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Meet Gary Olmeim

A Certified ADU Specialist

With over 35 experience in real estate development & construction management, Gary Olmeim has unparalleled expertise, making Urban Cottage your best bet for ADU & DADU Real Estate in the greater Seattle area.

Serving The Greater Seattle Area

Gary Olmeim

As one of only a handful of certified ADU specialists in Seattle, Gary Olmeim is uniquely poised to consult on all things ADU. A longtime Seattle resident and graduate of the University of Washington, Gary is an expert on the Puget Sound housing market, and was particularly excited by the new legislation on backyard units passed in August 2019. Through his experience as a general contractor and real estate broker, Gary has become passionate about the opportunity to build communities through ADU-viable real estate.

Gary Olmeim Certified ADU Specialist

The Urban Cottage Promise

We provide all the benefits of a traditional real estate brokerage ... and more. Wondering how you can add a cottage to your property? How to sell a home with an ADU or DADU? How to buy a home with an ADU or one that will be easy to add on to? What to charge for renting your DADU? In every case, we've got you covered. The Urban Cottage promise is to provide exceptional services imbued with the following:


Owner Gary Olmeim has spent his entire career in construction & real estate development. Having spent 7 years as a VP at Wyndham Worldwide and 11 years as a managing broker at his own firm, he has seen it all. Amid the changing landscape of Seattle real estate, Urban Cottage provides reliable, sound counsel for home buyers and sellers alike.


As a longtime Seattle area resident and veteran of the real estate industry, owner Gary Olmeim understands the effect that housing can have on a community. Founded just as Seattle changed its housing ordinances to include backyard cottages, Urban Cottage is driven by the concept of Aging in Place and affordable, neighborly living.


Beside his ADU Specialist Certification, Urban Cottage owner Gary Olmeim holds degrees in both construction management and environmental design from the University of Washington, along with his real estate broker's license. No matter the property, he provides the expertise necessary to get the most for your dollar.

Studio DADU with gable roof in backyard (Exterior)
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