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Bussing Broker: Week 20

After completely missing tour last week (I shake my fist at thee, rhinovirus!) I jumped on the wagon in a big way the first chance I had this week.  Yesterday I took a nice long lunch break and made a tour of the condos on offer from Belltown down to Pike Place.  The sky was a delightful Seattle gray, the temperature was comfy, and it didn’t drizzle even a little.

This has always been my favorite way to do property tour.  It’s near my office but since it’s not Capitol Hill, it’s mostly flat, and the views are always great – I’m a an admitted sucker for views of downtown, so even if water or mountains are lacking from a unit, it probably has something I like.  Now, with the experiment in touring without a car, I get a bonus opportunity to be smug everytime somebody asks, “How did you find parking?”  I should perhaps start tracking this stat, too.  It happened at four out of six properties yesterday.

Location: Belltown / Downtown
Time: 2.25 hr
Transit modes: Bus, Foot, Train
Cost: 2.75
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: Iced Oolong
Properties Viewed: 6

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Bussing Broker: Week 19

I have nothing to report this week.  My roommate generously shared a cold, so I wasn’t out doing showings with clients, I’ve been sitting on my couch, clutching a box of tissues, and consuming an endless supply of hot tea (with honey!).  I thought really hard about wandering out to tour property yesterday.  Then I took a nap instead.

Fingers crossed for a more productive week next week!

Location: My couch
Transit modes: Tissues
Cost: 0
Cats petted: 1
Tea consumed: An endless supply
Properties Viewed: 0

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Bussing Broker: Week 18

I tried Queen Anne again.  I was more sensible this time.  Instead of tackling the whole hill, I just hit three properties in lower Queen Anne.  Lower, as in, trying to bike there isn’t an act of idiotic masochism.  (For me, at least.  I’ve seen other people bike up that hill.  I am in awe.)

Okay, I confess, I had an ideal list of seven properties, four of which required me to get all the way up the hill.  I thought, perhaps, if I was feeling very athletic, or if bus timing was convenient, I’d hit the whole list.  It was looking possible for a moment, there, even.  The third property I went to was a sort of transition property.  It was on Ward street and to get there you have to tackle a non-tiny part of the steep incline.  But the best route there, as determined by me in the moment, was to take a public set of stairs.  My bike is heavy.  I chained it up at the bottom of the stairs rather than carry it up, in anticipation of yet more uphill biking.

And then I was done.  Also, sun burned.  All of a sudden, a lot of people are sunburned this week.  I’ve already complained about this weather, but I’d like point out, it’s too early for it to be this sunny!

Location: Queen Anne
Time: 1.5 hours
Transit modes: Bike
Cost: 0
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: Blushberry black tea
Properties Viewed: 3

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Bussing Broker: Week 17

This week was a Tuesday tour week.  I’ve been running from appointment to appointment ever since and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to write it up.

The weather on Tuesday was pretty nice, so I caught the train downtown and took a look at condos.  I had five I wanted to see, the last on in Belltown, but I cut the Belltown condo from my plans because I was getting tight on time.  The downtown condos were all clustered fairly near Pike Place Market, so walking between them was quite easy – I probably would have opted to walk even if I’d had a car with me just because parking downtown is such a hassle.  My favorite part of looking at condos downtown: the views were fantastic.  Mount Rainier wasn’t out – it was hazy enough in the distance to hide a shy mountain – but the sun on the water was great.  Days like that, I spend a little time wishing I worked out of an office downtown instead of in Capitol Hill.

This tour was definitely a clear victory over using a car, though.  The train to Westlake was easy, and not having to find parking and debate whether I should move the car from one showing to the next was a huge improvement.  So far, the tours in the denser parts of the city have been strong arguments in the no-car column.

Location: Downtown
Time: 1.5 hours
Transit modes: Train, Feet
Cost: $2.25
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: No tea
Properties Viewed: 4