Luma Dates to Keep In Mind

If you’re thinking of buying at Luma, the new condo coming to First Hill, here are some dates to keep in mind: Mid-May: Specific home pricing available Mid-May: Purchase & Sale Agreements and Public Offering Statement available June 1: Luma homes available for contracting You’ll also want to budget some time in there to find… Read More

Reminder: Luma Sales Center Opens Today

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Reminder that the sales center for Luma, the high rise condo building coming to First Hill opens today. If you go we’d love to hear what you think. Either leave a comment on the blog or Facebook, or email us at Here’s what we thought when we visited on Monday.

Sneak Peek: Luma, Sales Center of the Future

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Checking out the sales center for Luma, Seattle’s next big condo, at 8 am seemed like a good idea last week but I think both parties found 8 am on a Monday to be just a tad bit early today. First quick refresher on Luma: 24-story condo in First Hill. 168 units from 600 square… Read More

Luma to Use Virtual Reality to Sell Condos


Luma, a 24-story condo building coming to First Hill will be trying to use Virtual Reality to sell their condos according to local tech blog Geekwire, Beyond video games: How virtual reality is transforming real estate: Another project that will use virtual reality is LUMA, a 24-story condo building slated for Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood…. Read More

Luma Broke Ground on Condos Monday


Luma broke ground on their condos on First Hill on Monday according to the PSBJ. Luma joins a short list of other condo buildings currently under construction – Insignia, Solo Lofts and Vik Ballard. The 168 condos, which are designed to appeal to “creative urban professionals” and empty nesters, will range in size from 600… Read More

“1321 Seneca” Condos Is Now “Luma”. Breaking Ground in Fall


The First Hill condo project formally known as 1321 Seneca announced today [pdf] a new name, Luma, a breaking ground date, Augustfall, and a sales and marketing team, Julia McAvoy and Red Propeller. Lowe Enterprises Investors (“LEI”) today confirmed that they will break ground this August on a 24-story condominium tower at 1321 Seneca. Located… Read More

Mid-Century on Minor

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Built in 1960, the Sutton Place building at 1221 Minor has a cool mid-century vibe.  I wish I could say the same for Unit #708.  Though this 675 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bath has been upgraded, it’s more 2000s traditional on the inside.  Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of nice features –… Read More

First Hill Condo to Break Ground Mid-2014

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PSBJ has the word that Developers plan to start building First Hill condo tower next year: Developers of a planned 24-story condo tower at 1321 Seneca St. in Seattle said they will begin construction in mid-2014. Officials of Lowe Enterprises Investors, a Los Angeles-based investment manager, have announced they and Swedish pension fund Alecta have… Read More

Who Designed The Talisman!?


The Talisman, a mid-century condo building on First Hill, is often said to be designed by Space Needle architect John Graham. However, after much digging filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, isn’t so sure: The Talisman was not, as far as I can tell, actually designed by John Graham. The only record I can find of any connection… Read More

Meridian Penthouse Takes Another $100K+ Drop

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The custom-built penthouse at the Meridian on First Hill has dropped its list price again, going from $1.98 million to $1.88 million. The condo has now sat on the market for more than a year and the question is if the new price is low enough given that the city recently rezoned nearby South Lake… Read More

$1.1M Olive 8 Condo Among 38 Seattle Condos Sold in Past Week

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A two-bedroom condo on the 31st floor of the Olive 8 closed for $1.1 million yesterday, one of 38 condos sold in Seattle in the past week. The Olive 8 deal is interesting, not just because it was the highest-priced unit in the bunch, but because it sold at a pretty lofty price just a… Read More

Starter Loft at the Talisman


We feature a lot of sweet lofts here. But not everyone can afford a million dollar loft in the heart of Capitol Hill. So for those of you looking for a “starter loft” there’s one the Talisman (1000 Union St). Unit 209 is only 508 square feet, but it does look like a double height… Read More

Reasonable One-Bedroom Condos

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As our January Condo Market Report pointed out, the median price for Seattle condos is up more than 20% compared to a year ago.  But there are still reasonably-prices homes available on the market.  Here are several that I think would make a pretty good home or a potential investment property. I really like this… Read More

Penthouse at the Meridian Relists with Lower Price

Penthouse at 1420 Terry Ave

After a three-month hiatus, the stunning penthouse at the Meridian is back on the market. The new listing features a few fresh photos and a $162,000 price drop. I wonder if that’s enough to attract a buyer this time around, given the potential threats to the unit’s main attraction… The two-bedroom, 2,189 sq. ft condo… Read More

Mid-Century Modern Loft

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Mid-century fans, here’s the condo for you. The Talisman is a mid-century building designed by Space Needle architect John Graham. And today a loft, #313, hit the market for $215k. For that you get 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and 600 square feet. We expect this place to go fast even though there is no parking.

First Hill Fixer Becomes Perfect Family Home

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Urbnlivn reader Dave recently wrote in with an update on his condo search and sent along some before and afters that make an excellent case for fixer uppers. We met Dave about a year ago at an urbnlivn Meetup at the Monique Lofts.  He and his girlfriend Jami were having a hard time finding a… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week


Happy New Year everyone! Let’s get 2011 wrapped up here — a look at Redfin shows that the final week in 2011 yielded 29 sold condos and townhouses in Seattle. In new construction condos that means #3110 sold at Olive 8 and then a few more at Escala. Escala (1920 4th Ave) Four more condos… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week

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20 condos and townhouses sold last week in Seattle. In new construction condos, one unit sold at Decatur (#912 for just under $223K) and then there’s a few others of note. 3056 24th Ave W Someone must have walked in with a suitcase of cash because this Magnolia townhouse was listed on Dec 7 for… Read More

Interesting Sales Last Week


There were 27 condos and townhouses that sold last week in Seattle. Notables include one half of that splitsville double unit on First Hill and some movement with new construction condos: Marselle and Escala each sold two. Gainsborough (1017 Minor Ave #804) The larger half of this former double unit at the Gainsborough sold for… Read More

Update: New Construction Condo Inventory

The last time we checked in on new construction condo inventory was back in July, and before that in May. In May inventory looked to be 75% sold, then the needle shifted to 77% in July, and now the properties tracked in this list are 81% sold in all. As for what’s gone down the… Read More