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2022 Waterfront Report | Lock-And-Leave Living

By Alyssa Morrison |

LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE SHORE

There is a certain luxury to being able to leave worries behind, whether you’re out and about for an afternoon at the beach or on your boat, or are traveling to an exotic location for a well-deserved vacation. Worries about who will tend the yard or garden, where a package gets left on delivery, and other mundane, everyday concerns aren’t as big of a deal when you live in a condominium. This is the reason so many, from retirees to mobile millennials, are drawn to the lock-and-leave lifestyle.

If you dream of living on the water without the maintenance of a waterfront home—or would just prefer to live on the water and in the city, there are condo developments that suit every style, match every need, and sit on the region’s many waterfronts, ready for any buyer to choose from. A condo residence is an easy choice for those looking to smart-size their home or those who plan to travel. It’s also a savvy choice for investing or building equity, as a waterfront address never goes out of style.


Alki is a mix of mid-century bungalows, medium-rise waterfront apartments and condominiums, waterfront businesses, and a bike/foot trail tucked neatly between the narrow road and a slim beach for several miles.

It’s also home to Infinity Shore Club Residences, now available for presale, with completion scheduled for summer 2022. Benefiting from a broad, five-lot perch along the shoreline of Alki Beach’s boardwalk, Infinity Shore Club Residences is a sterling glass, steel, and concrete landmark by Tiscareno Architects, with home designs conceived by Susan Marinello Interiors. Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding beach, the six-story community features a larger format, one- and two-level condominium estates. Two elevator banks service fewer than 20 homes each, while more than 4,250 square feet of thoughtfully curated interior common areas and 13,800 square feet of exterior amenities are accessible to the limited number of future residents and their guests. Drama and style define a sense of arrival with a striking water feature and an infinity edge pool—the project’s namesake, as well as describing the residence’s enduring views. Each home features soaring ceiling heights and walls of glass and Nanawall™ window systems, which fold open to let the sea breeze in and create indoor/outdoor living in all seasons on the generously scaled, covered patios. Its high-quality concrete-and-steel construction rivals premium high-rises, ensuring that this is a home built for this generation and beyond. It’s resort-inspired living, whether you plan to make it your full or part-time abode.


Celebrated for its ability to perfectly toe the line between suburban and urban, Madison Park is ideal for those who love to explore the city and all it has to offer. Washington Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are nearby, and plant-lovers can take a relaxing tour through the Seattle Japanese Garden. Outdoorsy residents can also enjoy the splendor of Lake Washington on a sunny afternoon at Madison Park Beach.

Offering a handful of condominium options that display the same uninterrupted views as a floating home (because similarly, though not the same, they were built on a pier)buildings like Lakeshore West and other developments of the same era provide Mid-Century Modern vibes amidNorthwest style and Lake Washington views.

Washington Park Tower provides a more timeless look, and with 22 floors, offers in-city luxury adjacent to waterfront exploits. The open floor plans in each of the 57 residences offer floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding homes with light and spectacular water vistas.


For those who seek to be at the center of it all, the clear choice may be the hustle and bustle of Seattle’s downtown
waterfront. And, there’s never been a better time to lock in a home here. With Seattle’s Waterfront Project at its midway point, an investment in a residence that looks out over the Seattle piers will likely see steady equity gains as the waterfront project is completed in 2025. If a pied-a-terre with a side of VRBO is on a buyer’s mind, this visitor-centric location may be just the spot. But as with any investment property that is also a part of an HOA, be sure to read the bylaws carefully, as rental caps or other rules could make renting out your home untenable.

Waterfront Landings residents not only live across the street from Elliott Bay, but they also live within minutes of Pike Place Market. Just imagine picking up fresh dinner ingredients from the market on a whim—plus, joining a community of residents who embrace all that downtown waterfront living has to offer. Of the three condominium buildings with 232 units, a 24/7 concierge isn’t the only familiar face you could get to know. A social committee organizes annual events for residents, including a holiday party and a summer solstice celebration.


And of course, these are only a sliver of the residences that offer a lock-and-leave waterfront living option for you to explore. We haven’t even begun to touch on the options in Bellevue, from Sammamish Shores to Lake BellevueVillage and Bayshore East on Meydenbauer Bay. In Seattle, whether you’re looking for a home near Golden Gardens in Ballard at Sunset West, or would prefer the quiet of BitterLake, the bustling boat traffic of Portage Bay, or something unexpected in South Seattle, there are options all around. When you’re ready to escape, your worries about who will mow the lawn or take the mail in are unnecessary. Your home is beautiful and convenient.