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Carbon 56 Condos

Carbon 56 is a new conversion project in the Gateway district at 2015 Terry Ave (map). Formerly known as the Aristo Apartments, Carbon 56 sits in the shadow of 2200 Westlake and Cornish College, no doubt looking to take full advantage of the new condominium and revitalization projects in the neighborhood.

Many of the 56 units are Seattle-style lofts and range in size from 660 to 1,300 square feet with prices starting at $309,000 and up into the high-$500,000s.

Features include (not applicable to all units):

  • 13′ Ceilings with floor to ceiling windows
  • Maple Hardwood floor
  • Maple cabinetry in kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Slab stone countertops
  • Air conditioning and radiant heat
  • Washer/Dryer, now standard with every home ($1,200 option)

Other features include a fitness center and underground parking. The building sits just off of the new street car route providing great access to downtown and the South Lake Union area. Whole Foods and the Pan Pacific Hotel are located conveniently across the street.

Updated price list as of 3/25/07.

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  1. Jamie says:

    Hi Ben,

    The address for Carbon 56 is 2015 Terry Ave. I love the site!



  2. Ben_Kakimoto says:

    Jamie – thank you for the correction. I’ve updated the post.

  3. Jamie says:

    Hi Ben,

    There have been a couple of changes at the building. First there are 56 units available, plus a stack washer/dryer comes with all of the units for no additional charge. Additionally, I would like to send you an updated price sheet. What is the easiest way to send it to you?



  4. Ben_Kakimoto says:

    Jamie – I’ll update the post with the new info. You can send the price sheet to living(at)

  5. Aidan Hadley says:

    I lived in this building when it was the Aristo. Everyone who is thinking of buying one of these “condos” should be aware of many of the issues this place had which resulted in high rental turnover when it was an apartment. These issues included: Thin walls and floors, constant noise from garbage and recycling trucks (serving three properties) on the alley side, no cross ventilation and a glass wall design that results in relentless overheating in the summertime. The tiny floor model “air conditioners” are a joke. The location is good and the neighborhood is up-and-coming. But there are better values in the condo market than this place, even with the cosmetic upgrades they have done.

  6. Patrick says:

    I moved into Carbon 56 about a month ago and haven’t been happier in Seattle. The location is perfect for those who want the entire city at their fingertips, and the upgrades these units have received are ultra chic. I have neigbors on both sides of me and have yet to hear them, and the air conditioning units actually work quite nicely. I think Carbon’s a great buy, especially given the neighborhood — 24 Hour Fitness up the street; Whole Foods/Starbucks/Pan Pacific Hotel down the street. To top it off — Nordstrom and all the great downtown shopping Seattle has to offer is a meager 10-minute walk.

  7. Jaime Gummer says:

    I lived in this place when it was the Aristo. All of Aidan’s comments ring true. The place has ultra-thin walls with no insulation. You can hear EVERYTHING. And the place is hot in the summer. The tiny floor model air conditioners are undersized for the apartment spaces. There is also a persistent rat problem outside of the property and some drug dealing activity at the low income apartments across the street. This place has a lot of problems that have not been remedied by the cosmetic upgrades. The review from Patrick above must be a shill. Be extra careful before buying one of these condos. There are so many better values in South Lake Union.

  8. Ben_Kakimoto says:

    I’ve never lived in the building so I can’t speak from personal experiences. But, I do know people who lived in the building when it was the Aristo and in the converted Carbon 56. Both people had positive experiences living in the building.

    As far as heat, I’m guessing it’s mostly an issue with the upper West-side units as the lower units are blocked by the building across the alley. Though, if the summer heat is a problem and the small A/C units are inadequate, well, that’s a pretty easy fix.

    The environmental/neighborhood issues are not so easily remedied. However, there’s only a small surface parking lot separating Carbon 56 from the 2200’s $800,000+ street-entry townhomes. There’s also a police station a couple of blocks away and the building’s original owner still lives in the building (top floor penthouse).

    I would caution potential buyers, as I would any in-city buyer, that the neighborhood is undergoing redevelopment and the landscape is constantly changing. There is a 400+ foot project proposed for that block close to Carbon 56.

  9. Brett says:

    I moved into Carbon56 Spring of 07’ and have lived in four other new condo buildings in the last 7 years. I don’t know any the previous tenants of the Aristo Apartments but have had an opportunity to meet my new neighbors. We even had a holiday meet-n-greet social one recent fall evening in which we visited each others homes to see the personalization each of us has done. Everyone I have met that lives at Carbon56 including myself are very pleased with the quality of construction, finishes, customer service and warranty follow up provided by the developer. I live in one of three units on the top floor that faces west – yes, it’s a bit warm in the summer but I have upgraded the portable A/C unit and it works fine. If I were to do it again I might go with a more deluxe unit with more output. As to the neighborhood – I have recently lived in Ballard, Central District, Capital Hill and First Hill and I feel very comfortable with walking to and from my home while out shopping, dining or a night out on the town. When your windows are open you may hear the city life – that’s the same for any condo building. Carbon56 is convenient to Whole Foods, Starbucks, downtown shopping and other modern in-city conveniences. If you’re thinking about buying a home at Carbon56 or any other condo building, just ask the homeowners who live there what they think – you’ll find out what the real deal is. Cheers!

  10. Tim Reynolds says:

    I left this on another site, so I’m just pointing out the obvious…No Marketing plan, no sales

    Is there a record for how many times a Developer changes Sales Agents & Lenders in 1 year. The developer is onto their 2nd Sales Group. Apparently the last one, who had 8+ Realtors work the site couldn’t get it done. They’ve also moved Lenders, again, I think this is the 4th Group. Developers, get a clue, without a well thought out MARKETING PLAN, this crap isn’t going to move. It doesn’t matter who you have sit there!!!!

  11. Ben_Kakimoto says:

    Tim – it’s not uncommon for developers change marketing firms, but your point is taken. I believe Trio went through three marketing firms.

  12. Greg says:

    Good points!

    The marketing of condominiums is only as good as the realtors on site, the marketing budget and the restrictions put on them by the developer.

    It is a two way street. As a marketing company, if you tell the developer what they need to hear as opposed to what they want to hear. You will simply list less properties, which is not all bad.

    However many companies have an approach to tell the developers what they want to hear as per unit pricing and wear them down over time.

    But you are correct most marketing plans are so full of fluff and glitz that they do not target the buyers for their type of product. It is only a broad based plan.

  13. Ant says:

    Take what Carbon 56 truly is. It is downtown living. Go to SF or NY and this place is so much better. I rent there and have only heard muffled neighbor-noise. It is what you’d expect living downtown and the same as most places in Belltown. The area is/has been cleaned up a lot with Wholefoods and the Pan Pac. This area is going to boom – the whole Denny triangle is set to rocket. (Oh, I rent there and are happy/delighted there is is not spin.)

  14. Amy says:

    Just wanted to respond to some of the earlier comments in the blogs. I have lived in Carbon (own a unit) for over a year and love it more than any place I’ve lived in Seattle. I have no idea what anyone is talking about with the noise. Perhaps it is because I live on the side facing Terry, but I have never heard a trash collector, never heard my neighbors, nothing. I find it funny about the noise comments because that’s one thing I actually tell people I love about the place — it’s a quiet nook, and you’d probably never guess it. As for the heat, it was not bad at all for me in summer. True, the A/C units don’t work that well, but in the few weeks when it was hot, I used the A/C and fans and was perfectly fine. I’ve also never seen rats or “drug deals.” In my opinion, there’s no better place to be for location. Easy walk to Whole Foods, coffee shops, movies, theater, shops, etc. After having lived in Cap Hill, Ballard, and Dexter, Carbon has been — by far — the best experience.

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