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 have a model unit with the other units framed in but not yet finished. They’re estimating an August completion date. Prices range from $995,000 to $1,687,000. Square footage ranges from 1,543 to 2,622. Seems like half the units have decks. There is parking and “ample storage”. Apparently they’ve even wired the storage so you can plug stuff in. These aren’t condos so there isn’t a HOA fee. But there will be a $50-75/month maintenance fee. As for taxes, as a historic landmark for the first ten years you’ll get a property tax rebate saving you about 50% on taxes.

I have to admit I didn’t “get” the layout until I saw it. Basically there are 12 units that form a circle and face into an inner courtyard, the “Sanctuary”. The windows facing into the sanctuary are for the most part frosted to prevent a fish bowl effect. However, there are clear sky lights so you can see the original ceiling.

The model unit kitchen has no real windows which I thought was weird but they told us that they’re going to be installing a window system that lets you still have the full stained glass window but you’ll be able to pivot it out of the way and have a clear window. Sounds fancy.

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All my photos. They definitely don’t do the place justice. GO SEE IT. If I had a million dollars to buy a condo right now this where I’d buy.

In terms of traffic they had about 70 people in today and a little more the day before.

Pricing

Unit 1 – 2,594 sq. ft. – $1,687,000 – Has private elevator
Unit 2 – 2,452 sq. ft. – $1,475,000 – Has semi-private elevator
Unit 3 – 2,622 sq. ft. – $1,575,000 – Has deck
Unit 4 – Sold
Unit 5 – 2,531 sq. ft. – $1,295,000
Unit 6 – 2,476 sq. ft. – $1,295,000
Unit 7 – Sold
Unit 8 – 1,543 sq. ft. – $1,025,000
Unit 9 – 2,170 sq. ft. – $1,025,000 – Has deck
Unit 10 – 2,230 sq. ft. – $995,000 – Has deck
Unit 11 – 2,221 sq. ft. – $995,000 – Has deck
Unit 12 – 2,090 sq. ft. – $1,254,00 – Has 2 decks

Videos

(There’s also a rotated version though the quality sucks)

Update: They now have the model unit on the MLS. The photos are much nicer than mine. I wish they would have maxed out the 15 photo limit though.

About Matt

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://seattlebubble.com/ The Tim

    Personally, I'm saving my imaginary million dollars for when they finally get around to converting the top half of the Smith Tower. 360° views FTW.

  • http://seattlebubble.com/ The Tim

    Personally, I'm saving my imaginary million dollars for when they finally get around to converting the top half of the Smith Tower. 360° views FTW.

  • Nick

    looks a little dark and depressing, but may just be the photos

  • Nick

    looks a little dark and depressing, but may just be the photos

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    My photos really don't do it justice… However, the upstairs was a little dark since there were no real windows; the windows facing the interior atrium are frosted and the exterior windows are all stained glass. But we talked to the onsite agent who said they're working on a system so you can switch between the stained glass and clear windows so you can see the outside. I'm curious to see how they're going to accomplish it.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    My photos really don't do it justice… However, the upstairs was a little dark since there were no real windows; the windows facing the interior atrium are frosted and the exterior windows are all stained glass. But we talked to the onsite agent who said they're working on a system so you can switch between the stained glass and clear windows so you can see the outside. I'm curious to see how they're going to accomplish it.

  • fdog

    Interesting place. I really need to drop by and see it. I applaud their reuse of interesting buildings. I'm not sure about having a five story condo unit though. The stairs would be a good workout!

    How does it work if there is no HOA? They appear to have common walls and infrastructure? Do they have restrictive covenants? What is to stop me from turning my new condo there into a hybrid funeral parlor/heavy metal recording studio? (it's got the ideal ambience!)

    Also, what is the parking situation at this building? The website doesn't say so I'm assuming it is street parking?

  • fdog

    Interesting place. I really need to drop by and see it. I applaud their reuse of interesting buildings. I'm not sure about having a five story condo unit though. The stairs would be a good workout!

    How does it work if there is no HOA? They appear to have common walls and infrastructure? Do they have restrictive covenants? What is to stop me from turning my new condo there into a hybrid funeral parlor/heavy metal recording studio? (it's got the ideal ambience!)

    Also, what is the parking situation at this building? The website doesn't say so I'm assuming it is street parking?

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Agree, that you'll get a stair work out.

    And I'm equally puzzled how this will work without a HOA.

    It has underground parking though I didn't see it… Apparently it has quite a lot of parking too.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Agree, that you'll get a stair work out.

    And I'm equally puzzled how this will work without a HOA.

    It has underground parking though I didn't see it… Apparently it has quite a lot of parking too.

  • Nick

    these are most likely considered townhomes (aka not stacking units/condos) so there is no hoa required. each individual unit probably owns the land that their unit sits on and the air space above (although I don't know if that works with shared underground parking)…plus townhomes require open space on the ground level which these probably do not have either.

    In other words I am stumped…are these condos or townhomes?

    and to answer fdog's question…I am sure there is a 50 page list of codes, covenants, and restrictions to discourage anything other than wiping your ass there!…I know if I was a developer of an iconic church I would have many cc&r's so the owners cannot alter the appearance of the exterior.

    How did they do 5 stories with no elevator? That's the real question. I am sure the city must have granted the architects many departures.

  • Nick

    these are most likely considered townhomes (aka not stacking units/condos) so there is no hoa required. each individual unit probably owns the land that their unit sits on and the air space above (although I don't know if that works with shared underground parking)…plus townhomes require open space on the ground level which these probably do not have either.

    In other words I am stumped…are these condos or townhomes?

    and to answer fdog's question…I am sure there is a 50 page list of codes, covenants, and restrictions to discourage anything other than wiping your ass there!…I know if I was a developer of an iconic church I would have many cc&r's so the owners cannot alter the appearance of the exterior.

    How did they do 5 stories with no elevator? That's the real question. I am sure the city must have granted the architects many departures.

  • Nick

    ooops missed the part with the private elevator…my bad

  • Nick

    ooops missed the part with the private elevator…my bad

  • EconE

    I'm curious myself.

    It would have been better IMHO had they taken the Stained Glass windows out of the exterior and incorported them into the interior facade rather than use the frosted glass.

    Imagine the “light show” at night as people's homes light up their respective windows.

    Disco!

    Then they could just use clear glass on the exterior. Paned of course…as giant “modern” sheets of glass would look stupid from the outside.

    On a different note…there are probably a whole bunch of PO'd Christian Scientists around the world right now. Ya think?

  • EconE

    I'm curious myself.

    It would have been better IMHO had they taken the Stained Glass windows out of the exterior and incorported them into the interior facade rather than use the frosted glass.

    Imagine the “light show” at night as people's homes light up their respective windows.

    Disco!

    Then they could just use clear glass on the exterior. Paned of course…as giant “modern” sheets of glass would look stupid from the outside.

    On a different note…there are probably a whole bunch of PO'd Christian Scientists around the world right now. Ya think?

  • EconE

    Oh…and on the units as a whole…too “vert” for me. Nice Kitchens however, but I like them to be incorporated into the living space.

    The project as a whole…

    Trippy.

  • EconE

    Oh…and on the units as a whole…too “vert” for me. Nice Kitchens however, but I like them to be incorporated into the living space.

    The project as a whole…

    Trippy.

  • mtb

    Maybe I can clear som thngs up.
    There is a Hoa but not a condo hoa, there is a huge diferance leagaly. Condo dues cost quite a bit more due to the masive red tape that has been attached to them. Town home hoa's do not fall under that catagory. The Hoa dues on this project are expected to be $50-$75 per month. They will cover elavator mantanance, a yearly confedance test of the fire sprinkler system ,a little landscaping and somone sweeping the atrium floor once a week.
    The project is a town home there is a blanket easment for below grade parking and utilitys witch is pretty standard in the city. Each home has a back door that is “direct access to ground level open space”
    The historic presevation board allow the west side and the rooftop deck acces areas to have new window cut into them. The rest of the building is historicly protected and can not be altered including the windows.
    The elavator takes you from the parking garge to the 3rd floor (atrium) it is just af ew steps accross the atrium floor to get into the kitchens, from there the master bedrooms are just one floor down.
    The zoning in the area prevents a mortuary use, its zoned residential. There is somthing in the cc&r's about playing loud musical instruments. The walls between the units are 10″ of concrete with 2 1/2 inches of foam on each side and the windows out to the atrium are laminated glass noise issues shouldn't be a problem.
    I sugest a visit to the open house and making aassesment from there.

  • mtb

    Maybe I can clear som thngs up.
    There is a Hoa but not a condo hoa, there is a huge diferance leagaly. Condo dues cost quite a bit more due to the masive red tape that has been attached to them. Town home hoa's do not fall under that catagory. The Hoa dues on this project are expected to be $50-$75 per month. They will cover elavator mantanance, a yearly confedance test of the fire sprinkler system ,a little landscaping and somone sweeping the atrium floor once a week.
    The project is a town home there is a blanket easment for below grade parking and utilitys witch is pretty standard in the city. Each home has a back door that is “direct access to ground level open space”
    The historic presevation board allow the west side and the rooftop deck acces areas to have new window cut into them. The rest of the building is historicly protected and can not be altered including the windows.
    The elavator takes you from the parking garge to the 3rd floor (atrium) it is just af ew steps accross the atrium floor to get into the kitchens, from there the master bedrooms are just one floor down.
    The zoning in the area prevents a mortuary use, its zoned residential. There is somthing in the cc&r's about playing loud musical instruments. The walls between the units are 10″ of concrete with 2 1/2 inches of foam on each side and the windows out to the atrium are laminated glass noise issues shouldn't be a problem.
    I sugest a visit to the open house and making aassesment from there.

  • guest

    When is the open house? Their website is months out of date!

  • guest

    When is the open house? Their website is months out of date!

  • Name

    impressive structure wise, but dark and depressing inside. Very little windows to let in natural light. Would love to see the other units when they're completed. Back units has more windows, but lack details. Over priced.

  • Name

    impressive structure wise, but dark and depressing inside. Very little windows to let in natural light. Would love to see the other units when they're completed. Back units has more windows, but lack details. Over priced.

  • http://www.getbiblestudy.com/ London Kentucky

    excellent post, keep it up! I will be checking back often :)

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  • Jan

    What happened to this great project?  The new folks are destroying the historic value.  Haven’t they seen Antique Road Show, they’ve washed 100 years of patina from the Landmark building.  A failed bank now a Bozo Receiver, how stupid can you get.

  • Carl12579

    I hear the Bank failed, and left the builder high and dry. Now a Receiver was appointed to sell the completed work.  It seems they are in no hurry to market and sell the units.  The model units looked fantastic a year ago, not so much any more.