April 27, 2012
Pacific Cannery Lofts: Recently Reeled in the ‘Best Adaptive Re-Use Project’ Award
Once the home to the Pacific Coast Canning Company now plays host to 163 lofts, flats, and townhome residences known as the Pacific Cannery Lofts. Over 100 years ago, the Pacific Canning Company was one of the largest businesses in Oakland, employing over 1,000 people during the height of the canning season. There is now a slightly different feel to the building. There is no doubt that the history remains, with 19-foot ceilings, exposed concrete columns, former rail line loading docks as patios, and many more elements, the Pacific Cannery Lofts holds true to its heritage while providing new and luxurious living at the base of the Bay Bridge.
The Pacific Cannery Lofts is an award winning Holliday Development and David Baker + Partners community. With over 20 years of work brining historical buildings back to life, the Pacific Cannery Lofts might be their best work yet. The most interesting, award winning, and well located Oakland Condos are now selling. Recent honors bestowed upon the Pacific Cannery Lofts include the “Best Adaptive Re-use Project”, the “James Hardie Design Award”, the “National Landscape Award”, and the “Best Residential Landscape Award”.
Residences include lofts, flats, and townhomes; ranging in size from 700 to 2,000 square feet. Units range from one to two bedrooms and one to two and a half baths. Priced from $250,000 to $500,000, the Pacific Cannery Lofts serve as the perfect substitute for a pricey San Francisco condo. Located just minutes from all major freeways and BART, the Pacific Cannery Lofts put the entire Bay Area within grasp.
Weather you are looking for two level lofts with double-height ceilings, spacious flats, or three level townhomes, the Pacific Cannery offer homes for every style and budget.
April 24, 2012
Reverie on the Ashley: Waterfront Charleston Condos
Just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, set along 32 acres of wooded waterfront sits the Reverie on the Ashley. These condos bring together a perfect mixture of low country style, waterfront beauty, and carefree luxury living. Reverie combines the ease of living in downtown with the luxury of countryside relaxation.
Reverie offers two or three bedroom waterfront condos starting from $400,000 and average about 1,800 square feet. All homes include Australian cypress wood floors, ten-foot ceilings, and massive windows. The Reverie is ideal for the chef in anyone, kitchen amenities include stainless steel appliances, crushed quartz countertops, six burner stove, convection oven, and your choice of cabinet finishes.
Even more luxurious than the kitchen are the outdoor areas at the Reverie. Each of these Charleston condos has a private tiled patio or rooftop terrace, bringing the outdoors directly to your backdoor. If watching from above is not your cup of tea, the Reverie offers a waterfront pool and clubhouse centered on a natural peninsula. Other outdoor opportunities at the Reverie include a scenic boardwalk, as well as hiking trails through 22 acres of preserved forest. The Reverie also offers a now hard to find amenity, 40 foot deep-water boat slip marina. The marina and all outdoor areas are exclusively private to residents of the Reverie.
The Reverie is an escape from downtown Charleston; this is the opportunity to live in an exclusive relaxed, luxurious community just a few minutes from work and shops. The Reverie condos provide luxury in a life where it is often hard to find, the option of low country living only minutes from downtown is rare. Luxury, location, and a deep-water marina what else could you ask for?
April 18, 2012
For Those On The Go: Velocity Condominiums in Washington DC
The newest condominium tower planned for the Capitol City is now selling. Designed as a haven from the city life, Velocity condos offer a place for relaxation, refreshment, and re-energizing. Designed for style and sophistication Velocity is sure to amaze. Located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of Southeast Washington DC, the Velocity condos are in the early stages of construction. Velocity brings a new speed to life in Washington DC, ideally located and built to the highest of standards, these homes are sure to impress.
Located in Washington DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, the Velocity condos bring a breath of fresh air to the town. Just blocks from the newly built baseball stadium playing host to the Washington Nationals, and surrounded by bars and restaurants, Velocity puts you in the thick of it. Washington DC is a center of culture, nearby shops and boutiques line the streets, sure to quiet any shopping appetite. If a night on the town is more your speed, a nice dinner at a local restaurant followed up by an evening at the Performing Arts Center would suit you well.
In the big picture the location is just an added benefit, the true luxury is in the homes themselves. Velocity in Washington DC is a new type of condo design, built for style and sophistication. Homes are filled with the finest amenities including hardwood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble tiles, and washer/dryer units in each residence. Velocity is designed for living, a luxurious retreat from the bustle that is the world.
The design team has left no desire unfilled; additional amenities include rooftop pool with an expansive sun deck, free underground parking, and a wellness center with state of the art fitness equipment. Designed to create a relaxing escape from the everyday, Velocity has developed a world all its own.
With plenty of options to choose from, homebuyers are likely to find a residence that fits their every need. Velocity offers a wide selection of floor plans including studio, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedrooms, and two bedrooms plus den. Priced from $250,000, Velocity is fairly priced compared to other Washington DC condos. Velocity is where you will always find life in motion.
April 6, 2012
Positive Signs for New York Real Estate
Most of the nation is still experiencing a downtrodden real estate market, but in select areas the picture is beginning to brighten. Major cities based around centers of commerce are experiencing positive indications of improvement. West coast cities such as Seattle and San Francisco are heavily invested in the technology industry, and have seen improvements in the market recently. Investors are prospecting leads and homebuyers are entering bidding wars for quality properties. Buyer confidence is slowly increasing, prices have remained relatively flat and interest rates have remained low and buyers are entering the market. The New York City real estate market is another area seeing improvements.
A major increase in foreign investment is heading the recovery in the city that never sleeps. Spearheaded by Russian millionaires, plenty of money is being spent of high-end luxury real estate in the city. As Russians continue to build wealth, they search for new locations to keep their money from the long arms of the Russian government. With over $1 billion in investment from Russia over the past four years, they have helped keep the ultra-luxury real estate market afloat. Also, don’t forget the pay in cash.
Prices in the New York area have continued to stay flat over the past few years, with many potential buyers sitting on the sidelines, and investors shying away from major purchases. Buyer confidence has begun to rise in 2012. Inventories are falling and quality homes are scares, the number of bidding wars has increased drastically. The average price in New York has increased by about 9 percent over the last year due to this; many homes are selling above asking price. Quality homes are disappearing daily, but a few great deals remain.
In the Gramercy neighborhood of New York City remains one very luxurious condo development with immediate occupancy. Completed in 2010, Tempo reflects the sophisticated vibe that permeates the sought after neighborhood. Tempo is just steps from world famous Gramercy Park and within walking distance of Union Station. This 20-story building offers one to three bedrooms ranging in size from 685 to over 2000 square feet. Priced from $800,000 to over $2 million, Tempo offers luxurious living in a sought after neighborhood.
There are plenty of New York condos for sale, and prices are still low. The market has not recovered, nor should you expect it to any day soon. But the chance to buy a quality home at these low prices is fading. Investors are jumping back into the game, and buyer confidence is slowly rising.
April 4, 2012
Seattle Real Estate on the Rise
Thanks to low interest rates, brighter job prospects, and pent-up demand the Seattle real estate market has seen an improvement in 2012. Pending homes sales are up double digits over 2011, while prices have remained relatively constant. The hottest seller right now is homes under $500,000. With inventory beginning to fall in the city, bidding wars have driven many deals above their asking price. Homebuyers are feeling confident to enter the market, but are only interested in well priced, quality homes. Potential homebuyers are scouring the market, and the number of homes for sale is dwindling, but there are still some viable options on the market.
Homes starting at just $395,000 are available at Olive 8, one of Seattle’s most luxurious new condominiums. Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Olive 8 brings luxury and exclusivity to the bustling businesses located below. Boasting 39 floors, and now over 70 percent sold, these units will not last long in 2012. With luxuries you can only find at high-end resorts Olive 8 is a perfect option for the young professional looking to be in the mix of it all downtown.
For buyers looking for a home with privacy, elegance, and luxury 1521 Second Avenue might be that place. Priced from the low $1 million range to over $5 million, these homes brings a new level of living to Downtown Seattle. With homes ranging in size from 1,600 to over 4,000 square feet and boasting two to three bedrooms there is plenty of space to go around. Located above the Pike Place Market, Fifteen-Twenty-One Second Ave offers luxurious living where every home is a penthouse.
If you are a homebuyer looking for something a bit more unique, then The Sanctuary is the place for you. Twelve units now grace the shell of one of Seattle’s most historic landmarks, the First Church of Christ Scientist. Sitting atop Capitol Hill, this new townhome community is under construction and already selling. These two-bedroom townhomes range from $600,000 to over $1,000,000 and wont last long. The Sanctuary is a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of an icon.
The there are still plenty of quality Seattle condos for sale, but with buyers beginning to re-enter the market the inventory will not last. Home buying is not the same as before the housing crisis, the market is competitive and buyers must be willing to submit multiple offers to secure the deal. The housing market has by no means turned around, but it is moving in the right direction.