Keller Williams Greater Seattle, Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Agent

The Morgan & La Toscane

The Morgan and La Toscane are conversion projects just north of the Broadway business district on Capitol Hill. Both will have their grand opening on June 10th.

I toured both of these projects today during their broker’s open. Unlike the Residences on Fifth Avenue, both of these have been completely updated.

Morgan.jpgThe Morgan is located on a residential portion of Broadway were it veers off at E. Roy by the Deluxe and consists of 11 one- and two- bedroom units. Two of the one-bedroom units are below grade, one with a sliding doors to a private patio space, the other looks like a dungeon. There are four-levels with no elevator.

The exterior is rather non-descript and looks like most other 1980’s apartments. However, they have done a lot of work to the interior – new cabinetry, flooring, fireplaces, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and modern fixtures in the kitchen and bath.

Location-wise, it’s on a fairly quiet, tree-lined street just a block away to the business district. One thing about conversions is that the floor plans are more spacious than new construction. Considering that prices start at $219,000 with a great location, it’s a pretty good value.

LaToscane.jpgLa Toscane, on the other hand, is on busy 10th Avenue, so residents would need to deal with street noise. The building consists of 10 large one- and two- bedroom units, one of which is on the ground level with a private patio. And, though they dressed up the exterior, it still has the 80’s apartment look to it.

Like The Morgan, La Toscane’s interior is beautiful with new carpet, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, granite suround fireplaces and juliette balconies. The upper kitchen cabinets are reflective of upscale quality but it doesn’t match the lower cabinets – they’re two completely different finishes and three different colors. Not quite sure what that’s about. One item I was a bit disappointed with were the vinyl floors in the bath and kitchen. At a minimum, ceramic tile or laminate would have been appreciated.

If I were considering living on Capitol Hill, I would seriously consider these two units. No, they don’t come with fitness centers, a club room or rooftop decks, but they do offer spacious, well appointed interiors within a short walk of everything Broadway has to offer.

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About the Author: Ben Kakimoto is a Seattle condo and urban real estate marketing & listing specialist. Contact Ben to learn more about the Seattle condo and loft real estate market or about buying or selling a Seattle area condo. Find Ben on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. .

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