I've been meaning to this for some time but never seemed to get around to it. Since there aren't nearly as many new projects to review these days, I thought I'd recognize some of what I think are Seattle's best condos so far.
Think of it as the city's first Seattle Condo Oscars ;-) So, without further adieu…
Best Amenities: Escala. Escala's Club Cielo is a 25,000 square foot club and takes up the entire 2nd floor of the building and includes a private dinning area, spa and fitness center (exercise classes, pedicure, manicure, 2 resistant lap pools, massages, steam room), 18 seat wine cave, theater for screenings/ meetings, business center, cocktail lounge, dog run, and full service outdoor terrace with menu. The club will be managed by Columbia Hospitality. Granted, club access isn't free but this is not a commentary on value but the quality and range of offerings. I have also excluded hotel/condos from this award since those buildings tap into amenities in the hotel portion (were I to include hotel condos, I'd have to give the nod to Olive8).
Best Views: Fifteen Twenty-One. This 38-story condo probably has the highest number of homes that come with a killer view. The glass exterior design helps to optimize as much view as possible from each home. Partial perpetual air easments make sure the view remains priceless…
Best Curb Appeal: Four Seasons. The brand alone seems to command a presence as you approach. Try driving to the building, entering the wide driveway and pulling your car infront of the entrance to be greeted by the service staff in pressed uniforms.
Best Location: Escala. It's centrally located steps from downtown yet not quite in the middle of it (and its less savory elements). Escala is within walking distance to Pike Place Market, close to all the great Belltown restaurants, and enjoys easy access to the highway.
Most Overall Appeal: Cristalla. The building has been holding up its value since its completion in 2005 and still remains one of the few popular condos usually on buyers' lists. Everyone wants in to Cristalla. When a proposed project next door was announced last year, you'd think it would greatly depress the number of condos sold but they were about the same (2007:14 sold, 2008: 12 sold).
I grew up in a city near it’s core, but it never fails to surprise me that you can go 4ish blocks up from 2nd and Pike to Escala and escape all of that seediness. Or even the element down on 4th and Battery.
Even more extreme is the difference between the PABT in NYC and things across the street from it, but I guess everything is more extreme there.
Ugh, couldn’t disagree more about the 4 Seasons curb appeal. It is a monolithic, monotone fortress that has absolutely no beauty and dominates pedestrians from the street. What a waste of a wonderful space on 1st Ave – what could have only been…
So which would you pick for best curb appeal?
I couldn’t disagree more about Cristella most appeal overall. The quality of the building/units is one of the worst for a similar price tag. The view is overall bad as well except few units.. Can’t believe you picked it as most appeal overall.
Have you not visited Continental Place. A doorman that is a doorman, check out 5th floor.
Can everyone offer their own picks if they disagree with Wendy’s? That would be much more useful for all of us.
I’ll start. I agree with all the choices except the Amenities for Escala since it’s not yet completed and might not live up to their promises (but agree, if executed as promised, it would be da bomb).
Wendy, you could be on to something here. Would it be possible that you create a polling system on this blog with certain categories (such as “best curb appeal,” “best overall,” “best interiors,” etc.) and allow the readers to vote? That would be very cool, actually – much like a People’s Choice Awards.
Also, I would NOT include the Escala, or any other building that is not completed for that matter.
Categories could include “The Best”:
Sounds good. I’ll put an online poll up this weekend. One thing to keep in mind with web polls is potential cheating but it’s worth a try.
Readers’ poll results here!