Seattle Times, New Homes Saturday
The Lakeview Residence

Insert Date: July 19, 2008

By Teresa Kenney

Capitol Hill—The prominent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once noted that rather than form following function the two "should be one". And nowhere is this more evident than at Seattle’s intimate collection of condominiums, The Lakeview Residence. Inspired by Wright’s Prairie School of style, the homes are perched above Lake Union and outfitted in high-fashion. Located on the western edge of Capitol Hill, the million dollar-plus homes kept a low profile while under construction but opened its doors for the first time last week, making a great first impression on industry insiders.
"We just held a special broker’s open for 30 of the city’s top brokers and they were extremely impressed by the homes’ design. They’re unlike anything on the market," says Michael Malone, owner of Hunters Capital, the developer of the six two-bedroom condominium homes. Designed by the award-winning firm, Studio Meng Strazzara Architects, the exterior of The Lakeview Residence incorporated Prairie-style elements such as a low pitched copper roof, broad, overhanging eaves, multi-banks of windows, strong horizontal lines, and liberal use of materials like mission brick and cedar wood. For a contemporary feel, decorative copper siding was added which will form an antiqued patina over time. "Because the collection was built at this sloped site, the building was custom-tailored to integrate with the natural landscape and take full advantage of light and views," explains Malone.
While guests enter through the gallery style foyer, homeowners directly access their home via the controlled access garage. A coded key card "informs" the elevator of the homeowner’s suite and whisks them directly to their home. When the elevator doors open, the owner is in their own private foyer accented with elegant wainscoting and travertine floors for a true "welcome home." "Homeowners can leave their own front door open because there is a second, locked door that leads out into the hallway for guests. It’s a penthouse lifestyle," says Malone.
The homes range in size from 1,400 to 1,670 square feet, allowing them to "live" like a single family home without the single family home maintenance hassles. Further following the Prairie school of thought, the interiors feature free flowing rooms, ribbon and clerestory windows, and natural materials like wide plank Oak floors throughout the main living spaces in an warm, ebony finish. There are two residences per floor and, for added privacy, no common walls between residences. While all of the homes have expansive western views of the Olympic Mountains and Lake Union from their living rooms and gourmet kitchens, the four homes on the second and third level also have master suites with water views, while homes on the south side of the building enjoy Mt. Rainier, Space Needle and downtown Seattle views.
In the kitchens, ebony slab granite countertops serve as a stylish contrast to classically painted wood cabinetry, white subway tile backsplashes, crystal chandeliers and stainless steel Viking appliance packages, complete with professional-grade 6-burner gas ranges. The black granite is repeated in the gas fireplace surrounds. Framed in a traditional wood mantel, the fireplace sets the mood for a stunning sunset view over the lake.
Each of the bedrooms enjoys its own private bath. In the master suite spas, homeowners will find deep soaking tubs, built in drawers and White Carrara marble floors and shower and tub trim. Second baths include vintage-inspired flooring and marble shower trim. Each of the homes also includes its own covered outdoor terrace but for larger gatherings there’s a rooftop terrace with tables and chairs.
The Lakeview Residence is conveniently located at the intersection of Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle and Eastlake. Heading south and east up Belmont Avenue East and Roy Street, homeowners can take in an independent film at Harvard Exit. Turning north toward Eastlake, they can pick up some fine caviar at Seattle Caviar. And a quick drive south west into downtown Seattle, they can spend a night at the theatre or a day shopping at Pike Place Market. "The Lakeview Residence is uniquely situated to take advantage of three of Seattle’s most treasured neighborhoods—Capitol Hill, Eastlake, and downtown Seattle," notes Malone. "Plus access to I-5 and SR 520 are both nearby."
The Lakeview Residence is open weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Interested buyers can also visit the website at

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1114 Lakeview Blvd. E. 98102

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