Photos of Ruby Condos on Eastlake

On Tuesday I toured Ruby Condos at 2960 Eastlake Ave E with Tanya Foster, the lively New Zealand on-site agent from Williams Marketing.

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Ruby’s a 52 unit four story building at the north end of Eastlake. There’s six retails units on the ground floor that they’re selling through Laura Miller of Catalyst Commercial Partners. All the units are open one bedroom or one bedroom units. The building is being developed by Barrientos who has done a lot of projects such as Leona on Queen Anne, Pearl Apartments on Capitol Hill, Stadium Lofts in Pioneer Square, etc. The builder is Express Construction who built Eastlake Lofts, the 18 unit project, that Tanya last sold. The architect is Johnson Architecture and Planning who has worked with Barrientos in the past and also did Trace Lofts & Trace North where I live.

The building has two staircases and an elevator. Oddly the elevator as at the north end of the building which will be inconvenient for those in the south end of the building. To address the I-5 noise issue the building corridor runs along the back side of the building acting as a buffer.

Each unit has a parking spot and a storage space. The storage space is on the same level as the units. My unit’s storage is on the same floor and I find that pretty handy. There’s also five each parking spots if anyone wants to buy a second.

We walked through a lot of floor plans and most are pretty sensibly laid out. Surprisingly, because of their orientation some of the north units like the x01 are pretty nice. I liked ones with the washer and dryer tucked in the bathroom, there was lots of storage and the kitchens are full size. Appliance line is Whirlpool and the units have the necessary venting if you want to add your own air conditioner and there is a ceiling box ready for a fan. Yes, the units sport the usual engineered hardwood and granite counters but the kitchens are definitely a step up from the kitchens at the Meritage. I also liked the bathroom finishes with granite slab counter top and under mount sink. Floor tile was nice too.

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Buyers should be aware of two things about this building.

First is the noise as it’s right beside the I-5 freeway. They did design the building in such a way to minimize noise and were successful for many units. However, for some of the north units you’ll have to learn to love the roar of the freeway just like I’ve learned to sleep through all the sirens at 12th and Madison. Tanya did point me to the I-5 – Ship Canal Bridge Noise Study. Looks like they are actively working to reduce the noise impact of the bridge.

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Second is that some of the water views may be endangered in the future if the Eastlake Bar & Grill site is developed. The good news is that a ten year lease there was just signed but as we all know, nothing is guaranteed so do your research on zoning.

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It’ll be interesting to see how sales go (they started mid-January) as compared to Equinox down the street. My guess is that Ruby will fare better given that they aren’t selling until the building is done and they certainly talk like they’re going to price realistically and will be targeting first time home buyers but we won’t be able to judge that until actual list prices are released.

View all my photos of Ruby Condos on Eastlake.

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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.

  • http://www.rubycondos.com Tanya Foster

    Hi there, please check out http://www.rubycondos.com for more information and to view floor plans.
    We’re excited to open our presentation center in January! In the meantime, if anyone is interested in a private tour or has further questions please contact me at 206 579 6575 or tfoster@williamsmarketing.com

    Thanks, Tanya

  • http://www.rubycondos.com Tanya Foster

    Hi there, please check out http://www.rubycondos.com for more information and to view floor plans.
    We’re excited to open our presentation center in January! In the meantime, if anyone is interested in a private tour or has further questions please contact me at 206 579 6575 or tfoster@williamsmarketing.com

    Thanks, Tanya

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  • http://deflationland.blogspot.com christiangustafson

    50% overpriced, IMO. Nice apartments.

    A peek under the skin shows this building is made of 2x4s.

  • http://deflationland.blogspot.com christiangustafson

    50% overpriced, IMO. Nice apartments.

    A peek under the skin shows this building is made of 2x4s.

  • newbuyer

    that’s a really great view up there.

  • newbuyer

    that’s a really great view up there.

  • Chris

    Almost every woodframe building is made largely of 2 x 4s.

  • Chris

    Almost every woodframe building is made largely of 2 x 4s.

  • Anonymous

    There’s one other thing to be aware of if you live on Eastlake underneath (or nearly underneath) I-5: The dirt from the roadway above is nearly unavoidable. While living in the Illumina Apt building from 2006 – 2007, my roommate and I quickly learned to not open our windows unless we wanted a thick layer of almost black dirt to coat the window sills. I love Eastlake but probably wouldn’t consider living that close to I-5 again.

    The noise, for what it’s worth, was never an issue. It was actually sort of soothing in the white noise kind of way.

  • Ryan

    There’s one other thing to be aware of if you live on Eastlake underneath (or nearly underneath) I-5: The dirt from the roadway above is nearly unavoidable. While living in the Illumina Apt building from 2006 – 2007, my roommate and I quickly learned to not open our windows unless we wanted a thick layer of almost black dirt to coat the window sills. I love Eastlake but probably wouldn’t consider living that close to I-5 again.

    The noise, for what it’s worth, was never an issue. It was actually sort of soothing in the white noise kind of way.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    FWIW, I had the same problem living on Bellevue Ave, two blocks east of I-5 and have the same problem living on the second floor of a building on a busy city street (12th & Madison.)

    The next thing about Ruby is they have the venting for AC units if you want to add one.

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    FWIW, I had the same problem living on Bellevue Ave, two blocks east of I-5 and have the same problem living on the second floor of a building on a busy city street (12th & Madison.)

    The next thing about Ruby is they have the venting for AC units if you want to add one.

  • JoeAnne11

    I would kill for a condos like this to be honest. Here where I stay at the moment I gotta be looking for Maytag Parts every day because everything is broken. That's why recently I started to save money..because I hope that in one or two years I will have a better financial situation.

  • Anonymous

    I would kill for a condos like this to be honest. Here where I stay at the moment I gotta be looking for Maytag Parts every day because everything is broken. That’s why recently I started to save money..because I hope that in one or two years I will have a better financial situation.