Alex_condosWhen completed, Alex Condos will be in the epicenter of Belltown on the corner of 1st Ave and Bell St. The project started construction a few months ago and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008.

Developed by Saltaire and designed by Snell Partnership, this 9 story new addition to the neighborhood will feature one and two bedroom floor plans. Prices range from $500,000 to over $2 million and home sizes will range between 600-1,200 square feet. On first glance, these prices seem way out of line with the market — not sure if there are lots of people looking to pay half a million for 600 square feet or $2M for 1,200 square feet — we'll have to see if the developer continues to aspire for those prices and if the building can really attract buyers at those price points. 

Nevertheless, I am impressed with the choice of concrete and steel structure for a fairly short building and the proposed classy look of the exterior. You also can't beat the location if you're a true urban dweller. The building's exterior is inspired by Seattle's historic brick buidings and features muted red brick and dark green window frames. A classic canvas canopy will cover the residential entrance, and iron and glass canopies adorn the sides. A locally designed mural will also be displayed along Bell Street.

Unit interiors will use a combination of classic materials, refined fixtures, imported appliances, and extensive floor to ceiling case work.

Address :2233 First Avenue

Estimated occupancy : September 2008

Construction : Concrete and steel

Amenities : Pre-screened Housekeeping, dry cleaning, meal delivery, grocery delivery and reservation services available through a private "cyber" concierge

The project aims to create a historic design with a mural on the street fascade. Artwork will also be installed on the sidewalk to create a more interesting personality for the building.

(Alex has been renamed as Volta in 2010.)

Snell Partnership portfolio of projects located near Alex:







        Pomeroy                     Austin Bell

Award winning 8 story     Restoration and seismic
concrete building with     upgrade of 1893 buidling.
52 condominum units.

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