Why this Capitol Hill home is the dreamiest spot for Seattle summer

Regardless of whether you're a native Seattleite or freshly transplanted, the transition from rainy season to warm, dry season means a big shift in how we enjoy our city. We take every opportunity to be outside, choosing outdoor patios, visiting local parks (especially ones with big views!), we gobble up local produce, and attend barbecues with reckless abandon.

What if you could enjoy all of these activities without ever leaving your home?

Behold, the Skinner Mansion. This stunning, 10,000-sq.-ft. house is positioned on the crest of Capitol Hill, providing phenomenal views from the highest point overlooking the city and Elliott Bay. 

Click through the gallery below to learn more about all this incredible home has to offer.

A toast to summer!
Select from your collection of 4,000 bottles in this custom wine cellar, and toast to the season of sunshine! Impromptu picnics with said wine— need we say more? 

Game room goals!
This spectacular media/billiards room with a built-in Dolby sound system has the feel of an English gentlemen’s club. Custom cabinetry conceals a 70ꞌ screen. Bar with a long granite-topped counter is equipped with an icemaker, refrigerator and keg on tap.

An exquisite kitchen.
The kitchen enjoys lovely western vistas, while top-notch appliances include a paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and a stainless steel 6-burner gas range with griddle and two ovens, warming drawer and dishwasher – all by Viking.

Grow your own!
Love gardening? Enjoy preparing foods harvested from your own garden! The raised bed in the rear of this home is ready for your fruits and veggies of choice.

Breakfast on the view terrace?
A weekend ritual, waiting to happen! Enjoy the sumptuous views from this expansive terrace -- accessible through the master suite. Again, the view terrace is quite large and will become one of your favorite spots in this home. The beauty of a west-facing view comes with endless sunsets. 

Volunteer Park, just blocks away!
If all that wasn't good enough, Volunteer Park is located just a few blocks away. 

Capitol Hill—a foodie's dream!
The 15th Avenue shopping core is just a short walk from this home, with a bounty of wonderful shops and cafes.

Truly, this home has it all.
We told you! This home really is the dreamiest spot to spend Seattle summer—and every season! A spectacular setting in the heart of the city.

Want to learn more? Visit SkinnerMansion.com for more! Or visit our Contact Us page if you'd like to tour this home.

Enjoy romance all year long at these cozy spots

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd pull together some of the most dazzling spaces in our current listings. Nothing says romance like cozy, well-designed spaces and big views. 

Scroll through these five luxurious photos and find the corresponding description below. 

1. Rich, luxe tones

With a wall of art in shimmering gold frames and a rich, tufted headboard, this room draws us in with its symmetry and playful textures. Light a few candles, and this Capitol Hill penthouse couldn't be more romantic.

2. Bathed in light

Recently remodeled by Stuart Silk, this gorgeous Queen Anne home has been redesigned to maximize light. In addition to the amble light throughout, mirrors have been placed strategically to enhance the bright essence of this gorgeous bath.

3. Dine at the edge of the world

Enjoy dinner for two, with front row seats to the Puget Sound's spectacular sunsets over the Olympic Mountains. Featuring different levels of outdoor entertaining spaces, this Magnolia beauty is sure to inspire every day.

4. Velvet, gold & bold

Nothing says romance like curling up next to a toasty fire! Long, luxurious velvet drapes create a stand-out statement next to the crisp white bedding. The gold-framed mirror is the final touch of glamour in this beautiful master suite in the Highlands.

5. Dazzling city views

Imagine walking out onto your master suite terrace to find these sparkling city views! The scene transforms at sunset, when the sky turns the city into a sea of pastel hues. Grab a glass of bubbles, and watch the city glitter.

Looking for more? See all of our current listings here.

Everyday Inspiration: Follow these Seattle Instagrams

October was soggy, and November is settling into its usual crisp temperatures, so we're naturally spending a lot more time indoors. Winter months in Seattle are for cozy dinners, catching up on our favorite tv shows, testing out our rain gear, and getting inspiration for what we now have time to do, since we aren't busy basking in Seattle summer sunshine.

Instagram just so happens to be perfect for gaining inspiration. Whether you're looking to live vicariously, get design/style ideas, or you just want some cheerful photos to distract from the doldrums outside, Instagram is full of talented bloggers with impeccably curated feeds. What's more, Seattle has oodles of its own such bloggers. 

We've selected four Seattle-based bloggers whose Instagram feeds are making us happy right noweach for very different reasons!

 

1. FOX AND BRIAR

Meghan of Fox and Briar has a gorgeous food-focused feed, all of the time. Her latest concoction, a Cranberry Irish Mule, is not only beautiful, but it looks delish! (We love anything that includes ginger beer, to be honest.)

Also featured recently, Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts. YUM! Total cook time? 13 minutes!

Whether we plan to make Meghan's recipes or not, we love when these shots pop up in our Instagram feed!

 

 

2. JOJOTASTIC

With over 16,000 followers, Joanna Hawley has definitely made a name for herself in the Seattle blogging scene, and beyond! 

Jojotastic is a 4-year-old lifestyle blog that focuses on "runway-fresh fashion, inspiring modern-but-modest home interiors, and [Joanne's] addiction to donuts."

Filled with a delightful mashup of lifestyle goodies, her Jojotastic Instagram feed is always bright and always inspiring. With cozy lifestyle shots, DIY tutorials, and adorable shots of her furbabies, we always enjoy seeing what Joanna is up to! 

 

 

 

3. JEJUNEMARGO

Minimalism is so in right now. And understandably so! There is so much clutter in our lives (just look at our physical mailboxes and our digital inboxes). Minimal design and fashion styling attempts to soothe us with simplicity. It's like a visual breath of fresh air.

Jejunemargo's minimal feed is endlessly chic. She weaves texture, pattern and style into her restrained color palette. If you're ever craving some less-is-more inspiration, her feed is your go-to.

 

4. MESEATELLITE

Colorful, slice-of-life photographs fill MeSeatellite's Instagram feed. Pretty food photos (ahem, Mamnoon!), cozy cafes, and all sorts of other locals-only Seattle features inspire us to get out and keep exploring our wonderful city. 

MeSeatellite's feed is almost like a love letter to Seattle, documenting its many facets, personality traits, and stunning nature scenes.

 

And if you're looking for a stylish real estate Instagram feed, don't forget to follow us!

An Insider's Guide to Columbia City

Brandon Bright, Seattle Office Manager for Avenue Properties, is our guest blogger this week. We asked Brandon to give us a foodie tour through his favorite Seattle neighborhood -- Columbia City.

The Columbia City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and has become a recent Seattle hot spot with desirable neighborhoods, breathtaking valley views, and convenient light rail access. With various incredible bars, shops and eateries, Columbia City continues to grow and flourish while maintaining its friendly neighborhood vibe. Last year, Seattle Met named Columbia City one of Seattle's 10 Best Neighborhoods.

Three of my favorite spots in particular make this neighborhood both a great place to visit, and a great place to live.

1. Lottie’s Lounge
Located in the heart of the historic Columbia City District in the former Columbia Hotel Building. Lottie’s is home to innovative cocktails, delicious comfort food, and a relaxed camaraderie feel. You may also catch an impromptu band at times while sipping on a ‘La Selena’ or ‘Beyoncé Lemonade.’ 

2. Island Soul Restaurant
When you think of soul food, Seattle doesn’t usually come to mind. One visit to Island Soul Restaurant will upend that perception. With roots straight from Jamaica, following the tradition of authentic Jerk and soul food, you are sure to find something on the menu that tickles your taste buds. Be sure to get there early on the weekends – their famous brunch always draws a packed house!

3. The Royal Room
Restaurant, bar, project room, place of all-things-awesome. The Royal Room is a Columbia City staple and well known for its array of live music, dance parties and special occasions. With a different event scheduled every day of the month, there is always something fun and new to do in Columbia City; especially at The Royal Room.