Courtyard Living at Brix?

I got an email the other day from someone considering Brix:

I’m considering buying at Brix, and have a question about a comment you made in your post about the Brix hardhat tour (great post and pics, thank you!). You mentioned that you’d shy away from buying a
unit facing into the courtyard. Why is that? For someone who prefers a quieter view, I’d think it might be nice. What are your thoughts on this? I’m a little concerned that the Broadway-facing units could be really noisy, and that the courtyard-facing ones would be a respite from the hustle and bustle.

Now I’ve never lived in a courtyard facing unit but the reason I would shy away from it is I’d worry that it’d be too much like living in a fish bowl; everyone’s looking at you. Granted, facing the street people are looking at you too but you’ll be putting on an anonymous exhibition to the street passerby-ers rather than a less anonymous one to your neighbors.

If I were buying at Brix I’d check out the 10th Ave facing units. I think there you’ll get both quiet and “privacy”.

Could someone who has lived in an interior courtyard facing unit please share their thoughts?

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  • http://www.thesouthlake.com Rick

    Slightly off topic: construction company WG Clark was recently kicked off the job at Brix — via capitolhillseattle.com

  • http://www.thesouthlake.com Rick

    Slightly off topic: construction company WG Clark was recently kicked off the job at Brix — via capitolhillseattle.com

  • http://www.brixcondos.com Javila

    Hi Matt and Courtyard Questioner,

    As you can imagine, we hear both sides of this debate all the time! Many people prize the courtyard side for the quiet and serene outlook- the courtyard is 40′ wide and 140 long and looking across to a very attractive brick building (if I do say so myself). Of course, if you are on a lower floor you will have neighbors across the way, but many condos face neighbors across streets and at least at Brix you are looking at beautiful landscaping instead of an alley.

    On the flip side, the Broadway facing homes will get an urban exposure- sure, at times this will probably translate into some people noise, but the bedrooms are tucked to the back of the home so it will be quiet there and if you want to live in an urban environment why not really experience it?

    Or better yet, just go for one of the 10th Ave facing lofts- those homes rock. :)

    Javila

  • http://www.brixcondos.com Javila

    Hi Matt and Courtyard Questioner,

    As you can imagine, we hear both sides of this debate all the time! Many people prize the courtyard side for the quiet and serene outlook- the courtyard is 40′ wide and 140’ long and looking across to a very attractive brick building (if I do say so myself). Of course, if you are on a lower floor you will have neighbors across the way, but many condos face neighbors across streets and at least at Brix you are looking at beautiful landscaping instead of an alley.

    On the flip side, the Broadway facing homes will get an urban exposure- sure, at times this will probably translate into some people noise, but the bedrooms are tucked to the back of the home so it will be quiet there and if you want to live in an urban environment why not really experience it?

    Or better yet, just go for one of the 10th Ave facing lofts- those homes rock. :)

    Javila

  • http://www.jonhunter.com Jon Hunter

    Matt,

    I can’t say that I have ever lived in a courtyard, but I do know from experience that courtyard units are quieter, less expensive and tend to garner less appreciation.

    An excellent reference point to this is Belltown Court. The view units, or exterior units, are always more desirable than the exterior ones (except for the rare occassion of comparing a 2nd floor exterior facing unit to a 7th floor interior facing unit.

    I would look at any real estate transaction as a potential investment, and this may not be the best investment… I would rather face East than in a courtyard. My two cents…

  • http://www.jonhunter.com Jon Hunter

    Matt,

    I can’t say that I have ever lived in a courtyard, but I do know from experience that courtyard units are quieter, less expensive and tend to garner less appreciation.

    An excellent reference point to this is Belltown Court. The view units, or exterior units, are always more desirable than the exterior ones (except for the rare occassion of comparing a 2nd floor exterior facing unit to a 7th floor interior facing unit.

    I would look at any real estate transaction as a potential investment, and this may not be the best investment… I would rather face East than in a courtyard. My two cents…

  • Sean

    Having worked at Brix, I heard this debate many times as well. The courtyard is serene and spacious with a great deal of light, especially since the 10th Avenue building is 2 levels lower than the Broadway building. One idea to consider are the homes that are on the 5th floor of the Broadway building, which are on the courtyard, but clear the 10th Avenue building and have 180-degree views of Capitol Hill. Surprisingly, there are three left of these little gems- I don’t think that people have realized that these homes have such incredible views for such a reasonable price (low $300’s). I suggest that you look at these and grab one before they all are sold!

  • Sean

    Having worked at Brix, I heard this debate many times as well. The courtyard is serene and spacious with a great deal of light, especially since the 10th Avenue building is 2 levels lower than the Broadway building. One idea to consider are the homes that are on the 5th floor of the Broadway building, which are on the courtyard, but clear the 10th Avenue building and have 180-degree views of Capitol Hill. Surprisingly, there are three left of these little gems- I don’t think that people have realized that these homes have such incredible views for such a reasonable price (low $300’s). I suggest that you look at these and grab one before they all are sold!

  • EconE

    courtyard = fishbowl.

    btw…Matt…can you somehow set that video so it doesn’t automatically play?

  • EconE

    courtyard = fishbowl.

    btw…Matt…can you somehow set that video so it doesn’t automatically play?

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Yes, that was bothering me. I figured out how to stop it from playing.

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    Yes, that was bothering me. I figured out how to stop it from playing.

  • http://www.mikeplummer.com Mike

    I haven’t seen (or heard) the courtyard at Brix, but I’ll put in my 2 cents from a courtyard experience at Athena in Queen Anne.

    Courtyards are not only a fishbowl visually, but also acoustically. Never underestimate the reflective acoustic properties of living in a enclosed area with dozens of residential unit windows. Not only can you hear everyone else, but they can hear you as well… especially on summer nights like tonight when all windows are open. Brick is especially efficient at reflecting sound.

  • http://www.mikeplummer.com Mike

    I haven’t seen (or heard) the courtyard at Brix, but I’ll put in my 2 cents from a courtyard experience at Athena in Queen Anne.

    Courtyards are not only a fishbowl visually, but also acoustically. Never underestimate the reflective acoustic properties of living in a enclosed area with dozens of residential unit windows. Not only can you hear everyone else, but they can hear you as well… especially on summer nights like tonight when all windows are open. Brick is especially efficient at reflecting sound.