|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 !
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.
We had family fly in for our son's graduation and found this charming house for them while they were in town. Jim was so nice to us all and gave us a tour of the house when we arrived. The house is conveniently located and fit our large family perfectly. The kids loved the board games too. All in all, it was a great place to spend quality time with our family.
We are a family of six and we really enjoyed our month staying in this home. Mr Jim was very welcoming and so helpful whenever we needed anything. The house was well equipped with everything we needed and had plenty of space. It was also very convenient, a short walk from the zoo and a bus stop into downtown. I would highly recommend this home to others.
It fit my family just fine. We needed a comfortable place to accommodate family that was coming as far away as Connecticut and TX for my daughter's wedding. The kitchen was well supplied with all that is needed. It is close grocery stores and restaurants. Easy access to the main roads. Great view from the top balcony. Open the doors and windows and enjoy the cool/fresh Seattle air. The host is very friendly and genuine. He can speak Spanish also if you so desire. Yes, we would stay here again if the need arises.
Stayed for 2 months. House is comfortable and homey. Close to entertainment, dining, and shopping. Ballard is great little area. The owner is very warm and helpful. Other reviews have given more details so enough said, you won't be disappointed! Highly recommend.
We were lucky enough to stay here for several weeks while in Seattle on a work assignment. We used to live in the city but didn’t know this neighborhood well -- what a discovery! The house is exactly as advertised: It’s beautiful, comfortable, and perfectly situated for work, play, sightseeing, and more. It’s easy to get downtown by bus or car (20-25 minutes), but offers a peaceful escape from the urban environment. You can walk down the hill about a mile to the shops, restaurants, and movie theater of now-hip neighborhood Ballard, or walk just a few blocks up the hill to the zoo, playground, and local restaurants and coffee shops -- we did both walks countless times and it was manageable even for young kids. Jim is extremely kind, helpful, and truly does not seem to mind the pitter-patter (or pounding) of tiny feet above him. He was also happy to offer suggestions about where to eat/what to see/etc. Little touches make this feel like home, from a well stocked kitchen to shelves full of books and board games. Oh, and mountain/water/sunset views to boot! When I first read the other reviews of this house I found it hard to believe how overwhelmingly positive they were, but believe it: This property is a gem, and our family would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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.