January 25, 2010 by James
Filed under 1521, 2200Westlake, 81 Vine, ArborPlace, AvenueOne, BayVista, Bellora, Cosmopolitan, Cristalla, ESCALA, Featured, Gallery, Marketing, Meridian, Newmark Tower, Parc, Pomeroy, Seattle Heights, The Vine, WFP
We wanted to take a moment to share a beneficial service we provide for both buyers and sellers looking at downtown Seattle real estate. Over the last couple of years, we have built a collection of websites for buildings downtown, and have many more in the hopper. Our intention with these websites is to allow each unique address to convey its own personality online.
Every site we build for a condo building allows a visitor to:
- View active units for sale,
- View the past three years of sold history,
- Sign up for instant email notifications of new listings,
- Inquire about a particular unit’s value,
- See a neighborhood map and WalkScore,
- Look at a photo gallery of amenities, and
- Get building management/concierge contact information.
In addition, whenever we have a seller that lists with the Stroupe Group, we integrate a customized page with professional photography. All of our building websites also place at the top of all major search engines for maximum exposure, and we also use linking strategies to further secure placement.
Visit our current project: EscalaTower.com
Below is a list of other websites that are constantly being improved, and we would love to hear any suggestions on how we can make them better.
- 81 Vine Lofts
- 2200 Westlake
- Arbor Place Tower
- Avenue One
- Bay Vista Tower
- Bellora Building
- Fifteen Twenty-One
- Meridian Tower
- Newmark Tower
- Seattle Heights
- Tavona Condos
- The Cosmopolitan
- The Parc
- The Vine
- Watermark Tower
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Rollin Street Flats hosted their agent open house and new construction preview yesterday, and they were kind enough to invest a $25 gift card to Whole Foods for all those who attended. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any photos, so there’s not much to show you to form an opinion of your own. But, if you’re looking for a high-end (expensive) loft with exposed concrete and ductwork in a booming location, Rollin Street may be a place to check out. At the same time, this may not be the place for you if a view is a necessity.
Here’s a quick look at all the construction and activity happening in the neighborhood which was once fast asleep.
The new generation of buyers are demanding green built features when shopping for their first home, even though it can cost them up to 25% more. Builders are now being forced to make the additional up front investment in construction costs (averaging 2%), but Wikipedia states that they will eventually yield over 10 times that amount over the life cycle of the building. Additionally, developers receive additional incentives from state/local government that help boost press and public interest. Studies also show that LEED-certified buildings average $11.24 more per square foot, and have a 3.8% higher occupancy than non-LEED built homes.
So what is LEED-Certified?
Developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council of Washington D.C. (a nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders), The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)™ uses a rating system which offers 4 levels of certification — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each certification is designed to represent an “environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy place to live” by measuring building sustainability.
Each level is measured by points in five design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The higher the level, the higher the expenditure. However, LEED-certified buildings:
- Lower operating costs and increased asset value.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy and water.
- Healthier and safer for occupants.
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
- Demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
Here’s a look at what downtown area projects have been, or are striving to be LEED-certified:
It is surprising that many of the new construction projects haven’t applied for any level of LEED-certification considering that it’s proven to increase sale prices and occupancy. At the same time, an up front investment of 2% for a builder can be quite a bit.
While reports on the Internet support that buyers will pay more for a LEED-certified home, and builders will yield higher profits, I’ve had experience where buyers are actually turned off by the idea of having recycled materials integrated into their home’s interior. Buyer’s also seem to prefer to get more square feet for their dollar rather than a smaller green built home. What would you do if you could get a new construction 2 bedroom condo for the same price as LEED-certified 1 bedroom?
Grocery shopping has been a challenge for many downtown area residents, but owners of the historic Kress Building signed a 35-year lease with The Myers Group who will be operating the 18,000 square foot supermarket. Currently there’s really only 2 places to buy groceries downtown; Ralphs on 3rd and Lenora and the new Whole Foods at 2200 Westlake in the Denny Triangle.
Now those who will be living at the Newmark, 98 Union, Fifteen Twenty-One, AVA, Olive 8, and the Four Seasons will be able to conveniently do their shopping just a block or two away from home.
Newspaper articles announcing the much needed addition confirmed that the new store will not offer parking, but plans to offer delivery.
South Lake Union/Denny Triangle 1 Bedroom 1 Bath $369,000
Square Feet: 610
Let the sun shine in, through a southeastern-facing full wall of 9 floor-to-ceiling glass! 8th floor Capitol Hill/downtown skyline views from this open 1 bedroom, 610 square foot home with designer features. Efficient layout in nationally award-winning complex. Parking and storage included. Amenities include fitness center, business center, movie theater, 16-person hot tub, game room (Billiards & Foosball) and Pan Pacific services (additional fees apply). On the new Streetcar line!
910 Lenora Street 804
Seattle, WA 98121
January 1, 2008 by James
Filed under ARIA, ARTE, AZUR, Business Center, Club House, Concierge, Courtyard, Exercise Room, Game/Rec Room, Guest Suite(s), Hot Tub, Hotel Services, LEED Certification, Lenora, Sauna, Seattle Center, South Lake Union, Streetcar, Terrace, Terry, Theater, Vulcan Real Estate
Address: 2200 Westlake, Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Denny Triangle/South Lake Union
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550,000 square-foot three tower project including an upscale 47,000 square foot Whole Foods grocery store, a five-star Pan Pacific hotel, luxury spa and Marazul Asian Latino restaurant mainly serving the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union neighborhoods. Homes feature open-living spaces, premium kitchens and spacious balconies. The tallest tower featuring the hotel (ARIA) stands 18 stories with only 33 private residences between the 12th and 18th floor. The ARIA building’s lobby was designed by award-winning Hirsch Bedner Associates Interior Design. The southern tower (ARTE) features a two-level lobby, artwork by local artist Betsy Eby and stands 15 stories with 126 units. This tower also includes resident party room, 18-person theater, guest suite, wet bar and pool table. The western tower (AZUR) is where you’ll find resident fitness center and rooftop terrace. AZUR stands 12 stories and has 102 units. The goal of this complex is to provide a lifestyle of convenience with luxury hotel services and doorstep access to the South Lake Union streetcar. Homes originally priced from below $300,000 to over $2 million.
- Year Built: 2006
- Number of Units: 261
- Number of Stories: 18, 15 and 12
- Exterior: Cement/Concrete
- Parking: Common Garage, Individual Garage
- Pets: Subj to Restrictions
- H/O Dues Included: Central Hot Water, Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
- Common Property Features & Amenities: Cable TV, Disabled Access, Elevator, Exercise Room, Fire Sprinklers, Game/Rec Room, High Speed Internet Available, Hot Tub, Lobby Entrance, Sauna, Security Gate, Theater, Guest Suite
ADDITIONAL OPINIONS & REVIEWS
*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.
It seems as though the South Lake Union neighborhood has dominated the public’s interest in newspaper headlines. In just the last week alone, there were four updates featured in the Seattle Times and Post Intelligencer regarding economic and ecological progress. Here’s a peek at what’s the beginning of the S.L.U. boom.
- The new streetcar began operating at 12:12pm on 12-12-07. It was automobiles that were originally the death of the streetcar in the 1940′s. With the expectation of 12,000 new jobs and 6,000 new homes to be built in the neighborhood, the streetcar will help cut back on fuel usage and congestion.
- Speaking of fuel usage, another recent announcement was made stating that Propel Biofuels will open it’s flagship gas station on the corner of Westlake Avenue and Valley Street. The station will not have attendants, convenience store or even pumps. Customers will serve themselves and the landscaping will include canola, camilina, switch grass and soybeans. All of which ingredients to make biodiesel fuel.
- The media also announced the recent approval given to Vulcan, Paul Allen’s development company, to construct three 160′ buildings for the new (presumed) Amazon.com headquarters. Not only will the new location for Amazon drive a speculated 4,000 new jobs to the neighborhood, the City Counsel Panel also insured money would be allocated to affordable housing.
- On Friday, the new footbridge was installed at South Lake Union Park which connects people to the new streetcar station. The 12-acre park is planned to include parking, boardwalk, model boat pond and lush landscaping.
Available real estate investments in the booming neighborhood include: