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September 2016

The Odessa - New 3 Unit Condominium Building in Madison Park

If you are looking for a new construction condo outside of First Hill and Belltown, and you desire a luxury product, The Odessa might be a great fit for you. It is a 3 unit boutique building in Madison Park on 43rd Avenue, right across the street from North Beach Park with unobstructed views of Lake Washington.

OdessaHere is the breakdown of the 3 homes:

  • Unit A
    • $2,550,000
    • Ground floor  home
    • 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths
    • 2,408 square feet
    • 2 parking spaces (tandem) + storage locker
  • Unit B
    • $2,750,000
    • Floor 2
    • 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths
    • 2,474 square feet
    • 2 parking spaces (tandem) + storage locker
  • Unit C
    • $3,150,000
    • Floor 3 (top floor)
    • 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths
    • 2,574 square feet
    • 4 parking spaces (2 sets of 2 tandem spots) + storage locker

General features of the homes:

  • Patio/deck with gas fireplaces
  • 5 piece master baths and walk-in closets
  • Air conditioning
  • Built green
  • Elevator access
  • Gas cooking
  • Open layout

All three condominium homes are listed for sale but are still under construction. The developer will be looking at offers on October 13th. Hard hat tours are available.

By Marco Kronen with Seattle Condo Review: A guide to Seattle downtown condos.


New Condo Project Announced Near University Village - U Place at Union Bay

U Place RenderingThe newest condominium development project has been announced and it will be called U Place at Union Bay. It will be built near the University Village at 4603 Union Bay Place NE, just east of the Safeway (the building will back up to Safeway).

According to the PSBJ, Chinese developer, ZQH Investment, will build a six story mixed-use project and intends to break ground this month. This will be their first project in the United States but they have built condo buildings in China. The project anticipates being completed in 2018.

U Place will contain 244 condominium units, of which 217 will be small studios (342-414sf), 22 one bedrooms (452-603sf) and 5 two bedrooms (959sf).  The spaces will be efficient and versatile to encourage customization.  The plan for the first floor is to have a food court and restaurants. There will be only 69 parking stalls. The amenities will include a 2nd floor garden deck area and a roof top deck.

We typically comment on how the Washington State Condominium Act and difficult-to-come-by construction financing is to blame for the lack of condo buildings being built. How are they getting around this you ask? For one, they are self-financing the project so there is no concern regarding obtaining financing, which is what Insignia did if you might remember. As for our state's defect laws, the developer said they are willing to take the risk and to minimize that risk they have hired an experienced contractor in Chinn Construction out of Redmond, they plan to use materials with warranties and they have obtained the needed insurance policies top protect themselves and the future owners.

We are curious to see how a building of mainly studios will be received by the market.

By Marco Kronen with Seattle Condo Review: A guide to Seattle downtown condos.


Luma Condominiums Started Closing this Week and Had Rooftop Sunset Party Last Night!

3 Up Photos CropAll I can really say is one word- Impressed!

Last night Loren and I swung by the rooftop terrace get-together at the new Luma Condominiums on First Hill.  

As a welcoming and congratulations to their new condo owners, the building was fully open for the first time for owners to see the new amenity spaces, which are all located up on the top level and roof of the building (except the gym on floor 2). Our clients who have purchased in Luma live out of the area, so we were more than stoked to go on their behalves and can’t wait to show them the photos.  As many of you know, we try to remain very objective with our condo reviews, but I do have to say that my 'hats off' to this project.  It turned out even better than the great things I already expected. 

First impressions were great.  The lobby is fantastic but not too over the top. Great art, and a fun vibe at the same time. The amenities on the roof include a large outdoor deck space with ample seating areas, tons of comfortable high end furniture, two separate BBQ areas and a very rare find in the much talked about roof top hot tub with southern views. Inside we loved the level of finishes and the generous size of the spaces including the very large party room, with additional gathering areas in the fire side lounge, a very cozy library with its own deck and BBQ, and even a bonus of a catering kitchen on top of the huge kitchen in the party room.  And the best feature in my opinion, were the views! They were expansive and very impressive.  Due to Luma's location on the crest of First Hill, there are some big time views people!  And they are unique views that aren’t common in condos in our city because you get a cool perspective of the downtown skyline from the east side as opposed to the more common views people are used to seeing from the north or from the water on the west side.  Also, there were very expansive views looking toward lake union to the north, and out to the east and southeast you can even see Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, the Bellevue skyline and Mt. Rainer to the south. 

It's very well done, and now I’m even more excited to make sure our buyers that have not yet considered Luma get a chance to look at this building.  There are only 28 units left now that the sales center is in the condo building and tours of actual units are available, it’ s a great time to look at this awesome condo building.

Well done Luma! 

Roof View 2 Roof View 6



By Marco Kronen with Seattle Condo Review: A guide to Seattle downtown condos.