Archives for May 2009

WOW – The Sanctuary / First Church Photos

This afternoon we stopped The Sanctuary aka First Church at 1519 E Denny Way and were totally blown away. From the stained glass, to the polished concrete floors, slab carrera marble, lighting, exposed steel from the earthquaking to the views the place will be one of my favorite urban projects in Seattle. So far they… Read More

First Church On Capitol Hill Open Today From 1-4

Sounds like First Church on Capitol Hill is having an open house today from 1-4. I was wondering what had happened to that project! I won’t be able to make it since I’ll be in Fremont at this open house. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood and want to talk about Redfin or Urbnlivn!… Read More

Lumen Press Release For The Auction

Re-posting press releases is what lazy bloggers do. More info at SEATTLE – Stylish urban living and the opportunity to buy at a once in a lifetime price awaits 19 very fortunate homebuyers as the final 19 condominium homes at LUMEN go on sale at Public Auction in July. The remaining few of the… Read More

Madison Tower / Hotel 1000 Unit

If you’ve got a $1.8 million burning a hole in your pocket and you’re not dissuaded by raising mortgage rates check out #1901 at Madison Tower. The sales history is interesting: May 27, 2009 Listed for $1,840,000 Oct 27, 2006 Sold for $2,000,000 Sep 08, 2006 Listed Aug 21, 2006 Sold for $1,520,000

Nicholas Court Condos at 15th and Union

Thanks to Marce for the heads up on, 1413 15th Ave #1. It’s a $700k, 1,262 sq. ft. townhouse at 15th and union: Marce had this to say: Here’s an article on the architect, Seeing The Light | Architects at home. I think this would be a rare example of someone closing in this time… Read More

Stop Motion Video of Hjarta

Those in Ballard might find this stop motion video of the Hjarta construction interesting:

Lumen Going to Auction July 11th

Thanks to a Lumen homeowner who passed along a letter [pdf] confirming that the remaining 21 or so Lumen condos will be auctioned on July 11th. They’ll be using TeamBuilder Auction Group (I originally heard it would be Kennedy Wilson). Gotta get back to work so no time for editorializing.

Stroupe Has Letter Confirming Enso to Reduce Prices

Stroup Group got the smoking gun on Enso doing the right thing and dropping prices for those who have already signed a purchase and sale: Greetings from the Enso team, We would like to take a moment to provide you with an Enso update. With Enso nearing completion, we are committed to working with you… Read More

Checking In On SLU – Both Veer + Enso Dropping Prices

Last week I got an email from Veer Lofts about lower prices: #317 – $270,000 – Deck, Needle view #403 – $280,000 – Deck, City view #606 – $465,000 – Deck, two patios, lake Union, city views #607 – $440,000 – Corner unit, deck, patio, Lake UNion, city view #617 – $395,000 – Deck, patio,… Read More

Disgruntled BoConcept Sofa Buyer

We also have a disgruntled BoConcept sofa buyer in the comments: What a disappointing experience. I just spent $2000+ on a Terni sofa. I thought it looked cool and chic in the store room. But, just days after use, I’m stuck with a sofa that looks like it just did hard duty in some frat… Read More

Disgruntled Brix Buyer Blogs It All

Someone seems to be quite upset about Brix as they’ve started the blog, Brix Condos Suck: First of all, who am I to completely and utterly lambaste Brix Condominiums (ahem…recount my own experiences and opinions)??? Well, a short while ago, my wife and I finally washed our hands of the project as we suffered the… Read More

Most Popular Listing

I’m getting bored of writing these most popular listing blog posts. I thought they’d turn up some interesting finds but turns out that’s not the case! This week’s most popular listing is 606 E Thomas St Unit N. $166,900 for 500 square feet but no parking. Looks funky to say the least! Personally I’m rooting… Read More

Talk of Offers, Appraisals & Hjarta Leasing

There’s a few interesting condo discussions on the Redfin Forums. First up is, how much would your offer be for condos just under 400k? One of our agents has this to say: The condo market is definitely soft in these neighborhoods, and I am finding developers being negotiable; however many seem to only be coming… Read More

Trace North Happy Hour Videos

Last Friday I stopped by the Trace North happy hour and enjoyed some wine with Anecia and a few other buyers. I also toured a few units and instead of taking photos I shot a bunch of short lame videos. Good news, they have one of my favorite floor plans left, the 1 bedroom +… Read More

No One Is Looking At Condos

The most popular listings in Seattle continue to be dominated by homes. If we skip over that cool boat (I’m on a boat!) and

Sharpen Your HOA Skills

For all you HOA board members and community managers you might be interested in this event that is geared towards challenges condo & homeowner associations are facing during the recession. Local attorneys will be presenting educational sessions. Cost to attend is $60, which includes educational seminars, lunch, and social networking reception at the end of… Read More

I Am A Condo Nerd. Kindle DX Spotted at Madison Lofts.

How nerdy is it that I recognized that the Kindle informercial was filmed in this model unit at Madison Lofts? I’ve said I’d buy no more books until I get a Kindle… Now I need to decide, small Kindle or big Kindle? But first I need to sell more ads on this blog so I… Read More

Beware Kone Elevator Flooring

Both the new construction projects I bought at had developer installed elevator flooring. Once everyone had moved in that flooring had taken quite the beating so the HOAs wanted it replaced. Both buildings went to the elevator manufacturer, Kone, for replacement flooring. Unfortunately their replacement flooring stinks. Literally. It smells AWFUL. Of course the smell… Read More

Trace North Happy Hour This Friday

Not to be out done by Brix, Trace North is also hosting a happy hour from 6 to 8 pm this Friday. In other Trace news #402 at Trace Lofts is being re-sold. It originally sold for $515k June 2008 and is listed at $549k. It’s a 820 square foot unit, essentially a studio. I… Read More

Update on the Alex in Belltown

Here’s an email I got on the Alex in Belltown: Good Morning, An update on Alex at First and Bell is owed to you, and thank you for your patience, as we all muddle through a sluggish downtown Seattle real estate market. We are thrilled that the final stage of the construction at Alex is… Read More