Why New Construction in Seattle is the Best Option

New construction of apartments and condos in Seattle has been booming. According to a 2017 study, the city has been growing faster than any other major city in the United States. In the decade up to that point, 21,000 new apartments had been built in the city, which means that 12% of all apartments in Seattle were new. The only other major city that came close was fast-growing Austin, Texas, at 10%. By comparison, in Long Beach, California, new apartments made up just 1% of the total. Today, Seattle’s record development boom, the building construction should yield 3,500 units this year and 5,600 in 2020, according to The Seattle Times.

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What type of new construction can be seen across Seattle?

According to government records, the city’s construction boom focuses heavily on condominium growth. As recently as 2018, only 350 condos in the city went up for sale, compared to the 2,000 condo average in most years. There’s a flood of apartments, and condos have become the hot-ticket item.

Seattle hasn’t seen growth like this since 2005, before the housing bubble. As of 2018, 2000 new condos had opened in Seattle, but new projects estimate 6,000 more condos will be coming on the market in the next few years, according to a study by Polaris Pacific. 1096 condos became available in 2019, and 2020 is expected to be the same, but that will increase by 50% in 2021 and increase 100% in 2022.

Why choose new construction?

There are various reasons why many new buyers or renters opt for a new construction building, especially when looking for a luxury residence.

For starters, luxury condos are very low maintenance (and will have much fewer maintenance fees) as everything is new, and everything is high-end. They’re built to please and to last, and you’re not going to be kicking the radiator to get heat because of drafty windows.

New construction can also put you in an area that you couldn’t get with an older condo. If there’s a location that you have your eye on in a particularly popular area, such as near Pike Place Market or the Amazon campus, you’ll be strapped to find a new high-quality luxury condo in that location.

When speaking about cleanliness, a ground-up, new construction tower provides owners a fresh, clean slate. Many future residents opt for a complete blank canvas as a way to truly make a residence their own.

Regarding luxury, new buildings often offer a higher level of design, finishes and amenities. Often luxury towers will feature designs from a notable interior designer, not typically found in older buildings. Additionally, brand-new stainless-steel finishes compliment the sleek interiors. Lastly, new buildings offer the best in amenities including fully equipped resident lounges, state-of-the-art fitness centers, convenient pet-spas, and more!

Lastly, a new luxury apartment will more often rise in value making it a great investment for the future.

What are the newest luxury condos in Seattle?

Some of the hottest properties in Seattle are just coming on the market, or are in the final stages of construction. They offer luxury amenities, sought-after locations, and beautiful designs that make you drool. Some of these soon-to-be unveiled luxury apartment and condominium buildings are:

The Emerald
Rising 40 stories above Seattle’s most coveted location, The Emerald sits just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, moments from the waterfront and all of the magnificent restaurants, bars and nightlife. Offering a hotel-inspired living experience via a partnership with award-winning management company, Columbia Hospitality, The Emerald offers 262 luxury condos and penthouses with unrivaled views and the best-in-class design and finishes. Luxury amenities include full-floor rooftop amenity space with indoor/outdoor lounge offering panoramic views of Elliott Bay and downtown, a resident media room with catering kitchen, state-of-the-art fitness center with open terrace, yoga room, outdoor pet run and spa, and more. Through a unique partnership, The Emerald also offers owners exclusive offerings at adjacent Thompson Seattle hotel, as well as on-demand luxury electric vehicle carshare through Envoy.

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The 8 Tower
This 42-story condo tower in the Denny Triangle neighborhood, which gives it gorgeous views of Denny Park, the Space Needle, Lake Union, and Elliott Bay. The condos will range from one- and two-bedroom units and penthouse suites. The architects say that the design was meant to bridge between the growing South Lake Union and Belltown neighborhoods. It’s already a foregone conclusion that the building’s distinctive shape and sculpted roofline will add another landmark to the Seattle skyline.

Spire Luxury Condominiums
This building, originally planned for apartments but later changed to luxury condos, stands 440’ tall. With real estate at a premium, the Spire is in a narrow site that borders Uptown, South Lake Union, and Denny Triangle. The design was intended to complement and enhance the look of the revitalized 6th Avenue. It will have 360 units, and be approximately 400,000 square feet.

1200 Stewart Street
This pair of luxury condo buildings are designed to have a “continuous sculptural balcony” that will look like a wave across the north side of the two towers, the balconies bedecked with manicured trees. The project will have 876 condos. Originally planned as part of a hotel project, that was later scrapped, but the building will keep its main floor retail space.

BB6 Apartments
The BB6, named for Bell, Battery, 6th Street, will be a 42-story tower that will house 479 units, including a massive 7-story below-ground parking garage. Located near the Amazon campus, the building is expecting to draw upscale downtowners. The building, which splits into two towers part way up, is expected to have commercial space available on levels 11 and 12.

Why is new construction better than older buildings?

There are so many reasons why new construction is better than old, especially when you’re looking for luxury.

For starters, luxury condos are very low maintenance (and will have much fewer maintenance fees) because everything is new, and everything is high-end. They’re built to please and to last, and you’re not going to be kicking the radiator to get heat because of drafty windows.

New construction can also put you in an area that you couldn’t get with an older apartment. If there’s a location that you have your eye on in a particularly popular area, such as near Pike Place Market or the Amazon campus, you’ll be strapped to find a high-quality luxury apartment in that location.

And let’s just talk about luxury: if you want the best of everything, moving into an apartment from ten or twenty years ago will give you the best of back then, not the best of now. Older appliances without all the features, older amenities–fitness rooms, spas, pools–that just don’t live up to the amenities you can get from the latest and greatest.

Finally, if you’re expecting to move in a few years, a new luxury condo will be easier to sell, easier to get a better price for, and better to recoup your investment. New condos will only go up in price, giving you a better ROI.

How busy is new construction in Seattle?

Frankly, the construction business in Seattle is moving like a rocket. Seattle hasn’t seen growth like this since 2005, before the housing bubble. As of 2018, 2000 new condos had opened in Seattle, but new projects estimate 6,000 more condos will be coming on the market in the next few years, according to a study by Polaris Pacific. 1096 condos became available in 2019, and 2020 is expected to be the same, but that will increase by 50% in 2021 and increase 100% in 2022.

And the boom is in condos, not apartments. In fact, much of the growth is coming in buildings that were originally slated to be apartments that changed to condos during development. And this is because, despite all of this growth, there’s been a shortage of condos. As recently as 2018, only 350 condos in the city went up for sale at all–compared to the 2,000 condo average in most years. There’s a flood of apartments, and condos have become the hot-ticket item.

For information on The Emerald luxury condos, please visit https://theemeraldseattle.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @theemeraldseattle.

The Best Parking in Seattle

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Parking in Downtown Seattle

Seattle has been relatively quick to adapt to its booming population growth–primarily through the extensive implementation of public transit and walkable communities. To show you the latest trends and changes in Seattle’s traffic, public transportation and parking, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting facts, especially if you are interested in potentially moving to Seattle’s vibrant downtown area.

The Facts on the Street

Over the years, Downtown Seattle neighborhoods have continued to address traffic obstacles and develop a variety of new solutions to alleviate, track and increase parking options. One such innovation is the introduction of new services and apps allowing for a new collection of 6,000 discounted parking spaces to become available. Services like DowntownSeattleParking.com powered by ePark, allow drivers to easily scan participating parking garages and find spaces available in real-time.

The city of Seattle has seen a notable change in the number of cars on the road due to the decrease in car ownership over time and increase in rideshare and car sharing options. Car ownership per household in Seattle has been on the decline since as early as 2010. This has been an increasing trend due to millennials, the city’s ever-present green mentality, and its efforts to launch and promote new public transit systems and technologies. With an increase of Seattle residents making use of light rail, bus systems and on-demand apps, fewer and fewer families are finding purpose for a vehicle to purchase, maintain and pay insurance premiums for, resulting in relief in traffic congestion. Altogether, this decrease in residential car ownership across Seattle has totaled up to roughly 3% – the highest drop in the nation despite the city’s growing population.

Seattle’s Evolving Public Transportation System

Over the last decade, Seattle has been prioritizing major investments in transit capacity in an effort to link every area of the city. Today, Downtown Seattle residents and visitors have access to resources including Link Light Rail, Seattle Central Monorail, King County Metro Transit buses, South Lake Union streetcars, taxis, rentals, car sharing, bike sharing and even more systems to get them where they need to go. With reloadable public transit cards and mobile apps for digital tickets, the growing use of technology has only made it easier to pay fares and travel quickly across the city. What’s more, the city continues its fight in reducing cars on the road through development standards in favor of residential buildings without parking built close to public transit.

Seattle’s Sound Transit Link Light Rail service started in 2009 and provides fast, frequent service between Downtown Seattle, Rainier, Sea/Tac Airport, CenturyLink and T-Mobile Park stadiums, and more. As of March 2016, the Puget Sound Rail had a major expansion to the University of Washington and Capitol Hill. This important three-mile expansion will help nearly 70,000 riders daily by 2030. Trains typically run every 6-15 minutes for 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Making use of this impressive light rail system will save residents the hassle of traffic and time as the system continues to grow and the city expands.

The Sounder Commuter rail will also help downtown Seattle residents by taking nearly 14,000 riders out of traffic during peak commuter hours. This impressive train runs every 20-30 minutes and travels at the speed of 80 miles per hour, to help reduce congestion and traffic in the city.

In addition to Seattle’s trains and light rails, the Seattle Streetcar Network named “Modern Streetcar”, connects commuters and residents with a transition hub. Now the train lines connect and over time, the planned streetcar extensions will connect all of Seattle to the major train lines and downtown giving residents the ability to choose between many options of transport and avoid traffic congestion.

One of the many benefits of living in a downtown luxury condo like those found at The Emerald is the simple fact that you’ll be immersed in a thriving, walkable neighborhood with easy access to public transportation. Whether you aim to work or play, you’ll find popular dining and entertainment venues, large commercial centers, incredible nightlife, farmers markets just minutes away.

Seattle Bike Commuters

Due to rapidly growing public and private improvements at bike facilities, bike commuting has become a popular option for people of all ages in Downtown Seattle. The city of Seattle has even been recognized as the best bike city in America. It has been reported that the city offers some of the best bike lanes in the country with various barriers that protect riders from traffic. Conscious efforts have been made to protect cyclists including narrowing of lanes and inserting speed humps and traffic circles in an effort to reduce traffic speeds. Bike commuting is an efficient and inexpensive way to get around and provides bikers the spontaneity of a car without worries about traffic, rising gas prices, and expensive city parking. Biking can also help as an aid in getting you to other transit options, like the King County Metro or Sound Transit Link Light Rail systems.

Parking at The Emerald

Residents at The Emerald have access to some reserved parking accommodations. The Emerald has 62 parking spaces onsite for residents, and that number has increased through our partnership with luxury boutique hotel, Thompson Seattle hotel located directly across the street. Current and future owners can enjoy a suite of amenities including access to a limited number of convenient, subterranean garage parking with electric vehicle charging stations and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week curbside valet service.

But options for getting around Seattle don’t end there. The Emerald is also proud to offer residents the option of luxury car-sharing through our partnership with Envoy Technologies. Residents can enjoy clean, sleek, and efficient electric Tesla Model X and Model S vehicles for a cruise whenever they need to get somewhere in style. Access to this Tesla fleet doesn’t even require a key: residents can download Envoy’s easy-to-use app for secure and instant access to the vehicles.



As Seattle continues to strive toward fewer cars on the road and a greener city, we’re in full support. While you’ll definitely have less of a headache going green and taking public transport–or walking around our beautiful city–there are options for multiple parking spots for your vehicles at and around The Emerald.

11 Fun Facts About Downtown Seattle

Luxury apartments and condos housed in Seattle’s downtown area provide no shortage of comforts and activities unique to the city. As you come to know the city better you’ll find a lot of interesting facts like, there are more dogs in the city than children, and quirks that further define Seattle’s downtown living experience. We’ve compiled some of our favorite facts and information about Seattle to give you a sense of what life could be like for you in a luxury for-sale apartment in Downtown Seattle.
 

 

1. Seattle Has An Impressive History
While many people who visit Seattle can quickly pick up on its uniquely modern culture ripe with music, great food, and beautiful living spaces, the fact is that the area making up Seattle has been inhabited for much longer than you might think. With evidence dating back to some 12,000 years ago, the green wilderness of Puget Sound has since been home to a variety of distinct cultures, from the initial natives to European settlers and later immigrants from all across the world. This diverse culture is still present in the community of homes and luxury condo high rise and apartment communities in Downtown Seattle. And if you’re more interested in recent history, several tours will take you into the Seattle Underground, a network of passageways and basements near Pioneer Square–they were ground-level in the mid-1800s before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. At that point, the new city was built one-to-two stories higher.
 

2. The First City in the US to Play a Beatles Song on the Radio Was…
Seattle has a unique history with many different forms of music. It seems only natural that it was also the first city to use broadcasting to play one of the most famous bands in history, The Beatles. Since then, Seattle has been home to many well-known and up-and-coming artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Heart, and so many more. Today, living in Downtown Seattle puts residents close to a large variety of music venues, including concert halls, vintage record stores, and showrooms for a unique cultural experience.
 

3. Seattle is the Birthplace of Starbucks
March 31, 1971, saw the opening of the very first Starbucks in Seattle. Its business used to be a little different then, as it was founded to sell high-quality coffee beans and the equipment to brew them. Rather than selling coffee in-store, the only drinks available were for sampling the coffee beans. It’s come a long way since, and Seattle is the perfect place to celebrate this history. With no shortage of artisanal cafés and coffee shops to weather out the rain or the cold, residents of luxury apartments and condos in Downtown Seattle can enjoy some of the best brews the city offers.
 

4. Seattle’s Waterfront is Known for Its Seafood
Whether you’re looking to buy and cook at home or dine on some of the freshest fish in the United States, Seattle has the answer for you. Even if you aren’t interested in buying, you have to visit the Pike Place Fish Market, where the fish fly! World-renowned for fishmongers hurling huge salmon and albacore thirty feet across the stall, these workers won’t drop a single one–and then they’ll wrap it up for you. If you’re more immediately hungry, head down the stairs to the pier and have more than 30 varieties of fresh oysters at Elliott’s, or, if you want something fried, sit at Ivar’s and feed the seagulls your fish ‘n chips while you watch the ferries come and go.
 
Pike Place Market Seattle
 

5. You Can Eat Your Way Through Seattle
Specializing in Northern Italian fine dining, Cafe Juanita is a destination restaurant that is a must for foodies–the fan-favorite is a braised rabbit. If you want the finest in haute cuisine, Canlis is Seattle’s resident restaurant boasting not one but two Michelin stars and is said to have the best wine list in the country. But if you’re looking for a drink and a burger, then look no further than Loretta’s Northwesterner, with its wide-open outdoor dining for cool Seattle evenings in the sea breeze. Bathtub Gin Co. boasts 30 different kinds of gin, Hazelwood is the place for cocktails, and the bizarre Cha Cha Lounge has to be seen to be believed.
 

6. Highest Percentage of Residents with a College Degree or Higher
Seattle currently has the highest percentage of residents with a college degree or higher. With Americans becoming more and more educated as time progresses, they are more educated now than they’ve ever been in history. In 2017, Seattle touts 63% of their population, 25 and older, has a college degree according to the Seattle Times. Even amongst the nationwide educational boom, Seattle is a stand out. With each new generation, the level of education increases, with millennials ages 25-34 roughly 73% are college graduates. There are also shifts between gender lines as well, previously among older adults more men completed a college degree over women. This has now been reversed and can especially be seen in Seattle. With so many educational achievements, it is easy to see why Seattle is considered the most literate city in the country.
 

7. One of the Fastest Growing US Cities
In 1897, news about a massive gold strike in Canada’s Yukon River Valley reached Seattle and all the areas around it. Prospectors from all over the country rushed toward the Klondike Gold Rush, bringing a massive economic boom for the city. Hawkers, shop owners, innkeepers, and even mining instructors emerged to take advantage of the action. Even today, this rich history remains with one of the world’s smallest national parks, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Today, Seattle is one of America’s fastest growing cities in America. Studies conducted during the most recent census show that between 2017 and 2018 Seattle not only had the most growth in population but they also saw an increase of 90,731 people over the past 5 years.
 

8. Sunglasses are Popular in Seattle
Did you know that people in Seattle purchase the most significant number of sunglasses per capita than any other city in the U.S.? While many people associate Seattle with gray, rainy skies, the simple fact is that Seattle experiences less annual rainfall than Houston, Chicago, and New York City. Living in luxury apartments or condominiums in Downtown Seattle means easy access to beautiful parks while staying within easy distance to famous national parks and wilderness areas. If you like getting out in nature or exploring the nearby ocean, Seattle offers many different opportunities to go boating, hiking, fishing, and many other activities.
 

9. First Major US City to Have A Female Mayor
In 1926, Seattle became the first city to have a woman mayor, Bertha Knight Landes who served a two year term. During her time, she worked hard to support city planning and zoning improvements as well as public health and safety programs and social and recreational programs. Today Seattle is a beautiful and thriving city, and much of that is due to their progressive and forward thinking nature. In fact, Seattle’s current mayor is Jenny Durkan who has been in office since 2009a and previously served as a United States Attorney, appointed by President Barack Obama.
 

10. Known as the Most Literate City in the Country
As far as literate rankings go, Seattle ranks the highest in the U.S. and also brags the highest percentage of library card-holders per capita. The Seattle Central Library is a must-see, well known for the iconic architecture (designed by Rem Koolhas). This impressive library is an 11 story glass and steel building, and has been featured in numerous films, it’s truly a must see for downtown Seattle. The culture is also an educated and artistic one, but not lacking in technology. It’s no surprise that a city housing massive tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Moz and many other big names provides a myriad of work opportunities for a variety of creative and technically minded people. Luxury apartments and condos in Downtown Seattle can make commuting to these business centers a breeze.
 

 

11. The Best Luxury Apartments and Condos
Seattle has no shortage of interesting history, landscapes and activities. From its early days rising in the middle of a gold rush to its modern progress with traffic, technology and business, residents have a lot to be proud about. You can become a part of the lively Seattle culture by checking out some of the luxury apartments and condos in Downtwon Seattle. Try checking out The Emerald to see how superior technology, design and service create one of the most elegant and convenient places to live in Seattle.

Everything a Luxury Apartment in Seattle Should Offer

Every prospective buyer in Seattle has a list of amenities that they’re looking for in a luxury apartment, and when you’re making a purchase, you shouldn’t have to settle. Seattle is an amazing town, but there are some choices that are better than others–some locations that offer everything you could want, while others fall short.

 
The Emerald, a luxury high-rise apartment and condominium complex combines all of the things you’re looking for in one sleek package, making it the ideal living space for the Seattle lifestyle. The Emerald has been designed with one goal in mind: to make it the perfect living space for you. Here are just a few of the many benefits of living in The Emerald Seattle.
 
 

A Perfect Seattle Neighborhood
 

You don’t have to sacrifice neighborhood and amenities just because you’re living in one of the nicest, newest highrise condos in town. While you may think that such a building must have been built on the outskirts of Seattle, that couldn’t be farther from the truth–it’s right down in the cultural heart of the city. Located at Second and Stewart, you’re in the center of downtown Seattle, with all that has to offer, and you’re only one block from the iconic landmark that is Pike’s Place Market, with all that comes with it. Great restaurants, great fresh food, great cut flowers–and you’re only a walk up the hill from the waterfront, featuring everything from the aquarium to the ferries to fabulous oyster bars and The Old Curiosity Shop. Everything you’d want in a Seattle experience is right outside your door.
 

But that’s just in one direction! What about heading east? Coffee shops like Anchorhead Coffee and Victrola Coffee Roasters are just a quick walk into the city, and for fine dining try RN74 or Patagon–or a dozen other places within walking distance. This is a city designed for walking, and The Emerald Seattle is in the center hub of all the action.
 
 
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Nearby Attractions
 
With the views offered from your condo, you may never wish to leave it–breathtaking seascapes of Puget Sound on one side, and snow-capped mountains on the other: Mt. Ranier, the Cascades–you are in the center of a panorama of beauty. But should you wish to venture out and experience more of what the neighborhood has in store, you could do worse than to walk or bike to any of the clubs, cruises, tours, and concert venues. There’s always something to do around the city, whether that’s admiring the city from the Space Needle’s 520-foot high observation deck or catching a laser show at the Pacific Science Center. Brewery tours, cocktail cruises, and food married to music are all common fare for Downtown Seattle.
 
Whether you gravitate toward quiet nights on the Puget Sound or a rock concert with friends, a truly luxurious apartment keeps you close to the action you crave.
 
 

Ideal Commute
 
A person’s day-to-day commute is one of the most important factors when choosing a new place to live. The time you spend commuting can add up significantly over the year, so having that extra time to spend doing things you enjoy can make a surprising difference when you move to a better location.
 

With dozens of public transportation options, from light rail to buses and electric bikes, Downtown Seattle is an ideal place to live with various job opportunities, grocery stores and entertainment options in close proximity, regardless of whether or not you prefer to drive. For those with a permanent car-free lifestyle, various car-sharing options are easily accessible all-around town. At The Emerald, a luxury condo high-rise in Downtown Seattle, owners have instant access to carshare options through an exciting partnership with Envoy, an on-demand service offering electric Tesla Model S or X vehicles.
 
 
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Close to Nature
 
Despite being in an urban center, Downtown Seattle is unique in its proximity to a variety of incredible parks and a range of varying natural habitats.
 

The Puget Sound features Elliott Bay, where locals can go wildlife watching and kayaking to all sorts of sights and islands. There’s also the nearby Mt. Rainier where hikers, climbers and campers can enjoy the great outdoors.
 

Seattle itself features beautifully groomed parks with everything from Victorian-esque greenhouses to Japanese gardens. A cozy downtown location replete with a beautiful view of the bay and its twinkling piers at night is a feature you can only find with luxury options in Seattle.
 
 

Staying In
 
Let’s face it. We’ve just lived through a quarantine that has cooped us all up in our homes for months. Sometimes you can’t go to the restaurants or the waterfront. But what you can do is enjoy all of the amenities of a luxury condominium.
 

Aside from the magnificent vistas (viewable through floor-to-ceiling windows), the condos have so much more for those who are choosing to stay inside: custom wood cabinetry, quartz counter tops, Bosch appliances–refrigerators, cooktops, ovens, and dishwasher–and a Whirlpool washer and dryer. And our bathrooms are every bit as luxurious as the kitchen and living space.
 
 
The Emerald fitness
Beautiful Community Spaces
 
How much can you get out of a luxury apartment building’s community space? At The Emerald, the building features a full-floor rooftop amenity space, the Olympic Room, where owners have an unparalleled view of the city and bay while cooking at an outdoor grill surrounded by warm firepits. When comparing fitness areas, does the building provide the necessities to keep up your preferred healthy lifestyle? It’s much easier to stay fit in communities like The Emerald that feature a fitness center, yoga studio, and outdoor pet run.
 

The Emerald, Seattle’s newest and most luxurious buildings, has announced a partnership with Columbia Hospitality. This premier hospitality management group will ensure that the service level for all residents will exceed expectations. This award winning West Coast hospitality firm is recognized as a leading provider of incomparable concierge and property management services.
 
 
Reliable Security
 
Luxury locations also mean technology that can help keep your property safe. Buildings such as The Emerald offer Latch keyless entry systems, which use controls from a smartphone for secure and convenient access. 24/7 concierge service is also a true luxury to help you with concerns and services offered by your community. You can find all these features and more at The Emerald. For more information, feel free to visit our website or contact us today.

Downtown Seattle Neighborhoods with Luxury Apartments

Downtown Seattle Neighborhoods with Luxury Apartments and Condos

Luxury living in the Pacific Northwest has few equals, and there’s no better place to establish roots than right in the center of it all: downtown Seattle. With a quarter of a million residents and over 35,000 residents in downtown alone, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. In the 2010s, Seattle was one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and through the middle of the decade it sustained a growth rate of over two and three percent, making Seattle one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. In fact, WalletHub published a report last year naming Seattle among the Top 3 Best Big Cities to Live.

 
Downtown Seattle
 

As the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is home to dozens of luxury condo high rises. Whether you’re looking for a place in Belltown, Denny Triangle, the financial district, Pioneer Square, International District, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Queen Anne, or the western flank of First Hill west of Broadway, you have many options when it comes to luxury apartments in downtown Seattle. But not every neighborhood has the amenities and lifestyle you’d expect from a true luxury condo in Seattle.

 
 

Introducing The Emerald in the Pike Place Neighborhood

One crowning achievement in the highly desirable Pike Place Market neighborhood offers the latest and greatest in luxury living in the area with no compromises. Just blocks from the iconic Pike Place Market, where you can watch fishmongers throw the catch of the day in front of locals and tourists alike, sits The Emerald, a 40-story luxury condo building with residences featuring units listed at $500,000 reaching up to $10 million-dollar penthouses to delight even the most discerning buyer. With some of the best access to of the bustling nightlife and unique culture in the highly desirable downtown Seattle neighborhood, as well as breathtaking views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, The Emerald puts you just steps from the city’s best culinary and cultural destinations at Second and Stewart, which is definitively the epicenter of Seattle.

 
seattle emerald aerial
 

Unlike other Seattle luxury apartments and condos, inside buildings that are decades old, each of The Emerald’s residences are newly constructed, so you’ll get to experience true luxury living in your condo for the first time, without having to deal with someone else’s luxury leftovers. And with The Emerald’s rooftop retreats and various outdoor spaces that extend your home into a boundless luxurious experience, you’ll be able to entertain, take in the sights or just relax in the comfort of your downtown Seattle luxury escape, all without setting foot outside the building.

 

From the full-floor rooftop amenity space with indoor and outdoor lounges to catered media rooms and outdoor firepits with al fresco dining, you’ll find countless reasons to just stay in while the world bustles around you outside. Additionally, the building’s fitness center, open-air terraces and yoga studio means you can get a workout in at any time. When you decide to venture out, a 24/7 concierge and ground-floor retail — and countless other shops, restaurants and retail within blocks — means you don’t have to go far for the best that the city has to offer. If one you’d like to get out and explore greater Seattle over the weekend, The Emerald offers resident only on-demand electric Tesla Model X and Model S vehicles through a partnership with car-sharing company, Envoy. Clean, sleek and efficient vehicles will be there at the touch of a finger through the Envoy app. Additionally the Emerald has partnered with The Thompson Hotel to provide resident only benefits featuring discounts at the restaurants and bar, a special cocktail menu and discounts for hotel stays, parking, and more!

 
 

Owning At The Emerald

Dwell recently called The Emerald “the city’s most highly-anticipated condominium building” in “its beautiful surrounding landscape” and a “fundamental awareness and characteristics of the architectural design” that drives the overall design aesthetic. With only 262 residences, residences at Seattle’s defining address, The Emerald, are selling fast. It’s hard enough to find the perfect luxury apartment or condo in Seattle, much less have the opportunity to buy brand new. With unrivaled views and breathtaking amenity spaces, The Emerald puts you just blocks away from Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront, without the inherent risks of buying in an older building. Even if you’d prefer to stay home, your friends and family will appreciate the central location and copious amenities, never mind the meticulously designed and sprawling residences that give you privacy and quiet when you need it and an easy escape into a world of rich culture as soon as you exit this majestic building.

 
luxury condos in seattle
 

But don’t just take our word for it. Dujour recently profiled one of our stunning Pike Place listings, fawning over the latest $1.7 million condo listing and calling it a “stunning Seattle residence” inside the “tallest waterfront high rise on the west coast.” Aspire Design and Home devoted some coverage to The Emerald as well, discussing the challenges that went into what turned out to be a unique and picturesque design.

 

For more information or to schedule a virtual tour of The Emerald, please visit theemeraldseattle.com or call 206-453-6800. Remember to also follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @theemeraldseattle.

10 Beautiful Luxury Condos That Sold Last Year in Downtown Seattle

When you take breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and match that with easy access to Seattle’s world-class cuisine, exciting nightlife and rich culture, you get a unique urban lifestyle you just can’t replicate outside of the city. Seattle brings anew level of this urban experience with new high-rise living options across its many diverse downtown neighborhoods.
 

 
For those looking to call downtown home, now is the perfect time to buy a high-rise condo in Seattle. Interest rates remain at historical lows and high-end inventory is fast coming online, infusing the market with rare opportunities to own luxury residences in the Emerald City. Indeed, real estate moves fast here, with half of all homes listed receiving an offer in just nine days, so the time to act is now.
From sprawling penthouses to exciting new luxury towers, here are 10 of the most beautiful downtown Seattle condos that sold last year in downtown Seattle.

 

10. MARKETPLACE TOWER, 2033 1st Ave APT 3, Seattle, WA 98121
 
Sold at more than $9 million, this four bedroom, four-point-one bath property is one of seven condos in the Market Place Tower. With over 4,500 square feet of living space over two levels, this four-bedroom, five-bath home is positioned at the epicenter of it all, offering views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, as well as a 300-square-foot landscaped patio. This penthouse comes with private lobby access and a 24-hour live-in concierge.

 

9. LOEWS HOTEL CONDO, 1000 1st Ave UNIT 2400, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Sold for nearly $5 million in November of 2019, this 1st Avenue penthouse sits atop the Loews Hotel 1000, a beautiful staple of the Seattle skyline. With all the services and amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel, this abode stretches over three thousand square feet with two bedrooms and two-and-a-quarter bathrooms. With views of Puget Sound and Downtown Seattle from the open living spaces, four view decks bring you even closer to Seattle’s sights and sounds. Additionally, the hotel’s concierge, room service, valet parking, housekeeping and other services are all at your disposal.

 

8. FOUR SEASONS CONDO, 99 Union St UNIT 1201, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Sold at exactly $4 million in January of this year, this 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom and three-bath Four Seasons condo was a resale opportunity offering stone and wood finishes — and beautiful waterfront views. With the full support of the Four Seasons staff, this luxury Seattle condo comes with a 24-hour concierge, valet, security, room service, fitness center, housekeeping and an outdoor pool and spa.

 

7. MILLENNIUM TOWER, 715 2nd Ave APT 1804, Seattle, WA 98104
 
Listed in November, this unit was sold in December of 2019. Featured in Architectural Digest, this $2.9 million “Transparent Loft” sits as a testament to modern and minimalist luxury. Designed by architect Jim Olson, FAIA of Olson Kundig, this elemental and unpretentious condo features a mix of gorgeous materials, including terrazzo countertops, milestone floors and a glass-enclosed kitchen and master bath. Additionally, Italian Pedini cabinets and a Mcintosh entertainment system bring a dash of culture and elegance. Outside, a terrace equipped with an infrared grill provides seating for 10.

 

6. ESCALA, 1920 4th Ave APT 3102, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Sold in downtown Seattle, this spectacular top floor penthouse will run you a cool $9.9 million for three bedrooms and four baths in 4,522 square feet. A rare offering built in 2010, this penthouse has some of the best views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains in downtown Seattle. With custom finishes and features, this unit comes with 5 parking spaces and an unmatched level of luxury. The amenities don’t stop short there, this location also includes a 24-hour concierge, private spa, lap pool, gym, yoga studio, theater, and a catering kitchen.

 

5. MILLENNIUM TOWER: 801 2nd Ave N APT 401, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Another condominium sold at Millennium Tower, this meticulously designed condo sold for just under $2.5 million for two bedrooms and four baths in 2,700 square feet. Situated in the heart of downtown, this entertainer’s delight features 10′ ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and a timeless, Pacific Northwest-inspired design comprised of wood, stone, steel and glass. Surrounded by both old and new architecture and just blocks from the water, this residence provides privacy, comfort and security – all just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

 

4. FIFTEEN TWENTY_ONE: 1521 2nd Ave APT 1100, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Listed at $2.45 million, this unit sold just under $2.3 million in February 2020. This two-bedroom, two-bath loft is on the northwest corner home at the FIFTEEN TWENTY-ONE building. Located just blocks from waterfront park, offers views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, and directly overlooks Pike Place Market. With a master bedroom spa, open floor plan and a gourmet kitchen, this residence boasts a glass solarium complete with fireplace for those chilly Pacific nights.

 

3. LUMA, 1321 Seneca St #1407, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Sold in December 2019, this $1.1 million loft offers easy access to several restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and more. Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, this unit also comes equipped with one parking space and a utility storage. With over 1100 square feet, this plan is perfect for entertaining with a spacious kitchen including stainless steel appliances, gas stove and marble countertops. Luma offers many amenities including 24 hour concierge service, dog run, and secure access parking.

 

2. INSIGNIA CONDOS: 588 Bell St APT 3603, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Sold in January of 2020 for just over $1.3 million, this corner loft provides views of Lake Union, downtown and Puget Sound. With two bedrooms and two baths, this property features an open floor plan with a large great room. The tranquil views from the unit also come with some impressive amenities like a roof top sky lounge and plenty of storage.

 

1. THE EMERALD: 121 Stewart Street APT 3605, Seattle, WA 98101
 
Sold last July for nearly $4 million The Emerald began selling properties unlike any other starting with this 1600 square foot unit. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an open floor plan where you can see picturesque views of the city from anywhere in the unit. Amenities here simply don’t fall short, The Emerald offers rooftop retreats and outdoor spaces that transform home into an experience. Utilize unmatched amenities such as the resident media room, catering kitchen, resident guest suite, fitness center, outdoor pet run and on demand luxury electric vehicle car share for the convenience of everyday living. As one of the newest and most impressive additions to the Seattle skyline, The Emerald is Seattle’s defining address. Situated at the coveted location on 2ndnd Avenue and Stewart Street, The Emerald is perfectly positioned in downtown Seattle with expansive views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, and more.

 

With 4 tiers of luxury lofts available at The Emerald, you are sure to find an ideal home to suit your needs and wants. Starting with the City Collection on floors 4-16, offering styled and smart homes with refined finishes and open floor plans. Then the Panoramic Collection which occupies the middle and upper floors of the tower, floors 17-38, are filled with incredible views that look across the entire city. From Puget Sound to the islands, and mountain ranges beyond. The next exclusive set features the Penthouse Collection, floors 34-37, which are The Emerald’s most elevated and luxurious homes. The top floors of the building have been reserved for these spacious residences which offer the largest floor plans, upgraded finishes and appliances, as well as the most breathtaking and uninterrupted views of Seattle. Lastly, the Premier Penthouse Collection, boasts two exclusive units that offer the most spacious and dramatic views The Emerald has to offer. Both with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms at well over 3500 square feet, this collection is the picture of elegance and tranquility.

 

All just one block from Pike Place Market and the Seattle waterfront. You can own an iconic piece of Seattle’s skyline in a brand new, modern building that’s perfectly set for the future yet grounded in the here and now. At 40 stories, The Emerald towers over the surrounding buildings, giving you great views and vantage points of all downtown Seattle. The Emerald, unlike other properties, truly brings the concept of “downtown Seattle living” to life.

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