Luma Model Home Coming in January

Quick update on Luma, the 24-story condo being built on First Hill: They’re hosting a home buying event this Wednesday. They’ll have lending professionals on-hand to talk about the key components of preparing to purchase a home. If you want to customize your unit you need to buy by end of October They’ll open their… Read More

Condo Sales #’s: Insignia 78%, Luma 16%, Solo 90%, Vik 74%

Quick update on sales numbers. Unfortunately just able to get numbers from Insignia and Solo. Selling Now Insignia North Tower – 74% pending 348 units, 256 pending (+20 since last month) Move in date: summer 2016 Insignia South Tower – 83% pending & closed 350 units, 12 in escrow, 278 closed (+69 since last month)… Read More

Condo #s: Insignia 75%, Luma 16%, Solo 90%, Vik 71%

Since we checked a little over a month ago Insignia has been the big seller adding 39 pending units at the North Tower and the South Tower adding 13. Vik picked up 9, Luma picked up 4 and Solo Lofts still has two units remaining. Selling Now Insignia North Tower – 68% pending 348 units,… Read More

Luma Sales Start in a Week

Reminder that Luma sales start in a week. If you have your eye on a particular unit better get your ducks in a row right after the holiday weekend. Sales Process Given strong buyer interest in purchasing at Luma, we will begin accepting offers on June 1 using a Priority Unit Selection Agreement. This offer… Read More

Luma Releases Pricing

This evening Luma released pricing for their 168 units on First Hill: You can navigate pricing with their online tool or with this spreadsheet we compiled (accurate as of May 12, 2015, source: Homes will be available for sale on Monday, June 1st. Purchase and Sale Agreements and the Luma Public Offering Statement will… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.