Archives for May 2008

Update on Pine and Belmont – UPDATED

Curious about the controversial Pine and Belmont condo development aka the new parking lot on Pine? Despite losing an initial hearing at a lower level court Dennis is appealing to the Superior Court. However, Murray Franklyn has the project on hold because they can’t get financing. (See update below from Murray Franklyn.) Here’s the full… Read More

Rendering and Floor Plan of Kress Supermarket

I was going through old email and found this one that included a rendering of the Kress Supermarket opening in June at 3rd and Pine. Nice to see they’re going to go with small package sizes. I hate busting my arms home carrying pop and what not: Without parking, Kress encourages shoppers to buy only… Read More

Construction Photos of Eleven Eleven East Pike

Megan, who does PR for Eleven Eleven, recently went on a hard hat tour and was kind enough to forward on her photos. Here are two view shots: Here’s the full gallery courtesy of Megan. Bonus link: The Stranger, Another Round – Police Come Down on Capitol Hill Clubs. So sad, please focus on the… Read More

First to Close at the Four Seasons

The Seattle Times has a brief story on the first condo to close at the Four Seasons, $7 million buys an unfinished shell atop posh hotel: The Wrights don’t have the distinction of buying Seattle’s priciest condo ever. According to county records, that honor goes to the Brian J. Marks Living Trust, which bought Unit… Read More

MLS Watch – $350k drop at Cosmo, Madison Lofts, Site 17

Wow, we go from a spring with no exciting units to a summer just jam packed with inventory. If you were sitting on the sidelines there is finally some good condos to choose from. Here’s a roundup of what’s caught my eye in the last week. Cosmo – Huge price drops Ashley has the scoop… Read More

Free Vespas, Trip to Norway, Free Closing Costs…

Before taking off for the long weekend I missed this PSBJ article on condo incentives, Seattle condo developers try luring buyers with discounts, vacations and cars: “There has definitely been a slowdown in condo sales at all projects in Seattle,” said Mason Curran, who declined to release Vulcan’s pre-sale figures. Their pre-sale figures as of… Read More

Condos That Have Had a Substantial Re-Model?

I recently received an email from a reader whose condo is facing a major re-model and wondering if there are other buildings that have gone through something similar: I am working on a cost benefit analysis that will (hopefully) illustrate the feasibility of the project. In doing so, I am trying to identify condominium projects… Read More

European Tower Delayed – The Pipeline Is Drying Up!

From the Seattle Times today, Bellevue condo project, European Tower, put on hold: The developer of 16-story European Tower, a downtown Bellevue project whose design features just one unit on each floor, said Wednesday that it won’t start construction until the market turns around. Eugene Gershman, chief operating officer of Bellevue-based GIS International Group, attributed… Read More

Seattle Condo Pipeline to Dry Up!

Equinox and Gallery forwarded the PSBJ article on the Seattle condo pipeline drying up [pdf] to subscribers of their mailing list yesterday. It’s always a great time to buyTM.

Party at Trace – May 31

I got an email about a party coming up at Trace North to celebrate the completion of the phase of the Trace project: A celebratory rooftop open house and public unveiling of 20 new-to-market spaces, plus penthouses, will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Trace North, located at 1414… Read More

Modern Gas Fireplace – No Hookup Required!

Megan sent me a PR blurb about an interesting modern gas fireplace that doesn’t require a hookup making it ideal for condo owners. It’s the EcoSmart. From her email: The Eco Smart Fireplace runs on renewable corn-based ethanol, which can be purchased by the can at any paint or hardware store – meaning that there… Read More

MLS Watch – 3 Capitol Hill Lofts

Firehouse #12 is back on the market. It’s been off and on for years now. For $1,199,000 you get 2,307 square feet, 1200 bottle wine cellar and a crazy shower. It looks like a nice unit, I’m surprised it has had such a hard time selling. Monique Lofts #306 just hit the market. $295k for… Read More

Counter Balance Condos Switching Marketing Firms

I’m sure we’ll see more and more of this… Today I got an email from MCM about First Galer and Marc Anna Condos also known as the Counter Balance Condos. Apparently Windermere is out and MCM is in. Looks like only 4 units sold since last fall.

Buying a Condo With a Pending Lawsuit?

Ardell over at Rain City Guide has a post out about buying a condo with a pending lawsuit but doesn’t name the building. Could it be a Wysong conversion like Windsor Court? She mentions it might be a good investment: Buying condos during a period of pending litigation can be a wise investment for investors… Read More

How Automated Is Your Condo?

Do your window coverings automatically adjust with the sun? Can you play the same song in every room at the same time? Does your plasma float on the wall? For me, the answers to all those questions is sadly no. But that might change because recently I went for lunch with Rob Sinclair of HTI… Read More

Wanted: Used Saarinen Coffee Table

I’m finally getting around to finishing my place and I’m a few items short so here’s the first in a series of posts about finishing the place. At the top of my list is an oval Saarinen coffee table with a white base and either marble or white laminate top. I’d love to find one… Read More

Moda Sold Out No Longer – 15% Fell Through

Remember Moda in Belltown and how it sold out the first weekend it went on sale in September 2006? It even had a long wait list because so many folks either couldn’t afford a regular sized condo or wanted their own pied-a-terre? Well, no longer! There are now five Moda units on the MLS. Ranging… Read More

Trace North Move-Ins

Looks like folks started moving in to Trace North this weekend. Welcome to the neighborhood! Oddly, I still haven’t been in Trace North to see how the units turned out. Hopefully they’re nice.

1,000 sf Banner Building Loft

Sorry for the slow down in posts. Work has been busy. Though I was in San Francisco for four days last week and on the weekend visited X21 Modern which proved to be the coolest store ever. For my birthday I’d love a spotlight to go in the corner of my place: So back to… Read More

A cool 80 S Jackson Loft

I so want a 1,500 square foot loft to spread out in. #207 just came on the market at $585k. The marketing remarks says it has been recently remodeled but from the looks of it in the photos I’m not a fan of the remodel.