1521 Grand Opening

I stopped by the 1521 grand opening this morning. Lots of people were there for the opening, including Seattle mayor, Greg Nickels as well as many of the people involved in the project, William Justen, Susan Marinello, Blaine Weber, Dean Jones,… One couple pulled up in their Maserati just as things got started.

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The first speech I caught was William Justen who talked about how this will be the 10th place he’ll have lived in downtown. I did find it funny that he quoted the same NYT article that mocked Seattle condos. He also talked about the community they’re building amongst home owners which started with going to the ACT theater together with wine and cheese beforehand.

Some facts:

  • 38 story, 440-foot tower
  • 143 residences
  • First under the new slender building code
  • LEED Silver
  • Had 300 to 500 people on site building the thing
  • Approximately 750,000 man hours to building
  • Opus is providing $1.88 million to the city’s affordable housing fund
  • 96% pre-sold
  • Move-ins start next week
  • Sales center opens mid-January

I’d love to get inside 1521 so if any of you are homeowners I’ll gladly exchange a housewarming present for a tour. Until then, all I can really say is that I like how it looks from the inside. Certainly looks better from the outside than the Four Seasons.

View all the photos including professional photos from 1521 of the lobby. Here are the official grand opening photos.

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Matt , Urbnlivn's publisher, has a love for lofts with industrial features and new construction condos that is only eclipsed by his passion for outdoor sports and urban living. Phrases such as “polished concrete” and “exposed brick” are music to his ears. You can also find Matt on Twitter or skiing.

  • Matthew

    Is the name “BlueSkyGuy” a play off of the “Blue Skies” song that was popular in the roaring 20′s just before the market crash in 1929?

    Apparently that was the theme song of the 1920′s..

    Blue skies,
    smiling at me,
    Nothing but blue skies,
    Do I see

    Seems fitting.

  • Matthew

    Is the name “BlueSkyGuy” a play off of the “Blue Skies” song that was popular in the roaring 20′s just before the market crash in 1929?

    Apparently that was the theme song of the 1920′s..

    Blue skies,
    smiling at me,
    Nothing but blue skies,
    Do I see

    Seems fitting.

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    “Matthew // Nov 26, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Someone got shot directly outside of my window in Belltown a while back, absolutely no mention of it in the media. The crime is much worse in the area than what is being reported.”

    I’d note that the recession is likely to make the crime situation in Belltown worse.

    It is amusing to see people justify living in a crime-ridden “gritty” area as an **advantage**, as an edgy Hipsters Bizzaro-universe Disneyland. “Look, a pimp! Look, somebody shooting up! Aren’t I cutting-edge and transgressive for living here!”

    I’ve lived in some sketchy neighborhoods, but that’s because they were **cheap** to live in. I never thought that their sketchiness was a particular sales point (particularly when considering the purchase of an expensive condo).

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    “Matthew // Nov 26, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Someone got shot directly outside of my window in Belltown a while back, absolutely no mention of it in the media. The crime is much worse in the area than what is being reported.”

    I’d note that the recession is likely to make the crime situation in Belltown worse.

    It is amusing to see people justify living in a crime-ridden “gritty” area as an **advantage**, as an edgy Hipsters Bizzaro-universe Disneyland. “Look, a pimp! Look, somebody shooting up! Aren’t I cutting-edge and transgressive for living here!”

    I’ve lived in some sketchy neighborhoods, but that’s because they were **cheap** to live in. I never thought that their sketchiness was a particular sales point (particularly when considering the purchase of an expensive condo).

  • WTF

    @Matthew:

    I agree that crime downtown is bad, but show me a decent size city with a suburb level crime rate and I’ll show you a horse with wings.

    By moving to a downtown location, I would think that these were risks that one would be willing to take, or at least would have done their due diligence and researched what crime was like in that area before moving there. I have no sympathy for those that complain about Belltown (or any other seattle neighborhood for that matter), it has been like that for years. As Denny Green would say, “Belltown is what we thought it was”. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    *Disclaimer: I live in Belltown and I love it. Flame on!

  • WTF

    @Matthew:

    I agree that crime downtown is bad, but show me a decent size city with a suburb level crime rate and I’ll show you a horse with wings.

    By moving to a downtown location, I would think that these were risks that one would be willing to take, or at least would have done their due diligence and researched what crime was like in that area before moving there. I have no sympathy for those that complain about Belltown (or any other seattle neighborhood for that matter), it has been like that for years. As Denny Green would say, “Belltown is what we thought it was”. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    *Disclaimer: I live in Belltown and I love it. Flame on!

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    “@Matthew:

    I agree that crime downtown is bad, but show me a decent size city with a suburb level crime rate and I’ll show you a horse with wings.”

    New York.

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    “@Matthew:

    I agree that crime downtown is bad, but show me a decent size city with a suburb level crime rate and I’ll show you a horse with wings.”

    New York.

  • Matthew

    First of all, I don’t believe that there are crime statistics for just Belltown.

    I’ve been to plenty of metro city downtown area that feel safer than Belltown two of them are DC and NYC.

    Yes both cities have higher crime rates, but the crime occurs in certain areas and is mostly contained to the high crime areas. In Seattle, instead of just having crime in White Center and Rainier Valley, it seems to have spread into the downtown area. This wouldn’t happen in modern day NYC, the NYPD would hand out a couple beatings, make some arrests, and the dirtbags would go back to Queens, the Bronx, Harlem, etc.

    In Seattle people want to hold hands, sing songs, and talk about their feelings. SPD doesn’t want to arrest crack heads, they want to write jay walking tickets. It’s a joke.

  • Matthew

    First of all, I don’t believe that there are crime statistics for just Belltown.

    I’ve been to plenty of metro city downtown area that feel safer than Belltown two of them are DC and NYC.

    Yes both cities have higher crime rates, but the crime occurs in certain areas and is mostly contained to the high crime areas. In Seattle, instead of just having crime in White Center and Rainier Valley, it seems to have spread into the downtown area. This wouldn’t happen in modern day NYC, the NYPD would hand out a couple beatings, make some arrests, and the dirtbags would go back to Queens, the Bronx, Harlem, etc.

    In Seattle people want to hold hands, sing songs, and talk about their feelings. SPD doesn’t want to arrest crack heads, they want to write jay walking tickets. It’s a joke.

  • The MD

    Matthew is absolutely right on this one. Seattle has done a horrible job at keeping its crime at bay from the downtown core. Other cities have done a much better job of keeping the crime contained. Here in Seattle, it keeps spreading like a cancer. SPD is the LAMEST excuse for a crime-stopping force I’ve ever witnessed. In fact, I’ve witnessed SEVERAL drug exchanges (not mary-jane) where the Seattle police actually sat there and just watched it take place. I would point it out to them, and they simply would look the other direction as if they couldn’t be bothered by it. A bunch of p*ssies! This city’s priorities with what crime is and isn’t is completely out of whack with reality and reason.

  • The MD

    Matthew is absolutely right on this one. Seattle has done a horrible job at keeping its crime at bay from the downtown core. Other cities have done a much better job of keeping the crime contained. Here in Seattle, it keeps spreading like a cancer. SPD is the LAMEST excuse for a crime-stopping force I’ve ever witnessed. In fact, I’ve witnessed SEVERAL drug exchanges (not mary-jane) where the Seattle police actually sat there and just watched it take place. I would point it out to them, and they simply would look the other direction as if they couldn’t be bothered by it. A bunch of p*ssies! This city’s priorities with what crime is and isn’t is completely out of whack with reality and reason.

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    To be fair to the cops, they are just following the dictates of their political masters.

  • Affluent Bitter Renter

    To be fair to the cops, they are just following the dictates of their political masters.

  • Matthew

    ABR,

    Yes, the cops are following the orders of a pacifist mayor. If Nickels pretends their is not crime, then in his mind it does not exist.

    What a joke.

  • Matthew

    ABR,

    Yes, the cops are following the orders of a pacifist mayor. If Nickels pretends their is not crime, then in his mind it does not exist.

    What a joke.

  • Chas

    I think there is some conflation here of disreputable and dangerous. I’ve lived in Seattle for 25 years, and in Belltown for 15. The Denny Regrade, and Pioneer Square have always had plenty of homeless and street drunks who looked like hell, peed in doorways, shoplifted, and muttered to themselves, but they were not particularly dangerous, leastways if you left them alone they weren’t. If you were involved in the drug trade or prostitution, things were always dicy, but that seemed mostly to be limited to alleys at 3am.

    What seems to be new in the last three or four years is young men from all over the county coming down to the clubs and restaurants with guns, and hair trigger tempers. During the nineties 2nd ave between Blanchard and Bell had big crowds in the evening, but I don’t recall any shootings.

  • Chas

    I think there is some conflation here of disreputable and dangerous. I’ve lived in Seattle for 25 years, and in Belltown for 15. The Denny Regrade, and Pioneer Square have always had plenty of homeless and street drunks who looked like hell, peed in doorways, shoplifted, and muttered to themselves, but they were not particularly dangerous, leastways if you left them alone they weren’t. If you were involved in the drug trade or prostitution, things were always dicy, but that seemed mostly to be limited to alleys at 3am.

    What seems to be new in the last three or four years is young men from all over the county coming down to the clubs and restaurants with guns, and hair trigger tempers. During the nineties 2nd ave between Blanchard and Bell had big crowds in the evening, but I don’t recall any shootings.

  • Lev

    I think this building looks terrible. I could see it go up from my office. First they set the columns in from the corners so we thought cool the corners of the building will be transparent floors will appear like they are floating, but then they covered it with dark glass so you can’t see it. so why did they spend the money to pull the columns in? i wonder… and what are those white vinyl looking “single family type windows supposed to do for the design?
    Also, overall, it looks like a cheap copy of the 2 Union Square building – similar color, shape and it even has the white cap!

  • Lev

    I think this building looks terrible. I could see it go up from my office. First they set the columns in from the corners so we thought cool the corners of the building will be transparent floors will appear like they are floating, but then they covered it with dark glass so you can’t see it. so why did they spend the money to pull the columns in? i wonder… and what are those white vinyl looking “single family type windows supposed to do for the design?
    Also, overall, it looks like a cheap copy of the 2 Union Square building – similar color, shape and it even has the white cap!

  • The MD

    Lev, its because the building was “designed” by Weber Thompson. Supposedly they’re like “good” architects in Seattle. Well, I find all their buildings to be VERY dull, unoriginal, and typically just slab-sided glass with a couple of details. There’s absolutely no imagination or anything inspiring in ANY of their buildings, whether it is residential or commercial/office.

  • The MD

    Lev, its because the building was “designed” by Weber Thompson. Supposedly they’re like “good” architects in Seattle. Well, I find all their buildings to be VERY dull, unoriginal, and typically just slab-sided glass with a couple of details. There’s absolutely no imagination or anything inspiring in ANY of their buildings, whether it is residential or commercial/office.

  • El Puso

    MD,

    The ice is melting beneath your feet.

  • El Puso

    MD,

    The ice is melting beneath your feet.

  • The MD

    El Puso, say what? LOL

  • The MD

    El Puso, say what? LOL

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    Lev,

    The columns…. hold up…. the building.

  • http://www.cnn.com Interested buyer

    Lev,

    The columns…. hold up…. the building.