Welcoming a new WSB sponsor: West Seattle’s Mural Apartments

This is the first of the current wave of Junction megaprojects to be finished — just one month from now, residents will start moving in, and its storefronts will start to open. Today, as WSB welcomes Mural Apartments (4727 42nd SW; map; ) as a sponsor, we have photos and information to bring you from a tour we joined last Friday, even as crews put the finishing touches on residential and retail – you are welcome to book a tour too (935-0676). Here’s a sneak peek inside one of the model units they’re showing now:

Read on to see what else we saw, and found out, including new information about Mural‘s ground-floor businesses:

Art is a signature element of Mural, whose name is meant as homage to the murals for which The Junction is known. You’ll find it in the ground-level retail, where Courtney Sievertson (photo above, as she toured with us) is opening Wallflower, a custom framing and gallery shop (one of three businesses to occupy the retail space – the others are Fresh Bistro by Herban Feast, previewed here last fall, and Seasons Hair Salon, moving over from the 42nd/Alaska building that will be demolished when the neighboring Conner project begins). You’ll also find art in the lobby and other public areas, with works by local artist Kelly Rae Cunningham, who joined the tour too:

That photo shows Kelly Rae in front of a huge wall in the lobby, where passersby will be able to see her work through the windows along 42nd; she’ll have art on every floor. The art inherent to the surrounding area — “Downtown West Seattle” and beyond — will be on display 24/7 as well; touring model units on the 4th floor, even on a cloudy sky, we enjoyed views from sweeping Puget Sound vistas to business-district peeks:

Turning away from the exterior views – Mural Apartments units come in a variety of floor plans, with different layouts – including uniquely styled kitchens (note the stainless steel):

Another example of variety: Units on the first two floors have concrete floors and higher ceilings (11 feet) – the sliding-door area you see in the background (that’s Harbor PropertiesEmi Baldowin in the foreground) is for the sleeping area of this particular unit, an “alcove” if you will:

The managers who led our tour were also quick to point out some units’ walk-in closets:

Storage space is ample in many units – here’s one with a pantry next to the kitchen:

Amenities are part of the package too, from a fitness room and roof deck, to Zipcar memberships and driving hours that come “standard equipment” with every apartment.

Mural has studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom+den, and 2 bedroom units. If you’re wondering about the rent and size ranges:

*Studios, 549-581 square feet, start in the $900s
*1-bedroom units, 551-815 square feet, start in the $1000s
*1 bedroom/dens, 757 square feet, start in the $1400s
*2-bedroom units, 1,011-1,071 square feet, start in the $1500s

Mural Apartments will start opening May 15th, and that’s when Courtney Sievertson says she’ll have Wallflower framing shop/gallery open too; Fresh Bistro is expected to be close on its heels, aiming for Memorial Day, per Emi from Harbor Properties. Meantime, you can call Rose right now for information, 935-0676, including booking a time to tour Mural; an open house is set for May 23rd, 11 am-2 pm (or e-mail live@muralapartments.com). You can find out more at muralapartments.com, too, as well as on Twitter at @muralapartments, and at the Facebook fan page for Mural.

Thanks to Mural Apartments for joining the WSB sponsor team, all listed here!

16 Replies to "Welcoming a new WSB sponsor: West Seattle's Mural Apartments"

  • kittylove April 14, 2009 (5:26 pm)

    is that really the going rate for west seattle? seems more like what they would charge downtown.

  • WSB April 14, 2009 (5:37 pm)

    I’m not sure what the most recent brand-new units to open in West Seattle would have been – maybe Strata and West Water, originally intended as condo conversions so not COMPLETELY new like Mural, and their locations aren’t as good as The Junction. For just one comparison in The Junction, first result on Craigslist is Jefferson Square across the street, by no means new – similar pricing.
    Strata (just north of Morgan Junction) comes up with a ground-floor 1 bedroom at $1195
    West Water (just south of Morgan Junction) comes up with a 1-bedroom $1100

  • John April 14, 2009 (8:43 pm)

    I hope you continue to report on these developers in an unbiased manner after the sponsorship. Nothing is impacting the quality of life more in West Seattle good or bad than these builders.

  • Kate April 14, 2009 (9:07 pm)

    Tonite after work, I put down my money to “hold” my unit in Mural. I did a thorough search for alternative options for me and Mural’s price is very much aligned with others in West Seattle. Sure, I could find a place for a tad under $1000 (yes, it IS that expensive to rent in WS) but my washer/dryer won’t be in the unit OR I’ll have to buy my own b/c “hook ups” are offered, I won’t have a view or balcony or a modern kitchen.

    As a 30-something professional gal, Mural is going to allow me to live the lifestyle I want with very few compromises. Yep, I’m going to stop driving to work, but that’s a GOOD thing!

    I can’t wait to be able to be within walking distances of some great West Seattle shops, restaurants and bars. I predict the Junction will see some new faces who fall in love with our West Seattle lifestyle!

    My move-in date can’t come fast enough!

  • alki_2008 April 14, 2009 (9:11 pm)

    Looked at their website and didn’t see anything about parking? Any info about that? Thanks.

  • Kate April 14, 2009 (9:37 pm)

    Oops — forgot to mention that, yes…136 spots under the bldg. I was given a rate of $60/month. I actually want to rec’d they add some stuff to their site, particularly parking, washer/dryer, etc. Those kinds of things are very important for me and my circle of friends when looking for a place to live!

  • WSB April 14, 2009 (9:54 pm)

    John – Yes, we report journalistically on everyone who makes news, regardless of sponsorship affiliation. We also take great pains to disclose every time we mention a sponsor, whatever the context, that they ARE a sponsor – you can see that in our events calendar, our news articles, any forum posts we make as site managers, and even when I mention a sponsor in a post on Facebook or Twitter.
    One more note — to be quite honest about it, none of our ads are priced so high (unlike the case in other forms of media) for it to be painful if someone ever chose to pull an ad because they didn’t like something we reported (whether it was about their business or not). Our advertisers are by and large West Seattle community members and we hope that as such, they too value accurate, impartial, thorough, ethical news reporting — which is our highest commitment … TR

  • TeresaP April 15, 2009 (8:10 am)


    Welcome to West Seattle! I have lived in Seattle 25 years. the last 10 in West Seattle and this is where I will stay.


  • Kate April 15, 2009 (8:48 am)

    Hi TeresaP — I’m actually already a West Seattleite, you all stole my heart 6 yrs ago. I’m just moving from a rental house to the apts — i am THAT drawn to what my new home and the Junction hood will offer me in terms of enjoying life!

  • Alison April 15, 2009 (9:09 am)

    Having lived in West Seattle for 8 years, I think that Mural adds to the neighborhood – cool architecture and a nice replacement for a lumpy old parking lot with giant puddles. Can’t wait to visit Fresh Bistro – their event space in SoDo has amazing food.

  • GenHillOne April 15, 2009 (9:33 am)

    Hey, that looks like a Conserv fridge in the last pic – we’ve had one for a few years and LOVE it! Excellent alternative to “apartment” size units…same 24″ width, but much taller with euro-style freezer drawers on the bottom. And more efficient! Those are a little pricier up front, but very cool to see one in this application.

  • RPH April 15, 2009 (10:11 am)

    From the website: “Mural balconies are large enough to accommodate a table and chairs”!

    What a joke. Notice they don’t mention people in their balcony capacities.

    Several grocery stores? Maybe two by next year.

    The building looks like stacked shipping containers.

  • Sharonn April 15, 2009 (11:31 am)

    Welcome to the neighborhood Kate! If I didn’t own a home that’s exactly where I would move to. Thanks to Harbor Properties for recognizing the need for workforce housing in West Seattle and other locations in Seattle.

  • Mary April 15, 2009 (2:56 pm)

    I have looked at Jefferson Square in the recent past and they are not nearly as expensive. They do have remodeled units (I got to see pictures, but no current vacancies for what I’m looking for) — a two bedroom, two bath loft… was quoted at $1600 for 1065 square feet, with high end appliances, etc. It looks gorgeous. Does anyone know what the pricing for the Mural actually is? (I noticed it said “starting at $900, $1000, $1400, $1500.) The square footage noted is much smaller than what I was offered at Jefferson Square as well as at City Watch.

  • Thomas April 15, 2009 (4:43 pm)

    It’s great that there will be new residents here, but honestly, I’d be amazed if the place was anywhere close to full this time next year. What with the whole massive recession and all.

  • kaya April 16, 2009 (1:47 pm)

    Who can spare $900. for one month? For a studio yet?
    Too expensive!!

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