The most appealing aspect of the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may well be what’s in the surrounding blocks. You can start your Saturday with brunch at Oddfellows Cafe, unwind at Cal Anderson Park, indulge in salted caramel ice cream at Molly Moons, party at Purr, and round out the evening (or morning) with juicy tacos at Rancho Bravo. All of these places are within a block of Sunset Electric.
The building is not too shabby itself. I love that the developer – The Wolff Company – preserved the facade of the original 1926 building. With that as a base, Weber Thompson designed upwards and added 92 new apartments. It would have been better if they had used larger windows, instead of cluttering up the facade with multiple panes of glass. The effect, though, is less noticeable once inside the studios or one-bedroom apartments.
There are nice touches inside the unit, including the white quartz countertops, Energy Star GE stainless steel appliances and subway tiling (if that fad isn’t overdone) in the kitchens and bathrooms. And in some units, you will find sliding barn doors made of wood from the building’s original load-bearing beams.
Some of the smaller one-bedroom units (like the one above) are more like “open one bedrooms” but they qualify for the traditional bedroom definition because they have windows that feed out into an open courtyard (below).
You can climb the stairs in the courtyard (or take the elevator) up to the roof top deck, which affords nice views of downtown, the Space Needle and Cal Anderson Park.
Here are the average sizes of the floorplans and ranges for the rents…
Studio: 358 sq ft — $1,625 – $1,699/mo
One Bedroom: 548 – 922 sq ft — $1,729 – $3,200/mo
Live/work Loft: 877 – 971 sq ft — $2,995 – $3,395/mo
Mezzanine Loft: 1,548 sq ft — $5,395/mo (Here are more photos and details about this loft)
A parking space is an additional $275 to $330 a month. There are also extra charges for a storage space and bike rack space. Aside from the mezzanine loft that measures 1,548 sq ft, the most desirable units are the large one bedrooms that average about 900 sq ft. Those are spacious and filled with light but they are pricey at more than $3 per sq ft.
If you’re interested, check out Sunset Electric’s website. It’s very informative, with apartment layouts, exact rents and additional info. Meanwhile, here are more photos from our tour…