Central Affordable Housing & Business Development

A year ago, Vulcan Real Estate bought six acres at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street for $30.9 million in the Central District of Seattle. Five years earlier, another realty company, which sold to Vulcan, paid $12.5 million less. Currently, a Red Apple grocery store sits on this site, which will be replaced with two 7-story buildings separated by a public walkway and an additional one-level retail space. The first floor on the two, larger buildings will be for retail, with 530 apartments above and a multi-tiered 500+ parking garage below.

Renderings of Future Vulcan Building. Image: Vulcan Real Estate and Studio 216

Increased gentrification of our city has some concerned, and the Central District area is no exception. In the 1960s, this neighborhood was 70% African-American, according to a Seattle Times article; a year ago, it was down to 20%. In part due to sharply rising housing costs, there has been a call for more affordable housing in the Central District, and keeping or attracting African-American-owned businesses to the neighborhood. Concerning affordable housing, one-fifth of Vulcan’s new site will include rental units offered at a reduced amount (65-85% median income), which in turn provides Vulcan with a tax credit.

Other Central District plans are underway to increase affordable housing and business opportunities farther north along 23rd Avenue South as well. The Midtown Center at 23rd and East Union Street was purchased by a partnership for a combination of profit, retaining some of the center’s current character, and to build 125 affordable living units within the 500-unit complex. This developer might also receive a tax credit, not unlike Vulcan, and be able to build more floors on the building. And the former Liberty Bank location at nearby 24th and Union will be the site for a new 6-story, mixed-use building with up to 115 affordable housing units and commercial spaces that focus on attracting local business, especially African-American.

Madrona Real Estate Market – May 2017

The Madrona real estate market hasn’t changed drastically compared to last May (2016). Reports show the same amount in sales and only a small increase in the average median list price, $1,090,595(2016) to $1,110,400 (2017). Homes stayed on the market for an average of 66 days last month. Last May homes were only on the market for an average of 8 days. There are currently 8 active listings and 6 pending.

The neighborhood next door, Leschi, is showing a great amount of growth in the market compared to last year. Though there were 3 less sales than last May, the median sales price has gone up from $765,000 (May 2016) to $1,024,950 (May 2017). The lowest cost of a home has jumped nearly 93% from last May, numbers climbed from $425,000 to $819,950. Two of the sales last month were condo sales, one sold for $259,950 and the other sold for $1,995,000. There are currently 12 active listings and 12 pending in the Leschi neighborhood.

Madrona is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined by Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate mainly includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5.  The start of the year shows home prices are up across the city and sales for the first five months are down with 705 sold versus 715 sold in 2016. Currently in the central Seattle area there are 141 active listings for sale and rent.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel free to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.

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