Domaine_1_1 Domaine’s preview event took place this week. The center was swamped with prospective home buyers and realtors. For a moment, I felt like I was in Nordstrom for their annual sale. The only difference was that, there were no sales transactions going on, only reservations for an appointment to purchase a unit.

Domaine is right across from Seattle’s oldest restaurant, Canlis, along Aurora Avenue. The developer is part of Intracorp whose recent projects included Avenue One and The Parc. The condo is designed by Mithun Architects who is also involved in Mosler Lofts.

This condo is not your typical one block on a piece of land project. There are 6 rows of low rise condos comprising 96 homes. Some of the town homes are stacked on top of the flat units. Many of the homes include den/office nooks. Completion is expected to be in spring 2007.

Domaine kind of reminds me of Tribeca with your own personal outdoor space/ deck. The difference is there is a courtyard that stretches in between two rows of condos. It has more of a community living feel. Other than the courtyard, there are no amenities. Perhaps you don’t need it. You are right by Lake Union!

Another interesting thing about Domaine is some of their two bedroom flat units come with two entry doors, a feature that I’m not sure will be of much use to home owners. The sales center will only be able to provide a price range for the different floor plans. Home buyers will have to wait for a couple more weeks to get them online. Interior finishes include hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking stove and wood cabinets. (Remember the days when this was impressive 🙂  There are two standard color options available with one upgrades options finishes.

For any condo project, there are always plusses and minuses. Here are a couple that I can think of :

• Community feel
• Most units will have views of Lake Union
• Appealing outdoor areas and personal spaces (courtyard/ outdoor patio)
• Large windows

• Right off busy Aurora Ave
• Limited amenities
• Most two bedroom size is only around 1,000 square feet — even for town homes

Floor plans   
One & two bedroom flat unit 
Two bedroom town home
Live/work loft

$5,000 deposit to reserve home
Purchase and Sale agreement will be written by appointment. During that time, you will need to put down a 5% earnest money check (good faith deposit)

If you are someone who loves living close to the lake and likes plenty of open spaces, Domaine may be a good match for you. Stay tuned for more information on the pricing : )

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