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Quiet Neighborhood, Mountain Views, Close to Downtown and Seattle's Best Parks

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)


We purchased this house in 1987 when we were expecting our first born. We wanted to stay in the neighborhood because of all the local attractions and the family style of its residents.

Seeing the house for the first time, we fell in love with the boxed-beam ceilings and the french doors opening to the patio. The rest was history.

We did a simple remodel of the basement when we had teenagers so that they had a little more private space. I now live in very simple style in that basement, and so I am around periodically to work in the yard and am close by if there are any questions. There is also a washer-dryer available in a common area in the basement.

Our dining room serves well for small gatherings of 8-10, and when the weather is warm this room opens onto the patio through the French Doors.

The kitchen has dark cherry cabinets and all new appliances, and comes with all the basics for cooking and presenting a great meal for a small group. Next to the kitchen is a small half bath.

Upstairs we have three bedrooms, a small family room, and a full bath. The view deck facing North is accessed from the Master bedroom and makes the master itself a great retreat from the din of a larger group in the house. The other bedrooms look South over the secluded patio in back. From the back bedrooms one can also see the small path that meanders up from the patio through the garden to our detached garage facing south on the street behind us (54th). The garage can park two, but I am using one space.

Keywords: Upstairs includes Masterbedroom w TV and view deck, bedroom with Queen, bedroom with 2 twins, full bath, small Den w TV...

Downstairs includes full kitchen with breakfast nook seating 3-4, living room, dining room seats up to 8-10, french doors open to patio...

Parking for 1 in detached garage, parking for second car on street.

More Details

Jim Yragui
Member since: 2012
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Jim Yragui

I graduated Oregon State in Pharmacy in 1979, but left a year later to live in Spain. After 2 years in Pamplona (my family comes from that area), I got my MBA in Barcelona at IESE then landed in Seattle in 1984 for a Medical Sales career with Merck.

Today, I work for Humana, as a field sales associate for Medicare health plans. For fun, and to help raise funds for Senior Centers in our neighborhood, I cook paella for 90 people using two weber barbecues. I also MC small auctions and fundraisers that support seniors.

I used to run Greenlake (2.8mi) every day, but now choose to just run in the neighborhood for the quiet, and the fragrant gardens. I used to ride my bike on the Burke-Gillman trail (40-50 miles long around Lake Washington and east to Redmond), only about 5-6 minutes down the hill from our house. I enjoy sailing small boats, and of course, any opportunity to practice Spanish I can find.

Jim Yragui purchased this house in 1987

Why Jim Yragui chose Seattle

I chose this neighborhood because it is full of people, just like my memories of Spanish cities. While in Spain people came together for food and people watching, Seattle people also come together for outdoor activities: to run or walk, or to ride bikes, or to hike or ski the mountains. I believe in daily exercise, preferably outdoors, and our neighbors mirror this. I also find many of these people to be very creative, probably because of the proximity to the University of Washington. And, just as in Spain, there are many small unique and interesting places to eat.

Another reason why I chose this neighborhood was its convenience. Driving to work or to events downtown is quick and easy on Hwy 99. Driving to work outside the city in the morning or returning from outside the city in the evening is easy because most others travel in the opposite direction at those times.

We raised two kids in this house, and when they were little we would hike to the Ballard Locks to watch the salmon come up the fish ladders, or hike across the locks to get to the beach below Discovery Park. We flew kites at Gasworks Park, rode bikes to the UW, or just walked around Fremont to see the troll or the Sunday Market or the Solstice parade. Like in Spain, the Solstice parade is a parade of PEOPLE in costumes, walking or on bikes, not of cars covered with flowers. Greenlake was always a great place for the kids to swim in the summer. Now, I guess, I am staying in this neighborhood because it is full of families with kids –once you have kids of your own, you always get a kick out of watching others !

What makes this house unique

Lately, I have walked south to Fremont (20 min) ,crossed the Fremont Bridge, and climbed to the top of Queen Ann (another 20 min) for an incredible view of downtown and the Space Needle. To the north about 2 miles walk (or run ! ) is Carkeek Park, a ravine with a Salmon stream that gurgles down to another beautiful beach on the sound. Ballard is west, only 15 minutes’ walk, and another 20 minutes takes you to Shilshole, with Sailboats and lots of sand on Puget Sound. Coffee shops abound in all neighborhoods. One of my favorite little coffee shops is Canal Street Coffee, where one can sit and watch the parade of boats motoring to and from the Ballard Locks and the Sound.

The local Phinney Neighborhood Association sponsors many activities for all ages. An interesting one is the annual “Gum-Shoe”, where people walk a route mapped with 20 stops across the neighborhood. Each stop has a riddle which can be solved only with the clues available at that stop. It’s a great way to explore the neighborhood.

After enjoying the outdoors, boating is the next traditional pastime in Seattle. Small sailboats can be rented at Greenlake, and at the center for wooden boats on Lake Union. Of course, there are the traditional tourist activities involving boats, such as the hydro races in August, or local water tour of Lake Washington to see Bill Gates house, or simply renting kayaks to paddle around the Arboretum. But the best boat attraction is simply taking a ferry ride on a beautiful day, either to Bainbridge Island to tour a winery, or to Vashon Island to ride bikes and enjoy locally grown foods. My second best boating activity is watching the Duck-Dodge (all-comers) sailboat race held every summer Tuesday evening on Lake Union.

Airplanes are also big in Seattle, thanks to Boeing. Tour the 787 plant in Everett or the Museum of Flight at Boeing field, or just watch the float planes take off and land on Lake Union, always somehow dodging all those sailboats !


Phinney Ridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master is large, has extra space and balcony
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), sleeping bags (4)/air mattresses (4)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Owner is very fluent in Spanish.


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Quiet Neighborhood, Mountain Views, Close to Downtown and Seattle's Best Parks
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 29 reviews

Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

Clean, cozy and convenient. Jim is great.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We booked this home as a transition from Nebraska to Washington, so we booked for an extended stay. From the first day, Jim was super welcoming to our family. Anytime we saw him, we always got at least a smile and a hello. Jim went out of his way to chat with us (and especially my 2 daughters).

The house was great. I've seen previous comments about the shower, but we had no issues and I'm not sure how anyone would. The floors were in great condition (and there was absolutely no smell , so again, I'm not sure what previous guests are commenting on).

The kitchen is in great condition with awesome appliances and dishes. It was extremely nice to be able to cook, with a great island area (you'll never get that in a hotel and even most houses). The dining room was a great space (and the Bluetooth sound system was an awesome bonus). Furniture was all extremely comfortable and made for a wonderfully relaxing.

I can't say enough good things about our stay :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Home With Friendly Owner

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for two weeks while traveling for work. The house was very clean and well furnished. It has a very cozy atmosphere with great relaxing areas both inside and out, especially on the front porch swing with a view of the Olympic Peninsula. The house has a definite "beachy" feel to it. The owner is a great, fun, and helpful guy you can invite over and get a local's advice on the area. The house is very close to Ballard which has plenty to see and do. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone. A good time guaranteed!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bartlett Tree Experts City of Seattle Stay

  • 5 of 5

My company rented this home for a month. The guys that stayed in this home said that the home was great, the owner is great and easy to work with. We had no complaints what so ever and ended up renting the home for another month stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poorly maintained house with smelly stained carpets

  • 1 of 5

We (2 adults and 2 adult children) stayed here for 12 nights. There's an overwhelming stale smell in the house when you open the front door. We tried leaving all doors and windows open but it didn't make much difference. The stair carpet is very stained and dirty and needs to be replaced. The sofas are also stained and grubby. The kitchen appeared clean on the surface but the inside of the cupboards smelled of grease when opened. The steps down to the basement laundry were very narrow and were not very safe and the laundry room was dirty. When we used the shower which is over the bath, water ran down the back of the bath into the kitchen below. It was obvious from the peeled paper on the ceiling and wall that this was not a new problem. When we told the owner this he suggested we move the shower head so it doesn't go near the back wall of the bathroom. We suggested perhaps it would be better to fix the problem. Half way through our stay we changed the sheets on the beds and we found a pair of mens underpants stuffed down the back of the mattress in the main bedroom. While we were staying there we saw another review on here which very accurately described this place as I am describing it now. The owner responded saying it was malicious and had VRBO remove it. Having spent 12 nights here I find it hard to believe the 23 almost perfect reviews. Perhaps our expectations are too high but for the money we paid this place needs to be much better maintained and have new carpets and furniture. We would not stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THIS IS NOT A FIVE STAR HOTEL!! This is an old house. Some people appreciate the old house feel, others don't. I think these people (Aussies) had to make reservations quickly at the last minute and could not find the usual hotel accommodations they wanted. ...paragraph...Unfortunately, they were much more aloof than other guests I've had. I DO like people that let me know if something goes wrong. That's just neighborly, and it gives me a chance to right things. These folks didn't care to let me know if something was out of line until I prompted them AFTER 3 DAYS. ...paragraph....I am mystified that they would not talk to me. One clue is that they were in town for treatment for their two adult sons. I wonder if they are experiencing caregiver stress, and this makes them different from the other folks who stay, folks who come to vacation or celebrate a wedding in Seattle. I will bend over backwards to make your stay comfortable, but can't help if you don't ask. ...paragraph.... There is no stench in the house, and there are no stained carpets. That part of the story simply isn't true (The following renters confirmed this too, as have several housekeepers). However, just to be sure, I just replaced the stairway carpets and upstairs landing carpets, (well worn but CLEAN) with hardwood. Maybe she thought WORN carpet meant stained/dirty carpet. NO CARPET THERE NOW! ...paragraph...Finally, the shower is easily managed, as evidenced by all the other very positive ratings. Although I asked them to keep me informed of any issues, they seemed very sensitive to anyone coming into their space, and so I stayed out of their way. If these renters had let me know there was a problem, they would not have suffered for three days! ....paragraph... I am sure that the rates they would have paid in any hotel would have easily DOUBLED what they paid for their stay. Seattle is very expensive, especially in the summer, but I have been told by many that my rates are very reasonable for 4 adults. ...paragraph.... If this really was her message ( I still can't believe it, and suspect fraud), I guess I got unlucky in hosting a very bitter person. It happens. But 95% of my renters have been really great people. They are great because they are friendly, they talk to me, and appreciate a good situation when they see it! If that's you, please come...i guarantee you'll have a good time!
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Beautiful house, Nice and helpful host, Great Location!

  • 4 of 5

We stay there for 4 nights and I'm glad I chose this place. My two kids 1 and 4 both loved this place. We cooked several meals especially for kids and it's very convenient. Jim is very warm and helpful. Although he lives downstairs in the basement, we didn't really feel like he is there. He always responded to our questions quickly by texting.

The location is great, short drive to downtown, restaurants, parks, etc. A little walk around the neighborhood is also very nice. You get really nice views there.

Thank you Jim!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The zoo is 3 blocks away

Live music in many locations within 1 mile

Greenlake center is 1 mile away, with paddle boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, roller blading, bicycle renting, sunbathing, running, walking and lots of people watching.

Shilshole, a large sandy beach on the sound, is 2 miles away.

Boats parade up and down the ship canal.

Float planes bank skyward, and down to starboard, hourly.


Rates & Availability

Phinney Ridge House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Sep 23 2017 - May 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $201
Tax Rate 9.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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