South Lake Union House


Call: 206.204.3700

207 Pontius Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

South Lake Union House (formerly SCCA House,) can be your home away from home during your treatment at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. We offer 80 affordable apartment-style units within blocks of the Fred Hutch outpatient clinic on Lake Union. Our amenities include kitchenettes and free Fred Hutch shuttle service.



Patient Suite

Sleeps two

$82/night, tax included, daily rate (1-29 nights)
$74/night, tax included, monthly rate (30+ nights)

Patient & Cargiver Suite

Sleeps three

$103/night, tax included, daily rate (1-29 nights)
$93/night, tax included, monthly rate (30+ nights)

Patient & Family Suite

Sleeps five

$137/night, tax included, daily rate (1-29 nights)
$123/night, tax included, monthly rate (30+ nights)

South Lake Union House is exempt from the Washington state hotel tax (15.6%). Prices are subject to change without notice.

See our FAQs for details on paying for lodging, and the differences between South Lake Union House and Pete Gross House. Financial assistance may be available

“South Lake Union House is a calm sea in the middle of a hurricane. We came here after our daughter was flown by fixed wing over 300 miles away. It offers us a clean place to stay with friendly and compassionate staff.”

— Cara Renkert


South Lake Union House is an 80-unit housing facility conveniently located near the Fred Hutch South Lake Union clinic. The tranquil rooftop garden offers incredible views of the city and an opportunity to escape the stress of the day. Caring staff and helpful volunteers are available to assist and support patients during their stay. The wheelchair-accessible shuttle transports patients to Fred Hutch and local grocery stores. South Lake Union House offers a safe and secure building. Guests gain access by entering a code into the keypad at the front door. The building has a limited amount of underground parking.

Each guest room is outfitted with a kitchenette, which includes a microwave, a small refrigerator and a sink for meal preparation. Telephone for local calls, cable TV and wireless Internet are also included. All baths are equipped with handholds, and some rooms provide roll-in showers.

We are here to reduce stress on patients and their loved ones already coping with serious illness. Hear from some of our patients and caregivers on their experiences at South Lake Union House.

About South Lake Union House

  • Fully furnished suites with kitchenettes
  • Large common kitchen and dining room
  • Exercise room
  • Infection control measures consistent with Fred Hutch clinic upheld
  • Resource center and library
  • Theater
  • Children’s room
  • Meditation room
  • Free laundry units available 24 hours a day
  • Outdoor courtyards
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Secure garage and parking
  • Free shuttle service to and from Fred Hutch clinic every 20 minutes
  • Secure entry
  • Sponsored events held at South Lake Union House to support patients and family
  • Social events, such as community sponsored dinners, bingo nights, and game nights where you can meet and talk with other cancer patients, caregivers and families

Three room sizes are available to accommodate different needs.

Patient Suite

  • Sleeps two
  • Queen-size bed
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Kitchenette

Patient & Caregiver Suite

  • Sleeps three
  • Queen- & twin-size beds
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Separate caregiver area
  • Kitchenette

Patient & Family Suite

  • Sleeps five
  • Queen- & twin-size beds
  • Queen-size sleeper couch
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Separate caregiver area
  • Kitchenette

South Lake Union House was designed and built with strong infection control measures – an extra step to keep you safe.

South Lake Union House is a non-smoking building, just like the Fred Hutch clinic. Seattle has ordinances prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of any public building’s entry doors.

We know this is a difficult time for you, smokers and non-smokers alike.

We ask that you honor our Tobacco Use Code of Conduct while you are living with us. This code of conduct was created to support the health and well-being of our patients and their caregivers. In order to provide the most healthful home-away-from-home possible, smoking will not be allowed, at all, in the front of South Lake Union House.

As a cancer treatment program, it is only right that we provide patients the best atmosphere possible for their care. With this in mind, Fred Hutch's Living Tobacco-Free Services is available to help patients and their caregivers who want to reduce or kick the habit. This no-cost program offers personalized help to develop a quit plan and information about helpful resources. Call 206.606.7766 for more information.

For reservations, call 206.204.3700, or e-mail

South Lake Union House (at the time, SCCA House,) received a Merit Award in 2011 from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Northwest & Pacific Region. See citations for this and other awards on the architect's website.

In 2009, South Lake Union House was featured in AIA Seattle Forum (Vol 2, No. 4) focusing on design for healthy living. See the story on Designing Healthier Buildings starting on page 24.

South Lake Union House was given an AIA Future Shack Award, which showcases local architects’ creative responses to fast-morphing urban lifestyles across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints, and social agendas. Read more about it in this Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine feature story.

In 2011, South Lake Union House received a Residential Architect Design Merit Award, featured in Residential Architect magazine.

South Lake Union opened in 2009 and is certified at the gold level by an internationally recognized green building certification system called Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Energy Efficient Elevator

The KONE Eco-efficient™ elevators used in this building have Eco-Disc™ technology that allow them to operate with 50 percent less energy than what is required by conventional traction elevators.

Low-Water Toilets

The low-water toilets in South Lake Union House reduce water consumption by 30 percent compared to traditional flush toilets. Public toilets in the common areas have two flush modes: UP for liquid waste and DOWN for solid waste. They also feature an anti-microbial coated handle.

Air Filtration System

South Lake Union House's indoor air quality is 100 percent FILTERED outside air. We use MERV-13 filters. MERV is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of an air filter. Merv-13 means that the filter is classified for use in a “Superior Commercial Building,” a rating higher than typically used in hospital laboratories. A “Better Residential” filter is a MERV-7, whereas a standard “Residential” filter is a MERV-3.

Automatic Lights

The WattStopper™ lighting control system regulates all common area and external lighting to be as energy efficient as possible. The system automatically adjusts for seasonal and daylight savings time changes.

Heat Recovery System

The heating and cooling system is designed to use recovered heat, thus saving energy. By using a variable refrigerant volume HVAC system, excess heat from one guest room can be used to heat a colder room and vice versa. Also, the building exhaust air is heat exchanged with incoming outside air to either help heat up or cool down the incoming outside air, depending on the season and the conditions in the building.

Green Rooftop

Rooftop storm water is retained by green roofs in lieu of on-site detention tanks. Most of the plant varieties used on the green roof areas are in the succulent family and will require very little irrigation system watering. Ninety percent of the construction waste was diverted from disposal, meaning that 90 percent of the waste was recycled.


Low VOC paints (volatile organic compounds) were chosen to reduce indoor air contaminants that have odors and can be irritating and/or harmful to painters and occupants.

Bamboo Plywood

Used on the cabinets, tables, stair treads, and residential window sills throughout South Lake Union House, bamboo plywood is a rapidly renewable building material and the plywood contains no added ureaformaldehyde resins.

Carpet and Adhesives

The carpet meets Green Label Plus standards for VOC emissions and contains 35 percent pre-consumer recycled material. The backing is PVC-free, and the carpet is 100 percent recyclable.


The brick on the outside of South Lake Union House is a very durable regional material made from products and materials that were extracted within a 500-mile radius of Seattle, supporting the use of local resources and reducing the environmental impacts from transportation.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is a durable flooring made from linseed oil, pine rosin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone, and a jute backing. Many of these materials are rapidly renewable (made from plants that are typically harvested within a 10-year cycle or shorter) and the product has 10 percent recycled content. The adhesives and sealants are low VOC.

How You Can Help South Lake Union House

Support from private donations has helped us furnish our common rooms – like the theater and wellness room – and also provide financial assistance for families for whom the modest cost of staying at South Lake Union House would still be too high.

To make a donation, please use our mail-in donation form or call 206.606.2070 or 877.308.3117.