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March 2007

8th and Pine- AVA

Ava8th and Pine has a new name. The new condo/hotel construction project set for completion in 2009 is now called AVA. With the new name, comes an apparent change in the project itself. Since I last reported, the tower seems have shrunk from 45 to 38 floors. The number of condos on the other hand seems to have grown from 180 to 211. "The Residences" (as the condos will be dubbed), are expected to range in size from 700 to over 2,000 square feet.

In addition there will be an 8,000+ sq ft penthouse. Prices for the units will range from the low $400K to $5MM. Condos will be graced with European inspired interiors, high ceilings, balconies and air-conditioning. At the same time, residents will be able to take advantage of the luxury hotel amenities which will include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a fitness club and a "signature" restaurant.

Those who want the luxuries of the hotel experience such as housekeeping, valet parking and in-suite catering will find it at AVA. Views from some of the units will be to the water, while others will be city views of adjacent buildings. The hotel itself will be run by Executive Hotels, a non-chain manager of luxury hotels.

Here are some questions that I asked Dean, President and CEO of Realogics, a marketing company for AVA and several other condos in Seattle.

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Equinox update 2

Equinox_3_2Equinox has started selling their units. As of last weekend, close to 40 units were sold.

Three different parts of the building make up this 204 unit condo. The two parts of the building closest to Eastlake Ave have lofts, open one bedrooms, one bedroom plus dens and two bedrooms. The 4 two-level lofts in the north side of the building are approximately 1,000 square feet and feature 17 foot ceilings. Units on the first level facing the courtyard have their own private patio.

The third part of the building (further from Eastlake Ave) has open one bedrooms, one bedroom plus dens, two bedrooms and two bedroom plus dens. This side of the building is closer to I5 and you’ll probably hear a little bit of traffic noise. For those who are sensitive to noise, you might want to keep that in mind.

Equinox_open_one_bed_2Beside the spacious, above street level, gated courtyard, Equinox has a separate ‘Jewel box’ glass enclosed lobby that allows visitors to enter before getting into the condo. This is a rather unique design.

Three color schemes are available for home buyers to choose from and several customization and options are also available.

• Euroslider room dividers

• Hardwood floors throughout

• Mobile kitchen island

• Electronic shades (cool!)

• Custom multi-media systems

• Air conditioning

I asked Carrie DeBuys, the sales manager, about the project. 

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Leona Hard Hat Tour

Img00025_2I took a hard hat tour of the Leona project this morning.  There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in touring the site based on the number of tourers though certainly not the chaotic scenes we used to see back in late 2005 / early 2006.  The site is currently gutted out for the most part with orange spray paint on the old wooden floorboards outlining the new units and a few computer generated renderings of how the inside of a couple of the units will appear.

Here are some of my impressions based on the tour:

1.) The 3 town homes to be built attached to the main building may be as interesting if not more to buyers than the condo units.

2.) The location close to the restaurants and shops in both Queen Anne and downtown is probably the best selling point.

3.) The building itself is unlikely to receive any architectural awards but looks like it will be a perfectly fine low-rise, wood/brick structure.

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Andiamo condos

Andiamo_condos_2Work is ongoing at Andiamo Condominiums in lower Queen Anne as the builders stucco the exterior. The five-story condominium conversion, located on 4th Ave West and Mercer St, is just outside the major retail and shopping area of lower Queen Anne. Within blocks, owners will have multiple supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops, not to mention the theaters and all that Seattle Center has to offer.

The building was originally constructed in 1996 and is currently composed of 28 units ranging from 463 to 709 sq ft. Prices for the condos range from $229K to $439K. There are multiple floor plans with one bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/one bath and two bedroom/two baths options.

Andiamo_living_room_4Scheduled for occupancy in May, the outside of the building is currently still covered in plastic. Amenities in the pet-friendly building include; slab granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, bamboo hardwood floors, private decks and patios, new windows and sliding glass doors,  secure underground parking and a rooftop deck.

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Leona_2Leona condominiums in Queen Anne (Queen Anne Ave North & Ward St) is both a conversion of a historic building and a new addition. The Condominiums were originally built as apartments in 1909.  Rather than just using the building as is and gutting the interiors, an additional penthouse level will be added to the top of the historic building.

Previous projects by the same developer (Barrientos) include the Olympic Sculpture Park where the firm provided project management support.  The converted Leona condominium will house 18 units. Two penthouses will be constructed on top of the historically preserved building along with 3 town homes which will replace the current parking garage on Ward Street (parking will be moved underground).

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Nine Cherry Square Condos

Nine_cherryNine Cherry Square is a recent apartment conversion to condo located on Cherry and Ninth on First Hill. Within easy walking distance to downtown, the hospitals and Capitol Hill, the condos are also just one block away from the Frye Museum. 

The 41 unit building was built in 1969 and includes studios, one and two-bedroom units. The studios are small at just over 300 sq ft. There are six different floor plans for this condo. The largest units are the 862 sq ft two-bedroom units.

Standard features in the building include, Bamboo flooring in the common areas and woven carpets in the bedrooms. Stainless steel GE Applicances, and individual custom backsplashes and countertops in the kitchen. Recessed lighting fixtures and exposed brick are the highlighted design elements of the building, as well as a balcony off of the living room.


Prices range from $177,000 to $499,000. While there is currently no communal outdoor space, there are plans to build a barbeque area on the south side of the building.

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Lights, camera and Action for First Church!


The First Church conversion on Capitol Hill is going to serve as a backdrop and home base for the filming of “The Spy and the Sparrow,” In an effort to support independant film in Seattle, the owners of First Church have delayed construction to provide the site for major scenes in this movie. Matt also posted about this in his blog.

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Equinox Update

Equinox_exterior_2_2Equinox is holding their Grand Opening on April 14th and 15th, 2007. Prior to the Grand Opening event, home buyers who are interested in this condo can RSVP for a private preview at their Presentation Center which will occur on March 24th and March 31st, 2007. Priority purchase appointments are on a first come, first served basis.

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Four Seasons Update

Four_seasons_2_1 I visited the preview center for Four Seasons a few days ago. Unlike most sale centers where home buyers or realtors will browse through the renderings, floor plans and finishes, this one is available by private appointment where you get the undivided attention of the sales manager.  Like a super high-end boutique, if you have to ask how much…

Since they started selling a year ago, even with a pretty low profile marketing campaign, 16 out of the 36 homes have been sold including their 2 level penthouse unit which is over 10 million. There are 23 different floor plans for the 36 homes which is located from the 11th level to 21st level of the Four Seasons Seattle.


I asked Molly, the sale manager some questions about the project.  Here are her thoughts:

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