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A Whole(some) Lot of New Apartments in Green Lake

By April 10, 2014

Apartments

The former site of a sprawling Vitamilk Dairy plant in Green Lake is now home to about 300 new apartments. And like the liquid that flowed here for six decades, the new homes come off as good, clean and wholesome.

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Green Lake Village, located at Woodlawn Ave NE & NE 71st St

A large Vitamilk Dairy poster hangs in the mail room of Green Lake Village

A large Vitamilk Dairy poster hangs in the mail room of Green Lake Village

We’ve been looking forward to visiting the Green Lake Village project given its large scale and location just a block from Green Lake. Plus, after getting sticker shock from seeing the prices of some of the new apartment buildings in the downtown core, we needed some relief.

With units renting at around $2.50 per square foot (full price range below), the Green Lake Village is more affordable than some of the new buildings in South Lake Union or Pioneer Square where rents rise to the $3.50 to $4.00 per square foot range.

Aside from its more attractive price points, Green Lake Village offers in-city peace and quiet, some sweet lake views and convenience. A large PCC Natural Markets is opening up on the ground floor, along with a HomeStreet bank, an Italian restaurant, and fitness establishment.

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A corner unit offers views of Green Lake to the left

Restaurants, shops, and a fitness establishment are set to open up on the ground floor.

About 50,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor will provide residents with nearby shopping and eating options.

Let’s get to the apartments themselves. There are 297 units spread among three buildings in the complex. You can choose from 57 floor plans and two color palettes.

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I preferred the brown cabinets as opposed to the white, but I also liked the darker-colored wood laminate floors that come with the white cabinets. All of the apartments feature Grohe fixtures, quartz countertops, and Whirlpool appliances. There are also washer and dryers in every unit, often housed in large closets.

While we’re on the topic of closets, if you have a huge wardrobe, you will love the units that contain walk-in closets (like the one below) that seem to be as big as some bedrooms.

A huge walk-in closet

A huge walk-in closet

Green Lake Village’s website’s description of the style as “modern classic” is fairly accurate. It’s definitely not as stylish and contemporary as some of the new apartments that we’ve visited in the past year. However, the prices are also more reasonable for the amount of space that you would get. I toured a top-floor, 1,200 sq ft. two bed and two bath unit that is renting for $3,235. In downtown, that could easily be $4,500 or more. Here are the price points…

Open 1 bedroom:         566-763 sq ft   – Starting at$1,515/mo

1 bedroom:                     530-820 sq ft  – Starting at $1,435/mo

2 bedroom, 1 bath:      862-902 sq ft — Starting at $1,965/mo

2 bedroom, 2 bath:      951-1.276 sq ft — Starting at $2,345/mo

Car parking is an additional $125 per space, while bike storage is complimentary. There is currently a two-week free rent move-in special but the leasing team says the promotion is limited.

Speaking of the leasing consultants, I have to say that this is one of the friendliest and most accommodating teams that I’ve dealt with in Seattle. While my Urban Living colleagues and I have experienced less-than-prompt responses or downright no-replies or even no shows, the team at Green Lake Village has been great. Contact them to schedule a tour.

Back to the complex, the developer is Lorig, the same folks who converted Queen Anne High School into residential units. The construction firm is WG Clark. Finally, let me close on the amenities. There is a sizable fitness center, two community and entertaining rooms, two roof-top decks, an outdoor community patio with BBQ grills. Here are more photos…