LA Fitness coming to Burien

Another great reason to move to Burien,

B-Town Blog reports:

LA Fitness, which is planning on moving into the space formerly occupied by SAAR’s and Staples, has filed for permit applications for improvements on the property at 14905 4th Ave SW.

According to a note in this month’s City Manager report (PDF file, p. 238), the proposed scope of work includes “partial demolition, alteration and remodel of the existing 45,030 square foot building into a health club with basketball, sales, racquetball, kid’s klub, aerobics, cycling, pool, spa, sauna, locker room, free wights, cardio and circuit training area.”

The project valuation is estimated to be $4 million dollars.  BurienTownPlazaLAFitness-500

As we previously reportedJim Alexander, Vice President of Merlone Geier Partners told The B-Town Blog on Feb. 20, 2013 that they “…hope to have them open by the end of the year.”

Obviously they’re running behind in their proposed timeline.

There are three LA Fitness gyms in the Seattle area, with the nearest located at 350 Baker Boulevard in Tukwila.




B Town Blog Original Article

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm
Dustin Keeth | Posted in Uncategorized |

Seattle home values up 15 percent. What is your home worth now?

Home values across the country are up. In the Seattle metro area, property prices have increased by more than 15 percent from one year ago, based on figures from Zillow, an online real estate company, reports the Puget Sound Business Journal. The region’s median home value in July was $302,600, up 2.3 percent from June and up 15.3 percent from July 2012.
Based on figures from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, The Seattle Times reports the following housing data:
The median price of single-family homes sold in King County in July climbed to $434,000, up 15 percent from a year ago and up 1.5 percent from June. The number of pending homes sales hovered above 3,000, the most since 2005. 
In Snohomish County, the median home price was $304,000, almost 12 percent higher than a year ago. 

Home values in Burien & Normandy Park, WA

Pierce County posted a 16 percent increase at a median home price of $195,000.
For King County, bank-owned homes made up just 9 percent of sales in 2013, compared to 14 percent last year, according to Richard Eastern of Bellevue-based Washington Property Solutions. Short sales comprised 13 percent of this year’s sales. Southwest King County had the lowest median price at $248,500, while the Eastside boasted the highest at $566,258.
Cash buyers continue to account for a fair portion of the market. Nearly 23 percent of June home sales in Greater Seattle were non-mortgaged purchases, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. Seattle’s real estate market continues to outpace the nation’s home appreciation rate of 6 percent with a median property value of $161,600.

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm
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Sky-high parking is on the rise

Luxury apartment dwellers can now park their automobiles right next to their high-rise properties, whether they live on the first or thirtieth floor. Singapore will open Hamilton Scotts, a luxury condominium that touts a sky garage, in the summer of 2013. Similar high-rise projects complete with the latest in auto parking include luxury properties in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood. Watch the Wall Street Journal video for details.


Posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:18 am
Dustin Keeth | Posted in Uncategorized |

Closing costs are down

The average cost of closing on a mortgage has dropped by 7.4 percent over the past year, reports  CNN Money . Based on a recent survey conducted by, a $200,000 mortgage with 20 percent down might cost a buyer $3754 in closing fees, or $300 less than one year ago.

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm
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Today’s renters are older with kids

Today’s renters are older and have children, and they want to rent homes, not apartments.

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm
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Cities vs. suburbs

Mortgage loan rates have fallen again.  CNN Money   reports that the 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.53% from 3.56% over one week ago, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly report. One year ago, the 30-year fixed rate was 4.52%.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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Real estate on the radio

The Seattle metro area welcomes a new radio show to its airwaves. “Real Estate Radio Northwest,” co-hosted by Carolyn Frame and Nick Neal, premiered on Money Radio 1300 AM KKOL on May 5th and will air Saturdays from 2 – 3 p.m.

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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Seattle beats Silicon Valley

Seattle wins the top spot for long-term, broad-based technology growth, reports Forbes . Based on a ranking system developed by the Praxis Strategy Group, Forbes considered employment growth in two sectors — high-tech companies (software, data processing, Internet publishing) and industries connected to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The numbers were tallied over the last two years as well as the past decade for the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. Surprisingly, the Emerald City beat out Silicon Valley and the other 49 areas with these high notes: 12% tech job growth over the past two years 7.6% STEM growth over the past two years 43% increase in tech employment over the decade 17% expansion in STEM jobs over the decade The presence of tech-oriented companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing supports consistent growth in the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue metro areas.  GeekWire credits Amazon for playing a large role in the recent expansion

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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How will Echo Boomers affect the housing market?

Generation Y, the Millennials, and Echo Boomers refer to individuals between the ages of 17 and 31, and they are 62 million strong in the U.S. alone, reports the National Association of Realtors in a recent news release. Echo Boomers represent significant buying power, according to the 2011 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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A picture is worth a thousand words

Imagine driving by a house, snapping a photo of it with your iPhone, and then obtaining relevant data about the home and surrounding community. It’s possible with the HomeSnap app by Sawbuck. Walt Mossberg, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal , reports on HomeSnap’s utility.

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm
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