Washington Square?

I had someone ask me about condos in Bellevue and my response was ‘this is Urbnlivn not Bellevue living’ (if you want to live downtown move to Seattle! :) ) but none-the-less, perhaps one of you has thoughts on Washington Square versus One Lincoln Tower. Any gotchas that people should be aware of?

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  • Cameron

    Lincoln Tower is a hotel/condo development (Westin) and is already open. I don’t believe there is a hotel component to Washington Square. That development will be in several phases, the first of which is not due to be complete for another year. Lincoln Tower is VERY central and Washington Square is a couple of blocks out of the way…for now…but will likely create its own neighborhood due to its size: up to 4 towers and lots of townhomes.

    Bellevue is actually becoming quite urban. Granted its in a non-gritty sort of way but still its a lot different from the Bellevue I grew up in.

  • Cameron

    Lincoln Tower is a hotel/condo development (Westin) and is already open. I don’t believe there is a hotel component to Washington Square. That development will be in several phases, the first of which is not due to be complete for another year. Lincoln Tower is VERY central and Washington Square is a couple of blocks out of the way…for now…but will likely create its own neighborhood due to its size: up to 4 towers and lots of townhomes.

    Bellevue is actually becoming quite urban. Granted its in a non-gritty sort of way but still its a lot different from the Bellevue I grew up in.

  • Josh

    I agree with the above poster that One Lincoln Tower is more central but I personally like Washington Square’s location better. That area is not as congested as the center of downtown but it’s still an easy 5-10 minute stroll to the mall from there. NE 10th street, which Washington Square will be facing, is going to be the densest residential area of downtown Bellevue in a few years. Right now, there’s already 4 residential towers under construction on this stretch and a few more in the pipeline.

    Washington Square’s first tower is scheduled to open this fall, it’s about 90% sold out so there’s not much selection left. The second tower which will open sometime next summer is currently nearly 60% sold out so there’s still plenty of great units left. A hotel is planned for the next phase of this project, once that opens all residents will have access to its amenities.

  • Josh

    I agree with the above poster that One Lincoln Tower is more central but I personally like Washington Square’s location better. That area is not as congested as the center of downtown but it’s still an easy 5-10 minute stroll to the mall from there. NE 10th street, which Washington Square will be facing, is going to be the densest residential area of downtown Bellevue in a few years. Right now, there’s already 4 residential towers under construction on this stretch and a few more in the pipeline.

    Washington Square’s first tower is scheduled to open this fall, it’s about 90% sold out so there’s not much selection left. The second tower which will open sometime next summer is currently nearly 60% sold out so there’s still plenty of great units left. A hotel is planned for the next phase of this project, once that opens all residents will have access to its amenities.

  • Gary

    Great answer!! Seattle is downtown. Bellevue is a psuedo-downtown. Kinda like suburban kids lovin gangsta rap.

  • Gary

    Great answer!! Seattle is downtown. Bellevue is a psuedo-downtown. Kinda like suburban kids lovin gangsta rap.

  • RobertWashingtonSquare

    Well there is something to be said when the city is built from the ground up or shall I say below the ground up. Parking isn’t much of a problem this early in the game but I feel Bellevue is considering all the possibilities of growth. A very good example of this is The Performing Arts Center Eastside scheduled to open in 2010. Unlike trying to park in multiple garages for a show in downtown Seattle, PACE is planning access to 10,000 underground parking spaces per their website (probably shared w/ Bellevue Place and the Hyatt). Washington Square has done a pretty good job offering amble parking to its residents at a price. Bellevue Towers had less favorable offerings to its future residents. Parking is the main reasons we chose to live in Washington Square verses Bellevue Towers. We were able to acquire 2 residential spots. Neither Washington Square nor Bellevue Towers will offer the best scenario for visitors parking, but I feel it may be more than what is offered in downtown Seattle.

  • RobertWashingtonSquare

    Well there is something to be said when the city is built from the ground up or shall I say below the ground up. Parking isn’t much of a problem this early in the game but I feel Bellevue is considering all the possibilities of growth. A very good example of this is The Performing Arts Center Eastside scheduled to open in 2010. Unlike trying to park in multiple garages for a show in downtown Seattle, PACE is planning access to 10,000 underground parking spaces per their website (probably shared w/ Bellevue Place and the Hyatt). Washington Square has done a pretty good job offering amble parking to its residents at a price. Bellevue Towers had less favorable offerings to its future residents. Parking is the main reasons we chose to live in Washington Square verses Bellevue Towers. We were able to acquire 2 residential spots. Neither Washington Square nor Bellevue Towers will offer the best scenario for visitors parking, but I feel it may be more than what is offered in downtown Seattle.

  • Dana

    You’re correct — there will be three levels of parking beneath PACE (5 total levels below ground, but the top two are part of the facility, not parking) and they will connect directly to the rest of the Bellevue Place/Hyatt/Lincoln Square parking.

  • Dana

    You’re correct — there will be three levels of parking beneath PACE (5 total levels below ground, but the top two are part of the facility, not parking) and they will connect directly to the rest of the Bellevue Place/Hyatt/Lincoln Square parking.

  • http://www.risenmagazine.com/feature/william-he will i am

    me too i like washington square better… i believe that the location will be a better location in the future… though it is not bad today..