Marselle: Great Condos, Crappy Neighborhood

I toured Marselle last weekend, one of the few new condo developments in Seattle that does not tout any concern with the environment (at least they’re honest about it). The interiors are very nice, and there are some beautiful open floorplans. The photos on the website totally do them justice.

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However, the photos of the views, like the one below, are entirely misleading, because the squallor of cheap hotels and empty parking lots surrounding Marselle is always neatly cropped out. In fact, many of the lower level units look directly onto walls or rooftops. One even faces the wall of a Quality Inn and has a 6-foot bright yellow glowing Q about 20 feet from the livingroom window. They had the blinds down when they showed that one, so I didn’t get a picture, but there are a few pictures of some horrible views below the jump.

The building is several blocks from Belltown or South Lake Union. The planned lightrail line goes through Capitol Hill, so it’s nowhere near that. The nearest SLUT stop is quite far. So, if you want to get anywhere you’re totally dependent on car or bus. I suppose you could walk to the monorail if you just had to get downtown, but even that would be a bit of a hike in bad weather.

HOA’s are only about $0.30/sqft, and they are payed by the developer through 2011. There is a workout room and a “yoga studio” in the building. I thought the yoga studio would be commercial, but it’s actually an empty room with three yoga balls in it. They are heavily pushing units on the first three floors, some of which have unfinished concrete pillars in awkward places. They seem to be waiting to push the rest of the building (including some two-story units on top) until summer.

Their version of the view:
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Reality:
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  • Frank Jhones

    What is with the rash the last couple of years of cheaply made and cheap looking buildings?!? The Marselle's building facade is horribly tacky! I don't see how someone would want to invest in living in such a building. Apartments are one thing, but when it comes to buying a place I prefer atleast the appearce of quailty (and a good HOA).

  • Guest

    “The building is several blocks from Belltown or South Lake Union. The nearest SLUT stop is quite far. So, if you want to get anywhere you’re totally dependent on car or bus.”

    The nearest SLUT stop is a few blocks away; Belltown and SLU are a few blocks away. How does this make a person totally dependent on a car or bus? Someone confined to a wheelchair, maybe. Most other bipeds, no.

  • Guest

    I agree that the immediate surroundings aren't very good, particularly being right off Aurora, which you did not mention. However, I work right nearby and it is hardly a major hike to Belltown or the central downtown shopping district. I head over there for lunch, shopping or transit all the time. It's the equivalent of you walking from Trace to Linda's for a beer.

  • lulo

    Though it will likely always have a fair amount of traffic on it, that view of 99 is likely to change in the next 5+ years. If someone were willing to put up with the lousy view, they might gamble a good bet, if the city continues on the path currently scoped for the deep bore tunnel. if you check out the second half of this video from the WSDOT, you'll see representations of how the city envisions reconnecting the street grid up to 3 blocks north of Marselle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgtOTMJt-AI

  • uptown

    Or it could be knocked down to make way for construction of the new tunnel entrance/exit. A gamble either way, you are guaranteed a front row seat of a major construction site for years.

  • justinbowers

    Matt's reality pics are also somewhat misleading. The view they have on their website was taken from the southeastern corner of the rooftop deck, but they're pretty nice night time city views–especially for the price point.

    I live a couple blocks away on 5th and Vine, and ditched my car over a year ago. I get to my office in QA from a stop 2 blocks away from Marselle, get the best Thai food on the 5-point block, and know that on Aurora you can catch a bus to almost anywhere else in Seattle. There's even a liquor store just south of Marselle behind the Pink Elephant Car Wash!!!

    It was suggested that Aurora will be 'parked' once the tunnel is complete, but I wouldn't bank on it.

    I do think the exterior would be nicer if it were plated in gold, or even platinum, but that's just my personal opinion.

    They are in fact selling really well. Probably because they're priced very low and only a couple blocks from the center. If you are Mr. or Mrs. Cristalla then Marselle is more than likely not the place for you.

    Nothing wrong with Marselle. Great interiors? -yes. Tacky facade? -could be nicer. Inconvenient location? -only for grocery shopping.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Sorry, I need to make a change to the blog so you can see the author of the posts. This was written by Sarah and not by me.

  • justinbowers

    <strike>Matt's</strike> Sarah's…

    Sarah?

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    Sarah has written a handful of blog posts over the last six weeks. I thought the blog was showing who the author is but it looks like it isn't! I'll try and fix that this weekend.

  • uptown

    Under the new tunnel exit plans, you no longer have to worry about construction. The planned tunnel entrance/exit is now going to be at 6th Ave N and Harrison St.

  • uptown

    Under the new tunnel exit plans, you no longer have to worry about construction. The planned tunnel entrance/exit is now going to be at 6th Ave N and Harrison St.

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