(Pictures from Nyhus Communications LLC)
Fifteen Twenty One's opening ceremony took place yesterday morning. The event was held in the condo's porte-cochere and attended by Mayor Greg Nickels, William Justen, and Blaine Weber. As far as initial viewings are concerned, this one was more of a teaser event — especially after waiting 20 minutes outside for all the speeches from local dignataries.
When we were finally allowed inside, we were only able to view the lobby area. The lobby had a 10-foot locally crafted chandelier, a reclaimed timber art wall (see pictures above), 12 foot concierge desk, and large stone fireplace. No model home was available for viewing but I was told there will be one early next year.
The project has just received their certificate of occupancy. Residents will start moving into the building next week. Fifteen Twenty One has also received Leed Silver Certification, a requirement for this project under the city's new downtown zoning code. According to 1521's press release,
"The code encourages density through development of taller, and slender buildings. Under this updated zoning code, the developer may choose to build a taller, thinner building in exchange for contribution to the city's affordable housing fund. Through this project, Opus Northwest is providing $1.88 million [paid for by residents] to the city's affordable housing fund."
5 remaining pre-sale homes are still available with prices ranging from $975,000-$1,999,000. A few resale units are also on the market. (See available homes). The completed building is definitely one of the most striking condos in downtown and can be easily spotted if you driving along 99. It would be interesting to see how the homes turn out.
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What kind of opening ceremony only lets you in the lobby? Sounds like they must have had some unexpected delays with the model units…
Um..Everyone..Lowly people who cannot afford 2-10 million dollar condos can see inside their windows and it has a fake fire place in the lobby.
Striking to you.
An eyesore to me.
This could have been an amazing structure but it looks like a cheap plastic box.
God Bless the needle exchange facility right next door.
Shrek, a SEATTLE-based opening ceremony only lets people into the lobby. I swear this city doesn’t every quite seem to understand what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. They’ll never quite understand it.
What’s the pet situation with 1521? I couldn’t get a straight answer at the sales center about a pet area, and I’m sure as hell not walking my dog at 3am in that part of town…
Bluey, I completely agree.
Anyone know about pets at 1521?
Wendy and/or others: have you heard if there are people that will walk away from the units and not close due to the economic crisis? Are most of the units closing on time? If people do walk away, is the developer going to mark up the price and try and resell it or if there is any way to get a good deal?
Of all the condo projects, 1521 continues to be my favorite. If I had the money, I’d definitely consider getting a nice unit with a view (assuming any are still available).
@Bluey: Up to 3 pets are allowed (two dogs & one cat or two cats and one dog).
@Guest: From what I understand, they are a few homeowners experiencing some life changes (job move, divorce, etc) and wanted to sell it right after their closing. Some have already listed their homes even before their closings.