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New Construction- Vik Condominiums in Ballard

Vik Kitchen smallOur clients and blog readers have been asking for new options in our inventory-starved condo market and now we finally have another option to consider.

This week we stopped by and toured the newly opened sales center of Seattle’s newest condo community to open its doors and soon to officially start its presales, the Vik Condominiums in Ballard.

The sales center, which is located on Market Street just a block away from the actual site of the condos, has fully built out one bedroom plus den model, that is to scale and includes all the finishes without any upgraded features.   You can get a sense of the true size of this floor plan, its ceiling heights, and appliances, right down to the built-in wine refrigerator that Loren and I particularly liked!

Most of the floor plans are one bedroom plus dens, which tends to be the most popular floor plan I see requested by buyers, but they do have two bedroom floor plans as well as smaller junior one bedrooms.  Most all of the units come with parking except for the smaller junior one bedrooms.

They broke ground earlier this month and have an estimated 18 month completion time frame, which puts them being completed in early fall of 2015.

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The Vik Ballard Condominiums Are Opening their Sales Center

VikThe Vik Ballard condominiums is opening their sales center and releasing floor plans, price ranges, features, and unveiling the building model.

Where: Sales office located at 1718 NW Market St in downtown Ballard
When: Grand Opening 4/26 – then open daily from 11am-6pm

If you registered at Vik Ballard’s website,, you will be able to have a sneak peek of the sales center today 4/12.

The prices will start at $254,900 with 50 of their 117 homes priced under $349,900.

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

Two New Vulcan Towers in South Lake Union

Currently housing Vulcan’s South Lake Union Discovery Center and the Denny Playfield, the lot on the corner of Westlake and Denny will soon be developed. According to PSBJ, Vulcan is in the early planning stages of developing the property and has applied for land-use and construction permits.

It is too soon to tell the details of what they will erect there and when, but the permit does mention both an office building and a residential tower. So perhaps it will be similar to their development across the street with Enso Condominiums and the office building attached to it.

Map of Discovery Center Site

Condominium Buildings Affected:

  • Enso Condominiums- the units facing NE & NW might have their views affected depending on how tall the buildings might be and where on the lot they are situated.  Luckily the view corridor up Westlake to the North would be intact of course.
  • 2200 Condominiums- The outlooks from the units facing North and NW might their views altered depending on how tall the new buildings might be and where on the lot they are situated.

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