One of the most hotly-anticipated developments about to sprout up in Downtown Seattle is Nexus, which broke ground Tuesday in the Denny Triangle area at Howell and Minor.
After the sale of the last unit in the Insignia earlier this month, the Nexus represents the next batch of downtown real estate. And while the 41-story tower won’t be completed until 2019, prospective buyers lined up around the block for a presale event this past June.
The Burrard Group development, designed by Weber Thompson, seeks to be on the cutting edge of what people look for in a central, dense, community. The term “vertical village” came up often as Curbed Seattle spoke with Dean Jones, Owner and CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, the group handling project marketing and sales.
With a best-of pack of pretty much all the amenities of luxury, downtown condos—expansive coworking spaces, a dog run, a yoga room, a shared penthouse and roof deck—vertical village seems apt.
Jones gave us a tour of the two bedroom model unit in the Belltown Sales Center, which fully integrates smart home technology with a system Burrard is calling Xen. Using Amazon’s Alexa system and other home automation tools, Xen can implement day and night modes—including opening and closing the blinds. One of the model’s settings is even “date night,” which closes the blinds, dims the lights, and turns on music.
Xen also integrates with the social calendar of the building, and even into the home’s smart locks.
The model has 1099 square feet, on the small side for a two bedroom—so it features customization options geared toward small space flexibility, like a kitchen island that can either be installed with electricity, or put on casters with or without junction boxes in the floor and overhead for lights.
In the spare bedroom, a desk and shelf converts to a Murphy bed—keeping the knick knacks on the shelf intact. (See it in action on Seattle Refined.)
Appliances and storage are thoughtfully built-in—drawers are installed directly under sinks instead of false panels. The dishwasher and microwave are built into the cabinets. Hallway space is kept to a minimum, and features like slightly higher ceilings and the occasional sliding barn door keeps the unit from feeling too cramped.
Unit prices will range from below $500,000 to around $3 million. Units started going live on NWMLS on Wednesday; public sales officially start Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m.