Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« Cleaned My Desk This Morning a... | Day 4: Picketing Sprint »

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Apartment Hunt

posted by on August 22 at 11:49 AM

An email from a friend…

Do you know anyone on the hill who might have a 1-BR space to rent to a stable but low-income couple who are losing their long-time Capitol Hill rental (condo conversion). They could pay about $775, maybe a little more. You may have seen this couple around the Hill on their bikes (no car)…he’s 77 yrs old and plays piano at the Victrola on Saturdays (as well as at nursing homes and such places; she’s French, (about 48 years old) also a musician, performs at various places around town (Cafe Campagne, Crepes de Paris, Maximilien’s, etc), does French tutoring, ran the French Cultural Center next to the Deluxe for several years. They are both very community-oriented and are kind of fixtures around the hill; they would very much like to stay here, where they have lived for decades… but you know how prices are here.

If you know of anyone with some rentable yet affordable space, could you please let me know?

If you have a lead on an apartment on Capitol Hill, let us know in comments.

RSS icon Comments


The CD has plenty of rentals. Cheap.

Posted by cochise. | August 22, 2007 11:55 AM

I can not think of any place but I would suggest walking the streets to find the best deal on Cap Hill. (Time consuming yes but best way to find a great deal) I found a decent studio three years ago for $600.00. Landlord did not advertise, he just had a sign on the telphone pole in front of the house.

Forward the letter the the Mayor's office though. I am sure he can help... LOL!! (yeah right)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 22, 2007 11:55 AM

Give the Margola Apts a call. They're on 17th & Spring. Affordable and cute, but surrounded by condo conversions. Half of the tenants have been there for years, the other half are on the typical apartment turnover schedule, so there's a good chance something is available for around $750.

Posted by The General | August 22, 2007 12:02 PM

I pay 500/mo in Columbia City but that isn't an advert to move here! You wouldn't want to live in a doghouse like mine anyway.

If my car was working properly I'd probably head up to Richmond Beach tonight to hear African AllStars. Plus, that beach is beautiful. Anyway, I'll probably catch them at over labor day weekend.

So I'm sticking to Ranier Ave. tonight. Matt Jorgensen at the C.C. Theater! And Suzanne Vega is on Leno later! SWOOON!

Posted by Garrett | August 22, 2007 12:13 PM

fathia and jerry are being evicted? quel domage!

Posted by adrian! | August 22, 2007 12:14 PM

If they truly are low-income, they should call Capitol Hill Housing (formerly CHHIP):

They have several buildings right in their stomping ground - the Berneva (17th & Mercer), the Fredonia (Canterbury), the building with Palermo's all come to mind.

Posted by Paul | August 22, 2007 12:19 PM

@6, I doubt they can wait that long. A friend of mine and his wife have been on a wait list for low income housing for 5 months. (That is through Plymoth Housing though so Cap Hill could be different but I doubt that much different)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 22, 2007 12:27 PM

@3 beat me to it. I just left the Margola Apts and they are great. Also the rents are now more around $825. But they should have a couple vacancies coming up.
Dan, I can give you the contact info for the manager at the Margola offline.

Posted by grumpypants | August 22, 2007 12:28 PM

Arcadia Apartments. Gigi and Siris manage the building for John Sainsbury who grew up on the hill and probably knows them.

Posted by Morgan | August 22, 2007 12:31 PM

There might be something available at the Lakeview Place apartments at the corner of Bellvue Place E. and Belmont E. Rents are higher than what was indicated in the post, but the landlord loves longterm stable tenants, so he might be willing to cut a deal.

Posted by QuimbyMcM | August 22, 2007 12:35 PM

Try 13th and Howell across from the Greek Orthodox Church. The building doesn't have an elevator, but they do have ramps going all the way up to the 4th floor so they won't have to deal with stairs.

Posted by try | August 22, 2007 12:42 PM

That building is converting to condo? Effin' unreal. What about the woman who watches kids in the neighborhood? We've got to stop all these conversions, something has to be done for people that make a neighborhood truly feel like one.

Posted by Jhames | August 22, 2007 12:51 PM

@ 12 - if you want to work with others who are trying to do just that, there's a meeting tonight. See here:

*For immediate release: contact Kappy Trigg (Lock Vista Tenant
hm:206-276-9638 wk425-264-0238) or Coalition at 206-632-0668*
Planned Condo Conversion Threatens 200 Households in Ballard! *

*"Lock Vista Tenants Host Community-wide meeting Wed. Evening August
22nd, 7:30PM to Stop Loss of Affordable Housing in Ballard and their
homes at Lock Vista! Many Seniors and longtime Ballard Residents Will
Lose their homes with no where to go...unless it can be stopped" say

* Meeting held to discuss strategies for stopping conversion of Lock
Vista and dozens of other low income and affordable buildings in
Ballard now facing conversion
* Area elected leaders have been invited!
* 240 units in 22 buildings have already been converted decimating
Ballards affordable rental stock. Lock Vista would nearly double
the losses. These are homes low income and working people and
seniors depend upon to remain in their community.....the
neighborhood needs help from area leaders to stop these losses......
* "We are losing are neighborhood to gentrification and it must
stop" said one of the Lock Vista tenants

The tenants of Lock Vista are holding a community wide meeting next Wed.
evening 7:30pm (see address below). A large turnout of tenants from the
200 unit building are expected as well as residents and their supporters
from the larger community. They also are inviting area elected officials
and church leaders. At least two legislators have said they are
planning on attending and others will send representatives. The tenants
hope to come up with strategies they can employ and area elected leaders
can employ to stop conversion of their building and dozens of others
like it in Ballard now facing conversion. Our hope is to get
commitments from electeds in attendance to put a stop to this or in some
other way intervene on the tenants behalf. These losses must top and we
need to mobilize broad public sentiment and get elected leaders to show
real leadership and intervene to stop it......

*When and Where:*

*Wednesday Evening*

*Aug 22 @ 7:30pm*

*BallardWorks building, on the ground level entrance, directly across the street from the north side of Taco Time*

*2856 N.W. Market St. and 30th (Lock Vista is across the street)*

Posted by LH | August 22, 2007 1:04 PM

Craigslist has a couple of hits. This looks to be the most promising:

Posted by Wireless Lou | August 22, 2007 1:05 PM

ugh - sorry for the crappy cut and paste

Posted by LH | August 22, 2007 1:05 PM

to paraphrase Dan, old people should be boiled alive like lobsters and then fed to their idiot Stranger Editor.

Posted by Mr. Pink | August 22, 2007 1:23 PM

This is a perfect job for THE PUBLIC INTERN.

Send that guy out to find these people an apartment.

Posted by mason | August 22, 2007 1:28 PM

ps: he should also rent them a van and arrange a slog-commenter work party to help them move.

Posted by mason | August 22, 2007 1:30 PM

the Senior Housing Assistance Group may be able to place them very quickly, this is exactly the kind of thing they are here for. also, they have some really amazing buildings downtown, it's enough to make me think i should fake being old to get into one of them, a la 'bosom buddies'

Posted by josh bomb | August 22, 2007 1:33 PM

Jerry Diamond Rules!! Somebody help the old-fella out, will you?

Posted by i luv Jerry | August 22, 2007 1:37 PM

I'm really sorry to hear that. The same thing happened to us and the 25+ tenents in our building. We had to leave the neighborhood; I REALLY hope that your friends can find a place that suit them.

I wouldn't rely any organizations like CHHIP, Porchlight, or LIHI for quick placement. The waiting lists are astronomical. They should find a place (possibley in a cheaper neighborhood), and then get on as many waiting lists as possible.

They can try these websites as well:
(Database for low-income qualifying subsudized apartments. You can search and then call the apt. managers directly.)
(Housing Resources Group--one of the only organizations that have first come, first serve rentals on the market. One draw back is that their background check takes 2 weeks and an interveiw process. They have some really quality properties.)

Again: Good luck to your friends. My heart really goes out to them; it's really tough to lose your home. Especially at no fault of you own.

Posted by tabletop_joe | August 22, 2007 1:38 PM

We sort of just finished apt. hunting in Capitol Hill ourselves. Apartments under $900 are few and far between for anything decent / safe.

There's a sidewalk sign for low-income apartments in Pioneer Square outside of the Cherry St. cafe on 2nd & Cherry. Definitely send intern to go apt. hunting. It's almost a full-time job and good apts. go extremely fast!

Posted by Maria | August 22, 2007 1:44 PM

Contact Housing Resources Group at 206-622-2893 for available units. They are an affordable housing group with apartments on Capital Hill.

Posted by Jason | August 22, 2007 2:16 PM

Try 1732 18th - I lived there last year, it's quirky, sweet and affordable if they have an opening, which happens sometimes. Good luck you guys. Portland is great for that old pre-total gentrification spirit, but not so good if you need to find a job.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | August 22, 2007 2:23 PM

$775? $900 for a one bedroom in a great part of a cool city? I'm laughing and crying at the same time. I moved to Manhattan, um, why again?

Posted by gracynyc | August 22, 2007 2:28 PM

that developer must be on crack to do a condo conversion in this market...

Posted by investigatory journalist | August 22, 2007 3:04 PM


I hope they lose their shirts. But I'm sure they'll be successful.

Posted by tabletop_joe | August 22, 2007 4:12 PM

it has been a few years since i've had the wonderful experience of listening to that fine gentleman play you are my sunshine on the victrola piano, but when i think about seattle i think about him. what a fantastic person. i hope he and his lady find a home quick.

Posted by blackandblue | August 23, 2007 6:25 AM

2nd and Cherry (the Lowman apartments) are affordable in name (and subsidy) only.

Posted by Finishtag | August 23, 2007 11:42 AM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 14 days old).