Condos Make a Comeback in Seattle 西雅图多户住宅屋的繁荣:豪华公寓复兴,构建活力城市生活

拔地而起的产权公寓、豪华的出租公寓和宽敞的联排别墅, 构建更加活力四射的城市生活。Soaring condos, luxe apartments and spacious townhomes open the door to vibrant urban living
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位于国际区的Koda豪华公寓毗邻先锋广场,交通便利,众多美食和商铺步行即可到达

西雅图正处在产权公寓的复兴时期,高楼大厦在城市不同角落拔地而起闪亮登场。根据苏富比国际地产业主之一Dean Jones的说法,这个周期的增长十分强劲:旺盛的需求主要来自于卖掉单户住宅的空巢父母、结束租屋期但又不想离开市中心或周边地区的新生买房一族、还有国际和加州买家(后者可坐享显著的华州税收优惠)。


设计独特、融合尖端技术的天枢城将奢逸生活提升到了一个前所未有的新高度,开放式平面布置和玻璃幕墙使无敌景致尽收眼底,无论是近处的普吉特湾到联合湖,还是远处的奥林匹克和喀斯科特山脉 (Burrard Group)

公寓生活方式的吸引力不可否认。Jones称:“它提供你所需要的一切,不多不少刚刚好。”

这些市区住宅带来的便利不胜枚举。步行即可前往剧院、购物、轻轨、甚至工作场所,同时还免受西雅图烦心的交通困扰。很多公寓都有着豪华的公共区域,如展示厨房、屋顶花园、以及瑜伽和艺术屋等休闲区,以提供构建社区的机会,鼓励邻里互动、培育社区归属感。

Jones说,与十年前的产权公寓转变为出租公寓浪潮不一样的是,如今这些社区是要久居的,所有的居所让安居和出行同样富有吸引力。


Weber Thompson设计的天枢城由一系列互相偏移8度的玻璃立方体叠转组成,构成了拥有独特的设施和露天平台的动态楼层过度 (Burrard Group)

Nexus(天枢城)楼盘将是2019年西雅图市中心首批开放入住的产权公寓楼,现已接近售罄。该建筑位于Belltown,是一座独特的、高达440英尺的偏置玻璃立方体;底层是零售商铺、同时设有供住户和宾客使用的室内和室外共享空间:从高科技工作室到厨房、以及设有洗浴台的宠物活动区。它以使用应用软件控制的自动化为傲:每个单套式、一、二、三居室都配有自动照明和安保系统(价格从40万美元以下到450万美元以上)。nexusseattle.com


Spire的楼顶露天花园阳台坐拥360度无敌美景 (Laconia Development)

Spire地处市中心北边的Seattle Center,预计于2020年全面开放入住;户型有单套式、一、二、三居室(价格从50万美元以下到450万美元不等)。公寓塔楼坐拥360度全景屋顶花园、以及带私密用餐间的展示厨房——在这里,住户可以邀请客座厨师为特殊活动备餐、也可以自己烹饪或举行派对。spireseattle.com


Spire的室内设计最大限度地提高了效率和实用性,而装饰又极其丰富细致,9至10英尺的层高,宽大的玻璃幕墙让室内充满阳光,窗外的景色更是一览无遗 (Laconia Development)

毗邻先锋广场,位于市中心南端的中国城-国际区的Koda产权平层公寓将于2020年开盘,届时为该街区带来201套房屋(价格从40万美元到140万美元不等);该楼盘邻近轻轨以及该街区的众多美食店家和商铺,十分便利。ownkoda.com


Koda公寓将奢华生活同便利完美结合 (Dali Development)

位于东区的One88由Bosa Development设计。这座位于贝尔维尤市中心心脏的21层玻璃结构将于2020年开放入住,户型包括一、二、三居室公寓和耳房;90%的房屋已于去年12月预售预定,价格在80万到550万美元之间。这里步行可至新的East Link轻轨,该轻轨连接西雅图和东区,预计于2023年投入使用。one88bybosa.com

附近的Avenue Bellevue,一座曲线形双塔产权公寓/酒店/零售混用综合体,于今年年初预售和开工。和酒店共享同座建筑的98家豪华公寓住户(占据了26层楼的11层)可以使用InterContinental酒店的诸多设施和服务,如家政和客房服务、水疗和健身中心、待客泊车、和两辆劳斯莱斯房车。另外,一家米其林三星餐厅主厨经营的餐厅将计划开设于此。liveatavenue.com






上三图:位于贝尔维尤的Avenue将奢逸公寓生活同酒店及零售融为一体,住户可以享受酒店的诸多顶级服务及设施 (Fortress Development/Weber Thompson)

Bosa Development在西雅图也是兢兢业业——它于本市的第二座产权公寓开发项目Civic Square(第一座是位于Belltown的Insignia)紧邻市政厅,共有520套房屋,它的设计采纳了西雅图市的建议,将包括临街零售商铺以及面向公众开放的区域。

来自加拿大温哥华开发商Westbank(西岸集团)在西雅图有三个产权公寓项目,First Light(晨曦)就是其中之一。该项目预计于2022年完工,是该集团皇冠上的明珠。它包括47家商铺和459套房屋,设施包括能观赏到太空针塔的顶层游泳池(冬天有玻璃顶,确保全年舒适);顶层还将包括一个宠物游乐区和一个秘密花园。西岸集团以将艺术融入建筑物而闻名(有专门发掘艺术品的全职团队),在晨曦项目上,他们任用了玻璃艺术家John Hogan(约翰霍根)以及闻名遐迩的建筑师James KM Cheng(郑景明),通过吊灯、雕塑和外立面细节而打造出玻璃与光的完美结合。firstlightseattle.com


位于Belltown的晨曦公寓将建筑与艺术完美结合,玻璃艺术家John Hogan设计的玻璃盘将点缀公寓顶层的天际游泳 (Westbank)


晨曦公寓的顶层海景公寓是完美城市生活的最佳诠释 (Westbank)

对于那些想要在市中心觅得一方安居之地的人来说,产权公寓并非唯一的豪华多户住宅选择。出租公寓的兴起也带来了大量可以和产权公寓比拼的独特豪华物业。2017年,西雅图创纪录地新增了1万2千套出租公寓,还有约3万5千套正在规划筹备中。

高端公寓——如位于第二大道和派克街口的West Edge——将这个毗邻熙攘的派克市场的转角打造一新,它同时紧邻新设计的、几年内就可投入使用的海滨步行地带。塔楼由在本地甚至全球都享有盛誉的建筑家Tom Kundig设计,公寓户型包括一室和两室居,以及耳房。weseattle.com

除了First Light(晨曦),Westbank(西岸集团)在西雅图的另外两个项目也是公寓塔楼。在Denny Triangle,1200 Stewart将提供1051间出租套房,预计2021年冬季开放;而First Hill的707 Terry项目,预计于2021年春季开放,其含有488套出租房屋的两座斜塔将由空中玻璃人行天桥连接。塔楼的外立面将由屏风幕制成,近邻Frye Art Museum(福莱叶艺术博物馆)的常规收藏品将在外立面屏风上定时展出。

总部位于宾夕法尼亚的开发商Toll Brothers已进军华盛顿州,他们提供别具一格的多户住宅——豪华联排别墅,这种物业在西雅图也日益多见。虽然和产权公寓或者出租公寓提供的公共空间相比,联排别墅提供给住户家庭的院子和公共空间相较局促;但它们通常位于设施齐全的地段、市区生活触手可得。位于Queen Anne的McGraw Square均为一室、两室或三室的摩登房,共有8种设计可选,起价1百多万美元。2018年完工的Dawson Square,在Bothell的中心地带提供4室的联排别墅;从别墅出发,步行即可前往商铺、步行小径、公共交通、以及宏大的McMenamins Anderson School——这所曾经的初中学校摇身一变,成了如今包括酒店、餐馆、酿酒厂、剧院等的综合休闲去处。mcgrawsquare.com; tollbrothers.com

Toll Brothers位于Bothell的Dawson Square联排别墅提供别样的城市生活,落地玻璃窗使室内明亮宽敞  (Matthew Galant)

Seattle’s Multifamily Home Boom

Seattle is in the middle of a condo renaissance, with glittering constructs rising up all over the city. According to Dean Jones, co-owner of Realogics/Sothebys International Realty, this cycle is robust, with demand coming from empty nesters cashing out on their single-family homes, renters maturing into buyers who don’t really want to leave downtown or downtown-adjacent ‘hoods, and international and California buyers, the latter of whom reap significant tax advantages in Washington.  

There’s no denying their lifestyle appeal. “Condos provide everything you need and nothing you don’t,” says Jones.   

The list of conveniences that come with these urban residences is long. Why wrestle with Seattle traffic when you can be steps away from the theater, shopping, light rail, and even work? Many of the residences offer opportunities for community building via luxe communal spaces, such as exhibition kitchens, rooftop terraces, and recreation areas like yoga or art rooms, all of which encourage a community-within-the-neighborhood feel.  

Unlike the condo-to-apartment conversions of a decade ago, these communities are here to stay, says Jones. These buildings make staying in as appealing as going out. 

NEXUS
With most of its units already sold—will be one of the first condo complexes to open downtown, in 2019. The building is a unique 440 feet of stacked offset glass cubes in Belltown, with retail on the first floor and indoor/outdoor spaces for residents and guests to spare, from high-tech work rooms to kitchens, and a pet run complete with washing bay. It touts app-controllable automation, from lighting to security, in each of its studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom homes (ranging in price from less than $400,000 to more than $4.5 million). nexusseattle.com

Spire is slated to open in 2020 near Seattle Center just north of downtown, offering studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom spaces (from less than $500,000 to $4.5 million). The tower features a 360-degree view rooftop terrace and an exhibition kitchen with private dining room, where residents can invite guest chefs for an event, or cook and host a party themselves. spireseattle.com

At the south end, Koda Condominium Flats in the Chinatown–International District, adjacent to Pioneer Square, will bring 201 units to the neighborhood in 2020 (priced from the low $400,000s to $1.4 million), convenient to light rail and those neighborhoods’ many eateries and shops. ownkoda.com

On the Eastside, One88, a 21-story glass structure by Bosa Development, with one-, two- and three-bedroom condos and penthouses in the heart of downtown Bellevue, set to open in 2020, was more than 90 percent reserved before pre-sales closed last December, with prices from $800,000 to around $5.5 million; it will be walking distance to the new East Link light rail  connecting Seattle and the Eastside, with service beginning in 2023. one88bybosa.com

Nearby Avenue Bellevue, a curvy two-tower mixed-use condo/hotel/retail development, has pre-sales and construction set to begin this year. The 98 luxury condos that share the hotel building (11 floors of the total 26 floors) will also have access to InterContinental Hotel amenities including housekeeping and room service, spa and fitness center, valet parking, and two Rolls Royce house cars. There are also plans for a three-star Michelin-chef-helmed restaurant to be located here. liveatavenue.com

Bosa Development is also hard at work in Seattleits second condo development in the city, Civic Square(the first was Insignia in Belltown), will be situated next to City Hall, a 520-unit building that will incorporate street-level retail and open public-accessible spaces as part of its design, which had input from the City of Seattle. 

First Light is one of three Seattle condo projects from Vancouver, BC-based developer Westbank. Expected to be completed in 2022, it’s the crown jewel of the group, consisting of 47 stories and 459 homes, with amenities that include a top floor lap pool with a Space Needle view (it will have a glass coverup in winter, making it a year-round perk); the top floor will also include a pet play area and secret garden. The developer is known for integrating art into its buildings (with a full-time team devoted to scouting artwork); for First Light, Westbank tapped glass specialist John Hogan and internationally acclaimed architect James KM Cheng to weave glass and light together via chandeliers, sculptures, and exterior details. firstlightseattle.com

Condos aren’t the only type of luxe multi-family property beckoning to those looking to score a pad in the center of the city. The apartment boom has led to a bounty of unique luxury properties that are competitive with condominiums. In 2017, a record 12,000 apartment units were added in Seattle, with approximately 35,000 still in the pipeline.  

High end apartments, such as West Edge, at Second Avenue and Pike Street, have transformed a corner that is steps away from bustling Pike Place Market and what will be a newly designed walkable waterfront in several years. The tower will include one- and two-bedroom units plus penthouses, designed by internationally and locally renowned architect Tom Kundig. weseattle.com

Westbank’s other two projects in Seattle, in addition to First Light, are also apartment towers. In Denny Triangle, 1200 Stewart will have 1,051 rental units set to open in winter 2021, while First Hill’s 707 Terry project, expected to open in spring 2021will comprise two splaying or leaning towers with 488 rental units tied together by a sky-high glass pedestrian bridge. The façade will be made up of shoji screens that work as a canvas on which artwork from the neighboring Frye Art Museum’s regular collection will be displayed. 

Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based developer has begun to make inroads into Washington with a different style of multifamily property—luxury townhomes, which are another increasingly visible property type in Seattle. These residences give families a little bit of yard, have fewer communal spaces than condo or apartment towers, but are located in areas with all the amenities and access of urban living. McGraw Square at Queen Anne has eight home designs to choose from—two- and three-bedroom modern homes that are priced starting at just over $1 million and up. Dawson Square, completed in 2018, comprises four-bedroom townhomes located in the heart of Bothell, walkable to Main Street shops, hiking trails, transit, and the vast McMenamins Anderson School, a former junior high school turned into a hotel, restaurant, brewery, theater, and more. mcgrawsquare.comtollbrothers.com 

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