The take away from the Brix and Gallery Condo auctions, held on September 27, 2009, is that there is a strong demand for condo ownership and condo deals. Between the two auctions there were at least 500+ people in attendance, though not all were bidders. The bidding was very active and virtually every auction lot was competitive.
I think it’s fair to say the results exceeded people’s expectations (selling prices were higher than anticipated). The winning bids at Brix averaged $410 per square foot and sold for approximately 70% of the last offer prices (30% discount). The results at Gallery were equally strong, averaging $439 per square foot and selling for about 68% of the last offer prices (32% discount). In comparison, the last auction at Lumen averaged $347 per square foot and sold for only 62% of the last offer prices (38% discount).
Upper-level one-bedroom view units at Gallery were going for as much as $550 per square foot, while lower-level alley facing units averaged about $350 per square foot. At Brix, the one-bedroom flats commanded higher per square foot prices, generally above $400, while the multi-level lofts and townhomes were in the high-$300’s.
Per Schnitzer West, the auctions generated nearly $30 million in sales. In all, there were over 420 bidders who attended the two auction events, with more than 3,300 total site tours in the weeks leading up to the auction.
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From other blogs:
Urbnlivn.com: Brix & Gallery Auction Wrap Up
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle: Did The Brix and Gallery Auction Buyers Get a Good Deal?
Courtney Cooper: Gallery Auction Results: Belltown Real Estate Unveiled
Urban|IMG: The Auction Results