Are You Responsible For All This!?

I was running late yesterday so I cabbed back up to Capitol Hill. As I got in the cab holding a poster tube with a wall decal that had just arrived from Europe, the cabbie asked me if I was responsible for all this, waving his hands, at all the tall buildings. Surprised, I said no, but why? Well, he thought I might be an architect and if I was he wanted me to know that he hated all the condos going up in Seattle. Curious, I asked him which ones he disliked the most. At the top of his list were Trio, 2200 and Escala. Asked which ones he liked he said there was a modern glass one in Lower Queen Anne designed by the computer mafia. I couldn’t figure out where he was talking about. Perhaps Lumen?

As we rolled up Pike he gestured again, this time to the empty sidewalks and streets asking where all the zombie like drones were and wondered where the people who lived in these condos were. I explained its the empty nesters moving into the city but he didn’t buy it. He said everyone he picks up at a condo is under thirty. Fed up with Seattle he is moving to Redondo Beach next month.

Bonus Link: This time from Carl, Condo Company Unwraps Plan For Clothing-Optional Pool:

Swimmers will have the option of wearing nothing at all at the Arbors at Branch Creek, a complex of 390 homes that landed on the idea to help move units in a down market.

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  • sdata

    Lumen is the ugliest condo in Seattle. It looks like a cheap renovation of an older condo…really a shame. A close second is the Moda in belltown. They both have the look of a highrise trailer park…walls lined with cheap siding materials.

  • sdata

    Lumen is the ugliest condo in Seattle. It looks like a cheap renovation of an older condo…really a shame. A close second is the Moda in belltown. They both have the look of a highrise trailer park…walls lined with cheap siding materials.

  • Xaos

    Lumen is the only decent condo in Seattle. Unless you want to live in a building that looks like a strip mall. Pretty soon all of Seattle will have the friendly look of anytown USA. So sad…..

  • Xaos

    Lumen is the only decent condo in Seattle. Unless you want to live in a building that looks like a strip mall. Pretty soon all of Seattle will have the friendly look of anytown USA. So sad…..

  • The MD

    Lumen is NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY! That place just SUCKS! Architecture is HORRID, it tried to capture a sleek look that combines mid-century modern with the new millennium, but instead looks like a three story double-wide! Aside from crappy architecture, the interior finishes LOOKED cool from a distance until one is to actually touch or use any of the finishes. POOR QUALITY! Perhaps that’s why they’re STILL not sold, even after OVER 3 YEARS OF MARKETING! I’d rather Seattle look like “anytown USA” (which it NEVER will) as opposed to “Pink Flamingos RV and Trailer Park.” GET REAL!

  • The MD

    Lumen is NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY NASTY! That place just SUCKS! Architecture is HORRID, it tried to capture a sleek look that combines mid-century modern with the new millennium, but instead looks like a three story double-wide! Aside from crappy architecture, the interior finishes LOOKED cool from a distance until one is to actually touch or use any of the finishes. POOR QUALITY! Perhaps that’s why they’re STILL not sold, even after OVER 3 YEARS OF MARKETING! I’d rather Seattle look like “anytown USA” (which it NEVER will) as opposed to “Pink Flamingos RV and Trailer Park.” GET REAL!

  • EconE

    Of course a cabbie is gonna be an expert on downtown condos.

    Lumen…Haven’t checked it out in person as I haven’t seen a photo of the place that I like. I do remember someone commenting that it looked like FEMA built it or something like that.

    BTW…did anybody notice that #3206 at the Cosmo sold for 489k? Before people closed at Cosmo, it was originally listed on the MLS (along with unit 904 or 1104) for 969k.

    I’m guessing that this is the way the builders keep the pre-purchasers from walking away…especially the flippers. But then again…there weren’t that many flippers at any of the *other* yet to be completed condos are there? Olive8, Gallery, Enso, Rollins.

    Come to think of it…if Rolliins has only sold 30% and any of those were speculators, that is gonna be one lonely place to live for a while.

    Good thing Paul Allen has deep pockets and doesn’t have some bank breathing down his neck. I’ll bet that financeers are chomping at the bit to foreclose on some major projects only because they can fire-sale them to make up for the 75% losses they are taking down in certain areas of So-Cal right now.

    It’s gonna be dog eat dog amongst the big boys soon enough.

  • EconE

    Of course a cabbie is gonna be an expert on downtown condos.

    Lumen…Haven’t checked it out in person as I haven’t seen a photo of the place that I like. I do remember someone commenting that it looked like FEMA built it or something like that.

    BTW…did anybody notice that #3206 at the Cosmo sold for 489k? Before people closed at Cosmo, it was originally listed on the MLS (along with unit 904 or 1104) for 969k.

    I’m guessing that this is the way the builders keep the pre-purchasers from walking away…especially the flippers. But then again…there weren’t that many flippers at any of the *other* yet to be completed condos are there? Olive8, Gallery, Enso, Rollins.

    Come to think of it…if Rolliins has only sold 30% and any of those were speculators, that is gonna be one lonely place to live for a while.

    Good thing Paul Allen has deep pockets and doesn’t have some bank breathing down his neck. I’ll bet that financeers are chomping at the bit to foreclose on some major projects only because they can fire-sale them to make up for the 75% losses they are taking down in certain areas of So-Cal right now.

    It’s gonna be dog eat dog amongst the big boys soon enough.

  • http://www.gamestrata.com nitsuj

    “Pretty soon all of Seattle will have the friendly look of anytown USA. ”

    Funny, I actually always tell people that Seattle has become very ‘generic’ – both the downtown area and the people – over the past 15 years.

  • http://www.gamestrata.com nitsuj

    “Pretty soon all of Seattle will have the friendly look of anytown USA. ”

    Funny, I actually always tell people that Seattle has become very ‘generic’ – both the downtown area and the people – over the past 15 years.

  • jcricket

    It’s not just Seattle – I drove to Kansas a while back and nearly everywhere has a “doppleganger” in many other states. All the small towns look a like, the rest stops have the same fast food places (no more diners, and the ones that exist, suck), and the big cities have the same chains.

    But it’s the American consumer driving this to happen.

    I will say that Seattle isn’t homogoneous the way some of the more boring big cities are – we have a ton of natural beauty that’s “unique” (the same way the mountains are unique to Boulder), a ton of unique restaurant choices (we’re not NY, but we’re not Houston either), and so on.

    In short, Seattle’s subject to the same mass-marketization as anywhere else in the US, but it’s still quite diverse .

  • jcricket

    It’s not just Seattle – I drove to Kansas a while back and nearly everywhere has a “doppleganger” in many other states. All the small towns look a like, the rest stops have the same fast food places (no more diners, and the ones that exist, suck), and the big cities have the same chains.

    But it’s the American consumer driving this to happen.

    I will say that Seattle isn’t homogoneous the way some of the more boring big cities are – we have a ton of natural beauty that’s “unique” (the same way the mountains are unique to Boulder), a ton of unique restaurant choices (we’re not NY, but we’re not Houston either), and so on.

    In short, Seattle’s subject to the same mass-marketization as anywhere else in the US, but it’s still quite diverse .