Sales Manager at The Emerald, Henry Lee has called Hong Kong, San Francisco and Seattle home. Formerly a marathon runner (which he hopes to pick back up again soon), Henry has called Seattle home for nearly 3-years describing it as lush, boundless and nuanced. With 14 years in real estate and an extensive background in new construction and development sales spanning 10 years, Henry adds The Emerald as a crown jewel on his list of properties. He’s thrilled to be a part of the team at The Emerald adding to the downtown Seattle skyline just steps from its dynamic waterfront. Go behind-the-scenes with Henry as he shares what sets this property apart, thoughtful architectural details, his favorite views at The Emerald, and even his favorite bite on-the-go in the neighborhood.
What’s been the biggest draw to The Emerald?
Our location. Being at the doorstep of the iconic Pike Place Market, The Emerald is the “Seattle address” you want to be at in the Pacific Northwest. The best part about the location of The Emerald is that it’s within a 5-10-minute walk to everything, including the waterfront, Pike Place Market, downtown light rail station, shopping hub, financial district, Amazon campus, museums and theaters, bars and restaurants, grocery stores and more. We’re located a 5 to 15-minute walk from the tech hub in South Lake Union, the Seattle Financial District, and the Art and Design District, so we have a diverse group of buyers working in tech, finance, legal, medical, arts.
What amenity are you most looking forward to being realized to enjoy?
The City View Room is one of my favorite spaces at The Emerald. With the open kitchen layout, I can easily imagine hosting dinners with my friends in the future. Everyone will enjoy a backdrop of the panoramic view from iconic Pike Place Market and waterfront to the Financial District including the Smith Tower! The Olympic Room on the top floor definitely features my favorite views from the building, especially during sunset, with a 270-degree view of the sound, financial district, Mount Rainier and the Olympic mountains.
If you were to describe The Emerald in 5 words, what words would you choose?
…jewel, sparkling, elevated, sophisticated and timeless
What people are most surprised to learn about the architecture at The Emerald?
Because of the shape of our building, we offer plenty of creative floorplans with maximized views, which cater to different needs of future homeowners. Also, we only have a maximum of eight residences per floor to enhance the privacy of neighbors.
What’s one of your favorite neighborhood lunch spots to order out?
My favorite nearby spot to grab a bite on the go is H-Mart next door for some Korean bulgogi.
What kinds of trends are you seeing in buyer’s home search currently?
Buyers are actively seeking out separate work spaces and dens at home, 9-feet-plus ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural light. Also, smart tech features and fixtures used in design are on the list – our three-function Latch door lock system with built-in cameras continues to be a popular feature among homebuyers.
The Emerald is open, offering on-site and virtual tours of eight new model homes and our recently unveiled 40th-floor Veranda and rooftop amenity space. Schedule your personal tour to be among the first to step onto The Emerald Veranda and experience an outdoor lounge with chef-grade barbecues, lounge seating, dining tables, outdoor firepit, fireplace, outdoor TVs and heaters, and incredible views day and night.