Modern Madison Valley New on Market

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Modern Madison Valley New on Market

Have you been looking for a modern home in Central Seattle? Do you want a walkable lifestyle with options for entertainment and recreation just minutes from your front door. Do you like the idea of a 4 star Build Green certification? This may be the house for you!

Modern Construction
Open floor plan with lots of natural light

New construction from Cascade Built highlights the 21st Century lifestyle. Nestled just off the Madison corridor, this home and the neighborhood is so close to many other well known neighborhoods: Madrona, Capitol Hill, Lake Washington Park, Denny Blaine, Madison Park, the Arboretum, and of course, Downtown Seattle. With a Walk Score of  77, and a Transit Score of 57, this is one of those places one can get by without a car.

The top floor has a master suite with a rooftop deck above to watch the Blue Angels fly overhead during Seafair, or to entertain guests for a nitecap after walking to dinner at one of several nearby restaurants. This is urban Seattle living at it’s best!

Fabulous 4 Star Built Green Home in Denny Blaine

Fabulous 4 Star Built Green Home in Denny Blaine (SOLD)

See this wonderfully private home perched on a small hill in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Seattle. Seattle Realtor Green will be holding the first Open houses along with the Designer/Builder, First Lamp. Located near the Arboretum, fantastic schools, this is an in-city neighborhood with the feeling of living in the trees. Several rooms including the Master suite, overlook the colorful green roof, with a full crop of easy care sedums putting on a colorful display 12 months of the year.

Wonderful views day and night

Wonderful views day and night

With windows facing every direction, this home will never be gloomy. Look out over Madison Valley from your in home office or take the dog for a walk in the arboretum, all while your kids are at school within walking distance.  At night, this home truly dazzles. Built with family life as well as entertaining in mind, smart design allow this home many different personalities.



Smart Design, Smart Finishes, Smart Location

Stop by between 1-4 to view. It’s easiest to park on the street below and walk up the hill (so bring comfortable shoes). Owner access will be from the street above directly into the large 2 car garage.

Call to Action for NW Green Home Tour Volunteers

Call to Action for NW Green Home Tour Volunteers

Do you have an interest in home building, building or interior design, urban landscaping or urban planning? Come be an essential part of what could be the largest Green Home Tour in the United States. It’s powered by two non-profit organizations “pushing the envelope” on what green and sustainable housing can be. Our motto is “any shade of green”  and with the building industry catching on and embracing green building concepts it’s only getting better and the buzz is catching on. This year is the largest NW Green Home Tour yet. For 2014 there are improvements any homeowner or renter can make in their own home.

Some common topics are:

  • Site planning
  • Landscaping
  • Water Usage and Design
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Energy Usage
  • Transit , Bikealibity and Walkabilty
  • Universal Design
  • Daylighting
  • Smart Planning

Within these topics are several mini topics. Therefore, many in the Green building industry refer to this type of building as “high performance” or “smart built”.

Go to the website and sign up to be a greeter for the tour. No green building knowledge required, just an open mind to learn new concepts and make sure others get their questions answered by the site hosts. The shifts are 3 hours which gives the volunteers time to check out more of the 35 site hosts and 12 sustainability stops. As always feel free to contact me if you have questions.


NW Home Tour Committee Chair
For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future




NW Green Home Tour 2014

NW Green Home Tour 2014

The date is set –April 26th and the committee is off and running. Site hosts are signing up sooner than ever. No doubt based on the success of the previous three years, the NW Green Home Tour promises to be the biggest and best ever. Builders are building again, buyers are in the market and the general public is more aware of how diverse green building really is

The tour is a go! Currently there is still room for sitehosts, sponsors, sustainability stops and volunteers.
The tour is a go! Currently there is still room for sitehosts, sponsors, sustainability stops and volunteers.

Think you know what a “Green” home looks like? Many people attend this free to the public tour and learn the ordinary looking house on their street might actually be quite extra-ordinary. Tour goers can expect to see single family homes, town homes, DADUs, and this year apartments. Innovative outdoors spaces, rain gardens, urban agriculture, and maybe some livestock are all possibilities. Sustainability stops and retail outlets that tie into the tour, such as Green Home Solutions, are all part of the tour.

This self guided tour is from 11-5 on a Sunday. Preview and plan an individualized route by visiting the official website, or pick up the yet to be published free April issue of Seattle’s Natural Awakening Magazine.  Keep an eye out for publication the beginning of April.

The tour is a joint partnership of the NW Eco Building Guild and Built Green. We welcome inquiries regarding site hosts, sustainability stops, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities.

For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future
For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future

City Cabins near Columbia City Opens

City Cabins near Columbia City Opens

November marks the sell out month of Martha Rose’s City Cabins on South Nevada Street. These forward leaning homes are garnering a 5 Star Built Green Rating. Some people may call them “Green” others might call them “Smart” or “High Performance” construction.  What ever you call them, the facts are they are more energy efficient and comfortable than the current standard of construction.  With the constant promise of rising energy costs, these homes far exceed current code requirements and will save the occupants money on utilities now and for many decades to come.

5 Star Built Green Homes
4 High Quality Homes at Rainier Vista in Columbia City

Located in the up and coming neighborhood of Columbia City, many in Seattle know that this close in neighborhood has been going through a renaissance in the last decade. Historical buildings, wonderful restaurants and pubs, funky galleries, live music and art walks help all add the lively attitude of this neighborhood. The proximity of these homes to the new light rail station supports the notion the residents of  Rainier Vista, don’t find it necessary to own a car.

Built Green Homes by Martha Rose
Understate, comfortable finishes inside and out

Concrete floors, wood beams, solar panels, plug-in for an electric car, south facing exposure, balanced ventilation, and a green roof are just a few of the unusual features you will find in these homes. Purchase a City Cabin, and it’s likely you will become the educator to your friends and guests explaining the  future of the built environment. Few people have homes like these, and most don’t know many of these features will become standard in the next decade. The argument can be made, by purchasing a deep green home, you not only save money on utilities while living the the house, but your protect your resale investment by having a well insulated, efficient  and desirable  home that’s built to last into the next century.

Deep Green Homes South Seattle
Complete with Green Garage Roof and Fruit Trees and Cisterns

The open house are now long gone on this property. Contact me if you like to know more about these special homes or other intelligently built homes in the Seattle WA area. Hopefully these have inspired some other spec builders to “do the right thing”. Let me know if you would like me to add you to my email list.

For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future
For your Sustainable Real Estate needs from now into the future



What is a Northwest Energy Star Home?

This is not a Northwest Energy Star home

 What is a Northwest Energy Star Home?

 It’s a common misperception that it’s a house with “Energy Star” rated appliances. In fact many Real Estate professionals mistakenly label their listings on the Northwest Multiple Listing Service as NW Energy Star if the kitchen has an efficient dishwasher and refrigerator.  The “Energy Star” label is widely recognized and respected by the vast majority of home buyers.  Few people know that the Northwest Energy Star home goes much further in saving the occupants money on their heating bills as well as make their homes much healthier and more comfortable to live in.

 So what the difference? Short answer—quite a bit! The NW Energy Star house is third party certified. This means an accredited party inspects and signs off on the home from the beginning all the way through the end of construction. As a home buyer, you may not see what’s inside the walls but the certifier does.  Whenever a home is advertised as NWES, it should also have the accompanying paper work to prove its designation. Although it is slightly more expensive to build a home or a remodel, it pays for itself in a short amount of time in decreased heating and cooling bills, not to mention increased indoor air quality and comfort.

 The Northwest Energy Star program includes Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington States. The Northwest has higher standards than other regions, and the NWES program stays approximately 15% more efficient than current local building codes.

 The Northwest Builder Option Package (NW BOP) is the standard builders and remodelers are held to. With the concept of “Peak Oil” and the ever increasing costs both monetarily and environmentally, these homes are expected to hold their value better in a resell market as well as increase the comfort of the residents. Northwest Energy Star makes sense for Seattle area homes.

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