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Our New and Improved Seattle Condominium Building Map

Seattle Condo Map (2)Since our blog's inception back in 2006, our Seattle Condo Map has been a place where our readers could go to find information about the various buildings in and around the Downtown Seattle core.

We decided that it was time to revamp SCR's Seattle Condo Map, expanding it to include all buildings in Seattle, to include more detailed information about each building and to create it in a format that allows our readers to search it for information important to them that might not be readily available either online, or within other real estate sites that rely only on information from the MLS.

We are very proud to announce that our new and improved Seattle Condo Map has launched!!!

Our new map contains information about all condominium buildings in the city of Seattle! It is a constant work in progress as condo buildings go through updates, condo buildings become apartment buildings, apartment buildings become condo buildings, new condominium buildings are proposed and new construction buildings are completed. The information contained in our Seattle Condo Map will continue to be updated so please make sure you check back in with the map often. We intend to add links to our Condo Review articles to each building as we review them so our write ups with pros, cons and stats about the building will be available via one click from the map listings. This is something we are actively working on and think will be an amazing resource tool for those looking to buy or sell their condo. 

A couple things to know about our new map:

  • There is a directory of buildings that is organized by area - Downtown Area, Northeast Seattle, Northwest Seattle, Queen Anne & Magnolia, South Seattle, Central Seattle and West Seattle
  • The buildings are also color coded to denote the following categories - luxury, proposed, under construction, historic or co-op
  • You can search the map if you open it up - for example, you can search 'concierge' and see all of the buildings in Seattle with concierge services

Since this map will forever be dynamic, we encourage you, as our readers, to let us know if any buildings are missing or if any of our information is incorrect. We want to do our best to provide the most accurate information we can and we need you all to make that happen!

We hope you find the map interesting and helpful and we hope it is a tool you will bookmark and enjoy using for many years.

Check the map out here! Or from the navigation bar on our website.

Cheers-
Marco and Loren Kronen


Trinity Parish Tower in First Hill Will be Condos

Trinity Church Residential TowerAs we announced back in August, Trinity Parish on First Hill sold the development air rights to the north half of their lot to Caydon Property Group of Australia for the development of a residential tower. According to PSBJ, the tower will be condominiums and will contain 204 units in a 28 story 300 foot tower with 220 parking spaces if the preferred design is approved by the city.

The tower will be located at 615 8th Ave, on the corner of 8th and Cherry. Trinity Church will remain on the site but the ancillary buildings will be demolished to make room for the tower. The pedestal of the tower will contain the residential lobby along with a retail space and the parish hall and meeting and support spaces for the church. Units will consist of studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units. There will be a roof deck and amenities on the top floor.

There is no development timeline yet but we will continue to keep you posted.


Two Daniels Real Estate Condominium Developments in Seattle

Emerald RenderingDaniels Real Estate, the Developer behind the Gridiron project in Pioneer Square, has it's hands in two new condominium projects coming to Seattle.

The first is a project located on First Hill, at 8th Avenue and Columbia Street. This project, known as 800 Columbia, will be a luxury 30 story tower with 287 residents. Rumors are that it will be condominiums. The building will have a rooftop deck, dog run, gym, bike storage, game room, party room, dining room and theater room.

The other is the project located near Pike Place Market at 1631 2nd Ave, now known as The Emerald. On this project, they are not the Developer but instead are the project investors' development consultant along with Create World. This new construction condo building has already broken ground and will be 40 stories and have 265 units. Emerald will have one, two and three bedroom condos ranging in size from 540 to 1,700 square feet. It will have retail on level one and amenities including a gym, yoga studio, pet area, guest suite and rooftop level party room and outdoor space.

We look forward to hearing pricing and anticipated sales and completion dates.

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

Rendering of The Emerald from Hewitt Architecture


Trinity Parish in First Hill Sells Air Rights for 30-Story Residential Tower

Trinity ChurchNext door to the Trinity Church in First Hill at 8th and Cherry, a 30 story mixed use residential tower will rise. The church will remain on the site and the church will continue to own the land but will sell development air rights to the north half of the lot to Caydon Property Group of Australia for the development of the tower.

The developer has not decided whether or not the residences will be condos or apartments yet. The building will contain 200+ units and will house 3 floors of church operation and administrative space in the pedestal of the building.

We will have to wait to see whether or not this project becomes condos or is yet another apartment tower.

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


Wondering What All the Cranes Are Building Downtown?

CranesOur readers often ask us how many of the cranes out there are building condominiums in Downtown, First Hill, South Lake Union, Pioneer Square and Belltown. Most people assume there are many condominium buildings taking shape under those construction cranes but believe it or not, only three cranes will belong to condo buildings. One is for Gridiron, the building located next to the stadiums, which is in full swing. NEXUS is another one and the last one is 1631 2nd Avenue (though technically neither of their cranes have even been erected yet). There is also the outlier of Hendon, being constructed in Phinney Ridge.

The other cranes are building hotels, apartments, office space, biotech space or some combination of those uses.

If you are ever curious about what the cranes are constructing, check out the Puget Sound Business Journal's handy tool, the Crane Watch here.

Hopefully this helps answer the burning question of "what are all those cranes building?".

 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.


LUMA Sales Center Moves into Building

Sales Center Moving into BuildingIt is always great to hear that a new construction condominium building's sales center is moving into the building itself, as it indicates that the building is getting closer to be completed, allows potential buyers to see more of the final product and also means that buyer's who have already purchased will be moving into their new homes soon.

According to LUMA, the final construction details are being completed on the sales center and the furniture and art have started installation. The sales center will reopen on Saturday morning in the building!

Also, LUMA’s Rooftop Terrace is almost complete, including the fabulous looking soaking pool. The artwork install, including  lightbox photos that have been placed in the lobby and throughout the corridor levels, has also begun. The lobby and amenity floor, including the cozy fireplace lounge, library and private dining room, are being outfitted with their furnishings now as well.

For sales, LUMA is now 75% sold. If you are considering purchasing in LUMA, now would be the time to check it out since you can get into the building and really get a great feeling for what it will be like to live in First Hill's newest condo community.

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


LUMA Condominiums on First Hill is Now 68% Sold

LUMA 2 Bedroom B webAccording to a press release from LUMA Condominiums, they are now 68% sold and are quickly approaching move-in ready status.

With 115 condos out of 168 now under contract they are approaching the final push to sell out the project.  The sales team has indicated that many of the remaining units are on the upper floors with great views. The prices of the remaining homes range from the high $500,000s for one-bedrooms and from the high $700,000s for two-bedrooms.

If you have any interest in LUMA, let us know! We are happy to walk you through the remaining options to see if there is a home that fits your needs at this brand new First Hill tower.

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


Sales Update on New Construction & Pre-sale Condos

Here is a quick update on how sales are going at our new construction condo buildings around town.

Updated Sales in New Construction Condos

There are still many opportunities to snag a unit at Luma and move in this summer. Insignia is getting more and more limited and has no 1 bedrooms left and only 2 units available under $800,000. At Vik, with only 4 condos left, you have very little to choose from but there are 1 and 2 bedroom units among the 4 left. For the condos that are taking reservations still, Gridiron and Hendon, you have both options and time on those. However, at Hendon (formally Hyde) the top floor units with views and large deck/patio spaces are all reserved already, as we suspected.

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


Luma Hard Hat Tour

LUMA 1 Bedroom A webWe took a hard hat tour of the model units that are completed in Luma Condominiums on First Hill, located at 1321 Seneca St . The model units are #209, a 861 square foot one bedroom one bath home facing north and #301, a 1,189 square foot two bedroom two bath home, that is a corner NE facing unit.

We were impressed with the finishes and layouts of the model units. I feel they most resembled and had the feel of the interiors at Enso condos in South Lake Union, and both being designed by Weber Thompson is likely the reason for this. The interior design at Luma just received the 2015 International Interior Design Association's INawards People's Choice award so we are not the only people who found the interiors pleasing.

The layout of #209 was great for a one bedroom with large spaces, a walk-in closet and plenty of room for your dining table. It was a great size for a one bedroom, although it does lack it's own deck space. As for #301, we really liked that the dining space was its own space and not just a long narrow living room/dining room combination we see so often in shotgun style condo units. The bedrooms and their baths were also on different sides of the unit, which was also a nice layout choice. Although Luma doesn't have curtain wall construction, meaning no floor to ceiling windows, there was plenty of light streaming into this corner home and not having windows to the floor gives you more flexibility with furniture placement. The 9 foot ceilings also made the condo feel larger and airier. (more photos below)

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