Property Crush

Snap Up a Condo in an Iconic Seattle Architect’s Building for $649K

published Dec 3, 2018
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Opulent and modern mix well in this art-deco condominium in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood.


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A 1928 issue of Pacific Builder and Engineer referred to Seattle architect Earl W. Morrison as one of the area’s best known architects, complimenting him for going to great lengths to consistently produce artistic designs.

Now, buyers have a chance to snap up a condo in one of his iconic buildings. Our property crush is located in Seattle’s historic First Hill neighborhood, an in-city oasis that’s nearby both downtown Seattle and hip Capitol Hill. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo is located inside the Gainsborough condominium complex, which channels a bygone era with its entrance and communal area. (Bibliophiles: You’ll love knowing there’s a community library here).

“One of three Earl Morrison’s luxury high-rises built in 1930, the Gainsborough is a highly sought after property to own,” says Susan Chace, the listing agent with Compass in Seattle.

With an open floor plan, the corner unit has a modern vibe. It certainly didn’t skimp on windows, either, with lots of natural light streaming through the windows. It boasts a sleek modern kitchen and updated bathroom, as well as hardwood floors throughout the space.

This particular condo may also be a huge draw for fashion enthusiasts (or anyone who has run out of hacks for maximizing closet space): The property features a huge walk-in closet that, in a past life, was a room. A previous owner converted it into the decadent walk-in closet that is today. (Of course, the generous space could be reinvented again).

The condo is on the eighth floor of the 14-story building. It’s equipped with plumbing for a washer and dryer, or there’s a community laundry room within the building.

While the condo itself is modern, the building and its entrance exudes opulence. And, hey, that’s exactly the kind of grand entrance you want to make every day right? Someone cue the big band music.

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