Mixed-use buildings bring mixed feelings

Seattle Times, Mixed-use buildings bring mixed feelings:

Developers have been putting up residential buildings near office buildings in downtown Seattle for years, hoping to attract empty nesters and young professionals who want to live within walking distance of their jobs, trendy restaurants and shops.

Now, a growing number of developers are putting condos and apartments inside office buildings as they try to capitalize on downtown’s popularity as a place to live and work.

I think many young professionals working long hours would find a condo+office project appealing. Lawyers and Googlers seem a likely target market. My chief concern with the co-mingling is that office towers are seldomly located where there is any culture. It’s for this reason that while I like 5th and Madison (while just a straight up condo project is close to my office) I don’t consider it a true option.

About Matt Goyer

I love condos, lofts, floating homes, new construction and mid-century moderns so much so that since starting this blog in 2006 I've written over 2,000 blog posts about them!

For years I resisted becoming a real estate agent preferring to be a marketing executive at Redfin but after leaving Redfin (after seven years!) I caved in the spring of 2014 and became a broker. So if you need help finding that "Urbnlivn-style" place or selling your home email me at matt@urbnlivn.com, I'd be happy to help you.

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  • http://kronengroup.com josh

    Speaking of mixed use, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about a project coming in across the street from brix in the old QFC parking lot. 3004668 is the land use no.
    six story, 400 parking spots 350 residential units and 25,000 sq ft of retail. any info?

  • http://kronengroup.com josh

    Speaking of mixed use, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about a project coming in across the street from brix in the old QFC parking lot. 3004668 is the land use no.
    six story, 400 parking spots 350 residential units and 25,000 sq ft of retail. any info?

  • http://kronengroup.com josh

    Speaking of mixed use, I was wondering if anyone knew anything about a project coming in across the street from brix in the old QFC parking lot. 3004668 is the land use no.
    six story, 400 parking spots 350 residential units and 25,000 sq ft of retail. any info?

  • sm

    The project across the street from Brix will be an apartment project.

  • sm

    The project across the street from Brix will be an apartment project.

  • sm

    The project across the street from Brix will be an apartment project.