Development: Interurban Lofts

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Interurban Lofts, 17020 Aurora Ave N.

Living arrangements are in "Pods" of eight units.

Each unit is a studio but has its own full bathroom and is partially furnished with bed, microwave and mini fridge.

The Pods share a kitchen and a washer /dryer. There is a large common area lounge with an outdoor deck and barbeque.

Rents start at $795.

Buildings like this have been around for years - as college dorms. Now they are open to anyone. The location on Aurora gives access to transit and nearby amenities.


Anonymous,  October 1, 2017 at 11:17 PM  

Call them what they are... Microhousing, Apodments. Certainly not the rebranded term demanded by the fanatical urabnists: S.E.D.U.'s or "Small Efficiency Dwelling Units", so as not to pique your interest.

Did you know that there was legislation to cap rents on apodments/microhousing in Seattle to cap rents in the low $600's per month? Guess who whined and whinged and got their communist cosplayer "smart growth" advocate for the wealthy to stamp that proposal out in mere seconds... your precious, urbanist, high-density developers lobby. Not affordable. Does not have to abide by area median income.

Apodments/microhousing are messing with market-rate, square footage rental statistics by changing the definition of "living unit". It's loophole that effects every renter.

Is this latest monstrosity benefiting from the Multi-family tax exemption program? Maybe someone on the planning commission can enlighten us as to not only this question, but how in the heck this zoning variance was even passed under our noses in the first place?

Anonymous,  October 1, 2017 at 11:36 PM  

Buildings like this have been around for years and so have lofts. Lofts were huge converted warehouse space in NYC by artists needing a live and work arrangement. Also from NYC are tenements, from which apodments like this development descended, and even Seattle has started to crack down on them -- but not Shoreline!

College dorms never charged the kind of money these places do.

Anonymous,  October 2, 2017 at 12:12 AM  

LOFTS? Give me a break! Like there's going to be underground, avant garde art shows in these so-called "Lofts". This is a throw-back boarding house, as in 1900's. Not Andy Warhol, Velvet Underground era "lost culture". The real estate development community needs to stop appropriating retro subculture to sell an idea everyone hates.

Anonymous,  October 2, 2017 at 10:35 AM  

Who gets stuck cleaning the shared kitchen?

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