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The Weatherford: What Was Old Is New Again…Times 42

By August 9, 2014

Apartments, Capitol Hill

In the midst of all the construction that’s changing the landscape of downtown Seattle, we have the story of The Weatherford, a new apartment building on Capitol Hill.

The Weatherford at 13th and E. John St.

The Weatherford at 1321 E. John St.

The 42-unit building takes the place of a house that had sat at the corner of 13th and E. John St. for more than a century. Most recently, the structure was home to Weatherford Antiques.

Eastside developer Murray Franklin replaced the antique shop but retained a bit of the history, naming the new four-story apartment building The Weatherford. Without getting into a debate about historic preservation, I think they architects actually did a pretty good job with the exterior. It’s not necessarily a unique design but it’s fresh, light, with nice snippets of color.

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If the facade or the interior photos (below) intrigue you, you will have to hurry. The building is already 74% leased, leaving about 11 units.

There are still open and traditional one bedrooms and “live/work” spaces available. We toured all three layouts. In general, the apartments are on the smaller side but they feel bigger thanks to a good use of space. There are even multiple closets in many of the units, something you don’t often see.

All of the units have painted walls (there are two color palettes to choose from), vinyl flooring in the living room, carpeted bedrooms, washer and dryer, granite countertops, apartment-grade cabinetry, contemporary light fixtures, among other features. Here are some photos…

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Aside from the roof-top deck (below), there are no community amenities. Given that and the level finishes, the rents are not cheap at about $3 per square foot. That said, the strong lease up shows that the rents fit the market. Here are some square footage and rent ranges…

Open 1 bedroom                           499 – 569 sq ft for $1,595 – $1,695

One bedroom                                   586 – 668 sq ft for $1,725 – $1,995

One bedroom w/ den                  733 – 742 sq ft for $2,125 – $2,150

Two bedroom                                 892 – 980 sq ft for $2,650 – $3,195

Parking is an additional $200 per month.

Some residents will have nice city views in their unit and all have access to the roof top deck that has wonderful views of Puget Sound, downtown, the Space Needle, and the Cascade Mountains..

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