Open House Date and Time:
Sunday, August 26, 1-4pm
1914 NW 96th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
Coffee Shop of Choice: Starbucks down on Holman Road near the QFC.
Favorite Restaurant in the Area: There are a lot of restaurants we would go to on a regular basis, but probably the most unique and one we used a lot for celebration dinners was the Kasbah Moroccan restaurant on 85th & 15th. It has a D’Yaffa feast that is 5 courses – great for groups and no one goes home hungry.
Favorite Places to Go: Downtown Ballard for movies, restaurants, the library & some shopping. We also would go to Soundview Park for their playground. Golden Gardens & Carkeek Park are on the water and not far away for low tide exploration & Christmas ship watching.
Best Features of the Home: The coved ceilings, arches & textured plaster walls in the living & dining rooms. They really capture the period charm of the home.
Favorite Room: The kitchen – it definitely is the gathering place for the house. When we have parties, people are always hanging out with us in the kitchen while we get everything ready. It’s been completely remodeled so there is lots of room for food prep and the double oven is probably one of the favorite things we put in as it made cooking for large groups much easier.
Any Remodeling Since Last Sale Price: Every room in the house has been remodeled to some level since we moved in. We bought the house from the original owner, so not much had been done in the last 30 years or so. In the kitchen we added a lot more counter & cabinet space and a dishwasher. We added a bathroom upstairs with a clawfoot tub –its’ really relaxing and our toddler loves taking baths in it. The living room & dining room had the hardwoods refinished & are freshly painted. Even the basement got some updates with new plumbing, electrical panel & a sump pump.
Most Romantic Spot: Probably under the giant rhododendron in our backyard. We’d always thought of putting a little bench there, but never quite got around to it.
What’s in the Neighborhood: The neighborhood is a great residential area, with a nice mix of neighbors who have been there a long time & some newer neighbors, including kids our daughter’s age & older kids who can babysit. Swanson’s nursery is just up the hill. There are two schools (Whitman Middle School & North Beach Elementary) that are close by, plus an entrance to Carkeek Park at the end of Mary Avenue off of 100th. There’s also a wooded area down on 24th near the elementary school that has some walking trails & makes you forget you’re in the city.
What I Will Miss the Most: Coming home from work and seeing the Olympics & the Sound as you drive up to the house. It was always so calming when I would drive up, especially at sunset or when the weather is really nice & the sailboats are racing at the bottom of the hill.