Moda condominiums is nearing completion with move-in dates estimated around September of this year.  The project initially sold out within 5 days after hitting the market in September of 2006 but now 40 units becoming available.  According to Thach Nguyen, one of the developer partners, the drop outs were due to changes in the buyers’ situations — especially loan financing.  Thach also commented that "the vision for Moda condos is to serve a niche market: to provide condo living with luxurious finishes at affordable prices. Homebuyers who are looking at Moda are willing to sacrifice square footage for better quality finshes at a good location."

Here are the available units:

Floor plan                Approx. Sq.Ft.                 Prices starting from

Studio                      251-474                          $179,950

Open 1 bedroom         467-546                          $258,950

1 bedroom                 337-602                          $225,950

2 bedroom                 530-631                          $345,950

Lofts                        509-883                          $339,950

One interesting point is that the developer is using a moisture monitoring system for the building.  During construction, the moisture dectection conduits are applied within the walls of the entire exterior of the condo. These conduits serve as the sensing device for moisture, providing constant monitoring in areas prone to leaking.  When a leak occurs, information about the leak is sent to the mositure detection company.  Unless there is a power and internet outage, the building is monitored 24 hours a day. 

Given Seattle’s weather and many leaky condo stories we’ve all heard (and many of us have experienced), this seems to be a good system to put into all wood-framed buidlings.  If it is as effective as it promises, I think it would create a win-win situation for both homeowners and developers.  Of course, it assumes the developer will respond when the monitor starts beeping.  Nevertheless, rapid detection and repairs could conceivably reduce the need for potential litigation, special assessments and months of inconvenience for homeowners if the leak is allowed to become a larger problem down the road.

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