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Now Renting: The Station at Othello Park

By May 11, 2011

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I stand corrected, there are new apartment projects coming online — today! — which is why the Fearey Group for Othello Partners invited Urban Living to a sneak preview of The Station at Othello Park. In my defense, this brand new, Built Green luxury apartment building is located in Othello (you know Othello, right? one of the neighborhoods emerging around a light rail station) and is not located in our normal span of vision which is usually whatever neighborhood you can see from Matt’s loft on Capitol Hill :).

But let’s get right down to it.

The Station is a 351-unit apartment building with a central courtyard and 20,000 square feet of available retail space. Composed of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments, it even has loft-like high ceilings in select units. Located at 4219 South Othello Street, it is graced by the 7.6 acre Othello Park on one side and the Othello Light Rail station on the other.

Neighborhood
The Station is ideal for the commute-conscientious professional who would rather ride than drive to work in Seattle, but doesn’t necessarily want to live in the middle of it all. After all, as many outer rail station communities are quick to point out, you can always light-rail it downtown in 20 minutes (or get to the airport in 15). Kind of the perfect bridge and tunnel situation if that’s more your thing — and I only mean that in the best sense of the phrase because not everyone wants to put up with the sirens and city noise just to be able to fall out of bed and into their favorite independent Capitol Hill coffee shop on Sunday morning.

What will you fall into from The Station though? 7.6 acres of park, and a bunch of other nearby green spaces besides. AND the Chief Sealth bike trail which extends from Seward Park to West Seattle. On my way back, I  got distracted by the eclectic mix of neighborhood restaurants — most notably Viet Wah Super Foods and a place for dim-sum. Having just spent 2 years in San Francisco in relative walking distance to dim sum and a similar grocery, I can attest to the value of that situation.

But back to the Apartments…
Oh yeah, I was telling you about the apartments. The project is being constructed in two phases: Phase 1 is complete with units available to rent, Phase 2 is expected in June. Floor plans range from studio to 2-bedroom, but I didn’t catch all the pricing so I can only tell you that studio+den ranges from $1085/mo to $1375/mo and an 873 square foot 2-bedroom can run from $1705/mo to $1875/mo.

What impressed:

  • The building is Built Green and in the final stages of LEED silver certification. To further reduce the resident carbon footprint, they are currently offering $300-$500 towards an Orca card for residents who don’t lease a parking space. If you would rather walk, bike, bus, or train than drive, then The Station wants you. (That’s on top of the more expected leasing incentives of 4-6 weeks free with signed lease and a preferred employer program which might also open you up to discounts.)

The Station at Othello Park

  • The cabinet finishes were both warm in color and visually interesting with their clean lines, and paired well with the floors. A variety of finishes were also offered to meet varied tastes.

Kitchen

  • Large windows were key to fill the units with light, and especially awesome in #718 which had this loft-like setup.

Large windows

  • Fireplaces in the lobby and resident lounge — indoor and outdoor — were a luxurious touch and reminiscent of the Four Seasons style they were aiming for (don’t get me wrong, nothing is exactly like the Four Seasons but I can see the resemblance). It also helped emphasize the above average level of amenities offered.

Fireplace in Lobby

  • Surprisingly, the fitness facility was a selling point for me. For comparison sake, it is heads and tails above what a hotel would offer in terms of equipment and space, and has great views of the park from the treadmill (picture I took doesn’t come close to doing it justice).

Fitness Room

  • The rooftop wasn’t yet complete, but sounds like a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. And the views of Rainier are spectacular (or so they tell me since it was cloudy today).

And here’s me being picky:

  • Because it is at a light rail station, nearby blocks are signed for paid street parking. If you have friends that drive, then you might have to teach them the wonders of light rail to ensure frequent visitors. It’s a weakness that’s actually a strength kind of thing :).
  • I’ve said it before, I’m not a fan of galley kitchens and even though I loved the loft-like unit, I’d have trouble convincing myself to appreciate the kitchen layout (yeah, sounds like a personal problem to me too…). Not all layouts had the galley kitchens though.
  • You can’t really tell in the photos, but the kitchen appliances aren’t stainless. It is some pseudo-stainless that is probably wonderfully fingerprint resistant, but I’m a stainless snob so there you have it.
  • For whatever reason, I equate luxury with more square footage; and if you are looking for a cavernous, echoing apartment then this place ain’t it. Instead, I would say all the units were modestly economical in size – which is by no means a deal-breaker, just something to be aware of.

More of my photos can be found here including the gate with “jewelry” and the common area art from a local artist that I forgot to mention until now. Both are notable additions to this luxury, Built Green apartment building that is just a short light rail ride from downtown Seattle.