treasury bonds, which is among the most consistent recession indicators.

In spite of these headwinds, the forecast cites adaptability to change along with discipline as key factors in the industry’s ability to withstand an economic downturn and the possibility of softer real estate demand in the years ahead.

The report states, “Reinforcing the optimism about real estate’s ability to withstand a recession is satisfaction that the property sector’s discipline in this recovery means that ‘this time it won’t be our fault’ if the economy falters. Any warning signs are arising from causes that real estate has little control over.” 

The findings suggest that a willingness to embrace change and rethink growth strategies is beneficial for cities as well as the industry. Austin, the capital of Texas, is ranked first out of 80 cities in the U.S. for overall real estate prospects for 2020, followed by Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Nashville; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Boston. Other favorites for 2020 include Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

Multifamily and single-family housing are highly favored as housing needs continue to change for Millennials and Baby Boomers. Less favorable are office space, hotels and retail, with the latter receiving the lowest ranking.

Rental apartments are feeling the squeeze: The housing affordability crisis is coming to a head, inhibiting employers seeking workforce housing and prompting city officials to change zoning laws. 

High-cost markets such as Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, cite affordability as a critical issue and not just for lower-income households. “The missing middle — medium-density housing filling a key market niche as well as the affordability gap — is a concern in those markets, as it is for San Diego and Jacksonville, as well as for Cleveland and Detroit,” the report states.

Extreme heat and real estate: Without intervention, extreme heat will adversely impact real estate investments, the report states. For buildings, high temperatures in urban areas increase building cooling load by 13%. Moreover, extreme heat worsens wildfires, drought, and air pollution and decreases electrical grid stability.

Extreme heat will also affect tenant and consumer preferences. “Changing temperatures mean changing thermal and energy needs, affecting building design or leading to costly retrofits,” according to the report.

Co-living: Affordability has reached the breaking point even in markets that previously boasted of low-cost housing. One attempt to address the problem is a rise in co-living arrangements among older as well as younger generations. There is even a pop-culture reference for this trend: the “Golden Girls” model.

Anita Kramer, senior vice president at the Urban Land Institute Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate and a co-author of the report, said not only does co-living have financial benefits but it also creates community.

“It’s very important especially as technology has made us more isolated,” she said. “I think people are looking for more ways to connect back to community. Co-living could be one of them, and at the same time, be another approach to finding affordable housing.”

Hipsturbia: The live-work-play districts that spurred 24-hour or even 18-hour downtowns in the 1990s have spread to many suburban communities, which are seeking to become hip destinations, or “hipsturbs” in their own right. The key to success: transit access, walkability and abundant retail, restaurant and recreation options.     

“There are suburbs that have great transit or are just very accessible to cities, so there’s a connection,” said Kramer. “You can’t be a suburb of nowhere, so it makes sense that where there are very successful urban cores, there can also be nearby successful suburban cores that provide the same type of environment. And just by proximity, they are viewed as another place to be and not being out in the middle of nowhere.”

She added, “The segment that was very much attracted to urban living was large enough that it really made  an impact in revitalizing cities. Then the question is what were those people going to be doing when they finally created households and had children.” 

Boomers and beyond: Baby Boomers are expected to stay active while living longer, which has positive implications for housing demand in downtowns and hipsturbs, as well as workplaces as many may choose to keep working or pursue second careers.

A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024.

“It’s not a matter of turning 65 and just having a longer decline period,” said Kramer. “It’s a matter of getting older and being productive and participating in the workforce or participating in the economy.” 

A community state of mind. Demand is rising for communities in which a sense of place is created organically through sharing common interests and values, rather than concocted through prescribed programming and business goals.

ESG: A sustainable trend. There is a growing commitment to the tenets of ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles among corporations in general and real estate in particular. Sustainability evaluation is becoming a checklist item for institutional investors domestically and worldwide. Strong interest by Millennials in environmentally and socially conscious business practices is a major factor driving this trend.

Infrastructure: Real estate professionals unwilling to wait for a federal solution to America’s urgent infrastructure needs can look to states and localities that are committed to improved infrastructure as a foundation for economic growth.

Easing on down the road: Confidence is one thing, complacency is another. At least some serious attention should be given to the prospects for an extended downshifting in the economy and its implications for commercial property demand in the decade ahead, the report finds.

The siren call of TINA (there is no alternative): The urge to deploy capital just because it is available is more a tendency than a trend, and one that is best avoided. “A surfeit of capital desperately seeking placement is the very definition of a bubble that remains unrecognized until it bursts,” notes the report.

A new menu for markets: Specialization has become the hallmark of real estate, drawing investors to different types of markets for different reasons.

March of technology: Technology is affecting all property types, most obviously retail and industrial. Property managers are turning to technology solutions for productivity enhancements and improved operational efficiency. In addition, demand is increasing from occupants and capital sources for technological sophistication across all sectors.

This was originally posted on Forbes.com by Brenda Richardson

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UW’s Burke Museum: a new model for museum design https://getthewreport.com/architecture/uws-burke-museum-a-new-model-for-museum-design/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:58:10 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2108

The new Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture only moved about 400 feet from where the previous facility stood for 55 years, but it represents a bold progression in museum design.

Tom Kundig, principal and owner of Olson Kundig, designed the new Burke Museum. As a UW student, Kundig knew the original Burke as an introverted campus building. Its prime location at the northwest corner of campus aspired to link the UW with the surrounding community. Instead the museum’s architectural language turned inward, its entrance hard to identify and the surrounding parking lot uninviting.

When he interviewed for the project in summer 2009, Kundig was already envisioning a building with a more significant presence. Reorienting the Burke along the site’s 15th Avenue edge, he reasoned, would allow for a larger museum. The move would also create a new outdoor space for the Burke and surrounding UW buildings, and help the museum more directly engage with off-campus neighbors.

His ideas resonated with Burke Museum Executive Director Dr. Julie K. Stein, who dreamed of a facility that displayed more of the museum’s collections and operations. Stein’s vision for the new Burke established two parallel agendas: an open and inviting “inside-out” museum where delicate artifacts would still be protected and safely stored.

“We had to do more than just build a bigger box with good air conditioning,” Stein says. “People’s reactions to going behind the scenes are magic. We had to do something to create that magic for everyone who visits the Burke, not just the select few who get a behind-the-scenes tour.”

Despite a clear guiding vision and community support, the new Burke Museum progressed slowly for several years. Mary Dunnam (a past president of the museum’s board) and Ellen Ferguson (co-chair of the campaign for the New Burke) helped Stein shepherd the project through bureaucratic hurdles and funding freezes.

“It got dicey, but they were never rattled,” Kundig says. “The tireless perseverance and optimism of these three women is the reason this museum exists.”

After nearly a decade of work — spanning design, fundraising, construction and methodological transfer of the Burke’s collections — the new facility opens to the public on Oct. 12.

Photo by Dennis Wise courtesy of Burke Museum

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION

The architecture of the Burke Museum merges quiet form with ultra-efficient function. Simple floor plans provide 66% more area for ongoing research and display of the museum’s 16 million artifacts, with controlled areas for sensitive pieces or items not available for public view. Each space is designed for flexibility, giving the museum the ability to adjust to the changing needs of its inventory.

“As an active collection museum, the Burke is moving and growing all the time,” Kundig says. “So we designed its new building to be easy to rearrange and reorganize as collections grow and shift inside, as well as for potential future expansion.”

The Burke Museum’s quiet architecture nevertheless makes a big impact, thanks to widespread interior transparency. The open, linear dimensions of the Burke’s floor plan allow visitors to easily navigate collections, following a natural progression through museum spaces. A large central atrium capped by an intelligent View Dynamic Glass skylight floods the interior with daylight without exposing collections to sun damage.

Throughout the museum, traditional barriers between museum visitor and researcher are dissolved; instead almost every part of the Burke’s ongoing work is exposed as part of a holistic visitor experience. Research labs, which allow visitors to engage directly with working researchers, coexist across the museum with display collections by exhibit designer Evidence Design.

Extensive collaboration with tribal and indigenous communities throughout design and exhibit planning — including a Native American advisory board made up of statewide tribal leaders — helps this increased public access to collections remain respectful and culturally sensitive.

Kundig calls this a “Swiss cheese” strategy: “We’ve poked holes into various parts and pieces of the Burke,” he says. “But there are still opaque, protected areas for pieces of the collection that it isn’t safe or appropriate to display.”

VIEWS OUT, VIEWS IN

The Burke Museum hopes that allowing guests to take part in the process of scientific discovery will inspire them to consider their own personal connections to the natural world. The building provides opportunities to make these connections literal. From the cafe, a 24-foot-by-20-foot pivoting window wall opens directly onto the new Burke Yard. Led by Shannon Nichol of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the Burke Yard provides a multipurpose event space and thousands of native plants, revitalizing the site of the old Burke.

The building’s exterior design centers the Burke Museum within its cultural and environmental context. The Burke’s sloping roofline nods to a shed roof as it follows the topography of 15th Avenue Northeast, linking the building to its surrounding landscape. Tall, narrow windows echo the straight vertical lines of cedar and fir forests across the Pacific Northwest. The sustainable Kebony siding recalls the traditional houses of western Washington’s native communities and will similarly silver as it ages.

Visual transparency enhances the Burke’s connections to the surrounding community, as well. From the museum’s interior, large windows provide views out to the University District landscape, allowing visitors to orient themselves as they progress through collections. Dual entrances open to both the campus and city, explicitly welcoming both populations.

Likewise, views into the museum from the street expose the ongoing work of the museum to passersby. This porous visual exchange helps to reestablish the Burke — the state’s oldest public museum — as a public asset. It’s also an effective way to draw guests through the door, already anticipating increased pedestrian traffic when the U District light rail station opens in 2021.

“I think of the Burke as a natural history library where you can peek through the window and see what’s on the shelves,” Kundig says. “You see something cool, so you come inside and have access to the items that interest you. From there you make connections to other areas of study also housed within the museum. The Burke empowers you to follow the threads of your own curiosity.”

This was originally posted on Daily Journal of Commerce by Cate O’ Toolej / Olson Kundig.

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Seattle’s most haunted places https://getthewreport.com/architecture/seattles-most-haunted-places/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:57:27 +0000 https://getthewreport.com/?p=2112

It’s no surprise that Seattle is full of spooky and creepy spots that are supposedly haunted. Given the many rises and falls in Seattle’s history, it’s only reasonable that there’d to be some residual energy stirring.

You’ve probably heard of some of them—whether you saw them on TV, visited them on a ghost tour, or listened to some late-night whispers. Kells Pub in Pike Place Market and Hotel Sorrento have been featured nationally as infamous haunts.

But there’s also quite a few places you might not be familiar with. Have you visited the spot where the Martha Washington School for Girls once stood? Noticed any weirdness around some train-cars-turned-restaurant in Sodo?

Check out one of these 17 haunted spots we’ve mapped, including hotels, bars, and theaters. Happy haunting, everyone.

Looking for an overnight trip with some ghosts? Here’s a list of just hotels with paranormal guests.

Want to make an adventure out of it? These spooky hikes are ready for some paranormal exploration.

1. University Heights Center

Nowadays this place is a community center, but back in the day it was a school, home to a young boy who may still roam the hallways. Strange noises, children’s laughter, and other curious sounds are said to be heard here often—even when no children are present. Website

5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

2. The former Harvard Exit Theatre

It’s now the Mexican consulate and other office space, but there’s no telling whether the recent remodel of the Harvard Exit sent any ghosts packing—or woke up any new ones. During its time as a theater, it was a popular destination for people searching for the paranormal.

807 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102

3. Canterbury Ale House

Word is that a man shot and killed inside could at some point be seen inside one of the mirrors at Canterbury Ale and Eats. Since its remodel a few years ago, who knows where that ghost hangs out now. Website

534 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

4. Re-Bar

Legend has it that the Re-Bar in the downtown/Denny Triangle area has two ghosts: one leather daddy that enjoys messing with the bar’s AV equipment, and a woman who owned the bar in the 1930s and died in the building. With development rampant in the area, Re-Bar is rapidly becoming one of its neighborhood’s oldest (and littlest) buildings—who knows what all those changes have stirred up. Website

1114 Howell St
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Hotel Ändra

The supernatural guests at Belltown’s Andra may be more than ninety years old, but they still know how to party. Some report jazz blasting from the ninth floor accompanied by noises of breaking glass. The noise is immediately silenced when anyone ventures to the ninth floor to investigate.

Another frequent occurrence is the sighting of a woman wearing 1930s clothing. She commonly appears when guests are laying in bed and once spotted fades away. She is believed to be a former hotel employee who fell to her death from a hotel window in the 1960s. Website

Hotel Ändra, 2000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Mayflower Park Hotel Seattle

Throughout the years sightings of a supernatural “greeter” have been reported. In multiple, unrelated incidents, guests have reported disturbances while staying in room 1120. One guest staying in the room told the Seattle Times“I feel as if someone is in there with me.” Website

405 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Kells Irish Restaurant

Kells been called the most haunted bar in America. There’s a fantastic backstory: The Butterworth Building used to be a mortuary and the pub is in the basement, which the bar’s owner says was once the embalming room. While many ghosts are said to appear here, the two main attractions are the little girl with red hair and “Charlie,” who is said to appear in the Guinness mirror (of course). Website

1916 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Hotel Sorrento

Alice B. Toklas was credited with the invention of pot brownies back in 1954. Today she is credited with roaming the halls of The Sorrento Hotel, specifically the fourth floor, and even more specifically in and around room 408. Website

900 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Can Can

Located below-grade in Pike Place Market, it would be no surprise if the Can Can is haunted. And there are legends to back that up: One night, a bartender at the Can Can blew out all the candles, went out for a smoke, and came back in to find all the candles lit again. One neighbor said his daughter used to talk to a young apparition that would appear outside her window. Website

94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Il Bistro

Glasses have been known to go flying off the shelves behind the bar for no reason here. Some say there’s a ghost who lives in the mirror in the dining room and likes to show up in photographs that you only notice later. Levent also speaks of a lady who floats through the hallway. Perhaps it’s the same woman?

A few ghosts have been known to throw glassware and cutlery about, too—apparently just to keep us on our toes. Website

93 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

11. The Arctic Club Seattle

The Arctic Club Hotel will always be known as the building where two-term U.S. Congressional Representative Marion Zioncheck leaped to his death from his fifth-story office window. It’s said that even today, sometimes the elevator rises to the fifth floor for no reason. Guests report unexplained cool breezes and hear phantom footsteps. Website

700 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Merchant’s Cafe and Saloon

One lady of the night has been making her presence known in this former brothel in recent years. Strange encounters have supposedly included slamming doors, moving objects, restroom faucets that appear to turn on and off without assistance, and the sighting of a full-on apparition. Website

109 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Cadillac Hotel

Formerly a hotel, this building is now home to the Gold Rush National Park. And it’s that legacy as Gold Rush-era lodging that earns it that haunted reputation—built in 1889, it’s one of the oldest buildings in Seattle, built right on the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire.

Some claim they’ve seen apparitions wandering in this building’s upper floors. Others have reported strange feelings of a ghostly presence in elevator and occasional strange noises. But even more haunting are the reports of hearing a woman and child crying way into all hours of the night. Rumor has it that she was a single mother who took her and her child’s life after being evicted during financially difficult times. Website

168 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

14. West Seattle High School

A former student supposedly died by suicide here in 1924, although nobody’s been able to back that up. Regardless, people claim to have seen her ghost roaming both the halls of the school and Hiawatha Park next door. Website

3000 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

15. Orient Express Restaurant and Lounge

Orient Express, formerly Andy’s Diner, is located in a series of real, retired train cars in Sodo, including a car formerly belonging to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It’s been rumored to be haunted for quite some time—and supposedly, when someone who didn’t believe in the ghost took over the establishment, the spirit got pretty mad, going so far as to explode lights over the owner’s head. Website

2963 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

16. The Martha Washington School for Girls

The Martha Washington School for Girls, built in 1921, educated wards of King County Juvenile Court and girls that regular public schools couldn’t handle. The school shut down in 1957, and the next two tenants—a couple of other alternative schools—only stuck around for about a year each.

The building spent a long time abandoned, during which the building was the subject of a lot of “vandalism and neighborhood complaints.” Rumor has it that included animal sacrifice.

Although the buildings were demolished and it’s now the site of Martha Washington Park, paranormal events supposedly continue to occur there, especially around the old trees that were planted by some of the original residents of the school.

6612 57th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

17. Moore Theatre

The Moore Theatre, now a venue operated by Seattle Theater Group, might seem a little haunted just from its age—it was built in 1907. But it’s also literally built on top of a graveyard. Supposedly settler graves were removed… the ones they could find. Website

1932 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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