Downtown Seattle Steadily Attracting New Residents

downtown condo1The Downtown Seattle Association held its state of downtown economic forum yesterday, and one of the major takeaways of their economic report was that the state of the downtown housing market is strong. Not only are increasing numbers of people calling downtown home – 16 percent of Seattle’s total population growth between 2010 and 2014 happened downtown – but more and more of them have families, with the number of children living downtown having increased by 17 percent since 2010. Overall, downtown residents tend to be younger, more well-educated, and more likely to live in a single-person household than the rest of Seattle as a whole.

Though only two condominium projects are currently under construction downtown, 3,089 residential units (the majority of which are apartments) are set to be in the construction phase in 2015, with 2,642 more in the works for 2016. Currently, the majority of apartment units downtown are small – an average of 638 square feet – but with the influx of families we could see a trend toward larger two- and three-bedroom units.

Overall, it’s going to cost you more on average to rent downtown compared to other areas of the city. Average rent downtown in 2014 was $1,904 per month, whereas the average for Seattle as a whole was significantly lower at $1,485 per month. Similarly, the median price for condos downtown stood at $409,500, a staggering 40 percent higher than the $292,500 median price for condos in the city of Seattle as a whole. Despite the relatively high prices, the vacancy rate remains under 4 percent. Visit the DSA website to read the economic report in its entirety.

If you are interested in renting or buying a home in Downtown Seattle, contact your local real estate agent today!

Holland Development Plans Huge High Rise on 9th & Pine

If you’ve always dreamed of living in the highest high rise apartment building in Seattle you’re in luck…. Holland Development is planning the construction for your new humble abode right now! According to a report today in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce,  Holland is preparing to start construction on what will soon be noted as Seattle’s tallest apartment tower. The building will sit on the Southwest corner of 9th & Pine just West of the Paramount Theater and will stand nearly 40 feet taller than the nearby Aspira building. The building is planned to be 440 feet tall, with 386 units and 269 parking stalls. While this might seem like a hefty project for Holland Development by itself, they also have 6 other projects in the works and will be responsible for putting 1,400 new apartment units downtown. For more information on the project please visit the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Second & Seneca Building Sold at a Fraction of the Cost

The signature blue domed 2nd and Seneca building  in Downtown Seattle, has been sold for 19% less than what it cost five years ago. According to county records, A San Francisco based Real Estate investment company picked up the building from Tishman Speyer of New York for $186 million. Tishman had payed $230 million for the building in 2007, just around the peak of the commercial real estate boom. Washington Mutual had occupied roughly 16% of the building previously, and when they failed to make ends meet, the cost of rent went up and vacancies went way down.

The building’s value was once way lower than Tishman’s $175 mortgage, but they were able to modify the debt in 2010. Despite the low price tag, the sale was actually King county’s biggest real estate transaction since 1918 8th Ave. last August, another downtown office building sold for $350 million. At this time, the Second & Seneca building currently has vacancies available.