Subscribe to Seattle Condo Blog | Seattle Condos for Sale | Downtown Market Trends

Examples and Characteristics of Lofts in Seattle

Most all dictionaries define a loft as a storage area or attic. This can cause some confusion, so I scoured the Internet to find out everything I could to provide the true definition of a “livable loft.” In real estate terms, all lofts feature ceilings 10′ or higher, and with very few exceptions, large windows measuring 6′ or higher. Lofts can also be classified into three styles; New York Lofts, Industrial Lofts, and Modern Lofts.

Examples of Lofts

New York – Also referred to as the “true” loft, the most common trait among this style is the lofted bedroom. This design also has very high ceilings of 15′ or higher, and traditionally excludes interior walls. New York style lofts typically sell at a premium compared to others because the 2nd story is commonly more desirable.

Examples of Projects in Seattle with New York Style Lofts

Site 17 Veer Lofts Lumen
Site 17 small Veer Lofts small Lumen small

Industrial – This style of loft may or may not include a 2nd story, but strictly refers to industrial or commercial structures that have been converted (usually by the addition of full baths and kitchens). It’s also very common for this style to include exposed brick walls and/or ductwork.

Examples of Projects in Seattle with Industrial Style Lofts

81 Vine Jackson Square Stadium Lofts
81 Vine small jackson square building small Stadium Lofts small

Modern – This style falls into the definition of a loft because of ceiling and window height. However, it’s common for this style of loft to have interior walls separating rooms. This type of design has also become a popular trend in new construction and will typically have a less industrial feel.

Examples of Projects in Seattle with Modern Style Lofts

Klee Mosler Lofts GALLERY
Klee Suites Lofts Mosler Lofts small gallery small

Characteristics of Lofts

In addition to various styles, lofts have various characteristics that make them even more unique. When beginning your search, the more you know about what you’re looking for, the less time you’ll have to spend searching. Here is a guide to help you add to, or cross off, characteristics on your loft wish list.

Exposed Brick Exposed Beams Multi-Level
Loft exposed brick exposed beams 2 story loft
Floor/Ceiling Windows Metal Catwalks Concrete Columns
loft window Loft Metal Catwalks concrete column
Exposed Ductwork Open Kitchen Concrete Ceiling
exposed ductwork Loft with open kitchen loft concrete ceiling

This blog is a great place to search for loft style condos in the downtown Seattle area. If an address features loft style units, the building has been categorized in the “Condo Categories” drop-down menu in the left column of this blog. All condo projects have also been categorized by amenity, location by street, zip code, architect, neighborhood, and more.

If you’re interested in taking a look at some of Seattle’s lofts for sale, contact to arrange a day and time that fits your schedule.

Site 17 – 2440 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Site 17 Logo

Address: 2440 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown


Here you can find all active listings at Site 17. If your dream condo is not listed, sign-up to be instantly notified by email.

View Listings Button

Sign-Up to receive an instant email notification of new Site 17 condos for sale as soon as they hit the market. Membership also includes a monthly review of all activity for this building.

Sign Up Email Notifications


Nationally recognized for it’s innovation and excellence in multi-family urban design by the Urban Land Institute, Site 17 is an 8 story condominium/loft building developed by Site 17 Holding, Inc. and designed by award-winning architects GGLO. Homes were originally priced from only $185,000 which was the lowest prices in Belltown in 1998. The community has open 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms and two-story loft homes. Homes also offered a few different finishes including standard, premium and urban lofts with stainless appliances. Halogen track lighting and concrete slab bars in the kitchen give homes a modern design and look. Units that have the Urban Loft package feature 18-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and main level cement floors. Kevin Spitzer is responsible for the metal artwork in the facade and rooftop beacon. The location is just a block away from 1st Avenue in Belltown which is the home of Seattle’s most popular restaurants, retails stores and nightlife.


Kitchen Exterior Kitchen.

Living Terrace view


  • Year Built: 1998
  • Number of Units: 192
  • Number of Stories: 8
  • Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Metal/Vinyl
  • Parking: Common Garage
  • Pets: Subj to Restrictions
  • H/O Dues Included: Cable TV, Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
  • Amenities: Cable TV, Club House, Disabled Access, Elevator, Exercise Room, Fire Sprinklers, Game/Rec Room, High Speed Internet Available, Lobby Entrance, Outside Entry, Security Gate


  • Ace Hotel
  • Cyclops Cafe & Lounge
  • Down Under
  • Kuhlman
  • Low Income Housing Institute
  • Rudy’s Barbershop 89 Wall St
  • Salon de Orfilia
  • Shipwright’s Hall
  • Site 17 Deli & Grocery
  • Wax on Spa



nwsource biz journals urbnlivn stroupe blog entries

*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.