Episode #2 – Green Bean Coffee House in Greenwood
It was a sunny and beautiful Sunday afternoon. The coffee shop had tons of sunshine beaming in through the ample windows, and the people inside ranged from a pair of moms with small kids, to a group of gentlemen reading newspapers, to a few 20-somethings working on laptops.
About Green Bean Coffee House:
Located at 8525 Greenwood Ave N, this is more than just a coffee house. It is a non-profit that “enriches lives through community development by practicing hospitality, creativity and service”. They strive to be a space where all are welcome, regardless of faith or socioeconomic status, and be a center for community building and activity.
Cost for a 16 ounce Americano = $3.00
Atmosphere: The Green Bean Coffee House has done a great job creating a space that is welcoming and feels like the neighborhood. They have lots of tables and chairs, a great area for kids with toys and low seating, and even a piano that is open for anyone to play. The colors are vibrant and playful, and the space has great natural light and a variety of seating.
Why I will go back: I actually don’t know if I will go back. From the time I ordered my bagel and coffee until the time I GOT my bagel and coffee was 14 minutes. And there were only three people TOTAL after me that ordered. The coffee tasted good, and the bagel was your average Seattle bagel (don’t get me started about how East Coast bagels are far superior), but I just get a little bent out of shape when things take a lot longer than they should.
Who I was with: I was with my dear friend Meka. She is an accountant and a money coach, and the founder of my FAVORITE money coaching business, Penny Smart Girl. Meka also works with people that are about to start the process of buying their first home, so we always end up talking shop. We discussed the best things to do when you are 2 years out, 1 year out, and 6 months out from buying your first place. We also talked about music (we have a shared passion for the same type of music), and about how the recent density surge (specifically townhouses), impacted the character of certain neighborhoods. Meka and I could talk all day….
About the neighborhood: Greenwood is the new Ballard, like tea is the new coffee. Greenwood still has lots of single family homes, great transit options to downtown and beyond, and although it lacks sidewalks, it still has a good walkability to the neighborhood.
- Average sold price of a home in 2015: $485,499
- Average sold price of a condo in 2015: $236,741
- Average resident income: $47,399 annually
- Average resident age: 36 year old
The Face of the Neighborhood:
This Greenwood Craftsman sold for $483,500 (121% of the list price!) on December 1st, 2015. It has 3 bedrooms, one bathroom and 1,160 square feet of living space. The house was nicely maintained, with a very usable kitchen and a larger than normal lot size.
Well friends, that’s a wrap for this month. Who wants to join me next month?