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Update on Koda Condominium Flats in the International District

Rooftop deckKoda Condominium Flats, located at the corner of 5th Ave and South Main Street in the International District, have announced their official market debut and the grand opening of their Sales Gallery.

UPDATE OF THE DETAILS:

  • 17 story concrete and steel building
  • 203 units
  • Units: Studios, open 1 bedrooms, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedroom 1 bath, 2 bedroom 2 bath, 3 bedroom 2 bath and live/work lofts
  • Parking: 70+ parking spaces available to select units for $65,000 with optional electric charging stations; Building will have Tesla car share
  • Storage: 75+ storage lockers available for $10,000-$30,000 depending on size and location
  • Prices: starting in the mid $300,000s up to $1.4M
  • HOA Dues: $.79/foot
  • Features: walls of windows, central heat and air conditioning, ceiling heights from 8'10'' to 11'4'', solid core doors, engineered hardwood floors, smart thermostats, soft close cabinets with under cabinet lighting, Quartz counters, stainless appliances and back-lit bathroom mirrors
  • Custom options: light or dark color palettes, closet systems, Quartz backsplash, hardwoods throughout, kitchen island, roller shades and home automation for audio, visual, security, lighting and window coverings
  • Amenities:
    • Lobby level- concierge (8am-12am), dog lounge and run, co-working lounge
    • 5th floor- two guest suites
    • 7th floor- wellness center with gym, zen garden and yoga classroom, library and lounge and conference room
    • 17th floor- Club Koda with billiards table, bar and club room, fireside lounge, kitchen, theater room and private dining area
    • Rooftop- terrace with firepits, BBQs, dining tables, and lounge spaces in a park-like atmosphere
  • Completion in 2020 with closings in December

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


Wallingford 45 Condominiums Has Relaunched for Sale

Wallingford 45 - 4Once part of the Neighborhood Collection, three buildings being marketing and sold together, Wallingford 45 is now being relaunched and re-marketed and has hit the market.

DETAILS:

  • Located in the heart of Wallingford at 1601 N 45th St
  • 48 one bedroom condos
  • Lofts, open one bedrooms and traditional one bedrooms
  • Lofts starting at $659,950
  • Open one bedrooms starting at $464,950
  • One bedrooms starting $359,950
  • Some offer views of Seattle and Space Needle
  • Secured parking available
  • Short term rentals allowed and no rental cap
  • Rooftop deck
  • Move-ins in late March

Let us know if you want to set up a time to check out this new Wallingford condominium option.

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


Update on Solis Condominiums in Capitol Hill

KitchenSolis Condominiums, located on Capitol Hill at 1300 E Pike St, is getting ready to resume their sales and marketing push later this week. We thought we would remind you about this project in advance of this relaunch.

CURRENT DETAILS (may update at relaunch later this week)

  • 45 units
  • 6 stories
  • Studios at 445 square feet
  • 1-bedrooms ranging from 489 to 674 square feet
  • 2-bedrooms at 878 square feet
  • Pricing from the $500,000s to high $900,000s
  • Parking: Certain homes will have option to purchase parking for a price range of $50,000 to $65,000
  • Finishes & Features: real wood floors, high 9 foot ceilings, induction cooking, optional upgrade to Bosch appliances, in-unit washer/dryer, and exterior automated shades on south and west facing units
  • Amenities: rooftop deck with lounge area, BBQ, views of Downtown and dog run, bike storage room
  • HOA Dues: estimated at $.70 to $.75 per square foot per month
  • Initial investor saturation will be limited but the Public Offering Statement does not include a rental cap
  • Built to Passive House Standards
    • Better air quality
    • Lower heating and cooling bills
    • Much smaller energy footprint
    • Each unit fully equipped with a state of the art advanced climate control Perfect Temp system with air-conditioning
  • Ground floor retail
  • Completion early 2020

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


Condo Law Reform Might Be Coming Soon

Spire3The Washington State Condominium Act is a barrier to seeing more condominium buildings constructed in our region but also affects the prices of those that are being built.

Why is it a barrier? Well, simply put, it makes it easy for condo owners to sue condo building developers, even over minor construction defects. This litigation is costly, both in insurance and legal costs to the developers and in order to make the project profitable, if they do decide to take on the risk which most are not, the developers have to tack those costs into the cost of the units making condo units more and more expensive.

Over the years, there have been efforts to reform this liability law in Olympia with no success. However, several bills are currently gaining steam amid the shortage of affordable homeowner options in our state. One of those bills, which will make it harder for condo owners to sue developers, has passed unanimously through the state senate and is on its way to the House. The bill is being described as a compromise that will allow condo owners to still bring legitimate lawsuits if warranted, while protecting developers. It will raise the bar for what condo owners can sue over and any lawsuit brought will will need to prove the construction team violated state building codes and that not only does the defect exist but it would cause harm. This bill would also reduce the personal liability of the condo association officers by granting them immunity, as it stands under the current laws these officers could be forced to pay to repair defects in their building if they do not sue the builders, which further incentivizes HOA Boards to sue preemptively to protect themselves.

Two other bills currently on the floor would exempt condo buildings under seven units from some of the legal risks and another would require condo owners to secure a majority vote of the HOA members before they could move forward with suing.

Our state legislators admit that these changes won't suddenly spur a flood of new condo buildings being constructed around the region but believe that once the the real estate and insurance markets react that these changes will help encourage a more significant amount of condo development.

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


Relaunch: The Atrium Condos are Now Called 750 on the Hill


As we reported back in August, the Neighborhood Collection, a set of three buildings, switched use from apartments for rent to for sale condominiums. The three buildings were being marketing together and were known as the Neighborhood Collection, comprising of Atrium, Edison and Wallingford 45. The collection has been split up and each building is now being sold and marketed by separate sales teams.

This post will focus on Atrium, located on E Aloha Street and 11th Ave E in Capitol Hill, which has changed it's name to 750 on the Hill and relaunched it's marketing efforts.

DETAILS:

  • 34 units
  • 5 stories
  • Studios, open one bedrooms and one bedrooms
  • Pricing from the high $300,000's to the mid $600,000's
  • No parking in the building - zone parking in the neighborhood and option to rent parking in lot across the street for after hours and weekend parking only
  • Pet friendly
  • AirBnB friendly (a rarity in condo buildings)
  • Stainless appliances, quartz counters, luxury plank flooring
  • Some homes will come with Murphy beds installed
  • Some homes have outdoor spaces
  • Washer and dryers in-unit are included
  • Blinds included
  • Ports for portable A/C unit venting installed
  • HOA Dues: from low $300 to mid $500 per month
  • Location: quiet neighborhood feel, close to Volunteer Park, close to Broadway and 15th Ave districts and a half mile from the light rail station
  • Amenities: gym, terrace, rooftop deck with city, Sound, Needle and mountain views, BBQ and lounge space
  • Sales: building is complete, taking purchase and sale contracts now

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


Additional Information on Spire Condominiums

We released details and information on amenities and price ranges for Spire back in October but have since visited the sales center and gathered some additional information you might find helpful in determining if Spire is the right fit for you.

Basics:

  • 41 stories
  • 370 units
  • Ceilings- 9ft up to 23rd floor, 9ft 6in from the 24th to 37th floors, 10ft ceilings on the penthouse levels
  • 80% of units have balconies or decks
  • Residents entrance is on the 6th Avenue side, which is much nice than having to enter from Denny Way
  • HOA Dues will be .75- .90 sqft  depending on whether or not you have parking

 Parking Information:

  • 266 parking spaces
  • Parking is available to purchase for $75,000 for units 700 square feet or larger one bedrooms
  • Parking is included in the list price for units that are one bedroom + den and larger
  • Some 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom units have the option to buy a 2nd parking spot
  • Parking is via an automated valet system-
    • It will take an average of 1-3 minutes to get your car
    • Sotefin is the Swiss company that made the parking system
    • There are limits on the size care you can have - no large pickup trucks or large SUV's
    • There are 9 levels of underground parking
    • There are 3 parking portals from which to drop your car off at or receive your car in
    • The system is on generators so will still function if there is a power outage
    • Here is a video link of how the system works, it's pretty amazing

Location and Lot:

  • Triangular shaped lot allows for expanded view angles for the units that have views
  • Full streets on all sides, no narrow alley width separations from other buildings
  • Easy access to new 99 tunnel
  • Current Battery Street tunnel getting filled in so Wall Street will be quieter and new streetscapes will be added
  • On the edge of the high rise zoning as across Denny to the north the zoning changes to only 85ft which leaves a lot of view opportunities to the north and west (assuming the zoning doesn't change in the future)

Standard Features and Options:

  • Standard features-
    • Pedini cabinets
    • Manual roller shades
    • Closet systems (not a wire shelf and hanging bar!)
    • Advanced light switches and dimmer panels
    • Bosch appliances
    • Nest thermostat
  • 3 bedroom and larger sized units get the penthouse higher level of finish package with waterfall edge countertops, SubZero and Wolf appliances, glass upper cabinets and more
  • A buyer can still choose their desired color palate - there are two options, Dusk and Dawn
  • Smart Home Option with WiPliance - controls nest with energy use monitoring, personalized and integrated audio visual, lighting, security, entertainment and window treatments

Floorplates and Floorplans:

  • Floor plans go clockwise through the building with A starting on the NW corner
  • 10 homes per floor up to the 32nd floor
  • Generally 2 bedrooms are on the corners
  • 33rd and 34th floors have 3bds
  • 35th to 38th floors have 4bds
  • 38th and 39th floors are the penthouse levels

 Amenities:

  • Level 1: retail, 24 hr concierge, coffee shop wine bar in lobby with public access
  • Level 3: co working lounge, yoga and spin studio, theater
  • Level 4: storage and guest suite
  • Level 40 (Spire Club): terrace, exhibition kitchen with dining room, billiards lounge, several terraces, lounge space with indoor outdoor fireplace
  • Level 41: fitness and dog run

 Sales and Completion:

  • Just over 20% sold
  • No reservations needed as buyers are now able to go straight to Purchase and Sale Contracts
  • 5% earnest money
  • Completion slated for the end of 2020 with move ins early 2021

 Team:

  • Developer- Laconia Development from Bay Area (they developed the Cielo Building on First Hill)
  • General Contractor- PCL Construction
  • Architect- VIA Architecture
  • Designer- Robin Chell Design

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


Only Six Units Left at Hendon Condominiums in Phinney Ridge

Hendon Condominiums in Phinney Ridge is down to 6 units.

To hopefully sell out the remaining units, they are having a 72 hour sale from this Friday 1/11 through Sunday 1/13 with discounted prices on 5 of the 6 units still remaining. The one unit not included in the sale is #407, a 1 bedroom 1.5 bath 836sf top floor unit with a private roof top deck and parking.

Here are the 5 units Included in the 72-hour Sale:
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By Marco Kronen with Seattle Condo Review: A guide to Seattle downtown condos.


403 13th Condominiums in Capitol Hill Ready for Move-in March 2019

403 13th, a new construction condominium building in Capitol Hill on the corner of 13th Ave E and E Harrison St, has released their floorplans and will be ready for move in in March of 2019.

403 ThirteenthDetails:

  • Boutique building with only six condominium units
  • 4 stories tall - 2 units on floors 1 and 2, 1 unit on floors 3 and 4
  • Ground floor is the parking
  • Starting from low $500k's
  • Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom homes available
  • Central Capitol Hill location

Units:

  • Unit 1A- 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 394 square feet, deck
  • Unit 1B- 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 512 square feet
  • Unit 2A- 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 555 square feet, deck
  • Unit 2B- 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 518 square feet
  • Unit 3- 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,199 square feet, deck
  • Unit 4- 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,197 square feet, rooftop deck

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


Floorplans Released for The Emerald Condominiums in Seattle

EmeraldThe Emerald Condominiums in Downtown Seattle, located at 121 Stewart St, has released floorplans and views. They plan to begin sales in early 2019.

Basic Details:

  • 40 story tower
  • Studios on floors 4-16: range from 569-675 square feet
  • 1 bedrooms on floors 4-16: range from 579-791 square feet
  • 1 bedrooms (some with dens) on floors 17-33: range from 771-957 square feet
  • 2 bedroom with one bath on floors 4-16: range from 897-1,128 square feet
  • 2 bedroom 2 bathroom (some with dens) on floors 17-33: range from 1,041-1,189 square feet
  • Penthouse levels are from floor 34-38 and those floorplans were not released
  • One block from Pike Place Market
  • Many units have panoramic vies of Elliott Bay, mountains and/or the city

Amenities:

  • Full-floor rooftop amenity space with indoor/outdoor lounge
  • Media room with catering kitchen
  • Outdoor firepits, dining tables and grills
  • Guest suite
  • Fitness center with open-air terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Lobby entrance
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Outdoor pet run and spa
  • On-demand luxury electronic vehicle carshare

Finishes:

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Operable triple pane windows
  • Wide-plank European white oak hardwood flooring
  • Wood cabinetry in kitchen and bath(s)
  • Quartz countertops and backsplash in kitchen and bath(s)
  • Bosch stainless appliances - dishwasher and refrigerator with panelized door, gas cooktop
  • Kohler kitchen faucet
  • Chrome bath and shower fixtures
  • TOTO toilet with soft close seat
  • In-unit washer and dryers

Observations:

  • Most units do not have individual outdoor spaces - 2 stacks of units have decks on floors 4-13, only 1 stack of units have  a deck on floors 14-16 and there are no decks above floor 16
  • All of the kitchens are in-line style kitchens (no islands)
  • Most units have walk-in closets
  • No units have powder rooms so you either have one bath or two baths

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


Design for Chromer Building Condominium Tower Released

ChromerThe new condominium tower, that we mentioned in a blog post in August, that will be constructed in Downtown Seattle where the Chromer building now stands at 1516 2nd Avenue has released its preliminary design.

Architect Julia Nagele of Hewitt Seattle is designing the building and has described her sketch of the building design as "a mom holding the hand of a child". There will be a 484 foot tall building, or the "mama" tower and a "baby" tower that will be a third as tall. Having two towers will allow for light and air to stream through the towers and create a transition between the shorter buildings on the block and the skyscraper.

This project will contain 540 condo units (previously stated as 498 units) ranging in size and price to appeal to the most amount of potential buyers.  There will only be 310 parking spaces.

Construction is set to begin in a year and a half.

Rendering by Hewitt

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