A New Dimension to Living in Belltown

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A 26-story residential building is wrapping up construction at 3rd and Cedar and the developer promises to deliver several new features to apartment living in downtown Seattle. I went for a hard hat tour of Dimension by Alta and liked what I saw. The European-style interiors are sleek and clean, and many units offer wonderful… Read More

Beat the Heat – Apartments with A/C

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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

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

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

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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

Meet Joe (Arnold Lofts). He’s Green, Looks Good, And Available For Rent

Joseph Arnold Lofts at 62 Cedar St.

We’ve been meaning to visit the Joseph Arnold Lofts in Belltown, not just because we gravitate toward shiny, new buildings but because we’re fans of The Schuster Group’s last downtown residential development: Mosler Lofts. Like its sibling a few blocks away on Third Ave, Joseph Arnold Lofts features a lot of glass and exposed concrete…. Read More

Fully Furnished Belltown Loft

81 Vine Street Interior

Meet unit 300. This 1,840 square foot 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom meets all the requirements of a stellar loft: exposed brick, views of the sound, vaulted ceilings, a sleeping loft for guests, distressed hardwood floors, the list goes on. What got me was the library-esque ladder in the master bedroom and built-in office space for… Read More

The Martin 2: The $8,000 Apartment

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Earlier this week, we reviewed The Martin, a stylish high-end apartment building in the Denny Triangle or “Midtown” that takes its name from the original moniker of The Cinerama Theater. This post is the sequel and features The Martin’s pricey penthouse units that go for as much as $8,000 a month. Before you dismiss that… Read More

The Martin Puts On A Good Show in Downtown Seattle

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Flashback #1: The Cinerama Theater on Fourth Ave. opened in 1963 and was known as Seattle’s Martin Cinerama, part of a small theater chain specializing in the widescreen format. Fast forward 50 years and The Martin has returned across the alley at Fifth Ave and Lenora St. The sequel is a much smaller theater room… Read More

Video: Stacking a New Belltown Apartment Building

Here’s a pretty cool time-lapse video showing how crews stacked, like Lego blocks, half of a new 7-story apartment building in Belltown. We snapped photos as the crews lifted the first two pre-fabricated units and laid them into place last weekend. This 48-second video shows another 26 units being stacked on the foundation at 2217 Third… Read More

New Homes Go Airborne in Belltown

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Fully-finished homes are flying over Third Ave in Belltown this weekend as downtown Seatttle’s first modular building begins to take shape. Construction crews are using a 550-ton crane to lift the first batch of 49 pre-assembled homes from the ground, through the air, and then setting them into place at 2217 Third Ave. By the… Read More

Inside Downtown Seattle’s First Modular Apartment

A modular unit and temporary leasing office for N Habit, near 3rd Ave and Blanchard in Belltown.

Living in a studio or a small apartment in a big, expensive city can sometimes feel like living in a rectangular box. In the case of ‘N’ Habit, that is literally what you will get. Billed as the first modular apartment project in downtown Seattle, ‘N’ Habit will be composed of 49 prefabricated units that… Read More

Large Queen Anne Condo Leads Sales in Past Week

Sold: 1414 1st Ave W #402

Patience paid off for the sellers of a spacious condo on Queen Anne Hill as they sold the three-bedroom unit after more than a year on the market. The 2,251 sq. ft. condo, with its wide open floor plan, went for $1.225 million, the most expensive of the 51 Seattle condos and townhomes sold in… Read More

How To Save Up to 49% on Seattle Rent? Find a Roommate(s)

It makes sense that if you live together with a few friends or strangers, you could save on living costs by spreading out the rent, even for a larger home. A new survey has put a percentage on the potential savings in Seattle and the results show you can cut your rent by almost half… Read More

Very Nice and Reasonable Rental at Mosler Lofts

Rental at 2720 3rd Ave #512

I’ve always had a condo crush on the Mosler Lofts in Belltown, with its concrete, steel and glass facade. If I didn’t own a place, I would jump at this new rental listing. Unit #512 spans 1,126 sq. ft. with one bedroom, a den and 1.75 bathroom, plus a private 500 sq. ft. deck. As… Read More

Would You Pay $6,500 a Month to Live in This Belltown Penthouse?

Unobstructed Puget Sound views from penthouse unit at Volta Apartments on 1st and Bell

The minute I walked into the west-facing penthouse unit at the Volta Apartments, I wanted to move in. There are the high ceilings, the wall of windows framing unobstructed views of Puget Sound, the Miele appliances, and a private deck. I would never leave home. But. But, the unit features just one bedroom in 1282… Read More

Photos: New Luxury Volta Apartments Open in Belltown

Volta Apartments at 1st Ave and Bell

Here’s the bottom line about the new Volta Apartments in Belltown: They are very nice, high-end contemporary units that could make a sizable dent in your bottom line, depending on the apartment you choose. Studios start at $1,895, two bedrooms rent for $3,250, and the penthouse units top out at $6,500. Urbnlivn has been following… Read More

Reasonable One-Bedroom Condos

2301 Fairview Ave E #305

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

Live Here to Shower in Style

Glass Shower in Belltown condo

You don’t see snazzy showers like these every day. They’ll let you shower in style, but you better not be shy in case others walk in… We saw these while browsing new listings. The first is a freestanding shower that is encased in a glass tube and located right in the bedroom. It’s  one of… Read More

Two Belltown Short Sales

Bamboo floors at 76 Cedar St #804

Two Belltown condos that last sold near the height of the real estate boom are now on the market for 35% less than their 2007 price. Both are short sales. The first is Unit #804 at The Parc at 1st Ave and Cedar St. The one-bedroom condo went for $459,000 five years ago. Today, it’s… Read More

Seattle Open Houses: November 17 – 18

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It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we’ve got 41 open houses in Seattle for you to check out while you’re not doing your turkey day shopping OR going on this awesome Treasure Hunt of Architecturally Significant Homes.  From a 3 bedroom condo in the heart of Capitol Hill, to a gorgeous Queen Anne townhome, scroll… Read More