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Arch.itect.us: architecture from the edge….

Complex Modern Penthouse Offering Panoramic Views Over Mexico City

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Not too long ago, we published a gallery depicting a penthouse design by Archetonic, a project where lightweight geometry was the key of a clean, modern design scheme. Today we would like to present another project from the same architecture firm. Penthouse Diamante is located in Mexico City, Mexico and displays a contemporary style with simple lines and seemingly floating furniture units. According to the architects, the core design concept was entirely related to spaciousness, creating naturally lit functional zones and a good level of connectivity.
design modern residenceThe layout of this apartment in Mexico city was planned in close relationship with the modern living needs of the inhabitants, while aiming for an optimum indoor-outdoor link: “The lower floor of the project is designed for public, family areas: an entrance lobby, games room, study, living and dining room, visitors’ washroom, kitchen and a terrace. A wooden deck was installed on the terrace, combining with the outdoor furniture to create a comfortable space with 360 degree views over the city. The private rooms are placed on the upper floor: a family TV room, three junior bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and closet, and a master suite with an antechamber and enormous dressing room/bathroom with expansive views over the city.” [Photography by Rafael Gamo]
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Colorful and Inviting “Apartment V01″ Merging Fresh Design Solutions

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Merging color with fresh design solutions, dontDIY completed the design of Apartment V01, a lively home located in an old central building in Sofia, Bulgaria. The main purpose of the project was to maximize the amount of natural light inside the rooms and to create overall comfortable living conditions. Creative storage ideas can be spotted throughout the apartment; even the built-in kitchen can be hidden behind white sliding doors made from plywood, thus visually enhancing the living room.
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The social area is colorful, friendly and filled with inspiring elements: “A small fireplace is built-in into a large white cabinet situated along the darkest wall of the room which also accommodates the refrigerator and the air-conditioning unit. In the middle of the living room one finds a bespoke plywood table which serves as a dining table or a working desk. A light blue Scandinavian sofa is lying in front of an exposed brick wall painted white in front of the picture window, while a black rotating Jean Prouve Vitra lighting fixture hovers over the sofa. The white wall in front of the seating area serves as a projection screen.” See any other details you find captivating? [Photos by Asen Emilov]
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Bookshelves Throughout Define the Fascinating Library House in Portland

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Jessica Helgerson completed the development of the Library House, an inspirational private refuge in Oregon, USA. This project was a complete remodel plus an addition to a small structure which was originally the public library in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. Many aspects of the design are fairly traditional, in keeping with the vintage of the house, but with very modern pieces layered on: “We were struck by how lovely the volume of the old library was, and decided to keep the big open space to house a great room, with kitchen, dining and living areas. We enclosed the open front porch to create an entry and powder room, and added on to the side of the building to create two small bedrooms and a new bathroom”, the designer explained.

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In keeping with the theme of the original library, the designer added bookshelves throughout; they define the entry, flank both sides of the great room, and surround the little desk in the guest bedroom. Since the volume of the main space was so tall, library ladders at both ends of the room were integrated to provide access to the tall shelves. Because of the tight lot, the bedrooms needed to be quite small so the designer built in useful cabinetry wherever possible, including around and under the bed. A warm palette of jewel-toned color is introduced in the furnishings and art, which include paintings by Portland artists Anya Spielman and Jocelyn Rahm. [Photos and information courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design]

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“ASH+ASH” Residence Exhibiting a Range of Outdoor Terraces and Porches

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Merging contemporary architecture with sustainable design techniques, Hennebery Eddy Architects created ASH + ASH, a private home in Portland, Oregon, USA. According to the project developers, the residence “takes advantage of regional and distant views to the east, north and west and a close relationship to its neighborhood and immediate landscape. We were driven by a desire to create a range of outdoor terraces and porches for use at different times of the day and in different weather; blurring the line between those spaces and the interior living spaces was central to the design concept.” The L-shape plan of the home was envisioned around a central swimming pool, with lounge areas for relaxation.

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A rich modern array of materials define the overall appearance of this contemporary US home: “The building is composed of white stucco planes with glass and cedar infill panels that float above a dark brick base. Deep cedar soffits at the home’s porches extend above the glass forming rich interior spaces. Rift cut white oak used extensively throughout the interior is complemented by a cantilevered walnut stair to the rooftop view-box and terrace.” Any thoughts on the overall design approach for this project? [Photography by Josh Partee] modern residence (2) modern residence (3) modern residence (4) modern residence (5) modern residence (7) modern residence (8) modern residence (9) modern residence (10) modern residence (11) modern residence (12) plans (1) plans (2)

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Seattle Apartments: The Ultimate Renters Guide

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At Freshome we’re always working to bring you the best in architectural innovation and interior design trends by showcasing beautiful homes and apartments around the world. In our new series, we explore the most dynamic neighborhoods in cities across the U.S. and highlight the best apartment options each of them have to offer. Starting with our hometown of Seattle, we put together a list of great things to do, eat, and see while also showing you the best places to live.

We spent more than 40 hours conducting extensive research on Seattle real estate and looked at some 600 apartment complexes in the area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of variables. In addition to providing basic information about the buildings, such as year constructed, number of units available, and average rent prices, we also factored in other important amenities like outdoor space and fitness rooms.

Interior design is important to us, so we also looked for features like hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances, balconies, and other modern features coveted by today’s renters. We also considered the apartment’s Walk Score—its accessibility to respective neighborhoods, bars and restaurants—in order to determine the city’s best pads.

From beachfront apartments in West Seattle to posh condos above the eccentric streets of Capitol Hill, we explored 11 of the most popular Seattle neighborhoods. Whether you are moving to Seattle, or just want a glimpse into the multifaceted communities of the Emerald City, browse the Freshome Seattle Apartments guide to the city’s vibrant urban neighborhoods and its best apartments.

Belltown

Located between Downtown and Queen Anne, Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. With a large selection of restaurants and an active nightlife scene, Belltown attracts professionals of all ages looking for a blend of city living with a neighborhood feel. Residential options mainly include high-rise condos and apartments.

In recent years, Belltown’s popularity decreased due to an increase in crime. However, the neighborhood has begun recovering and is seeing an influx of residential and retail development.

What Is There To Do?

Located on the edge of the Downtown retail center, Belltown is home to many premium shopping destinations, including clothing boutiques, design studios and home interior stores. You’ll find a mix of trendy restaurants, like the popular Local 360, cafes, sports bars and music venues, including The Crocodile. Enjoy the waterfront at The Olympic Sculpture Park, which features contemporary art sculptures, amazing views of the Puget Sound and a waterfront trail along Elliott Bay.

Transportation

Belltown is completely walkable and all of the major bus lines run through the neighborhood.

Belltown Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,874

Walton Lofts

Walton Lofts

Volta

Volta

Via 6

Via 6

Walton Lofts

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 136
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,925-$5,550
  • Highlights (amenities): Newly constructed on the corner of Western and Vine, the 12-story Walton Lofts feature eco-centered, high-end design such as bamboo flooring, 10’-13’ loft ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows capturing expansive views of the city and sound. A few notable amenities include a grand library, bike workshop, fitness center, and rooftop to rival the best of Seattle.

Volta

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 34
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,725-$3,895
  • Highlights (amenities): Volta, a luxury complex on 1st and Bell, comes complete with high-end finishes: free-standing bath tubs, professional-grade kitchen appliances, stone-tiled showers, and walk-in closets. And with only 34 units, residents won’t have to do too much sharing of the community features, namely a rooftop grilling lounge and garden area.

Via6

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 654
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,525-$4,270
  • Highlights (amenities): This giant double-tower on 6th and 2nd has dubbed itself a “vertical neighborhood”, and with good reason. Excellent apartment layout options aside, Via6 really shines in it’s community features. The ground floor has food options ranging from high-end cuisine to juice and coffee bars. You’ll also find a food market, bike shop, movie screening area, and a barber shop. A large terrace on the 7th floor is equipped with grills and lounge areas for outdoor relaxation.

The Runners Up

Queen Anne

Queen Anne is north of Downtown and within walking distance of the retail center, but maintains a residential feeling. The neighborhood has two distinct areas: Upper Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne, each with their own unique demographics and housing. Upper Queen Anne’s tree-lined streets make it feel suburban. Affluent families live in mansions, stately homes and luxury condos.

Lower Queen Anne is younger and more affordable than its counterpart up the hill. Young professionals dominate the neighborhood, made up of turn-of-the-century and mid-century apartment buildings combined with new construction of luxury apartments.

This established neighborhood is growing every day, especially on the lower part of the hill. Residential and retail development is taking place and many of the old buildings are being replaced with new construction.

What Is There To Do?

The quiet streets of Upper Queen Anne are lined with quaint boutiques, including the Queen Anne Book Company, Queen Anne Dispatch and Three Birds Home & Gifts and trendy restaurants including Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf, Lloyd Martin and Mezcalaria Oaxaca.

Many restaurants, bars and The Seattle Center can be found on Lower Queen Anne. Lower Queen Anne is also known for its arts and culture scene. It is home to numerous theaters, the opera, ballet and a SIFF theater. Most nights of the weeks, you’ll find a young crowd out late at one of the neighborhood’s many bars.

Throughout the neighborhood, there are numerous parks, including some with impressive views of the water and the city, most notably Kerry Park, with its famous view of the Seattle skyline.

Transportation

The neighborhood is extremely walkable, but be ready to climb some hills if you plan on moving between the upper and lower parts of the hill. Car travel is common on Upper and Lower Queen Anne, but parking is difficult on Lower Queen Anne, especially if there is an event at Seattle Center.

Queen Anne Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,854

AVA Queen Anne

AVA Queen Anne

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Elliott Bayview

Elliott Bayview

AVA Queen Anne

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2010
  • Number of Units: 203
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,765-$2,670
  • Highlights (amenities): The AVA is within walking distance to the bay, parks, and numerous shops and restaurants. The on-property amenities deliver as well: there is a fitness center and a CorePower Yoga studio, a rooftop deck that hosts frequent resident social events, and electric vehicle charging stations. The building is ultra-conscious of energy-efficiency, but that hasn’t had a negative impact on design. The interiors are bright, fresh, and updated with all of the modern necessities.

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  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 43
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,345-$1,410
  • Highlights (amenities): Describing itself as a boutique apartment, the 43-unit building is a tastefully done collection of studio and one-bedroom apartments in Lower Queen Anne. A rooftop BBQ offers sweeping views of the bay, the mountains, and the city, and while there is no on-site fitness, 509’s 94 Walk Score rating means residents are only steps away from all of the neighborhood’s amenities.

Elliott Bayview

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2012
  • Number of Units: 41
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,499-$2,729
  • Highlights (amenities): From the red-brick exteriors to the double-french doors in most apartments, this building was designed to bring old world charm and modern amenities together. The units are highlighted by tall ceilings with arched windows and rich wood cabinetry with high-grade appliances. The community features a skydeck with firepits and grills, a conference room, and a location close to one of Seattle’s most loved neighborhoods.

The Runners Up

University District

As its name denotes, the University District is close to the University of Washington, and so the majority of residents are students. Student housing, including dorms, fraternities, and sororities make up the majority of the non-apartment housing options. There are also many single family homes that are rented out to students and young professionals.

What Is There To Do?

On either side of the University District you’ll find two different areas. “The Ave,” on the west side, caters mainly to the student demographic. It consists of hole-in-the wall restaurants, bars frequented by students and eclectic clothing shops. If you can get a table, try Thai Tom for one of the most popular Thai food restaurants. You can also enjoy a show at the historical Neptune Theater, which has recently been transformed into a multi-use live performance venue or tour the Henry Art Gallery or the Burke Museum.

On the east side of the neighborhood, there is University Village, an upscale outdoor mall, consisting of higher-priced boutiques and restaurants. For Northwest-inspired wine and dining from the owners of Beecher’s Cheese, check out Liam’s, or, Ding Tai Fung for dumplings.

With the neighborhood’s proximity to the water, watersports are popular. Rent a kayak from Aqua Verde Café & Paddle Club and then enjoy a margarita on their patio. Spend an afternoon walking, running or biking the Burke-Gilman Trail.

As the university continues to grow, so does the neighborhood. University Village has experienced major development projects lately, one of the largest being a new light rail system.

Transportation

As the neighborhood is mainly students, walking, biking and public transportation is very common. Parking can be difficult in the neighborhood. In the near future, the neighborhood will be served by two light rail systems which will connect University District to Capitol Hill, downtown, Sea-Tac Airport and Rainier Valley.

University District Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,478

LIV U District

LIV U District

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Lightbox Apartments

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LIV U District

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 56
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent (average): $2,638
  • Highlights (amenities): Offering units as large as 4- and 5-bedrooms, LIV U is making a big statement opening it’s doors in University District this year. With modern decor and finishes, these units come completely furnished and are spacious and bright. LIV U has a two-level fitness center, plenty of study rooms, a rooftop terrace all in close-proximity to UW.

Lightbox Apartments

  • Year Built/Renovated:  2014
  • Number of Units: 161
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,729-$6,514
  • Highlights (amenities): The largest in the University District, Lightbox Apartments has an expansive list of amenities for the students, faculty, and professionals that call it home. Residents have access to a panoramic skydeck, several club rooms and lounges, and can rent the latter out for private events. The individual units include large windows, energy-smart appliances, even USB charging stations. Select units have private patios and balconies as well.

47 + 7

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 24
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,680-$1,925
  • Highlights (amenities): 47 + 7 is certainly one of the more unique options we discovered in all Seattle. Centered around environmental consciousness, each unit was individually poured and constructed to optimize sustainability. Almost every feature of the 1-bedroom apartments is made of recycled materials while also being top grade. The floors are heated, and lights can be controlled by smartphone. A modern steel-and-glass exterior faces out to the vibrant neighborhood, which earned this building an impressive 98 walk score.  

The Runners Up

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is one of the most diverse and vibrant parts of the city. This densely populated neighborhood consists of apartments and condos, as well as mansions and large single-family homes around the perimeter of the neighborhood. The demographics include singles, young professionals, students and families.

What Is There To Do?

This is one of the top destinations in the city for dining and nightlife, and the number of bars and dining options is continually expanding. From trendy restaurants and cocktail bars, to dive bars and music venues, you can find any type of entertainment or food. Explore Melrose Market, the food-focused market, a cocktail at Liberty, a live show at Neumos or the long-time Seattle institution, The Comet.  Enjoy the city views at Volunteer Park or visit the Asian Art Museum. As for outdoor activities, most evenings you can find people playing soccer, softball, Frisbee or just relaxing at Cal Anderson Park.

Capitol Hill only continues to grow. There are numerous development projects taking place, including the construction of many new luxury condos and apartments throughout the neighborhood.

Transportation

The neighborhood is extremely walkable and in walking distance of downtown. Many residents bike as their primary means of transportation. Parking can be difficult, especially on weekend evenings when people are attracted to the neighborhood’s nightlife. However, transportation will substantially improve with the introduction of a light rail stop on Broadway in 2016.

Capitol Hill Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,845

Stream Belmont

Stream Belmont

Pine+Minor

Pine+Minor

Hollywood Lofts

Hollywood Lofts

Stream Belmont

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 69
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,450-$2,950
  • Highlights (amenities): Constructed with Zero Net Carbon Footprint, Stream Belmont is eco-friendly and ultra chic. Natural light streams in to units ranging from studios to 2-bedroom lofts equipped with hardwood flooring, large private balconies, and Energy Star appliances. Renters enjoy a picturesque rooftop deck and easy accessibility in and around Capitol Hill.

Hollywood Lofts

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 24
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent (range low to high): $2,550-$3,295
  • Highlights (amenities): New to the scene, Hollywood Lofts has taken the historic Del Teet building and enhanced the original character while bringing in some modern touches. Refurbished to feature hardwood, exposed brick, and ceiling beams, these unique spaces are completely customizable and no two are alike.

Pine + Minor

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 120
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,395-$2,650
  • Highlights (amenities): Apartments are bright with clean, modern lines and stainless steel appliances throughout. Residents have access to an urban garden roofdeck and exceptional workout facilities, as well a prime location for those looking to live in Capitol Hill while being a few blocks from Downtown.

The Runners Up

Central District

Located east of Cherry Hill, west of Madrona and Leschi, south of Capitol Hill and north of Rainier Valley, the Central District has historically been one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. In recent years, this neighborhood has experienced growth as home and rental prices in surrounding neighborhoods have increased. Its central location makes it easy to access downtown, and young families and singles living in single-family homes or apartments make up the majority of the neighborhood.

What Is There To Do?

Located near Capitol Hill, Downtown, and Madison Park, residents are close to a variety of destinations within the city, whether that is the nightlife of Capitol Hill, the central hub of downtown or the suburban vibe of waterfront Madison Park. The Central District has numerous notable dining options, ranging from one of the city’s most notable fine dining restaurants, Crush, to the locally-acclaimed, Ezell’s Chicken, made famous when Oprah claimed it was her favorite fried chicken.

Transportation

The Central District is very walkable and bike-friendly, as it is near many surrounding neighborhoods. The neighborhood also has great public transportation options.

Central District Apartments

Average Rental Price: $1,822

Chloe Apartments

Chloe Apartments

Legacy at Pratt Park

Legacy at Pratt Park

Chloe Apartments

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2009
  • Number of Units: 117
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,650-$2,725
  • Highlights (amenities): Located on 14th and East Union, Chloe residents get the vibrancy of Capitol Hill outside and a relaxing place to call home inside. Floor-to-ceiling windows can be found in every unit, and residents also enjoy an impressive rooftop entertainment space, as well as dining, retail, and an available guest suite all within the building.

Legacy at Pratt Park

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2009
  • Number of Units: 248
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,668-$2,491
  • Highlights (amenities): Contemporary decor and rich wood finishes can be found in these studio to 2-bedroom units one block off Pratt Park. With a high walk score and easy access to mass transit, the Legacy offers residents a comfortable living space with room to entertain and enjoy incredible views of Seattle.

The Runners Up

Downtown

Located right in the heart of the city, the neighborhood consists of affluent professionals who want to live close to downtown in high-rise condos and apartments. Downtown is in the hub of the business district complete with skyscrapers, large shopping centers (including the flagship Nordstrom store), and in the midst of historic buildings and landmarks.  

Downtown Seattle continues to grow. Over the last few years, the neighborhood has seen numerous new construction projects, including new condos and apartments.

What Is There To Do?

Located right in the retail core, premium shopping is the main activity in this neighborhood. Other downtown attractions include the striking Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Seattle Art Museum and, of course, the iconic Pike Place Market, where you can spend an afternoon shopping for local produce, goods from local artisans and watch the famous fish mongers. There are numerous dining options include Le Pichet, Miller’s Guild or Purple Wine Bar & Cafe.

Transportation

Downtown is extremely walkable for those living in the neighborhood. All of the major bus lines run through downtown, and taxis are always readily available. Finding parking, however, can be very difficult in this part of the city.

Downtown Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,799

Cielo

Cielo

Premiere On Pine

Premiere On Pine

Viktoria

Viktoria

Cielo

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 335
  • Number of Layouts: 44
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,620-$3,855
  • Highlights (amenities): The newest addition to Downtown’s apartment skyline, Cielo left nothing out when designing these luxury apartments with under-the-cabinet lighting, walk-in closets, and and quartz countertops. The views are front and center, whether from one’s own floor-to-ceiling window walls or from the 31st floor where residents enjoy world-class fitness and the ultimate roofdeck.

Premiere on Pine

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 386
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,849-$6,621
  • Highlights (amenities): In the Pike and Pine Corridor, these ultra-sleek and impeccably designed apartments come standard with Bosch appliances, California Closets, and Grohe kitchen fixtures. Residents receive access to the community Penthouse and skydeck, luxury fitness, and a dog lounge.

Viktoria

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 249
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,715-$5,322
  • Highlights (amenities): Designed to bring the feel of the Northwest in, the Viktoria was designed with muted color palettes, high-end materials, and incredible waterfront views. The perks of living here include access to the 25th floor residence with lounge and wine bar, fitness and yoga space, and a theatre, while just outside the door is Pike’s Place Market and the Waterfront.

The Runners Up

South Lake Union

South Lake Union has experienced a huge surge of growth in recent years, due mainly to Amazon’s continued development of the neighborhood. The main demographics are young, single professionals, who want to live close to work, especially those at Amazon. Retail and restaurant development has taken place right alongside the residential development.

The last few years have seen major development and the neighborhood will only continue to grow.

What Is There To Do?

New restaurants and bars are showing up daily. Try Tom Douglas’ acclaimed pizza place, Serious Pie, Mexican restaurant Cactus, and popular breakfast joint, Portage Bay. As the neighborhood’s name implies, Lake Union is within close proximity. The six-mile loop around the lake is frequented by walkers, runners and bikers. Also, the city’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is right along the water and great place to learn about the industrial history of Seattle.

Transportation

Residents here are within walking distance to everything, but buses and other public transportation, including the South Lake Union Trolley are available for travelling beyond the neighborhood.

South Lake Union Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,534

True North

True North

Aperture On 5th

Aperture On 5th

Union SLU

Union SLU

True North

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 286
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,640-$3,070
  • Highlights (amenities): True North is an apartment complex aimed directly at the hikers and gearheads of South Lake Union. The apartments feature barn doors, lofted sleeping space, and built-in desks, and for amenities there is a bouldering wall, dog agility park, four outdoor terraces (one with a pizza oven), gear storage, fitness, bike repair, and a trailhead room with local trail maps and space to dry out wet tents. Committed to being green, True North partners with local conservation organization Forterra to plant one tree for every lease signed.

Aperture on Fifth

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 106
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,449-$3,396
  • Highlights (amenities): Unique contemporary architecture brings the outside in, and artwork found all around the property has been selected from local artists. Residents of Aperture are free to enjoy the finer things as apartments come with top-grade appliances, and some standout amenities include luxurious clubrooms, a dog-washing station, panoramic rooftop views with fire pits, grills, and a bocce ball court.

Union SLU

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 284
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,500-$2,382
  • Highlights (amenities): Located just steps from Lake Union, this urban complex is perfect for those who want to be near both the lake and downtown. Select units at Union SLU include courtyards and bay windows, while all residents can enjoy the six rooftop decks, an outdoor kitchen, and electric car charging.

The Runners Up

West Seattle

West Seattle is located four miles southwest of downtown. It has had a reputation for being a family-oriented community, though recently a surge of young singles have moved in to the neighborhood. Property runs the gamut from condos and apartments to small mid-century homes, even mansions with views of the Puget Sound.

What Is There To Do?

You’ll find numerous dining and retail options at “The Junction”, which stretches three blocks along California Avenue, from SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW. West Seattle also offers some of the most stunning views of downtown across Elliott Bay. As you make your way into the neighborhood, you’ll notice the view from Admiral Viewpoint and Belvedere Park. Or, take in the view of downtown by dining at one of the waterfront restaurants, including Salty’s or Marination Ma Kai.

On the other side of the neighborhood, you’ll find the beach culture at Alki, where on any given night you can find people cruising the beach, running, or walking the trail along the water. The street is lined with numerous waterfront dining options, including Cactus, El Chupacabra, and Duke’s.

Transportation

Moving throughout West Seattle is most commonly done by car. Bus routes also run through the neighborhood to take commuters to and from work Downtown. For something a little different, the water taxi runs from the Seattle Ferry Terminal to the east shore of West Seattle, perfect for a commute home on a sunny Seattle day.

West Seattle Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,704

The Blake

The Blake

The Vue

The Vue

Link

Link

The Blake Apartments

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 103
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,342-$2,671
  • Highlights (amenities): Situated in the heart of West Seattle, The Blake Apartments pride their central location to bars, restaurants, shops, and local activities. The Blake offers a wide range of housing options with modern finishes, from studios to 2-story townhomes.

The Vue

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 111
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent (range low to high): $894-$3,100
  • Highlights (amenities): Steps from the Junction of West Seattle and minutes from Downtown, The Vue welcomes its residents with community amenities such as a penthouse resident lounge with rooftop garden plaza, a pet spa, and easy access to mass transit.

Link

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2011
  • Number of Units: 195
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,342-$2,671
  • Highlights (amenities): Also found in the vibrant Alaska Junction, Link Apartments offers several unique 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans with contemporary finishes and natural light. Community features to note are the penthouse lounge and terrace, 24-hour fitness center, and in-house Internet Café.

The Runners Up

Ballard

Ballard was historically a Scandinavian fishing village, now transformed into a hip, family-friendly, foodie neighborhood. The majority of residents are singles in their 20’s and 30’s living in single family homes, ramblers, townhomes, and condos and apartments. Although it is only a short commute to downtown, the neighborhood feels more suburban than urban. The south part of the neighborhood is dominated by condos and apartments, while the north side is dominated by single family homes including townhomes and bungalows.

More and more construction is taking place every day, especially of new condos and apartment buildings.

What Is There To Do?

The neighborhood consists of many historic landmarks and winding streets, making it reminiscent of a European city. Old Ballard Avenue is lined with boutique shopping, trendy restaurants, bars and music venues. The street is home to a year-round Sunday Farmer’s Market. Some of the city’s trendiest restaurants have found a home in Ballard. Enjoy pizza at Delancey, coffee and croissants at Cafe Besalu, oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter. Or, take time to explore some of Ballard’s microbreweries. East of 15th Avenue and South of NW 50th Street, there is a small community of microbreweries, including Reuben’s Brews, Hilliard’s and Hale’s Ales. Watch the boats go through the Ballard Locks, which serve as the main access from Lake Washington into Puget Sound. Then, enjoy a sunset at Golden Gardens, one of the larger beaches overlooking Puget Sound.

Transportation

Ballard is extremely walkable and bike-friendly. Transportation in and out of the neighborhood requires a car or public transportation, but many bus lines run through the neighborhood.

Ballard Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,800

Odin

Odin

Ballard On The Park

Ballard On The Park

Odin

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2015
  • Number of Units: 301
  • Number of Layouts: 37
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,572-$2,776
  • Highlights (amenities): Opening this Fall, Odin scores a 97 walk score for it’s proximity to the best of Ballard. The array of layouts feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, vaulted ceilings, and hardwood throughout. For resident use, there is 24-hour fitness, a stunning roof deck, and pet grooming.

Ballard on the Park

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2010
  • Number of Units: 268
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,497-$3,386
  • Highlights (amenities): Arguably the best location in Ballard, residents here are close to neighborhood amenities as well as the extensive building community offerings, such as: 2-level fitness center, 24-hour QVC grocery, year-round
  • outdoor spa, and private movie theater. The property’s modern decor also features several local artists work.

The Runners Up

Green Lake

Located north of downtown, the neighborhood of Green Lake is named for its namesake body of water. The area consists of high-income singles and couples and living options consists of turn-of-the-century to mid-century homes, apartment buildings, and townhomes.

What Is There To Do?

The most obvious attraction is the lake, and most days the near three-mile loop around it is populated by runners, walkers, and bikers. Kayak rentals are available at the boathouse, and the Green Lake Pitch and Putt is great for an afternoon of mini-golf. The Bathhouse Theater, located on the lake, has regular shows from the Seattle Public Theater. Nightlife and dining in the Green Lake neighborhood is minimal, but there are a few restaurants surrounding the lake, including Green Lake Bar & Grill. Or make your way through the winding streets of Tangletown to Mighty-O Donuts, Mkt., (one of Ethan Stowell’s newest locations) or Elysian Brewing Company.

As people continue to move to Green Lake, housing and rental prices continue to rise. Currently, most of the development is through the remodeling of already established homes.

Transportation

Most commuting is done by car, but bike transportation is extremely popular through the neighborhood, as well as bus.

Greenlake Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,295

Green Lake Village

Green Lake Village

Green Lake Village

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2014
  • Number of Units: 297
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,850-$3,235
  • Highlights (amenities): The most recent addition to the neighborhood, Green Lake Village has quick access to both Green Lake and I-5. Apartments feature oversized windows and dark wood finishes, and residents share the large roof deck, entertainment lounge, state-of-the-art fitness, as well as a PCC Natural Market and iCafe onsite.

The Runners Up

Fremont

Situated along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, north of Queen Anne, and east of Ballard, Fremont has been dubbed the “Center of the Universe” by those who live there. The neighborhood is known for its quirky, bohemian vibe, which is put on full display at the annual Fremont Solstice Festival and Parade. Recently, a growing number of technology companies have made Fremont their home, including: Google, Tableau, Adobe and Getty Images, thereby increasing the number of young professional moving into the neighborhood.

What Is There To Do?

Fremont has a very active nightlife and attracts a young demographic in the evenings. Fremont has also recently had a new cropping of trendy restaurants, including Revel and their sister bar, Quoin, Roux, and RockCreek. There is also a chocolate factory, distilleries and numerous breweries. The Fremont Sunday Market is one of the best flea markets and can be enjoyed all year. Walk or run the Burke-Gilman Trail or enjoy the water views and boat traffic at the Fremont Cut. And don’t miss a stop at the Fremont Troll.

Transportation

The neighborhood itself is extremely walkable, and you will see many locals riding their bikes as well. Getting in and out of the neighborhood will require public transportation or a car.

Fremont Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,798

Green Lake Village

Collage Fremont

Collage Fremont

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2013
  • Number of Units: 52
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,278-$1,555
  • Highlights (amenities): A newer addition to Fremont, Collage is a collection of studio, alcove, and 1-bedrooms, well-designed and tastefully decorated. Residents can easily enjoy the iconic neighborhood or relax on the roofdeck.

The Runners Up

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Massive “Sky Pool” in London Seemingly Floats 10 Stories Above the Ground

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Soon to bridge across two ten-floor buildings in London, the Sky Pool by Ballymore is one of the major highlights of the Embassy Gardens development. This see-through swimming pool will be 115 feet off the ground, and its dimensions of 90 feet long, 19 feet wide, and nearly 10 feet deep will allow the inhabitants of the residential complex to swim at ease above the River Thames. The project also implies an entirely transparent glass shell that is 8 inches thick.
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The Sky Pool is part of the Nine Elms regeneration efforts in Battersea in south London: “My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. I wanted to do something that had never been done before. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London”, stated Sean Mulryan, chairman and CEO of the Ballymore Group. This new project has already stirred a lot of controversy, as the prices of the neighboring apartments, which will be released to the market starting next month, start at 602,000 GBP, or about $944,000. Design-wise, what are your thoughts on this unconventional, massive-scale project?
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Perfectly Planned One-Room Apartment Boasting Inspiring Details

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Located on the third floor of a beautiful central building in Gothenburg, this delightful one room apartment was carefully planned for a maximized living experience. As we were looking through the listings on Alvhem, our attention was captivated by the bright color scheme and open plan of this extremely functional small home. White oiled oak parquet flooring, mirror doors, stylish stucco, cast iron elements and ledges of rock- all contribute to a diverse and captivating design scheme.
scandinavian home (1)This apartment may officially have only one room, but the bedroom alcove with spotlights and space for a larger bed offers plenty of privacy. The crib underwent a total renovation in 2008, when both the kitchen and bathroom were replaced. Walls were removed to create a better impression of space and a lovely brick kitchen island was built, adding warmth and coziness. The living room comes with large windows and views of the quiet Alvhem street and a glimpse of Rose Street. The walls are painted in a gray-white shade that provides a neutral base for further decoration. In one corner, behind a beautiful profiled door, there is a dressing room with ample storage space.

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Anchored in a Harsh Terrain in the Rocky Mountains: The River House

architecture modern residenceLocated above a meandering river and surrounded by an overall scenic landscape, the River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi was envisioned as a serene getaway embracing natural elements: “When approached from the street, the house is very understated and minimal. Upon entering the house through the conceptual front door (gate), one finds a rich sequence of spaces, bounded by concrete and plantings. Here, the division between inside and outside first becomes blurred”. This contemporary refuge in the Rocky Mountains, USA was especially developed for a retired couple and includes a guest wing and extended outdoor living areas.
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Due to the complex weather conditions, the palette of chosen materials was aimed to ensure durability: “An elongated concrete wall on the north side provides a structural backbone for the composition. All program elements were located on or below grade and under a sheltering shed roof to enhance the sense of protection in this sometimes harsh environment. Concrete was chosen as the dominant material because it aesthetically anchors the house to the site. While visually extending the interior spaces and creating outdoor rooms, the raw materiality of the concrete sets up a compositional base for the remaining wood, glass, metal and plaster finishes”, explained the architects. [Photography by Aaron Leitz]
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Timber Slatted Mezzanine as Highlight for Code Black Cafe in Melbourne

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Once a mechanics workshop in North Melbourne, Australia, this vibrant venue is currently known as Code Black Cafe, a place encouraging relaxation and interaction. The creative gathering point was envisioned by Australian interiors and architecture firm ZWEI and is described as a home away from home: “The space is a warm tonal interplay of existing spatial elements with natural light and various materials. Howard St encourages customers to sit, stay, play and work within the space by creating a seating zone that wraps around the new centrally positioned double height insertion.”
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The purpose of this coffee was to mimic a gathering at a friend’s house. Thus, each corner was designed to inspire comfort and an to invite people to unwind: “While the coffee machine is located front and center, seating nooks tuck around the counter line, even exposing the rear roaster to those positioned deep into the space – a subtle reference to the more serious and coffee centric Code Black in Brunswick. Seating is intentionally wide and comfortable with a focal round dining table generously positioned to the front.” The timber slatted mezzanine caps is the highlight of the entire space, opening up the upstairs area as a long stay work zone. [Photography by Michael Kai]
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Upgrading Modern Architectural Heritage on the French Riviera: Villa Le Trident

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One of the few residences built on the French Riviera between 1925 and 1950, Villa Le Trident was initially designed and implemented by American modernist architect Barry Dierks. The project soon became an architecture highlight of the Mediterranean Coast. With the change of ownership in 2011, studio 4a Architekten took on the challenge to restore the residence. The team kept the original volume of the building and its snow-white exterior facade, but gave up most of the internal walls separating the rooms. Space, simplicity, elegance and light are general characteristics of the updated villa.
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The ground floor of the residence accommodates the living room, dining room and open-plan kitchen, a library and two guest bedrooms. The four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are located upstairs. According to the architects in charge of the renovation, long windows, white furniture, white varnished oak solid wood flooring and glass elements give the rooms a bright and peaceful atmosphere. Striking elements dynamically interfere in the design scheme; the focal point of the living room is a suspended black fireplace which adds a highly contemporary touch, while ensuring a powerful contrast with the white window frames. The freestanding wooden cubes bring their contribution both aesthetically and functionally. Enjoy the virtual tour and discover more inspiring details!
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