Discover SLU Event: Veer, Rollin Street, Enso, Martin

What little information there’s been about the next phase of developments at South Lake Union really piqued my interest and so I’d been anxiously awaiting this Saturday’s preview but it turned out to be pretty disappointing. In the end it was lots of hype for an early look at floorplans. This is the last time I blow off a trip to Whistler in exchange for getting the scoop on new condos! My advice to condo promoters is that we’re busy active people and our weekends are sacred, especially in the summer. Please plan your events for during the week.


On Saturday a few friends and I headed over to the Discovery Center:

slu discover s Discover SLU Event: Veer, Rollin Street, Enso, Martin

Though all they really had available was the big model of Seattle. The rest of the center was closed off. Presumably they’re pulling out the 2200 display kitchens, bath and finishes and installing new vignettes for their new developments.

The real action was at the tent:

slu tent s Discover SLU Event: Veer, Rollin Street, Enso, Martin

We showed up at around 4:30 and there was a line of 20 or so people waiting to sign in.

Once in it was pretty busy:

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There were two open bars and lots of servers circulating with sushi, chocolate strawberries and other goodies. Though the real center of attentions were the three faux living rooms setup for Veer Lofts, Rolling Street and Enzo. However, these faux living rooms were nothing more than a designer couch and some additional furniture. They were not true vignettes. Though they did have these fun magnet boards so you could space plan your new flat:

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The only real thing of value for each project was that you could get a marketing brochure. a stack of floorplans (if they don’t update their sites in the next 24 hours I’ll scan in the floor plans and post them), and the buying process. They also had very vague pricing:

Veer: Mid $200’s+
Rolling: Low $400’s+
Martin: Low $400’s+
Enso: Mid $400’s+

Penthouses:

Veer: Mid $600’s+
Rolling: $1.5+ mil
Martin: $1.6+ mil
Enso: $1.6+ mil

Circulating on the floor were employees from the various firms attached to the project (architects, designers, etc. ) to answer your questions. We found out that Veer has two finish options (they had both displayed but the photos didn’t turn out) (In my opinion the cabinate and flooring choices were tacky). For Enso you have four choices for the bath and four choise for the rest (so you can mix and match). For Martin there are 6 options for every finish, truly enabling you to pick and choose.

While there was talk of music and performance artists for the twenty minutes we were there we listened to a DJ and someone came up to talk about the Enso purchase process but no one was really listening. Since I didn’t expect to find out anything more than what was in the printed material available we left early to watch Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals (go Oilers!).

I’ll post my thoughts about each project in the coming days.

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For years Matt resisted becoming a real estate agent preferring to be an executive in the startup world but he recently caved in the spring of 2014 and became an agent.

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  • anon

    Sound’s like they had better food at the public preview and you guys got to keep the floor plans. Not quite sure how they were able to spread the event over 4 hours. The one hour agent preview was 50 minutes too long, IMHO.

    I had been interested in the Veer but after seeing the finishes, I was disappointed. But, then, what’s not to like about orange vinyl :)

  • anon

    Sound’s like they had better food at the public preview and you guys got to keep the floor plans. Not quite sure how they were able to spread the event over 4 hours. The one hour agent preview was 50 minutes too long, IMHO.

    I had been interested in the Veer but after seeing the finishes, I was disappointed. But, then, what’s not to like about orange vinyl :)

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Yes, great food, lots of floor plans.

    And I too had been interested in the Veer (the price is probably right for me) but their preliminary finishes do not look good (except for the concrete (or cement (I can never tell the difference)) floors). If you bought there, you’d definitely have to factor in re-doing the kitchen. I suspect Rollin will be much better.

  • http://mattgoyer.com Matt

    Yes, great food, lots of floor plans.

    And I too had been interested in the Veer (the price is probably right for me) but their preliminary finishes do not look good (except for the concrete (or cement (I can never tell the difference)) floors). If you bought there, you’d definitely have to factor in re-doing the kitchen. I suspect Rollin will be much better.

  • jo

    I also went…what a waste of time on a nice Saturday afternoon.

    Rollin Street really disappointed. The floor plans were absolutely horrible. I believe the east side of the building is going to look straight into another building and it doesn’t help that it’s a very steep hill eastward. Plus pricing is going to start at 400k? I’ve heard 300k before. Enso is going to start at mid 400’s, and that’s going to be an open one bedroom on the second floor. I think they’re going to have a tough time getting these prices for them.

    No deals to had on these projects. I was very interested but not anymore. Very disappointed.

  • jo

    I also went…what a waste of time on a nice Saturday afternoon.

    Rollin Street really disappointed. The floor plans were absolutely horrible. I believe the east side of the building is going to look straight into another building and it doesn’t help that it’s a very steep hill eastward. Plus pricing is going to start at 400k? I’ve heard 300k before. Enso is going to start at mid 400’s, and that’s going to be an open one bedroom on the second floor. I think they’re going to have a tough time getting these prices for them.

    No deals to had on these projects. I was very interested but not anymore. Very disappointed.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    It was a waste of time.. I had been planning on going to Whistler this weekend but pushed it back a month so I could go to this instead. Ugh. Why couldn’t they had the ‘event’ during the week??

    I’m surprised you didn’t like the Rollin Street floor plans. I thought a lot of the one bedrooms with balconies were promising. I also agree that Rollin and Enso are pricey. The other project I’ve been interested in is the Brix Lofts on Capitol Hill. I’m really curious about their pricing now.

  • http://mattgoyer.com Matt

    It was a waste of time.. I had been planning on going to Whistler this weekend but pushed it back a month so I could go to this instead. Ugh. Why couldn’t they had the ‘event’ during the week??

    I’m surprised you didn’t like the Rollin Street floor plans. I thought a lot of the one bedrooms with balconies were promising. I also agree that Rollin and Enso are pricey. The other project I’ve been interested in is the Brix Lofts on Capitol Hill. I’m really curious about their pricing now.

  • Tom

    Did anyone notice that the flexi-loft floor plans at Veer will have less than 6 feet of clearance (I though they said closer to 5 and a half) from the upper floor to the ceiling? I’m surprised no one commented on this yet, although maybe I was the only one who didn’t anticipate it. Only the full lofts are going to have normal ceiling heights for the upper level, as well as the stair case. The flexi-lofts will have a ladder instead. Not very practical if you ask me, considering only the full loft floor plans include a bathroom upstairs. The staff tried to tell me that the upper level was more designed for sleeping than anything else for the flexi layout, and that the clearance wasn’t actually that bad (you got used to it). But if I remember correctly some of their flexi floor plans have over 200 sq. ft. of floor space on the second level, with their depictions showing a desk to work at (among other things). I was definitely disappointed when I heard this, because I probably won’t be able to afford the starting price of a full loft ($400-600’s).

  • Tom

    Did anyone notice that the flexi-loft floor plans at Veer will have less than 6 feet of clearance (I though they said closer to 5 and a half) from the upper floor to the ceiling? I’m surprised no one commented on this yet, although maybe I was the only one who didn’t anticipate it. Only the full lofts are going to have normal ceiling heights for the upper level, as well as the stair case. The flexi-lofts will have a ladder instead. Not very practical if you ask me, considering only the full loft floor plans include a bathroom upstairs. The staff tried to tell me that the upper level was more designed for sleeping than anything else for the flexi layout, and that the clearance wasn’t actually that bad (you got used to it). But if I remember correctly some of their flexi floor plans have over 200 sq. ft. of floor space on the second level, with their depictions showing a desk to work at (among other things). I was definitely disappointed when I heard this, because I probably won’t be able to afford the starting price of a full loft ($400-600’s).