I took a green mini-tour the other day, and seriously fell in love with a hip modern loft in South Park, right across the street from the new and equally modern looking South Park Library branch.
It was nearing dark as I pulled up, as you can tell from my photo here, since it was the last stop on my Area 140 e-cert tour (translation: environmentally certified homes in the West Seattle area). I saw the library across the street and almost drooled at the thought of living right in the center of things – at least for South Park – alone with my little dog and a cat or two, across the street from the library and not too far from the trail by the river. Unfortunately it was too dark for me to get a picture of the library. This photo I took from the Google Maps street view, where you can get a 360 degree view as if you were standing in the middle of the street.
Personally, I don’t think I can live in an open floor plan of only 700 feet *with* another person, so I would also have to not be married to continue my fantasy. I celebrated my 11th anniversary this last New Year’s Eve, so that is not likely to happen of course!
I used to work in South Park, back in 2001 I was office manager at ECOSS. I also had a p-patch at Marra Farm. So continue the fantasy of also being able to walk to work and to my garden…the only thing missing down here is a major grocery story. And a post office. Looks like I would continue to go to Westwood up the hill from here to attend to those sorts of things…
My life is obviously not in synch with my fantasy world. It’s probably better off that way, since if fantasy were reality, I wouldn’t have anything to think about when driving from one property to another. But look at this place – these photos are linked from the Pb Elemental’s “Work” section of their web site.
Pb Elemental (a neat nod to the chemical element of Lead, Pb being the notation for that element), is at the forefront of modern architecture in my book. Just look at the awnings that keep you dry (and shades some of the glass from the sun) while you enjoy your patio on a warm but rainy spring day – they are solar panels. Oh, did I forget to mention this was a 4 star Built Green Certified home? It also is certified by the ENERGY STAR program. Which is why it was on my tour… it even already has a rain barrel installed, near the front door.
I can’t help it – I just want you to enjoy these professional photos marketing this property with me. I took some pictures, too, but they just are not as good as this…
I mean seriously, who couldn’t go to *town* with awesome planters on this patio? The bamboo screen along the border is already installed and growing to increase the privacy of the sunken deck and patio. SWEET.
I can’t even begin to imagine how I would laze about my living room, reading books and relaxing, with my entire wall open to my patio and my dog and cat(s) running in and out of the house, enjoying the sun.
I love the cabinets in the kitchen. The swing up, and they are solid. Look at the ceiling…beautiful wood. There is a powder room off the kitchen for guests.
Completely open industrial stairwell to the loft bedroom. There is a great laundry nook at the top of the stairs with uber-efficient washer and dryer, and a ventilating fan (indoor air quality is one of the mainstays of green home design). There is a large clothes closet, a mechanical closet, and full bathroom upstairs.
The loft may be only 700 sq ft or so (I think Pb Elemental’s info says 670 square feet), but it is open, bright, has the ultimate in interior appointments, and I am still daydreaming about the place a week later. It certainly made an impression. The company purchased over 10 different properties in South Park and is almost single-handedly remaking the streetscape. There was a map on the counter showing all of the properties the company had acquired, and they are spread out nicely in the neighborhood. (Could not find that information on their web site, tho.)
Maybe in another lifetime, this will be the place for me. Maybe in YOUR lifetime, it IS the place FOR YOU. Click here for listing information.
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