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Belltown Art Walk on September 16th

September 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Belltown, Denny Triangle, Lifestyle, West Edge

The next Belltown Art Walk & More begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16th.  Make sure you pick up a flyer as you stroll about. It will contain coupons good for discounts and 2-for-1 offers at Belltown’s most popular restaurants and bars.  We’ve grouped these by avenue for your convenience.  For a map and current event information, check out this link.

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Western & Bell:  Mars Hill Church, 2333 Western Ave

1st & Blanchard: Vain, 2018 1st Ave

1st & Blanchard: Gary Manuel Salon, 2127 1st Ave

1st & Battery:  Form/Space Atelier, 2407 1st Ave

1st & Broad: Allure Salon, 2915 1st Ave

2nd & Virginia:  Whisky Bar, 2000 2nd Ave

2nd & Blanchard: See Sound Lounge, 115 Blanchard St

2nd & Blanchard:  Belltown Barber, 2219 2nd Ave #A

2nd & Bell:  Bedlam Coffee, 2231 2nd Ave

2nd & Bell: Roq La Rue, 2312 2nd Ave

2nd & Bell:  Damaged Goods, 2316 2nd Ave

2nd & Bell:  Stylus, 2321 2nd Ave

2nd & Battery:  City Hostel Seattle, 2327 2nd Ave

3rd & Wall: Belltown Video, 2500 3rd Ave

3rd & Cedar:  Street Bean, 2702 3rd Ave

4th & Bell:  Belltown Pull-Apart, 2308 4th Ave

4th & Bell:  Gilt Edge Society, 2312 4th Ave

4th & Blanchard:  Yellow Leaf Cupcakes, 2313 4th Ave

5th & Cedar:  Musadesign, 2617 5th Ave

Denny & Taylor:  In.Fringe, 100 Taylor Ave N #A2

9th & Westlake:  Art Not Terminal, 2045 Westlake Ave

9th & Blanchard:  Eleveight Salon, 2130 Westlake Ave

9th & Westlake:  Design Theory, 2132 Westlake Ave

Your Chance to Weigh in on the Central Waterfront

September 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Belltown, West Edge

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From a field of 30 applications, the City of Seattle has narrowed the list of lead designers for the Central Waterfront to four firms.  All of them have strong experience nationally and globally, a deep pool of designer expertise, and multiple design awards. We’ve provided links to their websites so you can check them out. They are:

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol – Based in Seattle with an office in London, GGN was founded by partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol. 

james corner field operations – Based in New York and founded by James Corner.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – Based in Brooklyn, NY with an office in Cambridge, MA and founded by Michael Van Valkenburgh.

Wallace Roberts & Todd – Based in Philadelphia, with seven offices nationwide. Founded by David A. Wallace, William Roberts and Thomas Todd (fka Wallace McHarg Roberts & Todd).

The winning team will lead the designing of over nine acres of new Central Waterfront public space and a new surface street on Alaskan Way. Design work begins in October and will run until 2015, with construction scheduled from 2016 to 2018.

Want to see what these firms have in mind, ask questions, and weigh in on your top pick?  Public presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, September 15 at Benaroya Hall’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium (200 University Street, Seattle) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All four firms will present their credentials, explain their approach to this project, and answer questions from the public. The City will select the lead designer shortly after this event, in part based on the quality of these presentations and their ability to engage the crowd.

Can’t make it to Presentation Night?  The Stroupe Group website will keep you informed on the winner!

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Cristalla’s Green Wall is Changing Color (while staying Green)

September 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Cristalla

As you walk past the south end of the Cristalla, you can’t help but notice a big green wall with soft brown panels creeping up from below.  These are the final steps in constructing a permanent south wall for the building, now underway through CDK Construction Services.

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At the time the Cristalla was finished, the south wall was sheltered by an adjoining building set to become the 2015 Second Avenue project. That building was razed during the downtown condo boom, with construction permits filed and things going nicely in 2008 (it was even scheduled to open in 2010). However, like most projects later that year, the recession hit and everything stopped. This left the Cristalla with a now- exposed south wall.  Resulting weather damage finally caused management to repair damages and work on a permanent fix. Now that the south wall will be permanently protected, the Cristalla will no longer have to worry about major maintenance problems or structural concerns—which will also bring a sigh of relief to potential buyers and their lenders.

The green part of the wall is a rain screen manufactured by Knight Wall Systems. Rain screens are exterior infrastructures which sit away from an outside wall’s weather-resistant barrier.  They create a cavity allowing moisture to pass through and away from the building. The resulting airflow between the rain screen and the wall accelerates residual moisture evaporation. There’s also room for additional insulation, which increases energy efficiency and adds LEED credits to the building.

Another LEED feature is the brown part of the wall. North Clad® composite panels have a recycled content of approximately 30%+ pre and post-consumer recycled content. These lightweight panels reflect energy from the sun, reduce heat absorption and are graffiti-resistant. Aesthetically, it’s beautiful material, creating an illusion of a fabric-covered wall. Noel Foster, CDK project manager, added that they’re very pleased with the results.

The Cristalla South Wall project is well ahead of schedule and should be completed in September. The 2015 Second Avenue project is still in play, but no resumption date has been announced.

Bullseye! The Newmark is getting a Target store!

August 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Lifestyle, Newmark Tower

Target Corporation has purchased the bottom three floors of The Newmark Tower and will be converting it to a small-format Target store, complete with a Newmark resident entrance.  The doors will open on the Pike Street side, and the 103,000 sq ft space will also have 250 spaces of underground parking.  The store is the latest Target venture into an urban area, and is expected to open in the summer of 2011.

We’ll keep you posted on its progress!

Cristalla Assessment Simply Based on Neighboring Construction Hold-Up

May 27, 2010 by  
Filed under 2015 Second, Cristalla

The Cristalla has assessed its homeowners for water intrusion based on some open space that had become exposed to exterior elements. The empty lot had previously been going through a permitting process during downtown condo boom just a couple years ago, but was put on hold like most other proposed buildings. The residential high-rise named 2015 Second is designed to be physically attached to the base of the Cristalla building, and based on those plans the exterior of the south side of the address had no plans of delay at the time.

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While homeowners seemed to have known in advance of the assessment, it has caused some challenges with lenders getting buyers approved while maintenance is under way. In the meantime, the building is doing their best to take the necessary precautions and things are expected to be settled with no outrageous concern from homebuyers or residents.

Luxury Downtown Seattle Listings

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under 1521, Featured, First Hill Plaza, WFP

Realogics | Sotheby’s International Realty has given us some additional exposure internationally, which in turn has increased our ability to showcase luxury properties.  Take a look at these spectacular Seattle condos by clicking on their view below.

Fifteen Twenty-One

Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass & unparalleled Sound, Mountain, Space Needle & city views are the cornerstone of this luxury urban enclave, designed for those with the most discriminating of taste.

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Waterfront Place

Embrace city living in this tranquil, spacious, yet intimate unit in the exclusive Waterfront Place. Interiors by Holly McKinley.

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First Hill Plaza

Unparalleled 270 degree views of downtown Seattle from this custom designed sub-penthouse condo. Best designers with no expense spared on this elegant unit.

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If you are interested in listing your luxury property, contact us to learn more about our savvy marketing and global network.

The Four Seasons Makes Substantial Price Reductions

More and more new construction projects have been slashing prices and looking to unload any remaining inventory as quickly as possible.  It appears that the Four Seasons has joined this new trend and has released new pricing today.

The Four Seasons has sold 23 of 36 homes since completing construction a little over a year ago, and is now reducing prices as much as 47 percent.  With an original price tag of $2,098 per square foot, the new pricing has brought the average down to $1,464 per square foot (remove the two massive penthouses from the average and the price per square foot is even less).

Here’s a summary on new prices:

Unit
Old Price
New Price
1505 $2,412,000 $1,475,000
1605 $2,517,000 $1,525,000
1104 $4,522,000 $2,440,000
1404 $4,652,000 $2,490,000
1206 $4,815,000 $3,013,000
1702 $3,420,000 $2,670,000
1804 $4,820,000 $2,555,000
1204 $6,501,000 $3,705,000
1101 $8,659,000 $6,120,000
1501 $8,706,000 $6,306,000
1801 $9,778,000 $7,155,000
1902 $8,520,000 $7,845,000
200 $10,819,150 $8,650,000

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Stroupe Scoop: Volume 9 Issue 11

January 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Watermark

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click to view: volume 9 issue 11

For the November Scoop, we featured the Watermark Tower (SeattleWatermark.com) as the Featured Building.  We did not feature any individual units for this issue.  Every November we feature the dates of holidays and national events.  In addition, we include dates for all the things that go on in our city.  Be sure to view this Scoop for dates and websites regarding Sporting Events, Runs/Walks, Annual Event and Cultural Festivals, Events and Parades, as well as Film and Music Festivals.

Be sure to receive the Scoop when it first comes up by subscribing!

Stroupe Group Exclusive Websites for Buildings

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.

Sample Gallery

BelltownParc.com

BelltownParc.com

FifteenTwenty-One.com

FifteenTwenty-One.com

LiveAtTheVine.com

LiveAtTheVine.com

AvenueOneCondos.com

AvenueOneCondos.com

GalleryInBelltown.com

GalleryInBelltown.com

CristallaBuilding.com

CristallaBuilding.com

1 Hotel & Residences Hole to be Filled

October 9, 2009 by  
Filed under 1 Hotel, Featured

1-hotelThat’s right, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that Starwood, the company which had planned to build 1 Hotel and Residences, has announced that the large hole that has been not occupying anything next to the Macy’s garage on 2nd and Pike will finally be filled.

In a press release, Starwood Capital said, “As we wait for capital markets to stabilize sufficiently enough for us to realize our vision of building a world-class hotel and residences at the gateway to Seattle’s retail district, we are working in partnership with the city to ensure the property remains clean and presentable over the short-term at this important location”.

They’re still holding strong to the idea of developing on the corner, which very likely is one of the most valuable vacant lots in downtown, if not the most valuable.

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