Turn around at the Decatur

Matt: It seems as though there has been a turn around at the Decatur since our first reader report. Read on about how the situation has changed from a reader.

I closed on my unit in Decatur 32 days ago and am very pleased with my decision. Since Decatur and Wysong have previously received an interesting review on this site, I wanted to take a moment to write about my experiences so far. As I meet more and more of my neighbors I am finding that the review I’m about to type is not an anomaly, we’re all pretty star-struck at our find.

The sales staff is informative and fun, and the management staff has been extremely helpful. One thing I think is important for anyone interested in Decatur is to realize is that Wysong is still working on the building and the units. Inspection reports from the beginning of sales aren’t going to be nearly the same as current or future inspection reports. As an example my inspector was concerned about a return pipe in the parking garage, and within a week or two Wysong had fixed the issue on their own accord. Another example is the roofing. My inspector was concerned about leaking in the garage, but the garage rooftop has been redone. As someone who’s been in the building a month I can safely say that improvements, both big and small, are obvious.

I know this sounds like a cheesy sales pitch, but I’m so confident and excited with my decision to buy at Decatur that I’m trying to get my friends to join me. The neighborhood is breathtakingly gorgeous. The units and common areas are beautiful and classy. And it’s dog friendly! This is my second time owning a condo in Seattle, and from what I’ve seen and know of Decatur it’s a solid choice. [Given the number of real estate professionals who are buying units in the building it would seem my sentiments are echoed.]

Decatur has the location and it has the look. Unfortunately one other thing it has is a previous unfair review.

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  • Dan

    Did an actual resident with an address and name write this? Sounds to me like a salesperson…

  • Dan

    Did an actual resident with an address and name write this? Sounds to me like a salesperson…

  • downtown

    what a joke!!!!!

  • downtown

    what a joke!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Dan, it is gushy, but I do sort of know the person and have a high degree of confidence that it is really a resident.

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    Dan, it is gushy, but I do sort of know the person and have a high degree of confidence that it is really a resident.

  • Dan

    True, you can’t fault a person for loving where they live.
    I am just a little suspicious of what I read, after Vulcan and Feary did the shadow postings on the 2200 Blog. That is some weird marketing…

  • Dan

    True, you can’t fault a person for loving where they live.
    I am just a little suspicious of what I read, after Vulcan and Feary did the shadow postings on the 2200 Blog. That is some weird marketing…

  • David B.

    I’m an actual resident of the Decatur, and I can say that whoever wrote the review above is right on the money. My girlfriend and I couldn’t be happier with our unit, the progress the developers are making, and the value. Considering all factors (cost, location, amenities) I feel as though the Decatur is one of the better options currently on the market. I’m glad I purchased my unit.

  • http://davidbrunelle.com David

    I’m an actual resident of the Decatur, and I can say that whoever wrote the review above is right on the money. My girlfriend and I couldn’t be happier with our unit, the progress the developers are making, and the value. Considering all factors (cost, location, amenities) I feel as though the Decatur is one of the better options currently on the market. I’m glad I purchased my unit.

  • debra

    I wrote the above gush and promise you I’m an actual Decatur resident. (PS: Hi David!)
    I’m pleased with my purchase and felt the previous review wasn’t accurate let alone fair.

  • debra

    I wrote the above gush and promise you I’m an actual Decatur resident. (PS: Hi David!)
    I’m pleased with my purchase and felt the previous review wasn’t accurate let alone fair.

  • EconE

    what about the boilers?

  • EconE

    what about the boilers?

  • http://urbnlivn.com Chris

    I can answer EconE’s question. My name is Chris Brooks and I am Wysong’s project manager for the Decatur conversion. (I love this project and am also buying here. I will use it as my primary residence.)
    The boiler was de-commissioned back in 1989. I believe you are asking about the hot water tanks. We are installing 2 new common hot water tanks and a new circulation pump. We have ordered the tanks and anticipate their installation will be mid June.
    Hope that helps,

  • http://urbnlivn.com Chris

    I can answer EconE’s question. My name is Chris Brooks and I am Wysong’s project manager for the Decatur conversion. (I love this project and am also buying here. I will use it as my primary residence.)
    The boiler was de-commissioned back in 1989. I believe you are asking about the hot water tanks. We are installing 2 new common hot water tanks and a new circulation pump. We have ordered the tanks and anticipate their installation will be mid June.
    Hope that helps,

  • EconE

    Chris…

    sounds like things are progressing nicely.

    I do want to say that I like the look of the building and what you have done with the interiors. The city views look spectacular also.

  • EconE

    Chris…

    sounds like things are progressing nicely.

    I do want to say that I like the look of the building and what you have done with the interiors. The city views look spectacular also.

  • Eric

    Be sure to get clarification on the rooftop deck from the sales staff before you purchase, and get the clarification in writing. Several promised amenities including a rooftop deck and a rooftop garden on top of the garage have not been started. Several executives from the developer came out to a meeting of homeowners, and gave use a story of financial woes. Supposedly, some employees who were fired made promises such as the rooftop garden and they shouldnt have been made. The fired employees worked for the developer and the owners expect these promises to be fulfilled. It is also obvious that the planning for the renovation didnt take these amenities into account, as we were told that it is hard to add them on now. I really like the unit I purchased, but Id like it a lot better if the developer was making a better attempt to finish off what we were promised.

  • Eric

    Be sure to get clarification on the rooftop deck from the sales staff before you purchase, and get the clarification in writing. Several promised amenities including a rooftop deck and a rooftop garden on top of the garage have not been started. Several executives from the developer came out to a meeting of homeowners, and gave use a story of financial woes. Supposedly, some employees who were fired made promises such as the rooftop garden and they shouldn’t have been made. The fired employees worked for the developer and the owners expect these promises to be fulfilled. It is also obvious that the planning for the renovation didn’t take these amenities into account, as we were told that it is hard to add them on now. I really like the unit I purchased, but I’d like it a lot better if the developer was making a better attempt to finish off what we were promised.

  • http://www.wysonggroup.com don’t buy from wysong group

    DO NOT BUY FROM THE WYSONG GROUP, http://www.wysonggroup.com. Owner, Jeff Wysong and his investment partner Granit Peak Partners LLC, http://www.granitepeakpartners.com, have a particular scheme and it’s called buy failing apartments, “convert” them as cheaply as possible, promise in writing and verbally to finish major components of the building to buyers, sell the units, never finish the work, dissolve the LLC the condo was built under and run, leaving many first time home buyers with a hard legal battle. They often won’t even take our insurance on their projects literally leaving buyers with no one to go after. Obviouse fraud, but still a hard legal battle. A game they have learned to play well.

    Jeff Wysong’s latest statement is that because the market has turned so sour, he is millions of dollars in the hole and therefore can’t afford to put money towards fixing major compoents of multiple buildings he’s left in disrepair.

    Worse even, after home buyers come forward to him and are willing to negotiate, he leads you on with seemingly kind and understanding statement that he didn’t realize the buildings were as bad as they were and if he had the money he would help. THIS IS A LIE. Even after such statements he has continued to buy multi-million dollar buildings for his own financial gain while leaving his other projects sorely unfinished.

    It is amazing that in today’s day such loopholes exist that horrible devlopers like Jeff Wysong at the Wysong Group can get away with preying on first time home buyers who trust the product he’s selling.

    His current projects include: Tenzen, Tobira, Press and Mira.

  • http://www.wysonggroup.com don’t buy from wysong group

    DO NOT BUY FROM THE WYSONG GROUP, http://www.wysonggroup.com. Owner, Jeff Wysong and his investment partner Granit Peak Partners LLC, http://www.granitepeakpartners.com, have a particular scheme and it’s called buy failing apartments, “convert” them as cheaply as possible, promise in writing and verbally to finish major components of the building to buyers, sell the units, never finish the work, dissolve the LLC the condo was built under and run, leaving many first time home buyers with a hard legal battle. They often won’t even take our insurance on their projects literally leaving buyers with no one to go after. Obviouse fraud, but still a hard legal battle. A game they have learned to play well.

    Jeff Wysong’s latest statement is that because the market has turned so sour, he is millions of dollars in the hole and therefore can’t afford to put money towards fixing major compoents of multiple buildings he’s left in disrepair.

    Worse even, after home buyers come forward to him and are willing to negotiate, he leads you on with seemingly kind and understanding statement that he didn’t realize the buildings were as bad as they were and if he had the money he would help. THIS IS A LIE. Even after such statements he has continued to buy multi-million dollar buildings for his own financial gain while leaving his other projects sorely unfinished.

    It is amazing that in today’s day such loopholes exist that horrible devlopers like Jeff Wysong at the Wysong Group can get away with preying on first time home buyers who trust the product he’s selling.

    His current projects include: Tenzen, Tobira, Press and Mira.