Developers Keep Our Sidewalks Open!

SeattleScape has had two great posts recently, About those sidewalk closures… and Street life? What street life? I totally agree. I hate sidewalk closures. 1111 E Pike and that new commercial building on Madison just before the bridge to downtown bug me on a daily basis. I’d also love to see open sidewalks, no more… Read More

Veer Lofts in SLU Officially Open

Any Urbnlivn buyers purchase at Veer Lofts in South Lake Union? This just in from Vulcan: We’d like to invite you to come down THIS WEEKEND and tour Veer Lofts on Saturday, November 1st and on Sunday, November 2nd from 11:00am to 6pm (located at 401 9th Avenue North and Harrison Street). I’m going to… Read More

MLS Watch: Lofts and Price Drops

2200 Loft Looking for a loft-y unit in South Lake Union? 900 Lenora St #W102 is apparently very different from it’s neighbors: This is not your ordinary cookie cutter condo! More than $50,000 in custom upgrades. Modern unit has 15′ ceilings, loft style bedroom, excellent light and open feel. Custom features include: 36′ pro range,… Read More

Seventeen07 Auction Update

1707 Boylston aka Auction1707 still has more than ten units they’re trying to move. Right now they’re calling focus and trying to move them but they’ll hit the MLS soon if they can’t sell them to their “VIP” list. Here’s a sampling of prices: Studios at $105k and $110k 1 bedrooms #107 at $220 as-is… Read More

Seattle Times Jumps on The Slowdown Bandwagon

Wow, what a nice day today! We hit the Centennial Trail for a good little ride this afternoon. I hope you got out too! The Seattle Times is a little late to the game talking about the construction slowdown with their Sunday article, Downtown slowdown: Seattle, Bellevue building projects take a hit: Altogether, at least… Read More

The Alex in Belltown Maybe Going Apartments

Some folks are calling to make sure I know they’re not going apartments (i.e. Ruby Condos.) Others send mass emails broadcasting their uncertainty. This just in from The Alex in Belltown: Due to the volatility of our market at present, the Alex Condominium is being evaluated in terms of its best use for the current… Read More

Trace North and ek Part Ways

Early this week a few of you noticed that the Trace MLS listings went offline. My emails and phone calls to the Trace team went unanswered. Today this email went out from ek: Trace Lofts. Almost sold out. Thank you for making Trace a success. Although ek Real Estate Group is no longer representing Trace,… Read More

Silent Auction of 1707

For one studio and four 1 bedrooms Seventeen07 is doing a silent auction that ends this Friday at 3 PM. The “starting” prices are: #102: $239 #103: $239 #208: $230 #314: $235 You’ll be glad to know they accept escalation clauses as part of the auction. What they’ll do with the remaining units after that… Read More

The Toll On Seattle Construction

The Seattle PI has an article today on The credit crunch takes its toll on construction: “We are seeing some projects get delayed,” said Scott Wyatt, managing partner of Seattle architecture firm NBBJ. “There’s a strong perception that what’s happening will sort itself out — though there are many guesses as to how long that… Read More

Locksmithing 101

Had a little problem with my rental today; the door knob loosened, stopped opening and locked my tenant out. We got a locksmith out (thanks to Chels for finding one) who in his broken English said he was surprised that such a nice condo would use a restroom door knob for the front door (he… Read More

Auction 1707: Going Once, Going Twice…

I spent the weekend on Orcas Island and missed out on Auction of 1707. From what I can gather what happened was they auctioned 14 of the 17 units. Since the final price of the 14th unit was rather low they decided to suspend the auction and held back the last 3 units (#102, #112,… Read More

It’s Been a Bad Month

Redfin, Zillow, Pb Elemental have all announced layoffs this week. I hear others like Weber Thompson have also been letting go staff. This does definitely not bode well for our local condo economy. Who else has been affected that we haven’t heard from? Sad to say, it’s definitely time for an Urbnlivn meetup, we’re at… Read More

Photos from Gallery at 2911 2nd Ave

A few weekends ago we swung by Gallery at 2911 2nd Ave (worst name ever for SEO purposes) to check it out in person. They’ve got the first few floors down few people having already moved in, yet it will be a few more months for the top floors to finish. Turns out some of… Read More

One Year at Trace Lofts

I’ve been at Trace for 13 months now and just went through submitting all the one year issues with my place. For those curious here’s what was on my list: Some grout in the bathtub surround has developed some holes in it for lack of a better way of describing it The bathtub floor seems… Read More

2008 AIA Seattle Nominees

2008 AIA Nominees are out: Some of the (built) downtown condo/apartment projects up for awards are: Parks condominium remodel Millenium Tower loft Agnes Lofts Union Bay Lofts East John Court Borelias Apartments Artspace Hiawatha Lofts Mosler Lofts 5th and Madison Find out who wins 6 PM Monday November 3rd at Benaroya Hall. $25. Who would… Read More

Photos From Seventeen07 aka Auction 1707

After chatting with with this guy and finding out they make $13/hour we stopped by 1707 Boylston Ave while waiting for my haircut. So the story on this project is that they sold 10 units, rented 9 and are now auctioning 17. To get in on the auction you need to be pre-approved with their… Read More

Montage Now Leasing

Someone posted in the comments recently that Montage, a 23 unit building on Capitol Hill, has gone rental. Walking by this morning I saw this sign confirming it (I would have gone in but they weren’t open yet): Checking out their site also confirms they are leasing: What were these units selling for? #203 –… Read More

Ava Sends a Letter About Nothing

People’s down payments just lost a third of their value and Ava sends out this note about nothing. Dear Matt, We want to thank you for your continued interest in AVA Residences. We are pleased to offer such a dynamic residential highrise in an ideal location and we are pleased to have captured your interest…. Read More

Escala’s Club Cielo Open House this Weekend

With the Dow below 9,000 we all need a place to go to forget our worries. So check out Escala’s Club Cielo at their open house this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th from 11:00am to 6:00pm daily. Club Cielo will be an exclusive enclave on the entire second level of Escala with… Read More

Q&A With Dean of Realogics

The Seattle Times hosted a Q&A with Dean Jones of Realogics yesterday and has posted the 22 questions and answers, Downtown condo Q&A.