Hannah, a Seattle studio member at Common Lake View, is an outdoor enthusiast and loves the easy access to nature her life in Seattle grants her. Whether she’s bouldering on the weekends, exploring nearby Bavarian towns, or paddleboarding on the lake next to her apartment, she’s an expert at taking advantage of all of the natural beauty of the city and surrounding wilderness. We caught up with her to learn more about how she’s converted her studio into a thriving workspace during the pandemic and her top recommendations for anyone thinking of moving out to the Emerald City.
Hi Hannah! What do you love most about your studio at Common Lake View?
Originally, I lived in a Seattle studio in the building that became Common Rogers after it was taken over by Common. After living for about 3 months with Common’s management, I submitted a transfer to live at Common Lake View — it was a seamless process! My studio at Lake View is a bit bigger than my other studio, has a balcony, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Seriously, the building is one of the tallest in the East Lake neighborhood, so you can see the lake, bridges, downtown area, and even the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Honestly, having an outdoor space and a view has helped me keep my sanity during quarantine!
How did you convert your studio into a productive work from home space?
I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home, but when you live in a studio, you definitely have to get creative with your set up! My job is to help in the product assessment process for an outdoor running company, so a lot of my day-to-day involves capturing data from testers around the nation, analyzing it, and then relaying the feedback to our product development team. As you can imagine, this requires a full set up, but I’m proud to have created an entirely transportable office space in my studio.
For anyone creating a workstation in a smaller space, I definitely recommend multi-purpose and collapsible items in your setup. My desk is at standing height, so I can sit on a barstool or stand throughout the day and I angle my TV towards my desk to act as my second monitor. At the end of the day, I simply realign the TV on the wall, collapse my desk, and then it feels like a cozy home again!
When you’re not taking in the gorgeous views from your studio, what do you love to do in the Seattle area?
I never want to take for granted the easy access to the outdoors the city offers. In the Seattle area, there are numerous spots to go mountain biking, skiing, or on a long hike. Since I live right next to Lake Union, I’m always paddle boarding on the lake before or after work. The city also has a great food and nightlife scene, but sadly that’s been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
On the weekends, I’m usually getting lost somewhere in the stunning wilderness of Gold Bar Boulders, bouldering in Index, or discovering quirky nearby towns such as Leavenworth, which is designed after a traditional Bavarian village. If I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll take a short camping trip to the east of the city to get some time to refresh and unwind.
We’re dying to know: what’s your next Seattle adventure?
Funny you should ask, I’m actually looking at conversion vans this weekend to have more freedom to get away into nature. My dream is to outfit the van with a bed, kitchen, and a few other amenities so I can continue to push the limits on where I can go on the weekends.
Some rapid-fire questions:
Favorite neighborhood: Eastlake
Dream Celebrity Roommate: Conan O’Brien
Favorite local spot: 14 Carrot Cafe
Go-to coffee shop drink: Green Tea Matcha
Ideal Friday night in Seattle: Prepping for a weekend adventure!
One thing you wish would change about Seattle: Traffic
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