A Visit to The Klee

Two weekends ago my friend dragged me along to go see The Klee a hybrid conversion / new construction project from early 2000 in Belltown on Western Ave.

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The unit he was interested in, 2717 Western Ave #112, did not disappoint. 1000 square feet, concrete floors, high ceilings, open layout; my kind of space.

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However, the unit was rather cluttered with an eclectic assortment of art and goodies. I took a few pictures to supplement what we saw online. If I was the listing agent I would have had the owners take out a lot more things and get professional photos taken.

As it turns out despite not having a view and being in Belltown my friend liked the place and it is now STI. Based on similar past sales (Banner Building, other resales on the same floor) I think he got a good deal. Definitely a much better buy then the Parc next door.

We also took a look at #3016, also now STI, but it really didn’t compare to #112.

From spending some time looking through units in the taller concrete building online I think there is a big difference between the #1xx series live/work lofts, the middle floors and the penthouses. In general I’d stay away from the middle unless you can get a bargain and want to do some renovations and focus on the top and bottom because it sounds like when they did the conversion they didn’t touch those units while the bottom floor was newly built out in 2001.

Here’s a look at penthouse unit, #1106:

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For $1,999,000 (down from $2,186,000 when it went on the market in August) you get 2 beds and 2,262 square feet of living space.

One downside to this building is that it has a common garage instead of assigned parking.

Besides The Banner Building, Klee, 1310 E Union, what are some other condos in Seattle that offer large open modern spaces?

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Matt , Urbnlivn's publisher, has a love for lofts with industrial features and new construction condos that is only eclipsed by his passion for outdoor sports and urban living. Phrases such as “polished concrete” and “exposed brick” are music to his ears. You can also find Matt on Twitter or skiing.

  • Jon

    Matt,

    Don’t forget about Rollin Street, http://www.rollinstreet.com... or Veer Lofts (the full lofts) at http://www.veerlofts.com

    You also might want to check out the Renaissance on Queen Anne…

    Jon

  • Jon

    Matt,

    Don’t forget about Rollin Street, http://www.rollinstreet.com... or Veer Lofts (the full lofts) at http://www.veerlofts.com

    You also might want to check out the Renaissance on Queen Anne…

    Jon

  • Paul

    Site 17 also has a few large loft spaces.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/philion/NewCondo

    As I’m getting married, this might go on the market as I don’t think my hot downtown loft is going to work for a couple.

  • Paul

    Site 17 also has a few large loft spaces.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/philion/NewCondo

    As I’m getting married, this might go on the market as I don’t think my hot downtown loft is going to work for a couple.

  • richard

    The sad thing is people making only $100K/yr are still buying these ridiculously overpriced condos.

  • richard

    The sad thing is people making only $100K/yr are still buying these ridiculously overpriced condos.

  • http://None Roboblogger

    I don’t see anything at Rollins with large modern spaces. Veer looks OK until you realize it’s all wooden construction and will be hellishly noisy, and it’s a little on the small side.

    Site 17 has poky looking residential style windows instead of the commercial style glass in that Klee penthouse – it’s a night and day difference.

    Am I correct in thinking Klee is a concrete and steel building?

  • Roboblogger

    I don’t see anything at Rollins with large modern spaces. Veer looks OK until you realize it’s all wooden construction and will be hellishly noisy, and it’s a little on the small side.

    Site 17 has poky looking residential style windows instead of the commercial style glass in that Klee penthouse – it’s a night and day difference.

    Am I correct in thinking Klee is a concrete and steel building?

  • http://www.jonhunter.com Jon

    Rob,

    The Klee is a steel and concrete building, but it was originally built to be an apartment. The finishes were apartmenty, and the feel of the building is very apartmenty. A standard floor plan is an open one bedroom like Rollin Street, but only with much less sophistication and a lot less style. I don’t recall any commercial glass being used in the Klee (pronounced Clay, after the artist Paul Klee), but I could be wrong.

    Rollin Street is all about modern… the kitchen is based off of Eggersmann cabinetry with fantastic Bosch appliances, great hardwoods and concrete ceilings… it’s all about open spaces.

    Veer Lofts has concrete between floors and the only sound you are likely to hear would be through the windows that are open. Concrete floors, approximately 1000 sq/ft, and 16-17′ ceilings… not to mention two decks on the top floor… I think that is plenty of space, even for a married couple.

    Site 17 and Klee are both on a really busy Western Avenue (the main exit for downtown 99) whereas Veer Lofts is on a seldom used 9th Avenue.

    Site 17 has some really cool spaces… and Klee has some cool units… but once again, it’s all about location… and in a condominium, it’s more important to get the better units in the building.

    That being said, I would take any unit at Banner Building over anything on Western Avenue… I absolutely love that building.

    There are a few more on Capitol Hill…

  • http://www.jonhunter.com Jon

    Rob,

    The Klee is a steel and concrete building, but it was originally built to be an apartment. The finishes were apartmenty, and the feel of the building is very apartmenty. A standard floor plan is an open one bedroom like Rollin Street, but only with much less sophistication and a lot less style. I don’t recall any commercial glass being used in the Klee (pronounced Clay, after the artist Paul Klee), but I could be wrong.

    Rollin Street is all about modern… the kitchen is based off of Eggersmann cabinetry with fantastic Bosch appliances, great hardwoods and concrete ceilings… it’s all about open spaces.

    Veer Lofts has concrete between floors and the only sound you are likely to hear would be through the windows that are open. Concrete floors, approximately 1000 sq/ft, and 16-17′ ceilings… not to mention two decks on the top floor… I think that is plenty of space, even for a married couple.

    Site 17 and Klee are both on a really busy Western Avenue (the main exit for downtown 99) whereas Veer Lofts is on a seldom used 9th Avenue.

    Site 17 has some really cool spaces… and Klee has some cool units… but once again, it’s all about location… and in a condominium, it’s more important to get the better units in the building.

    That being said, I would take any unit at Banner Building over anything on Western Avenue… I absolutely love that building.

    There are a few more on Capitol Hill…