Bye Bye Beach Drive Bungalow

moonset_looking_back_at_houseWe thank all of our wonderful guest who stayed at the Bungalow over our short few years. Overall, we enjoyed our time as hosts at our beach home and have many wonderful memories that we will treasure.

Although we have reached out to HomeAway/VRBO/Expedia, AirBnB, Washington State Department of Ecology and, of course, the Seattle City Council – there still seems to be no progress with allowing waterfront homes to operate as vacation rentals in Seattle. The Council has delayed the process again with licensing – however, it’s still very uncertain.

This is from my last email with Margaret Glowacki, Sr. Land Use Planner with the City of Seattle:

“Thank you for your questions regarding short-term rentals in Seattle’s Shoreline District, which is the land within 200-ft of the water and the area both in and over water. SDCI has begun the process of our required Periodic Review of our Shoreline Master Program (SMP) regulations. We do not have a set timeline at this point, but I hope to have regulations over to the Mayor’s office for their review later this summer. We continue to evaluate possible changes to the SMP regulations. As such, we haven’t made any determination on changes, including the changes you highlight regarding short-term rental use, and where it might be allowed. Additionally, Seattle purposely considers this type of use a lodging use in the Shoreline District. 

The SMP regulations are an important part of state and local laws. These regulations are mandated by the State’s Shoreline Management Act (SMA) and the regulations are implemented through SMPs at the local level. The main goals of the SMA and SMP are to provide for areas of our shorelines to be used for water dependent uses and for areas to be used for public access and to protect the aquatic environment. As you can imagine providing for these three main goals can be challenging because of the potential conflicts, particularly in an urbanized environment. Our shorelines are a finite resource and the state and local jurisdictions including Seattle, are responsible for their protection.”

We are fortunate that a friend of ours has asked to buy the home. We actually met because she also has a Flat Coated Retriever, like our Hitch. We feel lucky, especially considering how close our homes are, that we have a nice neighbor. We joke that we now have a “Flat Coat Compound”.  We are also in the process of selling a lot of the furnishings that were in the Bungalow.

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Hopefully the City of Seattle can figure this out for other waterfront vacation rentals. I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of faith in our current elected officials.

Again, a big heartfelt thank you to our many wonderful guest at Beach Drive Bungalow.

Watch the Argosy Christmas Ships from the Bungalow

The Argosy Christmas Ship schedule has been announced. This year, one of the sailings pass by the Bungalow! You can watch the ships from the warmth of the living room, out on the covered deck or join the festivities!

Here’s when the ships will cruise by:

Saturday, December 10, 2016:

Lowman Beach is south of the Bungalow on Beach Drive, next to Lincoln Park. You’ll be able to see the Christmas ships pass around 3:00 on the way to Lowman and again when they head to Alki Beach.

The Christmas ships will return later that night to West Seattle when they stop by Salties on Alki around 9:00 pm. You won’t be able to see this later cruising from the Bungalow, however you can go to the nearby parks by Salties to see the ships and join in on the carols.

As of the publishing of this post, December 10, 2016 is available for you to stay at Beach Drive Bungalow.

Here’s an article from Beach Drive Blog showing the Christmas Ships passing by a couple years ago.

Things to do… if you plan on watching the Mariner’s (or Seahawks, Sounders or Storm game…or…

A few weeks ago, guest staying at the Bungalow who had tickets to see the M’s play the Twins asked for suggestions on what to do during their stay.  I won’t go into the details of that game… but thought I’d share our suggestions with our readers.
In West Seattle, I recommend going to Alki to see the beach, Seattle skyline and people watching. Alki Beach is about 1 – 1.5 miles from here. You can walk along the shore from the bungalow and pass the  Alki lighthouse (opens Memorial Day weekend). Here’s some things to do around Alki.
Rob suggestion for Saturday evening: Stop by Harry’s Chicken Joint (on California) and order some chicken and sides to-go (I like the gravy). Walk across the street and south to the Beverage Place Pub to have a beer or try the Bridge, while you wait for your chicken (approx 15 minutes). Take your to-go dinner back to Bungalow, slide open the doors on the balcony, turn on M’s game – channel 1764 (7:10 start), enjoy dinner and watch the sunset from the deck.
Did you get tickets to the M’s game yet? My husband buys the cheapest tickets he can find and stands over the bull pens (left center field) where they have a long counter you can stand at with your beverages and food. The upstairs tv in the Bungalow is typically set to Root Sports (channel 1764 to watch the M’s. 🙂
If you’re interested in brunch before the game, in West Seattle, I’d recommend:
  • Jaks Restaurant on California in the Junction by Alaska (our favorite steak house – they also have the best happy hour hamburger you can find)
  • Ma’Ono on California in the Junction by Alaska (they also have GREAT fried chicken)
  • Circa is on California towards Admiral
  • Salty’s on Alki – this is a great spot. You can’t beat the views. The brunch is over the top… it’s just a bit pricey as it’s an “all you can eat” set up. (See more about Salties below).
 If you’re taking your car to the game on Sunday, you could go to Pikes Place Market afterwards to explore, see the famous fish market where they toss salmon and perhaps pick up some farm fresh goods to cook up back at the bungalow. Parking is free on the streets on Sundays. You should be able to find parking on 1st Avenue south of the stadium (you will probably have to walk a few blocks). Or there are paid parking lots closer to the stadium.
If you’re using “uber” to get around to the game, you could take the foot ferry from West Seattle to the game and skip having to find parking.
Pyramid is a nice ale house with good food across the street from Safeco Field. We should mention that that the Safeco is known for their tasty restaurants (and pricey beers). 🙂
Salties in West Seattle has an amazing view. I recommend going to their bar for appetizers and/or cocktails. I think their dinners and brunch are pretty pricey and you can find better quality at other spots in West Seattle for the money… the view is the best.
I recommend stopping at Metropolitan Market on your way to the bungalow to pick up some groceries. Coffee and tea are provided for your first morning. There is a “zero water” filter in the fridge.
Let us know what your interest are if you are wanting more recommendations for things to do or places to eat.
We look forward to your stay!
If you’re looking for suggestions – we love giving tips to our guest upon their request. Just let us know what your interest are and/or types of food you enjoy and we’ll share what we know.
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