Superbowl Party, Hosted at a Super Chic Urban Townhome

I have a great friend of mine that invited us all over to his townhome in Queen Anne for a Superbowl Party on Sunday.  I would never turn down a Superbowl invite from him for three reasons:

  1. He’s a phenomenal cook.
  2. He’s a great friend who happens to be a client.
  3. Finally, he has two huge flat-screen TV’s (a big plus for a football party)

Back in the summer of 2008 when we started looking for homes, he always seemed to have the “perfect” place in mind.  During the time we looked, he struggled with leaving his unique waterfront floating home on Portage Bay.  It didn’t surprise me as I would have loved to live at that place as well. Incredible views, great floor plan, and perfect setting for summer social events.  To that end, the search for the right place continued.

Over the course of a couple months, we had looked at 3-4 houses when we stumbled upon the McGraw Street Townhomes built by Howland Homes.  The first features that stood out to me were the size, the quality of build, the rooftop decks and the exterior of the building.  This particular unit featured the following:

  • 10′ ceiling height and oversized windows
  • Patio and a  roof top deck (deck was plumbed for gas)
  • Views of Lake Union
  • Hanstone countertops in kitchen
  • Jenn-Air stainless appliances
  • Steel and cable railings (see below)
  • Upgraded fixtures
  • Track-lighting (see below)
  • A “floating” gas fireplace
  • Bamboo floors

It didn’t surprise me when he decided it was the right place for him.  At the time, most Seattle developers had just finished a cycle of townhome after townhome of the same exact Craftsman build.  In my mind there was nothing wrong with them, but it just wasn’t the right fit for this friend/client.  What made the McGraw unit so unique in addition to the list above is that it was constructed with good intentions.  Each room is spacious, the kitchen is suited for entertaining and the rooftop deck takes full advantage of the view.  With over 1,714 square feet, this 3 bedroom 3.25 bath simply put was a perfect place for him.

Lesson learned, don’t settle for what you don’t want, just start looking for what you do want.  Inevitably, you’ll find the house that is right for you.

A big thanks to my buddy who threw a great party.

Rooftop Deck

Views

Urban Architecture

Hardwoods & Steel and Cable Railings

Track Lighting