Introducing New Team Members: Larry Ahrens and Chanell Williams-Beamont

24 March 2015
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Larry

Chanell

Chanell

McAvoy Real Estate is thrilled to announce the two newest additions to our team! Larry Ahrens, as sales associate, and Chanell Williams-Beaumont, as sales coordinator, will join the sales team for LUMA, a new 168-condominium community under construction in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. LUMA’s sales center is scheduled to open in April.

Most recently, Ahrens was community sales manager for TeamBuilder NW, representing the homebuilder MainVue Homes. He has also worked as a community sales manager for Schnitzer West, LLC, Windermere OnSITE and Miller Condominium Marketing. Some of the Seattle condominium communities he has marketed include Ballard Place, Meridian, Gallery, Luxe and The Marq. In addition, he was MainVue Homes’ top-grossing broker and was nominated for Sales Person of the Year in 2013 by the New Home Council. Ahrens has a Bachelor of Science in education, cum laude from Miami University in Ohio.

Williams-Beaumont comes to McAvoy Real Estate from Coldwell Banker Bain, where she was administrative assistant. Her resume also includes working as client service coordinator for Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Investments Services in Encino, California and Operations Coordinator for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty in Seattle. Williams-Beaumont is originally from Santa Monica, California.

“I am thrilled to have Larry and Chanell join our team at LUMA and McAvoy Real Estate. Their extensive experience in the Seattle real estate market complements our service offerings and allows us to provide our clients with even greater customer service and expertise,” says McAvoy Real Estate Principal Julie McAvoy.

Welcome aboard, Larry and Chanell!

Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2015

12 February 2015
Julie McAvoy with Opening Night event co-chair, Sherrey Luetjen

Julie McAvoy with Opening Night event co-chair, Sherrey Luetjen

The annual Opening Night Party & Auction for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show was held on Tuesday night. This event is the most important fundraiser for the Arboretum Foundation and their programs. This year I had the honor of co-chairing the event with Sherrey Luetjen (photographed above). The evening was filled with delicious food, wine, live music, a host of fun attendees, and an exclusive preview of the Garden Show’s spectacular romance-themed exhibits.

The show opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday. A festive downtown Seattle Valentine’s activity! The City Living and Floral Competition may be of particular interest if you have an urban space that needs some jazzing up for spring. They’ll show you how to blend art with functionality for your balcony or patio. Click here to learn more, view the largest roster of free horticulture seminars in the world, and buy your tickets today.

Seattle Museum Month

22 January 2015

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We recently learned about Seattle Museum Month, and we feel compelled to share! Visit Seattle is sponsoring this inaugural celebration of Seattle arts and culture, where hotel guests receive half-priced admission to more than 40 museums during the month of February. Since we know most Seattle-ites are not thinking or planning past Super Bowl XLIX (#GoHawks), we’re here to provide our top 5 reasons for getting this fantastic event on your calendar:

  1. It is true that you need to be staying at one of the 54 participating hotels to enjoy this deal. This can be resolved with one simple step: get out of the winter doldrums and be a Seattle tourist for the night!
  2. Swanky downtown hotel + dinner on the town + cultural experience = pretty much the perfect Valentine’s weekend.
  3. We know you’ve been meaning to check out Chihuly Garden & Glass. The time is February.
  4. The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) includes exhibits and programming for all ages. Continue to stay warm and dry after your visit with a coffee, drink or meal overlooking Lake Union Park at the in-house Compass Café.
  5. You’ll need something to do while waiting for the Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade 2015. For a complete list of participating museums, click here, and enjoy!

Coming Up, On First Hill

25 November 2014

Luma groundbreaking was officially celebrated on November 3.

Earlier this month, we announced the groundbreaking for LUMA (photo above), the 24-story condominium tower at 1321 Seneca Street. This is the first condo high-rise to be built on First Hill since 1982. While this news alone is momentous, it seems we’ve since heard a windfall of exciting coming-ups for this vibrant neighborhood.

One of the biggest announcements came from Whole Foods, who recently released plans for their ninth store in the region at the corner of Broadway and Madison. Just two blocks from LUMA and right along the soon-to-be First Hill Streetcar line, this is fantastic news for organic, local food lovers — on First Hill and beyond. And with the recent arrival in Seattle of one of the streetcars, it looks like riders will begin using this First Hill line in early 2015. Six cars total are set to serve the line, which travels down Broadway toward Seattle University then heads toward the International District and Pioneer Square.

And last but not least — though the stately Sorrento Hotel is certainly not new to the neighborhood, this iconic building is planning a “hip pike/pine-style makeover” to commence early next year. Even First Hill’s Town Hall will undergo a major restoration in preparation for it’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Undoubtedly, it’s an exciting time for First Hill!

Here’s Your Chance to Pike Up! We are.

30 October 2014
Future view of the MarketFront looking east from the current site of the Viaduct. Design by The Miller Hull Partnership.

Future view of the MarketFront looking east from the current site of the Viaduct. Design by The Miller Hull Partnership.

Hands down one of our favorite places to visit on a rainy or sunny Seattle day is the Pike Place Market. So we were obviously thrilled to find out about the Pike Up! campaign to help fund the new Pike Place Market Waterfront Entrance (or ‘MarketFront’ as they call it). This project will transform a surface parking lot into the grand entrance the market deserves and finally provide a connection from the market to the Puget Sound. This is the first expansion the Market has embarked on in 40 years, and is slated to break ground in 2015 and be complete before the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down in 2016. Of the $66 million needed for funding, $9 million will be raised by the Pike Place Market Foundation through this campaign.

There are various ways to get involved. Today at 12:00pm there will be a parade and flag raising event to kick-off the campaign. Community members, crafters, buskers, farmers, performers, and residents will join together to raise the Pike Up! flag and march down Pike Place. You can join the event, spread the word, or better yet, join this group of ‘piggybackers’ and contribute by buying your hoofprint, charm, or making a donation.

McAvoy Real Estate is excited to support the expansion and write our name into Market history by purchasing a Market Charm. If you are a Seattleite or just a loyal Market fan, this is definitely something you want to be a part of. Click here for full details on how you can Pike Up! today.

Monthly Pick: Seattle Restaurant Week

17 October 2014

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The fact that Seattle Restaurant Week is historically not only one week but two — and the fact that Seattle is indeed a culinary mecca — means there’s no excuse for your missing out on a spectacular dining adventure (or two!) beginning this Sunday, October 19.

The Seattle Times has even declared Seattle Restaurant Week to be a sport for some foodies, and they’ve put together a playbook for how to approach a plan of attack. They categorize the participating restaurants into four groups: hot restaurants, newcomers, standbys, and ‘the places you’ve never heard of’. If hot restaurants and newcomers are more your style, you may find this PSBJ article insightful highlighting twelve chefs on the cutting edge of the Seattle restaurant scene.

There are over 170 bistros and diners throughout King County participating in this fall’s Restaurant Week, all offering $30 three-course dinners from October 19-23 and 26-30. For a complete list of participating venues, click here. Bon appétit!

Historic Seattle: First Hill Neighborhood Tour

19 September 2014
St. James Cathedral, Seattle

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

I had the pleasure of joining Historic Seattle’s walking tour of First Hill on Wednesday afternoon. A prestigious residential neighborhood in the early 1900’s, First Hill was also “the location of private clubs, important religious institutions and swanky hotels” at the turn of the century, according to Historic Seattle’s website. It was such a treat to discover hidden gems so rich in Seattle history!

Two of my favorite spots on the guided tour were the St. James Cathedral and the Stimson-Green Mansion. The Cathedral, photographed above, is simply stunning. Tours are open to the public every Wednesday at 1:00pm. Another unique way to take in the beauty of the cathedral is by attending one of the choral music performances throughout the year. Several fellow tour-goers had been before, and they remarked on the wonderful experience of music in this space. The Stimson-Green Mansion also hosts regularly scheduled tours by the Washington Trust of Historic Preservation. Completed in 1901 for the Stimson family, this home is one of Seattle’s best examples of “eclectic architecture” — the intent of this style is to allow the visitor to walk through architectural history simply by going from room to room. This is especially true of the first floor at Stimson-Green. I could have spent hours here, and it comes as no surprise that this is a premiere venue for special events, weddings and the like.

Historic Seattle is a wonderful organization that believes there are always new discoveries to make in our city. They provide tour opportunities through the year – visit their website to learn about upcoming tours and events. I promise it will be worth your while!

The 2014 Stats Are In

04 September 2014

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It’s hard to believe that 2014 is more than half over! Last year’s real estate momentum continued into this year, with an additional spike of activity in the spring and summer months. From January 1 through July 31, just over 300 condominium homes were sold in downtown Seattle—from a 4,131-square-foot private residence at The Four Seasons for $6.1 million to a 345-square-foot studio at Montreux for $150,250.

The first half of the year also welcomed the announcement of a new condominium community coming to First Hill: LUMA. The 24-story tower will break ground this fall. Other urban development news includes the unveiling of a new design vision for the city’s Pike-Pine corridor. In addition, construction on the new seawall has begun at the waterfront and designs for a new park have been unveiled.

Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to live in downtown Seattle.

For the comprehensive list of in-city condominium sales through July 2014 click here. Please don’t hesitate to contact McAvoy Real Estate if you have any questions about selling your home or finding your next one.

 

Our View — It’s Changing & We Like It!

27 August 2014

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It seems every other week we hear of a new project coming down the pipeline here in downtown Seattle. As many of these plans come to fruition and break ground, the view will definitely be changing here at McAvoy Real Estate!

Our offices at Third and Stewart put us smack dab in the middle of several new high profile projects. The 1900 First Avenue Hotel and Apartments is an 11-story Olsen Kundig-designed building with 160 hotel rooms and 97 residences under construction. Just one block from Pike Place Market at First and Stewart, this project is to be completed by early 2016. One block over, Continental Properties has plans for a new building at the corner of Second and Virginia. Though it has yet to be announced if this project will be comprised of over 300 apartments or condos, it is sure to be stunning at 400 feet tall! Pineapple Hospitality will also be building a tower in the neighborhood with their plans for the $70 million 200-room Hotel Clare, slated to break ground early 2016. And yet another 400-foot apartment tower is planned for the northeast corner of Third and Virginia. The construction start date is unclear from Bentall Kennedy, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for this new next door neighbor.

With the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurants putting the finishing touches on their 4-star hotel renovation at Second and Virginia, we are just starting to feel the wonderful impacts to our neighborhood of this upcoming development. We love to see this activity and are excited for front row seats as Seattle’s ever-changing skyline takes new shape.

 

Munchery, Now Serving Seattle

31 July 2014

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As busy working downtown residents, we’re excited to learn that the Munchery has launched services in Seattle! This fantastic alternative to preparing your own dinner (or eating out) has been serving San Francisco residents for almost four years and Seattle is its first expansion. If you are a resident of downtown or Capitol Hill this is something you want, and quite possibly need, to check out.

The website is here; and the gist is there are four local chefs who prepare a variety of dinners, sides, and desserts for you to choose from nightly. Drivers deliver these delicious chilled meals to your door, including simple instructions on how to get dinner ready and on your table in minutes. The menu is showcased on the website for the week, so you can plan ahead and save time, and trips to the grocery store, accordingly. They use all sustainable packing, deliver your meals in a 100% recycled fiber bag, and the best part — for every order placed they provide a meal for someone in need. This is a company we like to support, and we hope you’ll give them a try, too!

Check out today’s menu to place your order, and if you want to learn more about how they’re “reinventing weeknight dinners” click here to read their full story.