Northwest Classifieds

The Vine

Northwest Classifieds: New Homes

November, 2002

Belltown condos earning national recognition

Seattle – The Vine, a newly completed, 174-unit luxury condominium in Belltown is in the running for eight national awards, including the top honor of “Attached Community of the Year”, as judged by The Nationals, a division of the National Association of Home Builders. “I’m not surprised really”, Community Sales Manager Jak Kaiser says. “With nearly 50 percent of our homes already occupied, I see homeowners enjoy the benefits of urban living every day. For them – and many others soon to move in – the real reward is actually living here. Residents at The Vine share a quality of lifestyle that is truly world-class.” Asked what it took to be considered “Community of the Year,” Chef Concierge Kirk Anderson says: “It must be the service of course.” “Our homeowners have access to numerous in-building amenities and the best that Belltown and downtown Seattle offers. Whether it’s as simple as providing drop-off dry cleaning, house keeping services or securing tough-to-get reservations at local restaurants – I make it all happen.” Anderson knows all about top level service. A member of Seattle’s famed Concierge Guild, Anderson is the former concierge for the exclusive Columbia Tower Club serving Seattle’s elite business professionals. Still more honors have been bestowed upon The Vine and to those who surround it. Interior designer Garret Cord Werner of Ledingham Design Consultants, In. was recently awarded Best Retail Space for the Sales Gallery at The Vine as well as Best Entire Home (Werner’s third year in a row) from the Pacific Northwest Interior Design Awards.
Werner partnered with multiple furniture showrooms to produce the seven unique model homes the host the Urban Home Tour, happening now at The Vine. With many design ideas showcased, those looking to create the ultimate urban cocoon can access Werner under a Preferred Buyer Program for home personalization. “The (model) homes at The Vine explore a myriad of urban lifestyles through design,” Werner says. “It’s a great way for condo buyers to sample city living.” It’s not just the judges that love The Vine – savvy homebuyers are snapping up the units fast with 18 sales in the last 30 days alone. “Strong sales are the ultimate honor,” Kaiser says. “Interest rates are at historically low levels and many renters are choosing to invest and enjoy the tax benefits,” says Real estate economist Matthew Gardner of Gardner Johnson, LLC. “Empty nesters are buying for lifestyle – they want to be closer to the action. Many sell their homes with enough equity to buy a second home somewhere warm or pursue other interests. “Additionally, move-up buyers are converging in desirable neighborhoods like Belltown, whereas a few years ago they were priced out of that market. Once thing is common: all buyer types are taking advantage the impressive value available today.” Many “new-be” urbanites have made Belltown among the most cosmopolitan neighborhoods on the West Coast, boasting many exceptional restaurants, clubs and boutique shops. “These communities create their own economy,” Gardner says.