Jan. 12, 2009 at 7:21am
After seeing the exterior lights last Friday I stopped by for a tour of 505 Broadway the next day to see how this project is coming along. Units are now being finished from the bottom up and residents will likely start settling in within a couple months with a building grand opening possibly slated for April. And, hey, if you happen to be looking right now there are some pretty impressive deals you can snag until Jan. 15 that can easily knock tens of thousands off their regular unit prices that range between just over $400K to nearly $900K. Not a bad range considering the care that's gone into the place, the views, and the fact that there's 26 different floor plans for only 64 or so actual units.
Enjoy the peek inside below!
The grand building entrance complete with beautiful lion sculptures created locally by the folks over at Bronze Works.
Broadway streetscape improvements extend past 505 Broadway and will finish off the neighborhood rather nicely. Especially considering that those overhead power lines will disappear!
Entry to each unit is inset and each floor has an elevator lobby with similar insets that will house display cases for plants and/or art to warm up the hallways a bit.
Just aside the common area that can be reserved by residents is a small workout room and this jacuzzi. Unique part about this mini spa is that it will be open air year round!
Interior of one of the units that extends into the tower on the north end of the building that looks into the lovely courtyard of the adjacent building.
Nearly finished interior custom, locally crafted built-in entertainment center. I was especially impressed in this unit at the interest added by rooms that didn't all conform to having walls all at 90 degrees to one another.
Many of the units have fantastic views of downtown and obviously look over the bay and out to Mt. Rainier.
A finished kitchen with granite counter tops and (not shown) spiffy standard equipment that includes wine storage and trash compactor -- among other shiny appliances. ;)
Storage units on the garage level.
One of four or more photo mosaics outside along the public steps connecting Broadway and Stadium Way.
Exterior view of the tower on the north end of the building.
A patio and dining area underneath the tower complete with built in outdoor heaters for diners of the restaurant (no announcement there just yet) or coffee shop (nothing there either).
Thanks to Trevor for the tour and welcome to the neighborhood 505. You look fantastic!
comments  | posted under 505 broadway, condos, housing, tacomaComments
by Erik on 1/12/2009 @ 1:53pm
by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 1/12/2009 @ 4:25pm
I want to live there. It's pretty HIP!
I need to win the lotto.
by intacoma on 1/12/2009 @ 10:42pm
|Wow, looks great. better than I thought they would. I definitely wouldn't mind living there.|
by Nick on 1/13/2009 @ 11:18am
|I actually think this may be the best of all the recent condo projects downtown (in terms of exterior design, uniqueness, and architecture). Many of the other newer condo buildings decided to go for styles that will look dated in 10 to 20 years (think Hannah Heights or the Esplanade). This one has a much more timeless look that also tips its hat to the older Tacoma architecture that we all love so much.
I've noticed the buildings that last the longest and hold their value the most tend to be the ones that don't go for the contemporary design of the time. Think about all those 60's/70's style condos that nobody wants versus ones built around the same time but with a more historic design.
I give this one an A-
by Dave_L on 1/13/2009 @ 12:05pm
|I didn't think I'd be a fan, after getting a few flat tires from screws that were always scattered outside the jobsite fence, and the six or seven days a week of construction noise got old as it blocked out the sun more and more (back when I lived nearby). But now, even with the modern versions of building materials and practices in the brick veneer and stucco (which is often overdone), the building does look pretty classic and you guys have convinced me. The extensive use of concrete makes it a pretty solid structure, too. I like the classic detail in the center of the wrought-iron-looking balcony balustrades (not seen in the photos above) which is a nod to a common period detail often appearing in railings and window muntins a century ago. It's a minor detail but adds a lot. Especially when compared to earlier versions shown in the illustrations. Architect: www.jgarchs.com/
Too bad the Broadmoor next door isn't given the care it deserves by it's owners and management, but that's another story and let's not go there. search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/buildings...
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!