Photo tour: West Seattle’s new Nova Apartments start leasing

September 16, 2012 at 10:30 am | In Development, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

With two months to go till completion, the Harbor/Urban all-apartments development Nova started leasing this weekend in The Triangle, and has launched its website too. We visited the 62-unit building this week, in advance of the milestone. See our photo tour ahead:

Our guides were Tejal Pastakia from construction/project manager Pastakia and Associates and Nic Nobili, with property manager Indigo Real Estate Services. We started at the front entrance, at 36th and Snoqualmie (map):

The lobby won’t be a gateway to much beyond the apartments themselves. Nova is what its developers call “urban infill” – taking advantage of a relatively small spot that’s convenient to many things, from transit to businesses. But while many of the “amenities” are folded into the apartment plans itself, it does have a few popular features – including a rooftop deck:

It’ll have seating, barbecue facilities, a kitchen, and what they’re calling a “moon garden” – plantings that will be highlighted even at night (which gardeners know can be accomplished with colors and scents). And on the floor below, there’s a community room with a spiral staircase (remember our report on how it was hoisted into place?):

Its lighting, we’re told, will twinkle … the starry Nova theme is revisited throughout. Back to the units themselves (which you can read about on Nova’s site): The building is a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Starting about halfway up, the north and east sides have downtown views:

The 1-bedrooms have galley kitchens, to maximize space:

Some of the 2-bedrooms’ kitchens even have their own small windows, in addition to facing out on the living area’s huge windows, which are a trademark throughout.

Note the ceiling fan, too. In the kitchen itself, if you take a close look at the quartz countertop, you can even see it sparkle:

Back on the ground level, some units have streetfront doors as well as doors from the interior hallway:

Nova is just off the new RapidRide C Line bus service launching September 29th and it’s part of the new generation of buildings where parking is a premium, not a given – so if you want one of its three-dozen spaces, it’s $60/month and first-come first-served – don’t wait if you’re thinking to lease. (There is bike storage, too! And pets are OK – “no ‘pet rent,’ we’re told.) If you’re coming to tour, not only look for this exterior –

… but also, the gleaming Airstream trailer that’s serving as the temporary leasing office. (There’s a picture on Nova’s Facebook page.) Nova started construction last October, so when move-ins start in mid-November, that’ll conclude a 13-month building process.

10 Comments

  1. Why would they only have 3 dozen parking spaces when parking is already hard around there anyways? There aren’t very many spaces around there. Personally, the lack of parking would make it so I wouldn’t want to rent. (not that I’m in the market but if I were in the market for an apartment parking is important to me)

    Comment by Bonnie — 11:05 am September 16, 2012 #

  2. I thought Seattle enacted a law that stated there must 1.5 parking spaces for every tenant in a new building…

    Comment by Tim — 2:13 pm September 16, 2012 #

  3. Nope. If you are near a rapid-transit route for example, you don’t have to have ANY!

    Comment by WSB — 2:18 pm September 16, 2012 #

  4. Good! If people don’t want/have a car they shouldn’t have to pay extra for the additional cost of parking construction/maintenance for those that do.

    Comment by JN — 2:23 pm September 16, 2012 #

  5. I’m kind of curious about the rent. No mention on the website – did they mention it during your tour?

    Comment by Heather — 2:47 pm September 16, 2012 #

  6. Sorry, I should have asked. I only included the parking-space charge because that’s what people are always asking about … I asked how they decide who gets a space and they mentioned the charge. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:54 pm September 16, 2012 #

  7. Ok. Thanks for the reply TR @ WSB.

    Comment by Heather — 5:00 pm September 16, 2012 #

  8. Two reasons for less parking in these new condo/apartment buildings. 1) They get to push through a project for less hassle with the city. 2) They don’t spend as much on their initial foundation pouring by not having to support the extra space needed for more parking. Don’t believe me? Talk to the guys that pour the foundations, I have.

    Comment by Mike — 5:30 pm September 16, 2012 #

  9. Yes, excavation for underground parking costs more. That’s no secret.

    Comment by WSB — 5:52 pm September 16, 2012 #

  10. Looks pretty sweet. Parking shmarking.

    Comment by villagegreen — 10:41 am September 17, 2012 #

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