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It's hard to quantify how much views are worth

If it's so hard, how come whenever you get a house or condo appraisal, it lists a dollar value for the view?

Posted by JMR | April 3, 2008 2:11 PM

When I was visiting friends in Seattle I could see the mountains from their kitchen sink. Being from the flatlands of the midwest I found this view awesome. But I have no idea how much it'd be worth.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | April 3, 2008 2:15 PM

She negotiated a deal to buy the air over the building to the west of Cristalla, to make sure that building never got any taller. That way she could promise the views that she was marketing.

I'd rather views get managed this way, instead of the petty zoners and NIMBYs constantly fighting building height.

Or, maybe, develop a scheme where if you damage someone's view (like the Cosmopolitan tower situation in the article) you have to compensate the owner. Views: You Break It, You Buy It. Just a thought. Maybe there are places that do it that way.

Posted by JMR | April 3, 2008 2:17 PM

The irony of the "density at any and all costs" Stranger running a piece on the desirability of views is simply amazing - doubly so that ECB would post on it.

My head is now spinning faster than Linda Blair' pea soup to follow....

Posted by Mr. X | April 3, 2008 2:22 PM

when you have a specacular view valued at $100,000 that you pay taxes on, and then some builder fuck buys the shack across the street & puts up a 6000 SF "Bungalow" style ugly piece of shit & blocks half that view & sells it for 1.8 MILLION FUCKING DOLLARS, then you have to petition the assessors office to revalue your property, then you'll be obsessed with "Views" too.

Posted by max solomon | April 3, 2008 2:31 PM

eh. pretty good article. but if you are looking at a wall, um, that's not a territorial view, it's not a view at all.

a territorial view is a view of the surrounding.....ahem, territory...bits of the city ... usually no water in it and no mountains....not dramatic but still nicer than looking into your neighbor's window 7-10 feet away or looking at a wall.

Seattle has tons of views and more waterfront and nicer in-city neighborhoods and no big huge crime ridden area and a bit of traffic....this is news??

Posted by unPC | April 3, 2008 3:23 PM

Why are elderly black people so obsessed with paving their yards?

Posted by Miles | April 3, 2008 3:43 PM

@7 - for the same reason middle-aged white people are obsessed with taking chainsaws to the trees on public land in the "way" of "their views".

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 3, 2008 4:17 PM

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