WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Admiral Station Apartments’ grand opening

The first major mixed-use project to be built in The Admiral District in several years is now open. A grand-opening celebration is happening through 4 pm today at Admiral Station Apartments (2715 California SW) – all are welcome to drop by for food (catered by Husky Deli and Puerto Vallarta), a raffle, swag, and tours through 4 pm.

We visited Admiral Station, which has 49 apartments – 12 already leased – earlier this week for an advance tour. Here’s what we saw:

The four-story building has apartments ranging from studios to 2 bedroom/2 bath, with rent from $1,225 to $3,325. About a fifth of the units have reduced rents because the project is part of the city’s MFTE program. Some of the touches are invisible but important – those that front on California have triple-pane windows:

Lots of flesibility with USB jacks as well as power outlets:

Building amenities include a rooftop deck with views of the Sound and Olympics:

From this dog run on the roof, you can also look northeastward toward the Space Needle:

Another part of the roof has a garden featuring plants that were doing an excellent job attracting pollinators during the sunny afternoon during which we visited:

The building has parking for both motorized vehicles (46 spaces) – available for an extra $150/month (electric-vehicle charger for $175) – and bicycles:

The garage has extra security features, from cameras to a fast-operating roll-up door to multiple layers of entry security.

Amenities also include a fitness room with equipment including weights.

The building’s lead developer is longtime West Seattleite Paul Cesmat. He also showed us features in the lobby including a package locker and nautical-themed art to go with the building’s name – with more to come. Cesmat has owned the property, where his construction company once had its offices, for more than 40 years.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Admiral Station Apartments' grand opening"

  • Jim P. September 24, 2022 (1:36 pm)

    Looking at floor plans, nice they are not all cookie cutter identical.

  • Your Bro September 24, 2022 (2:00 pm)

    Congratulations Paul!!  A well done absolutely wonderful job on a beautiful treasure in the neighborhood!!

  • Al King September 24, 2022 (2:02 pm)

    What is the monthly rate for the “reduced rents”??? Are those fixed rates or will they increase at the same percentage and same time as the other units???

    • Allison September 24, 2022 (6:02 pm)

      There is no such thing as “fixed rate” rent. Subsidized rent is based on the tenants income versus the Area Median Income (AMI). The way the building is financed dictates the minimum/maximum rent rates for those that are eligible for those subsidized/affordable units. When your lease renews (or if you are month to month) your rent is eligible for increase, calculated on your current income and the current AMI. These amounts are set by HUD for every locale.

      • Al King September 24, 2022 (8:05 pm)

        Allison. Thanks for the clarification. Do you know what the reduced rents are?

    • aa September 24, 2022 (8:26 pm)

      If you want to know the rents contact the apartments. They will be able to provide the costs and income criteria for the reduced rates.  

    • Sue H September 25, 2022 (1:29 am)

      If you go to their website and click on the floor plans, you get a list of the different size apartments and they mark the ones that are income restricted. The least expensive income restricted apartment is $846 for 365 sq ft (studio) and there are larger ones that cost a lot more but still income restricted.

  • Forest September 24, 2022 (5:42 pm)

    What commercial tenant or tenants will front California Ave. on either side of the building’s entrance?

    • WSB September 24, 2022 (6:37 pm)

      Sign is up on the north side for West Seattle Realty (hope to have a separate story on that soon).

  • Anne September 24, 2022 (8:11 pm)

    Nothing against WS Realty -but wish more actual retail would fill those ground floor spaces

    • WSB September 24, 2022 (8:24 pm)

      As you know if you follow our business coverage, retail is getting rarer and rarer, in buildings old and new, as people buy more items online. Professional services (and food/beverages), most of which can’t be done online, fill the spaces instead. If you want more in-person retail, I hope you are supporting the stores we still have (and support the local professional services too, some of which have to compete with online/national rivals) – TR

      • Anne September 25, 2022 (7:52 am)

        I  always shop local first. Just wish there were more places to do that. 

      • WestSeattleBadTakes September 25, 2022 (3:39 pm)

        Hard to build a community when everyone is in their cars either speeding or looking for parking. Supporting sustainable infrastructure and neighborhoods is a key factor for local businesses.

    • Al King September 25, 2022 (9:32 am)

      Anne. To quote a saying i saw long ago: “Sir, I have seen the enemy. He is us” WSB is ABSOLUTELY correct WAY too many people deep in their hearts DO NOT care about local businesses. Their only thought is who’s cheapest and when will someone drive to my house to deliver it.  

  • Robert Goulet September 24, 2022 (9:34 pm)

    Another great looking building. Congrats Paul and Steve.  

  • Pat davis September 25, 2022 (9:20 am)

    Hopefully the commercial space will consider the impact on air quality of both the residence of the building and the neighborhood. Nail salons, woodburning pizza (wood smoke is 12 TIMES More toxic than a cigarette. Wood smoke is A huge cause of cancer so hopefully we don’t have to endure another one around here.

  • Jon Berger September 25, 2022 (9:57 am)

    Congrats Paul!!!

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