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Candela Hotel & Residences

Status: Proposed: 2012
Neighborhood: Downtown

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DESCRIPTION

Opening in 2012, Candela Hotel & Residences, Seattle will become an iconic part of the city skyline. Located in the heart of downtown at Second Avenue and Pike Street, this enviable location situates owners within one block of the world famous Pike Place Market and within an easy stroll of the waterfront, the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, as well as numerous restaurants and retail shops.  Developed in partnership with Urban Visions, Seattle’s leader in sustainable real estate, the project brings together award winning architect Tom Kundig, and celebrated interior designer Clodagh, to create an environment of function, wellness and beauty. Enjoy luxury condominium living, a spa membership and the 5-star services of one of the most exciting luxury hotels to debut in the world.

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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.

Insignia

Status: Proposed: 2011
Neighborhood: Belltown

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DESCRIPTION

Insignia raises the bar on all aspects of downtown Seattle living. Comparable to living in a five-star resort, Insignia turns leisure into luxury with an expansive array of amenities that cater to every modern indulgence.  Insignia will boast Seattle’s most comprehensive amenities program. An extensive array of private facilities is consolidated on the expansive 7th level including an outdoor courtyard garden, an indoor pool, a spa, screening room and lounge areas. Creating an open and lofty ambience is the 8th level mezzanine area, complete with fitness center, wine-tasting room, library and more.  Atop each tower lie Insignia’s two incredible 41st floor SkyLounges. These spectacular spaces featuring four outdoor decks, games rooms, wet bars and full-sized kitchens with conversation bars, enclosed in floor to ceiling windows for 360° panoramic views of the city, Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, Lake Union and the surrounding mountains.

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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.

Gallery Presentation Center New Location

August 28, 2008 by  
Filed under Gallery

Gallery has informed us that they are moving thier presentation into the building this weekend!  You will now be able to visit them at 2911 2nd Avenue, Suite 120.  They will be in one of their fabulous loft townhomes just north of the lobby.  They will also continue to be open 7 days a week from 11:00 to 6:00.

This is an exciting opportunit to see one of the many new construction project finally come to fruition.  Congratulations GALLERY!

Banner Building – 80 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121

Address: 80 Vine St., Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown

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DESCRIPTION

Built in 1994, the Banner Building consists of commercial and residential spaces.  The building’s most popular homes are the fourteen high-end two-story studio lofts.  The AIA award winning building was built to accommodate artists who work and live from home, and most every home in the building is unique since it was originally built for homeowners to design themselves.  Ed Weinstein of Weinstein Copeland Architects said, “The building is the framework within which artists can work.”  Although old loft buildings have been converted into live-work spaces in Seattle for many years, the Banner Building is the first project designed for this purpose.  With its unconventional program, it is not surprising that the project’s original developer, Koryn Rolstad, is not really a developer at all, but an artist with enough determination to bring the project to life.  Rolstad, who runs an architectural sculpture studio called Bannerworks, wanted to create a community where art and commerce came together and where struggling artists could live with more established ones.

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BUILDING DATA

  • Year Built: 1994
  • Number of Units: 26 + 5 Commercial
  • Number of Stories: 7
  • Exterior: Cement/Concrete
  • Parking: Common Garage
  • Pets: Subj to Restrictions
  • H/O Dues Included: Central Hot Water, Garbage, Water/Sewer
  • Common Property Features & Amenities: Elevator, Fire Sprinklers, Terrace

NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS

  • Artech/Denman
  • Belltown Dental
  • Casuelita’s Caribbean Cuisine
  • Chartreuse International
  • Chocolati Cafe
  • CJ’s Eatery
  • Classic Lines
  • El Gaucho Grill
  • Robin Rosell Salon
  • SITC Parking Garage
  • Site 17 Deli & Grocery
  • Subway
  • Sushi Kyo
  • Washington Mutual Financial Ctr
  • Wax on Spa

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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.

ESCALA New Construction Photos

August 27, 2008 by  
Filed under ESCALA, JE Dunn NW, Midby Companies

Wow, have we have been lucky with the weather.  We were fortunate enough to have fairly blue skies while taking a hard hat tour of ESCALA today with John Midby.  Since there is yet to be any interior walls at the construction site, it’s really difficult to paint the picture of what everything will look like.  Therefore, our photos are focused on the amenity space, quality of construction, and views.

Exterior from 4th and Virginia

Exterior from 4th and Virginia

After climbing up and around a little boys hot wheel car playground paradise, we entered the enormous lobby.  Midby pointed out the where the winding staircase will attach to the 3rd floor.  The long-time developer assured us the staircase would be, “smashing.”

Grand Lobby

Grand Lobby

From here, we went down the east wing of the building where there will eventually be a plush lounge and fireplace for guests and residents to relax.  Which restaurant will occupy the northern portion of the luxury development is still up in the air.  However, based on the chuckle and “we don’t know yet” response by John, there’s plenty of interest.

Lounge

Lounge

Wine Cave

Wine Cave

Movie Theatre

Movie Theater

Gym and Lap Pools

Gym and Lap Pools

One of things that was most impressive about the tour was not only the views and the spacious floorplans, but just the amount of concrete.  Before our exit, John stated that, “We want the quality of our work to represent everything we do.  We spared no expense on quality.”

View from Gym & Pilates/Aerobics Room

View from Gym & Pilates/Aerobics Room

With much of the construction materials scattered about, it was difficult to get a good shot of the spectacular views for those who have, or will be purchasing units in the northeastern corners.  However, there’s a straight shot down a corridor that will give these homeowners a spaceneedle view.  In addition, many of those same floorplans will offer homeowners lake views.  Personally, I really enjoyed the view down 4th Avenue which is shown below.

4th Avenue Southern View

4th Avenue Southern View

Western View

Western View

Eastern View & Deck

Eastern View & Deck

And these guys…  They just wanted to say hi to mom, dad, and the rest of the fam.

We’ll follow up this post soon with renderings of the amenities, which are not yet ready to be released.

Four Seasons New Construction Photos

August 26, 2008 by  
Filed under 4Seasons

Thankfully, unlike every other day over the last several, Friday was perfect for visiting the new Four Seasons & Private Residences. Sales representative Molly Gleason met me, April, and Justin out front to give us hard hats and inspect our boots (April’s were “cute” Chooka rainboots with pictures of skulls, hearts, sparrows, and lucky horseshoes). So, here’s some of the highlights…

Our journey began by going through the residence’s private entrance, which passed by the soon to be, Fran’s Chocolates (thank you Molly for the delivery: yummy). We then passed through the lobby, and to the ART restaurant where Kerry Sear from Cascadia in Belltown will take the position of Executive Chef.

Four Seasons Grand Lobby

Four Seasons Grand Lobby

Art Restaurant and Lounge will be a Northwest-inspired eatery featuring a casual bar-style counter area in the middle of the restaurant. There will be 65 tables and private dining room which all have extraordinary western views.

Art Restaurant & Lounge

Art Restaurant & Lounge

We then traveled up the service elevator to the 20th floor to take a look at one of the 2-story units. Since the unit is spoken for, we cannot post any photos. But I assure you that it is on top of the world.

After soaking in some sun on #2002′s extra large deck, we traveled to the 18th floor where there is still a couple units available for you to make an offer.

18th Floor View

18th Floor View

Eastern facing units also had impressive city views with plenty of light. As you can see from the photo below, the floorplan allowed the windows to stick out a few feet. So, you are able to clearly see down 1st Avenue.

Living Room from 18th Floor 1 Bedroom Living Room

Living Room from 18th Floor 1 Bedroom + Den Living Room

Southern View from 18th Floor 1 Bedroom + Den

Southern View from 18th Floor 1 Bedroom + Den

Curious to know what $15,800,000 looks like? Since it was difficult to really take pictures that paint the picture properly, here’s a comment that Molly made that may give you a good idea. She said, “This is where your additional quarters would be if you had a private staff.” The unit takes the entire half of the floor, has a 2nd kitchen for the “hired staff,” features 3 separate decks, and 6 bedrooms.

Staff Quarters?  May need to consider a 2nd job.

Staff quarters? May need to consider a 2nd job.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Portion of Living Space

Portion of Living Space

Not bad of view from this deck...

Not bad of view from this deck...

Not bad of a view from this deck too.

Not bad of a view from this deck too.

Great deck for throwing paper airplanes to the pool.

Great deck for throwing paper airplanes to the pool.

If we didn’t have to consider load time for photos on the Internet, we’d post more of this unit. But, if you’re interested in buying, give us a call and we’ll arrange a showing.

If $15.8 million is just over your budget, unit #1102 is still available and very much of a favorite. This home faces west, and located in the south corner of the north side of the horseshoe shaped high-rise.  Take a look at this awesome living space below.

#1102 and #1502 Living Space

#1102 Living Space

#1102 and #1502 Living, Kitchen & Deck

#1102 Living, Kitchen & Deck

So, that’s enough for now. We’ll be sure to post a follow up of some amenity photos including a gorgeous spa, grand ballroom, and design textures.  Price list is available for the 11 remaining units of the 36 total.

Condo King County Weekly Sales Ratios for Aug 6th, 13th, and 20th 2008

Condo Only, NWMLS Area 701 (Belltown & Downtown Seattle)

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  • August 6th

  • August 13th

  • August 20th

The Gardner Report

August 21, 2008 by  
Filed under Finance, Puget Sound Region

Mr. Gardner is a land use economist and principal with Gardner Johnson Land Use Economics and is considered by many to be one of the foremost real estate analysts in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Gardner has recently submitted the second in a series of economic reports acknowledging the downturn in Washington’s housing market. Below are some graphs that reflect data gathered for our regional economics and real estate.

First, Gardner shares his opinion by saying that we will see an upward pressure on unemployment rates as we learn to deal with high gas prices and low consumer sentiment.

“The increases in the overall unemployment rates are, for the most part, a function of contraction in construction and financial activity sectors that are a direct result of the housing downturn.”

However, even though the job market has slowed, our sixteen-county region still added 32,500 new jobs (29,000 of which were in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties).

Percent Change in Annual Employment

Percent Change in Annual Employment (provided by Gardner-Johnson)

As far as real estate is concerned, Gardner pointed out that there has been inconsistencies in the percentage declines in sales. He then later follows up with a “however” and states that we are seeing more equal declines across the region.

In the second quarter of this year, transactional velocities remained stubbornly low with all of the counties surveyed seeing decreases of between 25 to 40 percent from the same timeframe in 2007—overall, sales are down 35 percent.

As many other industry professionals say, Gardner hypothesizes that the market is struggling with tight credit restraints and still in fear (or hopes) of further price reductions. We still say, buy–if you can. The average home value has increased by 60 percent between June 2003 to June of this despite recent slowing. While the recent downturn may have scared away many investors, those looking to buy to live can still expect the area as a “positive long-term asset,” Gardner states.

Median Home Price Escalation Rate

Median Home Price Escalation Rate (provided by Gardner-Johnson)

Mr. Gardner concluded the report by saying sidelined buyers should return back to the market as we see more stability in our national economy. His speculation, as well as mine, is that we should see more buyer activity towards the end of this year by having more showings, phone inquiries, and increased traffic at open houses. If this is the case, then much of the public won’t see the “activity” until the media catches up in the second quarter. The first quarter of the year is where we would expect to begin documenting an increase in activity with more offers, pendings, and solds.

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The Meridian – 1420 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Address: 1420 Terry Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown/First Hill

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DESCRIPTION

Developed by Taliesen Corporation, The Meridian is closer to everything than expected. Located in the First Hill neighborhood, residents are within a short distance of everything in downtown Seattle. Minutes from Benaroya Hall, Safeco Field, Wild Ginger, Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, Pacific Place and Westlake Mall, this is urban living at its most convenient. All units feature slab granite countertops, limestone tile flooring, gas cooktop, gas fireplace, forced air heating, air conditioning, and Cat 5 wiring. In addition, each unit has a balcony, parking, and storage. Luxury amenities include a 24-concierge, fitness room, hot tub, steam room, media/home theater, conference room, club lounge, and guest suite.

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BUILDING DATA

  • Year Built: 2002
  • Number of Units: 158
  • Number of Stories: 26
  • Exterior: Brick, Cement/Concrete
  • Parking: Common Garage
  • Pets: Subj. to Restriction
  • H/O Dues Included: Central Hot Water, Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
  • Common Property Features & Amenities: Cable TV, Concierge, Disabled Access, High Speed Elevator, Exercise Room, Fire Sprinklers, Game/Rec Room, Guest Suite, High Speed Internet Available, Hot Tub, Lobby Entrance

NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS

  • ACT Theatre
  • Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro
  • Benson’s Grocery
  • The Eagle
  • Goods
  • Paramount Theater
  • Six Arms
  • Standard Home
  • Summerfield Suites
  • Tango Restaurant & Lounge
  • Union Park Grocery & Deli
  • Utrecht Art Supply
  • Union Square Grill
  • Virginia Mason Hospital
  • Washington State Convention Ctr

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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.

1915 Second For Sale

August 13, 2008 by  
Filed under 1915 Second, Intracorp Companies LLC

Another proposed project by Intracorp has been canceled, and is up for sale. The project itself has been approved, even though there have been recent changes to building code due to enhanced height restrictions. However, Intracorp has failed to comment as to why they seem to be unsuccessful with recent development attempts. As Matt Goyer points out, the Parc seems to be Intracorps only project over the last couple of years that hasn’t fallen through, or been converted to apartments.

Naturally, Moran and Company boast their excitement for retaining the rights to continue listing the property. Regardless of Intracorps’ stand on why the project is up for sale, 1915 Second is in a prime location, has an attractive design, features desirable amenities, and claims to have unobstructed views–unlike another hole in the ground idea which was planned nearby.

2nd & Stewart is a 12,950 sq. ft. site located in the heart of downtown Seattle in the Market District. It is within half a block of the Pike Place Market to the west and two blocks to Westlake Center and Downtown Seattle’s retail core to the east. To the south (within four-blocks) are Benaroya Hall, the expanded Seattle Art Museum and over 21 mm sq. ft of core Class-A office space in Seattle’s Central Business District. To the north is the vibrant Belltown neighborhood, which contains a multitude of fashionable restaurants and shops focused on 1st and 2nd Avenue.

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