Let's take a closer look at what I just purchased. First, the street. Looking south and uphill, I see this:
Looking the opposite direction (downhill), I see this:
It's a pretty quiet street, and it looks like parking won't be an issue for larger events. Now facing west, I see the driveway, with someone's car parked in it.
Walking down to the end of the driveway and turning around:
You can see the drop-off on the left side. That's about where the center of the new driveway will be. The idea is that the utilities will be run along the bottom edge of the drop-off, then dirt from the foundation will be used to fill the rest of the driveway. Now pivoting to the left, you can see the southern half of the lot:
It's currently a backyard for the neighboring duplex. Not any longer! Going around to the other side of the duplex facing west, there's another dropoff leading into the next lot. I think most of that slope is mine.
Walking further down, you can see there's a view of Capitol Hill from ground-level.
It should look pretty nice from 30 feet up. There's a little shed on this side of the lot:
That needs to be torn down. The giant bush needs to go as well:
Well, there you have it. That's what my 4700sq feet of land looks like right now. The first step is to get a silt barrier around the lot and then have an onsite pre-construction meeting with the city on Monday to get approval to break ground.