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Video and Photos: The Post in Pioneer Square

By November 19, 2012

Apartments, Pioneer Square

If you prefer urban living with modern amenities but in a historic setting, the new Post Apartments in Pioneer Square may be the right address for you.

Built at about the location of Seattle’s first post office, the 16-story contemporary structure rises above the brick buildings around Western Ave and Marion St, offering units in the upper floors some great views of Elliott Bay and Downtown Seattle. We went for a hard hat tour of The Post to see what else it delivers. Here’s our video review…

The highlight at The Post is definitely the nearly 20,000 square feet of community space on the top floor. The area was still under construction when we visited but we got a VIP tour and saw the many amenities that will be available, including a large window-filled room  for the gym; a smaller exercise room that offers more privacy; a spectacular lounge with windows looking out to the west and north; a game room; a theater room; and an outdoor deck that boasts a resort-like reflecting pool. (More photos below)

A reflecting pool will anchor a spectacular roof deck

The style inside the 208 units is urban and contemporary, as the developers advertised, with exposed ductwork in the kitchen, concrete ceilings and columns throughout, and just about floor-to-ceiling windows. Though, minimalist is probably the more appropriate term since the design is very simple and straightforward. There’s not a lot of fuss or fancy.

The kitchen in a one-bedroom unit

Each unit comes standard with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a wall-mounted air conditioning unit, engineered wood flooring and double-pane windows.  Those windows come in handy for the west-facing units because the Alaskan Way Viaduct is just a block to the west.  In the two model units we visited on the 8th floor, we heard some highway noise.

A bedroom with a clear view of Elliott Bay

The noise is a small price to pay for wonderful views. The west-facing units on the 8th floors and up have unobstructed views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. You do pay a premium for that backdrop. The 2br/2ba unit in the southwest corner of the 8th floor is renting for $3760/mo, while an urban one bedroom a few doors down is going for $1986/mo. Check out our previous post for the full price ranges.

The rents are on the higher end, but given The Post’s location, views, amenities (including concierge) and new construction, I bet it gives nearby buildings like Harbor Steps a good run for their money.