Beat the Heat – Apartments with A/C

Martin LR

With the mercury hovering around 90, I know that many of you have been seeking refuge in lakes, malls, and movie theaters.  If you’d rather keep cool at home and didn’t make it to Home Depot before the window units sold out, maybe you should consider an apartment with central air.  Here’s our pick list,… Read More

Modular Two-Story Lofts in Belltown With Great Views


We’ve featured the model unit and some of the lower floors at downtown Seattle’s first modular apartment complex. But the top floor units were just recently completed and I think they’re the best ones in the building. For example, check out this Puget Sound-facing apartment… ‘N’ Habit, located  at 2217 Third Avenue (between Bell and… Read More

Want a New Loft and Office at Prime Location?


If you’re looking for a place to live and a prime location for your office, the “Mezzanine Loft” at the new Sunset Electric building on Capitol Hill may be just what you’re looking for. The development is marketing the space as a live/work loft on one of Seattle’s main  streets. This one-bedroom, two-bathroom loft is… Read More

Sunset Electric Taps Into Capitol Hill’s Energy

Sunset Electric, located at 11th and Pine on Capitol Hill

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)… Read More

Awesome Penthouse in the Heart of South Lake Union


Of the dozens of new Seattle residential buildings that I’ve toured in the last year and a half, the penthouse at 325 Westlake is easily one of my favorites in terms of design, style and quality. The folks at Graham Baba Architects did a superb job divvying up 1,758 square feet among two bedrooms, two… Read More

New Boutique Building in SLU Is A Work of Art

325 Westlake, located on Westlake Avenue between Thomas and Harrison Streets

It took maybe two minutes after stepping into 325 Westlake to develop a crush on the new residential project. Unlike some other buildings that shout about luxury features that turn out to be more marketing than material, 325 Westlake doesn’t have to  pound its chest very hard. The quality of the design, material, and touches… Read More

Here’s a Chance to Live In A “Castle in Seattle”…


If you’re bored with the new cookie-cutter buildings rising up across the city, check out an architectural gem from the 1930s that is being rehabilitated on Capitol Hill. The Anhalt Apartments on 16th Avenue and E. John Street preserves one of the celebrated buildings by prolific Seattle builder Fred Anhalt. Inspired by Tudor and Norman… Read More

Seattle’s First Modular Apartment 35% Leased

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N Habit in Belltown, downtown Seattle’s first modular apartment project, opened today and is already 35% leased. The 49-unit apartment and retail building was developed using next-generation modular construction with units “stacked” over two weekends last fall: Bernard has checked it out for us in the past. Here’s the full press release. Disclaimer: N Habit… Read More

Belltown Loft With Views Of Puget Sound

Belltown Lofts, unit 301, Interior

A loft with all the urban bells and whistles recently went on the market. It has great views of Puget Sound, exposed brick, large windows, double shower heads, a private deck, and splashes of color to keep it funky. A part of Belltown Lofts, unit # 301 is a 1 bedroom, .75 bathroom and is… Read More

UPDATED: New Queen Anne Apartments

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UPDATE: Caron saw our post and sent us some additional photos, which I’ve added below.  I also uncovered some pricing info.  The smallest studio (386 sq ft) currently rents for $1,350/mo. and the largest open one-bedroom (562 sq ft) is $1,675/mo.  There are two other options in between.  The live/work units are 601-659 sq ft… Read More

REO Flats 30% Leased as it Opens

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Pike/Pine apartment building REO Flats announced their grand opening today as well as an additional retail tenant, greek restaurant Omega Ouzeri by Thomas Soukakos (of El Greco, Vios Café & Marketplace on Capitol Hill and Vios at Third Place in Ravenna). Here’s some photos: Here’s the full press release: REO Flats Apartments on Capitol Hill Opens; 108-Unit Building… Read More

Stream Belmont: A New Capitol Hill Building that Stands Out

Stream Belmont. located at Belmont Ave and Republican St.

New apartment buildings are popping up left and right across Seattle. Most of them look nice but indistinguishable. To me, here’s one that stands out with its fine facade of brick and golden brown cedar siding. The Stream Belmont on Capitol Hill opened earlier this year and has leased well, according to the leasing manager…. Read More

South Lake Union Two-Bedroom with Perfect Private Patio for Summer

A roughly 300 sq ft private patio

The perfect Seattle  afternoons the last couple of days reminded me of a nice penthouse unit that I toured recently. Check out the photos of this two-bedroom, two bathroom at the new True North apartments on Dexter Avenue in South Lake Union. Particularly, think about lounging in this large private patio with views of downtown… Read More

True North in SLU Climbs High With Amenities

Bouldering wall

A bouldering wall. A restaurant-style pizza oven. Four roof-top decks. A bike locker that triples as a workshop and club room. Four BBQ stations. The amenities at True North, a new 286-unit apartment complex that opens for occupancy this Friday in South Lake Union, are truly impressive. I generally don’t pay too much attention to… Read More

Lease Rates at Three SLU Apartment Buildings Reflect Strong Rental Market

The multi-colored building in the center is the new True North apartment building that opens on Friday.

In September, 2012, I blogged about how demolition on a stretch of Dexter Ave in South Lake Union was making way for a third apartment complex in as many blocks. We wondered then whether the market would absorb all 672 new units in the three buildings. Today,  I can say I should have asked a… Read More

“Modular Is Here. It’s Going to Happen”


One of our top posts in 2013 featured ‘N’ Habit Belltown, the first modular apartment building in Downtown Seattle. The project is nearing completing and will soon open for occupancy. We tagged along for a tour of the seven-story building last week, checking out a number of the pre-fabricated units. Walking through the structure, you… Read More

Sweet Highend Capitol Hill Rental

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If you’re tired of homes selling in a few days here’s a sweet rental. 1932 10th Ave E is on the north end of Capitol Hill. Sizeable at 2,830 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and wine room. Not cheap at $4,500/month but based on other rentals we’ve looked at in the price range, seems… Read More

Who Lives at the Martin?

The Martin

The Martin sent over a short blurb on a few of their residents. If you’re curious who lives in all these new apartment buildings here’s three stories… At The Martin, a 24-story apartment building at the nexus of downtown Seattle and the Denny Triangle, residents include all ages – from infants to retirees. The Martin’s… Read More

Anthem, Decibel, Reverb: 279 First Hill Apartments


Last week the WSJ featured Seattle builder Spectrum and their projects on 12th Avenue. Here’s a little more detail thanks to their press release: Located at 301 – 12th Avenue and 1023 East Alder both sites will be transit oriented developments featuring a mix of apartment types and uses. Combined with Anthem on 12 Avenue… Read More

CHS Dives Into Apartment Design

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Great post on Capitol Hill Seattle about the glorious state of Seattle apartment design, Why Capitol Hill’s big mixed-use developments look, um, the way they do: Materials, zoning, and Capitol Hill’s competitive development market all narrow the window for creativity and risk taking in building new mixed-use projects. Those factors have led to some easily… Read More