Houseware and Décor Finds in South Lake Union

Home to Amazon and a slew of great restaurants, SLU is also a hub of mod home furnishings.
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Echoing the glitzy sleekness of the neighborhood itself is SLU’s hub of mod home décor shops, ranging from the locally owned Inform Interiors (now located in a larger location at Dexter Avenue N and Thomas Street), with its wide array of funky chairs, stools and metal tables, to the much ballyhooed West Elm, beckoning with recycled glass jugs, graphic-print floor poufs and rectangular lacquer serving trays.

Last summer, Ligne Roset moved from Western Avenue into new Westlake digs, where bright splashes of teal, chartreuse and orange add punch to clean-lined furniture, while colorful lighting and rugs prevail throughout Seva Home.

Follow your nose to Maria Christofilis’ Anthousa boutique nearby, the headquarters for the local company’s crisp and clean bottled home fragrances ($40-$90) and candles ($16-$32). 

Extra incentive
Modern parents love Melissa Maffei and Melissa Van Flandern’s Tottini, which sits across from REI on Yale Avenue. In addition to pint-size clothing and toys, the Melissas carry modern, streamlined baby bassinets ($80 and up), high chairs ($150 and up) and rockers ($650 and up) suited for adult sensibilities.

Parking
Thomas and Harrison streets still offer something approaching urban legend: 10-hour parking meters and no fees after 6 p.m. (Don’t you dare alert the mayor!) Snag these spots on the blocks just east of Westlake Avenue N.

Windermere's W Collection: A High Point Market

Windermere's W Collection: A High Point Market

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This $10 million 1933 home was commissioned by nautical author James A. Gibbs, who later moved to an Oregon Coast lighthouse; meticulously restored, it is a typically lavish luxury property from Windermere’s W Collection

It’s no secret that Seattle home prices are rising dramatically. These days, even a relatively modest Seattle Craftsman can command a price topping $1 million. But the growth of the city—particularly in the tech sector—soaring incomes among some locals and the influence of international buyers have combined to increase demand in the luxury market. 

It’s this market that was the impetus behind the recent launch of Windermere Real Estate’s new ultra-luxury arm, the W Collection. Spearheaded by Leigh Canlis—who brings a familiarity with the luxury market from previous roles with Canlis Glass and JPMorgan Chase—the W Collection is a new real estate division catering to clients looking for homes in the $3 million-plus range. "Windermere is one of those companies that has been around for years," says Canlis. "But there is a new market and we needed to create an upper tier division to cater to the uber luxury clientele. I was brought in because I know this market so well and to make the W Collection stand out.” 

A high price tag isn’t the only criterion for homes featured in the W Collection. “There needs to be some pizzazz, a wow factor,” says president John “OB” Jacobi, son of John Jacobi, who founded the company in 1972. 


Images by: Matt Eddington
Above: Traditional furnishings complement the home’s architecture. Below: The adjoining lot was purchased to accommodate a pool and cabana

QUEEN ANNE MANSION

PRICE: $10,450,000 

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 6,820; 3 bedrooms, 3.75 baths 

LOT SIZE: 0.43 acre 

COMMUNITY: Queen Anne 

PROPERTY TAXES: $86,545 (2015) 

YEAR BUILT: 1933 

LISTED: April 2016 

KEY DETAILS: Secluded in-city compound with views of the Seattle skyline and Elliott Bay; an elevated pool plus hot tub with an adjoining 530-square foot-cabana, outdoor kitchen space and a fire-lit rooftop patio seating area. The home was commissioned in 1928 by James A. Gibbs, city planner, local historian, politician and founding member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, and completed in 1933. 

 

Canlis notes that W Collection clients are likely to be much more understated than the properties they’re shopping for. “For the most part, Seattle millionaires look like everyone else up here. They want to stand out for their accomplishments rather than their affluence,” Canlis says. “That’s what is different about Seattle. You never know who you’re talking to here, and that’s fun.” 

Jacobi predicts a bright future for the luxury home market. “Our local economy is super strong, tech jobs are creating some pretty wealthy people pretty quickly, so price points are going to continue to grow. Seattle [may] have this issue forever.”  


Images by: Nolan Green
This $8 million property’s pool, hot tub and multiple patio spaces offer no shortage of ways to enjoy the backyard of this north-end Mercer Island home

MERCER ISLAND MANSION

Above: 22-foot ceilings top off floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room with views of Lake Washington. Below: The home’s luxe features include a wine cellar, dog run and sauna

PRICE: $8,480,000 

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 8,579; 4 bedrooms, 4 baths 

LOT SIZE: 0.44 acre 

COMMUNITY: Mercer Island

YEAR BUILT: 1992  

LISTED: June 2016 

KEY DETAILS: 65 feet of lakeside waterfront, a wine cellar, pool and hot tub combo, sauna, three fireplaces, a dog run, and views of Lake Washington and West Bellevue; dock space for a yacht; 22-foot ceilings in the living room; three kitchens (the main kitchen, full kitchen in basement and a butler’s kitchen); custom-stained white oak floors cover the first floor, and the master suite’s walk-in closet includes two washer-dryer sets (one for him and one for her), with drying closet.