Renter alert: More apartments might convert

Just steps south of the apartments-turned-condos at SeventyOne and the Housing Authority-purchased apartments at Riviera West — and a few short blocks from the conversion-in-progress at the Watermarke (which our tipster just blogged about at Seattlest) — another building has hit the market. 7130 California Ave. SW is billed as a “prime candidate for conversion.” In case the listing verbiage changes, here’s a grab:


7130 Cali and its condo candidacy can be all yours for $2.6 million.

7 Replies to "Renter alert: More apartments might convert"

  • A September 6, 2007 (10:27 pm)

    While driving past today, I saw a land-use notification at the little brick apartments across the street from Charlestown St Cafe. Haven’t been down that way in awhile so don’t know if it’s new or old news, but it’s certainly disappointing. That little ground floor cluster with the courtyard is one of my favorite properties in the area.

    Maybe a group needs to form and attempt to get historic designations on some of the houses in this area and perhaps do some work to make this slow down a la Queen Anne. If we want to preserve the character of the neighborhood, that is.

  • Jan September 6, 2007 (11:37 pm)

    A…I think those apartments have been slated to be torn down for quite some time…do a search on here for 3811 California Ave. We’ve talked about it before on here…and, you’re absolutely right..change inevitably happens, but it would be nice to slow it down a little

  • Jan September 7, 2007 (12:47 am)

    interesting reading the listing unit by unit. Some are already stripped refrig., no stove, etc, etc. If someone buys this to convert to condos, one hopes that they put a washer and dryer in each unit. I love reading about some of these conversions that only have a laundry room. And…they want how much for that?

  • K September 7, 2007 (5:36 am)

    Seattle is doing a terrible job of regulating condo conversions.

    Having been shopping for a condo,I have seen a lot of absolute crap for sale in the “conversion” market.

    Don’t put new cheap IKEA cabinets and pressed wood doors into a 1980 apartment building with 1980 electrical, leaky metal windows, old plumbing, and original roofing and call it “condo quality”.

  • cleat September 7, 2007 (6:35 am)

    I think that has become what Condo Quality means … even the new buildings are done up in shrink wrap w/in a couple of years while resided… Remember how new construction … even the like kit houses from Sears Catalog … would last a life time or two!!!!

  • Sue September 7, 2007 (8:19 am)

    Jan, regarding washers/dryers, when West Ridge Park was rentals, each unit came with them. But we were told that as condos, they would not and you’d have to buy them. You could “conveniently” add in one that they offered and they’d “just roll it into your mortgage,” but they said that it was for our “convenience” so that we could have the choice to pick what we wanted. Well, for $292,900 (my insider offering price), I would’ve hoped to at least get a “free” washer/dryer!

  • Venkat September 7, 2007 (9:11 am)

    Surprised we don’t see more coops, given all this not-user friendly condo conversion activity.

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