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A Tour of The Packard Building

By December 10, 2009


This afternoon I swung by the Packard Building on Capitol Hill for a tour of the just-about-finished apartments.

Surprisingly, the tour was packed!

The Packard was originally built in 1911 and in this latest renovation they preserved the original facade to ensure architectural and historical continuity for the neighborhood. Dennis Saxman was there but I didn’t get a chance to hear his thoughts on how it turned out.

There’s 54 apartments already being advertised on Craigslist. In fact some are already rented.

The prices are:

  • Studios: $1,165 – $1,300
  • Open one bedrooms: $1,300 – $1,515
  • One bedrooms: $1,530 – $1,875
  • Lofts: $1,710 – $2,320

There’s also a lot of ground floor retail and some office space. You can see rates on Craigslist. The second floor office space is pretty dark though… I wouldn’t want to work there.

The third floor units were pretty sweat with 14′ ceilings and polished concrete floors:

I’m not a fan of the kitchens. They look cheap. And while it is nice that all units have washer and dryers they should have done a better job putting them in the bathrooms. They really stand out like a sore thumb instead of feeling integrated.

They have some number of loft units where instead of putting the half height loft on top they switched it and the half height space is below while the upper space is the full height portion. Giving you either lots of easily accessible storage, or maybe you’d put your bed down below and use the upstairs as an office or TV space. Sorry, I didn’t get any good pictures of this.

Some amenity info:

  • Hotpoint appliances. Electric stove.
  • Laminate counters
  • Every unit has a colored accent wall
  • Rooftop deck with grill, heater and firepit
  • All units include a washer & dryer
  • Full concierge services
  • Art wall in lobby featuring local artists that will be added to the Capitol Hill Arts Walk starting January 14th
  • Partnering with local businesses
    • Resident nights at Northwest Film Forum
    • Wine tasings
    • Neighborhood crawls
    • Coupons for move-in packets

    All my pictures.

    Update: More info from the folks over at Packard:

    Should you have any questions or like to stop in and see the building as we prepare to open it please do not hesitate to contact me. We’ll have the art wall up by early January (we’re working with La Familia Gallery and Blitz on that) and the office will be open by late December. Lobby art was rescued from the old Foley Sign space; when the original structure was demo’d there was one bit of backdrop left over from years of sign making. The developer and the owner saw potential in that abstract piece and it is being sized and prepped for mounting. It’s a nice tie-in with the building’s history.

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