Autumn Agenda: Fall in Love with Seattle

Fall in love with Seattle, steps from home. Autumn is in the air, the leaves are changing and Seattle is wide open. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle’s new waterfront, and close to all the action. Start exploring the best of the season with these local to-do’s.

 

 

Catch a concert at Pier 62. Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Pier Sounds, a concert series featuring regional bands and artists including The Black TonesD’Vonne Lewis and Friendz, Lady A, and Tiffany Wilson. Enjoy live music, local food trucks, a beer garden, and all the sights and sounds of Seattle’s waterfront on October 2, 9 + 16.

 

Meet a friend in the Underwater Dome at the Seattle Aquarium. Step through a short tunnel and into this one-of-a-kind undersea dome with a 360-degree view into a 400,000-gallon habitat, filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. You’ll experience a beautiful, ever-changing snapshot of life in Puget Sound. See schools of silvery, open-water salmon flash in the filtered light from above. The aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance to enhance the visitor experience. Want to venture out? Join the Seattle Aquarium at five locations along the Cedar River this October. Trained naturalists will be on-site to help you spot spawning salmon and learn about the things we can all do to help them. Dates include October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 11am to 4pm.

 

Experience the Grand Opening of the most sustainable arena in the world – a short bike ride from The Emerald. On October 22, the Climate Pledge Arena will host the seven-time Grammy award-winning band, Coldplay. Plan to catch a Kraken game this season and cheer on our local hockey team. Just over a mile from The Emerald, getting there is easy! For most major events they’ll have a bike valet for convenient and safe bike storage, 3 parking garages located on Seattle Center Campus, and you can also hop on the Metro and be there in 20 minutes.

 

Taste the best of Seattle during Seattle Restaurant Week. SRA runs from October 24 – November 6 and will be offering special menus to include $20 lunches, $35 and/or $50 dinners. Indulge in nearby specials like beer and burger pairings from Pike Brewing Company, the 3 course surf-n-turf special at Wasabi Sushi & Izakaya, and a 3 course menu featuring fall flavors from Chef Potvin at the Le Igloo @ Maximilien – all within a few minutes from The Emerald.

 

Toast to autumn atop it all at Smith Tower Observatory. Less than a mile from The Emerald, you can experience the iconic, world-famous observatory with its historic exhibits, Otis elevators, stunning 360-degree views of Seattle, and open-air viewing deck. Order the new fall special Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) Martini at the thirty-fifth-floor bar as you explore the intriguing menu and amazing views. Tip: Grab a ‘Straight Up By Night’ ticket available at the door Wednesday – Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Emerald has partnered with award-winning Columbia Hospitality to provide highly personalized concierge services and premier hospitality. One of the unique perks of this program is an exclusive discount admission to the iconic Smith Tower Observatory, which includes a ride in the historic Otis elevator to the thirty-fifth floor, where you can enjoy an exciting menu of local cuisine, craft cocktails, a pinch of Prohibition and some truly amazing views.

 

Enjoy a fall bike ride from The Emerald. Layer up and pop over to Olympic Sculpture Park. Start your journey by spying the Seattle fall foliage unfolding, then follow the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park as you try to spot eagles, gulls, and crows. Continue through Centennial Park as you take in views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains. Pedal all the way to Elliott Bay Marina at Smith Cove Park, which is a great spot to take in fall colors where crimson trees are brilliant against the turquoise waters and Seattle’s skyline shines.

 

Dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course dinner including prawn cocktail and grilled salmon paired with views of the Puget Sound. While it’s a nice walk from our doorstep, if you opt to drive or Envoy There, you’ll receive 3-hour parking vouchers for the Pike Place Parking Garage upon arrival. Make your reservations here and pre-order a bottle of wine here.

 

Make it a Market Day. There’s no better time than autumn to head to Pike Place Public Market and grab a Pike Place chowder bowl. Spend a day shopping for fall flavored treats and picking your favorite fall stems. From sunflowers and dahlias to new dried floral arrangements, Pike Place is the perfect spot to find bouquets to warm your home. Plus, for the very first time, visitors can grab food or drinks from 30+ eateries and restaurants at the market to enjoy in two new public seating areas on Pike Street and Pike Place. The MarketFront sundeck is a great spot to take in the waterfront views.

 

Keep your eyes open for the 2021 Elliott Bay Oyster New Year announcement and tickets. Every year, Elliott’s, a seafood mainstay in Seattle for over 40 years, has donated proceeds from its Oyster New Year bash to the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) and we’re looking forward to ringing it all in with our waterfront neighbor.

 

There’s no better spot to enjoy the best of Seattle. Take advantage of The Emerald’s incredible location by finding your move-in-ready home today and start exploring what each season offers, just steps from your front door. Visit theemeraldseattle.com to schedule your tour.

 

Image credit: Paul Emery

The Emerald Reaches 50 Percent Sold

Downtown living is here to stay! On the heels of reaching the significant sales milestone of over 50 percent sold at The Emerald comes the news that downtown Seattle’s population has rebounded. The population of downtown Seattle hit a new high in 2021, as did downtown apartment occupancy, according to data featured in a new report from the Downtown Seattle Association.

 

 

“I think in many ways we overstated the impact of the pandemic on people’s behaviors and preferences, that have been trending toward urban places and walkability,” said Jon Scholes, president of DSA. “I’m not surprised by the data, frankly.” Both downtown Seattle apartment occupancy as well as rents have hit all-time highs in second quarter of 2021. The appeal of city living isn’t so easily snuffed out, according to the Seattle Times article. The growth of greater downtown has been remarkable over the past decade. ESRI’s estimates show the population has increased by 60% since 2010, when the population was just 62,000.

 

Despite the news that Amazon will delay its return to work until 2022, downtown Seattle sales continue to be swift. Following record sales with a successful first-half of 2021, totaling $50M in sales in the first two quarters of this year alone, The Emerald’s continued transaction velocity confirms its position as the city’s fastest selling and most attractive downtown residential high-rise available to buyers in today’s current market, as recently reported this update on The Registry Pacific Northwest Real Estate.

 

“The Emerald represents the very best of what Seattle has to offer,” said Dehlan Gwo, Director of Marketing and Sales for Create World Real Estate, developer of The Emerald. “Our buyers are purchasing a timeless piece of the city and are eager to plant their roots in the heart of our thriving downtown. We look forward to continue leading downtown’s revival and excited for our new owners to call Seattle’s waterfront home.”

 

The Emerald’s remaining private residences comprise a variety of floor plans including studios-, one-, two- and one-bedrooms with dens starting from $434,000. Featuring the finest finishes, residences offer wide-plank European White Oak hardwood flooring, custom wood cabinetry with integrated lighting, and quartz counter tops. Residences also include spacious walk-in closets, Latch touchless and keyless entry technology for seamless and secure access, and floor-to-ceiling glass window allowing abundant natural light and incredible views.

 

 

The Emerald is also currently selling its exclusive 22-residence penthouse collection offering two-, three, and four-bedroom single-story residences up to ~3,948 square feet ranging from $3M to $10.9M. Located on the uppermost residential floors 34 through 38, each penthouse boasts over 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-selected premium materials including natural stone slab countertops and backsplash, natural stone floors, and custom wood cabinetry with integrated lighting. Kitchens come fully equipped with appliances by Miele including a premium refrigerator with custom panelized door, gas cooktop, black and stainless-steel wall oven and top-performing dishwasher with custom panelized door. Thoughtfully designed bathroom suites feature natural stone, radiant heated flooring, and full-height natural stone showers with glass enclosures. Top-of-the-line fixtures include cutting-edge Dornbracht polished chrome bath and shower fittings alongside custom wood cabinetry and sleek Kohler soaking bathtubs.

  

“The Emerald has experienced incredible interest both locally and nationally from buyers seeking pied-à-terre to first time homebuyers,” said Josh Nasvik, Managing Director at Polaris Pacific, The Emerald’s sales and marketing team. “Downtown Seattle continues to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods for luxury condominiums in Seattle and has proven to be a resilient market in the past year. We celebrate this momentous sales milestone which signals the comeback of downtown as people recognize that now is the time reinvest in the city.”

 

Located at Second and Stewart, The Emerald offers in-person or virtual tours of its eight new model homes in downtown Seattle, schedule yours today by contacting us at https://theemeraldseattle.com or call 206-429-8903.

Envoy Emerald Partnership

Own at The Emerald, get a Tesla. Residents of The Emerald will have access to one Tesla Model S and one Model X conveniently located on property to book out for a few minutes, hours or days. These luxury models by Tesla set an industry standard for performance and safety. Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions – with go anywhere range, and Tesla’s immense Supercharger network – allowing drivers access to the mountains, beach, and beyond. The Model X, Tesla’s luxury SUV is equipped with automated doors including the eye-catching falcon wing back doors allowing for easier accessibility to back seats. The touch screen on Teslas operate almost everything on the vehicle including navigation that finds charging stations along your route, and instructions of how long to charge to reach your destination. With the option of the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV, you have two great vehicle choices to fit your trip needs.

 

 

These days (more than ever), residents are looking for ways to reduce their cost of living. Envoy electric car sharing is more affordable than owning and maintaining a vehicle. Before the pandemic, personally-owned vehicles sat unused 95% of the time on average. Now that so many are working from home or unemployed, that % is much higher. Why own a car for it to just sit there? With Envoy, you can have a Tesla when you want it, and don’t have to pay for it or worry about it when you don’t need it. Insurance and customer support are included and there’s no need for gas.

 

The Emerald Homeowner, Sandy Roberts had this to say about the Envoy car-share partnership: “Although our location offers incredible access, Kimberly and I do enjoy renting a car and getting out of the city once in a while. It’s fantastic that The Emerald has partnered with Envoy, providing instant on-demand access to energy-efficient Teslas right through the app.”

 

When using Envoy, riders are most surprised to find how awesome electric cars are. 75% of our drivers have never driven an EV before. They quickly realize how fun they are to drive – from quick acceleration to the serine quietness of an electric motor, they’re blown away by the whole experience. Tesla’s especially have a specific draw – they’re gorgeous, full of cool technology, and have un-matched acceleration. Not to mention their fun, “Easter Eggs”, said Envoy’s Drew Hopkins.

 

Go behind-the-scenes to get more details on the exclusive partnership with Emerald owners, sustainability features, safety measures, success stories and more! Read the interview with Drew Hopkins, Chief Growth Officer of Envoy:

 

How easy is it to book a car with the Envoy mobility app?

The goal of Envoy is total simplicity. When you need a car, it’s ready for you. When you don’t need it, you don’t have to think about it. No car payments, no buying gas, no insurance, no maintenance, no cleaning… Just a sweet ride to get you where you want to go whenever you want it. Download the app, upload your driver’s license and credit card, ask property management for access code, and book a Tesla for minutes, hours, or days! (Residents can enjoy a video demo here).

 

What are the top four reasons residents use Envoy?

Running errands, going to the doctor’s office, visiting or picking up loved ones and sightseeing/getting out of town.

 

Are you able to describe the new sanitary and safety measures that have been introduced to the Envoy program at The Emerald?

Our vehicle maintenance partners AndGo by Goodyear and Simply Clean have enhanced their sanitization efforts, both in frequency and procedures. They’re using an industrial-strength sanitization solution on the interior/exterior “touch” surfaces of Envoy vehicles. All staff members have been trained on proper safety protocols including wearing appropriate protective gear. Since Envoy vehicles are exclusively for you and your neighbors, we encourage our members to Be a Good Neighbor and follow CDC guidelines to keep us safe. We also offer wipe stations for properties to put near the vehicles if they choose. Our Envoy drivers have made it clear to us that they find Envoy to feel safer than other transportation options available during this unique time. They don’t have to be in the same vehicle as a driver or other members of the public on the train, they see our maintenance partners on site frequently cleaning the vehicles, they’re familiar with the cars as they’re using the same vehicle daily, and they can wipe down the car before and after. If we all do a little, we can drive a lot of fun.

 

Envoy has been a huge support to first responders in Seattle. What have you witnessed among those using Envoy to Do Good?

Surveys to Envoy drivers has shown that not only are our members relying on Envoy during this difficult time, the service has become essential to their everyday lives. From getting groceries, going to the doctor, visiting loved ones, or escaping the city for some fresh air, Envoy vehicles have been the safe option getting residents where they need to go. During this pandemic, we’ve donated hundreds of hours of free drive time for members to get their essentials, volunteer for charities, or make a little side money driving for the gig economy. 

 

Rising above an iconic downtown address at Second and Stewart in downtown Seattle steps from the waterfront, The Emerald brings a new level of luxury living. From curated meals at the Thompson Seattle to on-demand Tesla X and S, the residents of this stunning property have more perks than one could wish for. Explore the amenities and partnerships.

Make it A Market Day with Insider Tips

The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market. Pike Place offers nine-acres of world-class shopping, fine dining, fresh ingredients and more. The Market is made up of 500+ small businesses. Whether you visit The Market daily or have never been, you are sure to discover something new.

 

 

Pike Place Market Foundation nurtures a thriving Market and community. Established in 1982 to uplift the charter of Pike Place Market, the foundation partners with, as well as operates and sustains, a network of programs and services to support residents, workers, families and neighbors of the most famous market on the West Coast. As the person who knows the famous market better than most, the foundation’s Executive Director Lillian Sherman gives us the inside scoop on her favorite summer happenings at the Market including Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market, Unexpected Productions, and Eighth Generation. Peruse more tips for making the best of a trip to nearby Pike Place Market.

 

Unexpected Productions. Seattle’s longest running improv theater, the Theatre Sports Improv show is great for a laugh at The Market Theatre and right next to the famous Gum Wall. Every Friday and Saturday catch Theatresports. Based on audience suggestions, two teams of incredible improvisers rumble, creating exciting fast-paced improv games, hilarious stories, scenes, and songs right on the spot and in the moment. Boo the judges as they award points to each team. At the end of the night, one team is declared a winner, the audience member with the suggestion walks out with a prize.

 

8th Generation. These inspired natives — not “native inspired” — recently reopened their store at Pike Place Market. Eighth Generation provides a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art and products through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products. Look for the neon hummingbird!

 

The Can Can Culinary Cabaret. Can Can returns with a 2-month festival of glitter, gowns, and glamour in an all-new home – just down Post Alley from Can Can’s infamous, former, secret underground lair. Glitter Gala runs from August 5 – September 26. Tickets will be in high demand!

 

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market. On August 20, the Party of the Summer is back and reimagined! Marking its 25th year, the outdoor dining event allows attendees to support and taste bites and sips from a wide variety of Seattle restaurants, breweries, and distilleries. The evening celebrates the 114th Anniversary of Pike Place Market and raises funds for Pike Place Market Foundation’s Recovery Fund.

 

Pasta Casalinga. One of the best places for Italian in Seattle, this favorite spot includes handmade pasta dishes that transport you to Italy with fresh Market ingredients mixed in. Lillian loves their “Everyday” dish, Lasagna alla Boscaiola. Open Thu – Sun from 11am to 4:45pm.

 

Sosio’s Produce. Grab fresh produce from Sosio’s Produce. This is the oldest produce stand at The Market and Mike is a wealth of knowledge about what’s in-season and best to accompany any meal. Monday-Saturday 5:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 5:00am-5:00pm.

 

In addition to the above top picks, keep your eyes open for exciting things at The Market including the Market to Table Tour complete with cooking classes and dining in front of Pike Place Market’s iconic Public Market Center Clock and Sign. For the very first time, visitors can grab food or drinks from any of the 30+ eateries and restaurants to enjoy in two new public seating areas on Pike Street and Pike Place. The new seating areas include wooden picnic tables, umbrellas and are sectioned off with white fencing. Both seating areas are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will remain open through Labor Day weekend.

 

When you shop The Market, you are supporting generations of families and local business owners, so shop, eat and support local just outside your doors at The Emerald.

The Beach, The Islands, You Can Ferry There

Above the City. Beside the Water. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle with Elliott Bay just steps away from your front door – all highlighted by the new waterfront redevelopment and its reimagined plazas, parks and paths that will connect the city and the Sound like never before. Venturing out along the water is easy from our iconic downtown address. Hop on a ferry today and start exploring these nearby destinations:

 


Alki Beach.
Throw on your sunglasses, grab a towel, some roller skates and go. Enjoy a ride across Elliott Bay on the West Seattle Water Taxi from nearby Pier 50 to spend a day at the beach. Reserve your spot at Salty’s Seafood to catch a sunset with sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. Start your meal with the Seafood Chowder and make sure to round it out with the White Chocolate Mousse Cake. The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle with easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach with fire rings and spots to play volleyball, plus fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue. You’ll be Alki Beach dreaming after your visit.

 

“I love Salty’s. Excellent food, excellent service, fun decor, giant pepper grinders and great location with views of the sound with the city in the distance! The prawn cocktail is amazing with more prawns than most shrimp cocktails. The fresh steamed clams in wine broth. Mmmmm. You can’t go wrong at Salty’s.” – Tony B., Yelp

 

Wine Night Monday. Enjoy Pacific Northwest wines at a 50% discount.

Family Night. Every Monday and Tuesday you can enjoy Salty’s 3 courses for $35.

Shuck 2021. 1 Buck Shucked Oysters, 3 Buck Bubbles, and 4 Buck Beers every Thursday.

 

 

Bainbridge Island. The Pacific Northwest beauty of a Bainbridge Island ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle is stunning, but the destination this ferry ride grants you is even better. This easy escape from the city offers up opportunity to unplug with scenic vistas, beautiful trails, ultra-local wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Walk the waterfront. Bainbridge Island has many trails and narrow neighborhood roads, which are good for walking. Two of the best universal access paths are Battle Point Park with 90.3 acres of open space and Fort Ward State Park.

 

Wine tasting. Bainbridge Vineyards specializes in delicate award-winning white wines, grown in the Puget Sound AVA, producing 1,200 cases of wine annually exclusively from their certified organic estate vineyards. Open for tasting and sales Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. There are several other wineries on the island that are also excellent.

 

Shop around. Packed with small town charm and a short walk from the ferry you’ll enjoy a diverse selection of locally owned shops and restaurants offering something for everyone in the charming Downtown district.

 

Visiting the island you’re sure to find vibrant culture that’s alive with art, festivals, culinary events and island-wide celebrations including First Fridays Art Walk, Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Parks, and more.

 

Want a little expert help exploring the island? Peruse a variety of tours offered from food and wine, to beer and spirits, to history and hiking the great outdoors. There’s so much to see and taste on Bainbridge!

 

Vacation vibes are never far from The Emerald. With easy access to Seattle’s waterfront and Washington State Ferries, the adventure begins right outside your doorstep. Show us your favorite Seattle spots on social, join us on Instagram @theemeraldseattle. Share tips with neighbors by tagging us in your favorite photos.

A Day in the Life with Brooke

Seattle’s defining address is right here and we’re looking forward to showing you around our walkable waterfront location in downtown Seattle at Second and Stewart. From daily conveniences and some of our favorite finds just steps from your door at The Emerald to day trips from the nearby Seattle Ferry Terminal, Brooke Kavieff is taking you on a tour.

 

 

Find out little known facts about our neighbors at Pike Place Public Market, peruse the freshest flowers with tips from local farmers, sip secret menu cocktails atop The Nest rooftop as part of an Emerald perk, and take a ride in the fleet of onsite Tesla carshare vehicles. Tune into the new series called ‘A Day in the Life with Brooke’ hosted on The Emerald’s IGTV channel. Hop on Instagram @theemeraldseattle as Brooke showcases a million little reasons you’ll love calling this location home.

 

In the first episode, Brooke walks us from The Emerald to Pike Place Market where she takes you inside Michou Deli.  Located at the north end of the Market, north of Stewart on Pike Place, for 20-years this has been a favorite take-out spot to grab a picnic lunch and enjoy a nice day outdoors in Seattle.  Awarded three Seattle’s Best Place Awards and Citysearch’s Best Takeout Award, plus featured in Seattle Magazine’s “Best Takeout” issue as well as listed in several national and international dining guides, there’s no better spot to grab and go! Don’t forget to order the lunch special to get your Zeppole! Now for the best spots to enjoy some Seattle sunshine at the Market, follow Brooke for a peek inside the Secret Garden and the backside of the Market. Did you know? Pike Place is home to over 500 residents many of whom are low-income and it has a Food Bank that serves over 1,000 people weekly! Rachel the Pig is a great spot for selfies, but it also serves as an actual piggy bank where donations go to social services. Plus, The Atrium is a great spot to grab a Pop-up breakfast on a Friday and for each meal you purchase, they give a meal to someone in need. As you enjoy the stroll, don’t miss the art! You may just find yourself inspired.

 

Watch the video and be sure to login into Instagram and follow us @theemeraldseattle to catch more of Brooke’s new series: A Day in the Life on IGTV, we’re launch new episodes soon. We hope you enjoy our new series. Have a request? DM us on Instagram and let us know where you think ‘A Day in the Life with Brooke’ should visit next!