|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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A GREAT REFUGE
We purchased this house in 1987 when we were expecting our first born. We wanted to stay in the neighborhood because of all the local attractions and the family style of its residents.
Seeing the house for the first time, we fell in love with the boxed-beam ceilings and the french doors opening to the patio. The rest was history.
We did a simple remodel of the basement when we had teenagers so that they had a little more private space. I now live in very simple style in that basement, and so I am around periodically to work in the yard and am close by if there are any questions. There is also a washer-dryer available in a common area in the basement.
Our dining room serves well for small gatherings of 8-10, and when the weather is warm this room opens onto the patio through the French Doors.
The kitchen has dark cherry cabinets and all new appliances, and comes with all the basics for cooking and presenting a great meal for a small group. Next to the kitchen is a small half bath.
Upstairs we have three bedrooms, a small family room, and a full bath. The view deck facing North is accessed from the Master bedroom and makes the master itself a great retreat from the din of a larger group in the house. The other bedrooms look South over the secluded patio in back. From the back bedrooms one can also see the small path that meanders up from the patio through the garden to our detached garage facing south on the street behind us (54th). The garage can park two, but I am using one space.
Keywords: Upstairs includes Masterbedroom w TV and view deck, bedroom with Queen, bedroom with 2 twins, full bath, small Den w TV...
Downstairs includes full kitchen with breakfast nook seating 3-4, living room, dining room seats up to 8-10, french doors open to patio...
Parking for 1 in detached garage, parking for second car on street.
I graduated Oregon State in Pharmacy in 1979, but left a year later to live in Spain. After 2 years in Pamplona (my family comes from that area), I got my MBA in Barcelona at IESE then landed in Seattle in 1984 for a Medical Sales career with Merck.
Today, I work for Humana, as a field sales associate for Medicare health plans. For fun, and to help raise funds for Senior Centers in our neighborhood, I cook paella for 90 people using two weber barbecues. I also MC small auctions and fundraisers that support seniors.
I used to run Greenlake (2.8mi) every day, but now choose to just run in the neighborhood for the quiet, and the fragrant gardens. I used to ride my bike on the Burke-Gillman trail (40-50 miles long around Lake Washington and east to Redmond), only about 5-6 minutes down the hill from our house. I enjoy sailing small boats, and of course, any opportunity to practice Spanish I can find.
Jim Yragui purchased this house in 1987
I chose this neighborhood because it is full of people, just like my memories of Spanish cities. While in Spain people came together for food and people watching, Seattle people also come together for outdoor activities: to run or walk, or to ride bikes, or to hike or ski the mountains. I believe in daily exercise, preferably outdoors, and our neighbors mirror this. I also find many of these people to be very creative, probably because of the proximity to the University of Washington. And, just as in Spain, there are many small unique and interesting places to eat.
Another reason why I chose this neighborhood was its convenience. Driving to work or to events downtown is quick and easy on Hwy 99. Driving to work outside the city in the morning or returning from outside the city in the evening is easy because most others travel in the opposite direction at those times.
We raised two kids in this house, and when they were little we would hike to the Ballard Locks to watch the salmon come up the fish ladders, or hike across the locks to get to the beach below Discovery Park. We flew kites at Gasworks Park, rode bikes to the UW, or just walked around Fremont to see the troll or the Sunday Market or the Solstice parade. Like in Spain, the Solstice parade is a parade of PEOPLE in costumes, walking or on bikes, not of cars covered with flowers. Greenlake was always a great place for the kids to swim in the summer. Now, I guess, I am staying in this neighborhood because it is full of families with kids –once you have kids of your own, you always get a kick out of watching others !
Lately, I have walked south to Fremont (20 min) ,crossed the Fremont Bridge, and climbed to the top of Queen Ann (another 20 min) for an incredible view of downtown and the Space Needle. To the north about 2 miles walk (or run ! ) is Carkeek Park, a ravine with a Salmon stream that gurgles down to another beautiful beach on the sound. Ballard is west, only 15 minutes’ walk, and another 20 minutes takes you to Shilshole, with Sailboats and lots of sand on Puget Sound. Coffee shops abound in all neighborhoods. One of my favorite little coffee shops is Canal Street Coffee, where one can sit and watch the parade of boats motoring to and from the Ballard Locks and the Sound.
The local Phinney Neighborhood Association sponsors many activities for all ages. An interesting one is the annual “Gum-Shoe”, where people walk a route mapped with 20 stops across the neighborhood. Each stop has a riddle which can be solved only with the clues available at that stop. It’s a great way to explore the neighborhood.
After enjoying the outdoors, boating is the next traditional pastime in Seattle. Small sailboats can be rented at Greenlake, and at the center for wooden boats on Lake Union. Of course, there are the traditional tourist activities involving boats, such as the hydro races in August, or local water tour of Lake Washington to see Bill Gates house, or simply renting kayaks to paddle around the Arboretum. But the best boat attraction is simply taking a ferry ride on a beautiful day, either to Bainbridge Island to tour a winery, or to Vashon Island to ride bikes and enjoy locally grown foods. My second best boating activity is watching the Duck-Dodge (all-comers) sailboat race held every summer Tuesday evening on Lake Union.
Airplanes are also big in Seattle, thanks to Boeing. Tour the 787 plant in Everett or the Museum of Flight at Boeing field, or just watch the float planes take off and land on Lake Union, always somehow dodging all those sailboats !
We (2 adults and 2 adult children) stayed here for 12 nights. There's an overwhelming stale smell in the house when you open the front door. We tried leaving all doors and windows open but it didn't make much difference. The stair carpet is very stained and dirty and needs to be replaced. The sofas are also stained and grubby. The kitchen appeared clean on the surface but the inside of the cupboards smelled of grease when opened. The steps down to the basement laundry were very narrow and were not very safe and the laundry room was dirty. When we used the shower which is over the bath, water ran down the back of the bath into the kitchen below. It was obvious from the peeled paper on the ceiling and wall that this was not a new problem. When we told the owner this he suggested we move the shower head so it doesn't go near the back wall of the bathroom. We suggested perhaps it would be better to fix the problem. Half way through our stay we changed the sheets on the beds and we found a pair of mens underpants stuffed down the back of the mattress in the main bedroom. While we were staying there we saw another review on here which very accurately described this place as I am describing it now. The owner responded saying it was malicious and had VRBO remove it. Having spent 12 nights here I find it hard to believe the 23 almost perfect reviews. Perhaps our expectations are too high but for the money we paid this place needs to be much better maintained and have new carpets and furniture. We would not stay here again.
We stay there for 4 nights and I'm glad I chose this place. My two kids 1 and 4 both loved this place. We cooked several meals especially for kids and it's very convenient. Jim is very warm and helpful. Although he lives downstairs in the basement, we didn't really feel like he is there. He always responded to our questions quickly by texting.
The location is great, short drive to downtown, restaurants, parks, etc. A little walk around the neighborhood is also very nice. You get really nice views there.
Thank you Jim!
We were 8 adults and a 2 year old, visiting Seattle for a much larger family event.
Jim's house was comfortable and clean and he was accessible without being overbearing.
We locked ourselves out only once. The neighborhood is quiet with adequate on street parking
within a few feet for our two cars, as well as cars of others coming and going.
The rear deck was quiet and a good place for an evening drink. We also enjoyed the swing
on the front porch and comfortable furnishings.
This house was perfect for us.
Two families- 3 kids ages 2 to 5 stayed for a long weekend. The house is lived-in comfortable and has what you need. Our 4&5 year olds found great spots to set up forts and play for hours while the grown-ups relaxed on the patio. The house is not kid-proofed but most things are up high and Jim is very tolerant of rambunctious play! Watch out for the coffee table being a bit tippy and the collection of glass bottles out back.
We enjoyed our stay and recommend this great location and comfy place to hang out.
My family of 4 visited Seattle and stayed at Jim's place. Jim was very welcoming and helpful while still giving us our privacy. We loved the location and the home was a nice quiet place to return to after a day downtown. We loved walking around the neighborhood and looking at the gardens with the backdrop of the water. Woodland Park Rose Garden is worth checking out. The bedroom area could use some updating, but the downstairs, balcony and garden are perfect.
When we arrived we were greeted by the owner Jim. He is everything you want in a VRBO owner, and the house is great for visiting Seattle. What a great neighborhood and the location is perfect. We cooked in on one night and had everything we needed in this nice kitchen, dinning room and living room downstairs, there's also a 1/2 bath for everyone's convenience. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a full bath with a great shower. There is also a sitting area with tv. Great views from the balcony. Big back patio for entertaining and bbq'ing. This house is everything you need to visit this beautiful city and have a great location to head out from.
The zoo is 3 blocks away
Live music in many locations within 1 mile
Greenlake center is 1 mile away, with paddle boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, roller blading, bicycle renting, sunbathing, running, walking and lots of people watching.
Shilshole, a large sandy beach on the sound, is 2 miles away.
Boats parade up and down the ship canal.
Float planes bank skyward, and down to starboard, hourly.
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Sep 6 2016 - Jun 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.