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January 2014

Insignia Seattle Releases Visual Tour

Insignia Seattle, the new construction condo building currently under construction in Belltown, just released the Visual Tour feature on their website.

Visual Tour

It is a neat way to help you visualize the interior spaces, the amenities,  and how the building spatially sits in the neighborhood. It flies you around the towers so you can see how they will be situated in comparison to other buildings in the neighborhood, the Lake and the Puget Sound.

You also get to fly around  the amenity renderings such as the Lobby, Fitness Atrium, 7th Floor Terrace with its BBQs, green space, and lounging areas,  Lap Pool and Spa, Screening Room, and the 41st Floor Resident Lounge (which looked like a pretty nice space).

They also give a peek in some of the residences themselves.

Click here to view the visual tour.

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

Condo Review – Belmont Place in Capitol Hill

Belmont Place in Capitol Hill
721 Boylston Ave E

Belmont Place 2
Belmont Place is an historic Anhalt building that is located in the heart of Capitol Hill’s Harvard-Belmont district putting it close to a ton of services, shopping and restaurants.

The stats:

  • 26 units – one and two bedrooms
  • Built in 1930
  • Parking is available for $75 in the building’s garage and is available to all residents via a waiting list
  • 2 units have sold in the last 6 months ranging in price from $312,000 to $312,150; at the time of this post there is one unit pending that is priced at $299,900 and no units are active
  • HOA dues include: water, sewer, garbage, heat, hot water, landscaping maintenance, building maintenance, on-site manager, professional property management
  • Amenities: Common garden space, laundry room, bike storage

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Pricing and Finishes Released for Solo Lofts in Ballard

At the launch event for Solo Lofts in Ballard on Wednesday we received the price list, floor plans and finishes. We also learned that the estimated completion date is January 2015.

The prices are as follows:
1 bedrooms from 522-534 sf: $249,000 to $279,000
1 bedrooms with 1.5 baths & a den at 712 sf: $329,000 to $359,000
2 bedrooms at 840 sf: $389,000 to $419,000
Penthouse level 1 bedroom at 727 sf: $429,000
Penthouse level 2 bedrooms from 966 to 1131 sf: $529,000 to 649,000
Download Price List

Finishes: Model of Solo Lofts
Solid Quartz countertops
High-efficiency Grohe fixtures
Dual-flush toilets
European-inspired cabinetry
ENERGY STAR Bosch stainless steel appliance package
Micro-edge composite flooring
Sustainable materials, low-VOC paints and finishes
ENERGY STAR lighting throughout
High efficiency windows

Other things to note:
Only 10 of the 20 units have parking and the spots are already assigned
Only 4 units have decks but those decks are quite large
18 foot ceilings in penthouse units; 9.5 foot ceilings in all other  units
There is a shared roof top deck
There is bike storage in the garage
Pre-sales are starting today 1/17/14

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

Interior Renderings for Solo Lofts in Ballard

The sales team for Solo Lofts in Ballard has released a few renderings of the interior spaces.

And here is what they had to say about the building: "Here’s a first look of a development your clients might be interested in buying: the interior renderings of the boutique, 20-unit Solo Lofts condos coming to downtown Ballard. Redfin, a real estate brokerage headquartered in Seattle, is partnering with InHaus to sell the condos. Solo Lofts units will range from 500 to 1,200 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows and polished concrete floors. The ceilings are more than 9 feet for regular units and 18 feet for two penthouse units. The building is targeting a Built Green 4-star rating; it will use sustainably-sourced construction materials, low-maintenance metal cladding and solar panels. Construction is slated to begin in early 2014, at 2018 NW 57th St. in downtown Ballard."

We will likely have even more information after the private launch event on Wednesday and will pass along any new news.

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

Solo Lofts in Ballard Releases Floor Plans & Grand Opening Party Announced

Solo Lofts in Ballard has released their floor plans and announced their invitation only Grand Opening Party.

The Private Launch Event and Opening Party will take place next  Wednesday. The event is invitation only and to get an invite potential buyers just need to register at Solo Lofts' website at At the event you will be able to see the floor plans, finishes, meet the developer and write an offer if you are ready to move forward with a presale.

As for the floor plans, there are open one bedroom and standard one bedroom homes from 523 to 727 square feet and 2 bedroom units ranging from 840 to 1131 square feet.
Floorplan for Solo Lofts

Some of the features announced include:

  • Some of the units are multi-level and those have 18 foot ceilings in the living space
  • Single story units have 9.5 foot ceilings
  • Garden level and top level units have large private patio spaces
  • Open layout living spaces
  • Energy star appliances – including in-suite washer/dryer
  • All of the 2 bedrooms have an in-suite master bath
  • Several of the 1 bedrooms have a den and a powder room for guests

To see additional floorplans, register at their site here and you will have access to all of the available floorplans.

Since presales start this month at the opening event, now would be the time to take a peek at the plans to see if you have any interest in attending the grand opening to learn more and potentially purchase.

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