A Visit to the Pearl Apartments

This past weekend I stopped by the Pearl Apartments at 1530 15th Ave just up the street from me on Capitol Hill. (Apartment today, condo in a few years? You never know.)

The Pearl Apartments

It’s an 80 unit building by Barrientos who is doing a number of apartments in the area and did the Leona on Queen Anne which I visited recently. It’ll be interesting to see how much downward pressure their own projects put on themselves or whether there really is that much demand in the area. The architect is Weinstein A|U who on their website say it was a $11.1 million project. And Ethan Stowell is opening a 40 seat restaurant called Anchovies and Olives. I love Tavolata and Union so I’m excited for another good restaurant to join the area.

The building is move in ready, most of the studios are gone already. Rents range from $1195 to $2025.

I’m no expert on apartments but it seemed mid-tier; laminate counter tops, electric range, base board heat. But some units do have “hardwood”, they all have washer/dryers in the units and the west facing units have an absolutely great view.

The Pearl Apartments west facing view

For incentives, if you sign a 6 to 11 month lease you get half a month off. 12 month you get a month free.

What I didn’t like the most, and something I only noticed Monday after going to the grocery store, was that the backside (the east facing side) was ugly as hell. I’ll have to go take a photo. It’s a shame that they don’t pay consideration to all sides of the building.

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  • jcricket

    I wonder if that side will get “covered” up when the gas station eventually sells and they build a “Pearl East”. Kind of like those apartments over Trader Joes, which are now covering the rest of the block. The back side of those looked really bad, but it was always the plan to fill out the block.

  • jcricket

    I wonder if that side will get “covered” up when the gas station eventually sells and they build a “Pearl East”. Kind of like those apartments over Trader Joes, which are now covering the rest of the block. The back side of those looked really bad, but it was always the plan to fill out the block.

  • me

    they do not have base board heat and they have granite countertops.

  • me

    they do not have base board heat and they have granite countertops.

  • puff

    I live there and the countertops are laminate, and depending on the floor you are they can be fugly! and yes, they do have baseboard heating in the larger units to support the wall heater. I agree they are mid-tier, and most likely will introduce most top of the line finishes before they become condos. BIG problem – no building ammenities, at all! Except for the courtyard, where you can't bring out your dog or smoke (really?!).

  • puff

    I live there and the countertops are laminate, and depending on the floor you are they can be fugly! and yes, they do have baseboard heating in the larger units to support the wall heater. I agree they are mid-tier, and most likely will introduce most top of the line finishes before they become condos. BIG problem – no building ammenities, at all! Except for the courtyard, where you can't bring out your dog or smoke (really?!).

  • nice post.. apartments should have enough space, for furniture's and should have atleast 4 windows for the air/..

  • Kind of like those apartments over Trader Joes, which are now covering the rest of the block. The back side of those looked really bad, but it was always the plan to fill out the block.

  • Kind of like those apartments over Trader Joes, which are now covering the rest of the block. The back side of those looked really bad, but it was always the plan to fill out the block.

  • msaiwn

    The view it's not that nice, but I guess that will do. It's cheaper than the apartments in NY City but I don't know if that's going to matter that much. I mean I'm willing to pay extra and the fact that one side doesn't look that good is not a problem. But no amenities is. And what's with the “no dogs” in the courtyard rule?