Glen Stewart and Marylin Chatten’s apartment on the 23rd floor of Two Lincoln Tower looks out on Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline, and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier. In the evenings, they can’t help but walk out on their balcony and take photo after photo of the pink and orange sunsets that envelop their new home in the sky.
But Stewart admires another view from his comfy couch perched high above Downtown Bellevue. Watching Netflix, he sometimes peers down at the traffic curling around the city’s tallest buildings.
“I can actually see the tail lights of the cars in the traffic that I used to sit in,” he said. “It’s a nice little reminder.”
For more than a decade, Stewart and Chatten lived in Issaquah. Their large single-family home in the Issaquah Highlands was “lovely,” they said, but they realized they were driving to Bellevue to do almost everything.
“We would tell people, ‘Everything that we do is in Bellevue.’ We would just go home to sleep. Even our dentist is here. We’re members of the Bellevue Club; we’re members of the Glendale Golf Club; everything we need to play, all our friends, are here,” said Stewart.
Plus, the commute on I-90 was getting too long. Stewart, who runs an executive leadership firm called Marquis Leadership, was spending up to an hour and a half in traffic to get back home after a long day of work in Bellevue. That was the real catalyst for their move into Bellevue — saving time.
They sold their home and started downsizing. They lost about 2,000 square feet (if you count their garage) when they moved into their new 1,731-square-foot apartment. Purging old items and determining their most sentimental treasures became a positive experience.
“Turns out you don’t need 200 coffee mugs,” said Stewart.
Since they moved in October last year, Stewart and Chatten have been enjoying the communal spaces in the building. They love the 14,000 square feet of fitness facilities (that includes the W Hotel’s gym, which they have access to) and the break room.
“We play pool now. We didn’t use to,” said Stewart.
They also have fallen in love with the staff that works tirelessly to make them and all the residents feel comfortable. The staff knows every resident by name, will unload Amazon Fresh boxes into fridges, will send flowers if someone is feeling sick — just to name a few thoughtful deeds. Whatever the staff can do to make life at Two Lincoln Tower pleasant — they are all over it.
Now Stewart runs his business out of the WeWork space in the tower that neighbors his new home. He can walk home for lunch in just a few minutes and travel to his favorite restaurants in time for happy hour.
While Stewart and Chatten have less space in their new apartment, they have more time to live an urban life they’ve grown to love.
“(Bellevue) is the center of gravity right now on the Eastside,” said Stewart.
Life at Two Lincoln Tower, owned by Kemper Development Company, is sophisticated, yet simplified. The level of service is like the kind of special you feel when you are on vacation and staying at a high-level of service hotel. When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted by a chorus of “Hellos” and people who want to help you — whether it’s opening the door or grabbing a bag of groceries from your arms. There are special events, like guest lectures and cooking classes. You can even valet your car when you come home if you’d like!
Two Lincoln Tower has plenty of open spaces for residents to get fresh air, relax, mingle, and even host get-togethers.
What is Available?
There are one-bedrooms starting at 893 square feet and about $3,300 a month on up to spacious penthouses — 2,867-3,998 square feet. There also are some furnished options for rent — one-bedrooms start at $5,030 a month — and might be a good option for folks doing a handful of months’ work in the Bellevue area. liveattwolincolntower.com
Other Noteworthy Apartments to Check Out
The Residences at The Bravern
The Residences at The Bravern in Bellevue offer one-and-two-bedroom luxury apartments from 655 to 2,159 square feet. There also are penthouses. Amenties include a fitness center, terrace garden with grills, a private movie theater, and more. The Residences at The Bravern is adjacent to world-class shopping, dining, and other services. bravernapts.com
Sophisticated yet relaxed is how Alley 111 describes itself. It has floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views of Bellevue and the mountains. There is an alley area with dining options, lots of common gathering spaces and modern finishes, and it’s environmentally friendly, earning LEED Silver certification. It offers studios to two-bedrooms. alley111.com
Things are literally springing up in Bellevue’s Spring District, including the massive Sparc Apartments, which offers something for everyone. From studios to three-bedroom apartments and work/live lofts, Sparc is becoming quite a community, boasting five buildings, each with amenities and character. In one of the buildings there is a childcare center for residents and their families, and an event space. There’s also a fitness center and dog-washing facility, plus much more. Starting rent for a studio apartment is about $1,500 a month. sparcapartments.com
Venn at Main
Venn at Main in Old Bellevue boasts a variety of floor plans, from studios to townhouse-style homes and lofts. It has a yoga studio in its fitness center, a media room, rooftop deck, and more. Studios start at about $1,825. equityapartments.com
The Meyden in Bellevue is located in Old Bellevue in the heart of downtown. The Washington State Multi-Family Housing Association recently recognized it as the New Development of the Year. It offers everything from studios just under 500 square feet to two-bedrooms under 1,000 square feet. Amenities include a game room, fitness room, theater, and courtyards and other places to unwind, entertain, and visit. Rent starts at about $1,960 a month. themeydenbellevue.com
About a block away from The Bellevue Collection will be the new and modern Lux apartments, opening in September and offering studios and one-two-, and three-bedroom floor plans with walk-in closets, air conditioning, and amenities galore: from a fitness center, to a rooftop terrace for al fresco dining with neighbors, to electric wall safes in every room and bike-storage areas. There will be 137 units and underground parking. Pricing was still being decided at press time. rentatlux.com
Avalon Newcastle Commons
The Avalon in Newcastle has studios up to three-bedroom flats, and two- and three-bedroom townhomes. The gourmet kitchens all have energy-efficient appliances, and there are wooded and skyline views. There also are three more Avalon apartment properties in Bellevue. avaloncommunities.com
Two blocks away from Lake Washington and in the heart of Kirkland’s Park Lane is Voda Apartments. It has views of Lake Washington, the mountains, and the city and boasts chef-style kitchens, a pet wash, Voda Fresh grocery-delivery service, and more. It has a variety of one- and two-bedroom apartments starting at about $2,000 a month. rentvoda.com
The POP & More
A new mixed-used, four-story residential and retail building is being developed by MainStreet Property Group in the heart of downtown Bothell. The construction of the 122-apartment home building with 10,000 square feet of retail space below is slated for completion in the late summer of 2019. The POP — named for local football icon Harold “Pop” Keeney — will feature an intriguing pop art-focused street basketball court with a walking path that wraps around the whole building. Other MainStreet Properties that are new or under construction and offer luxury include: The Junction in Bothell with 130 apartment homes that just opened; The Bond in Redmond that is under construction next to Marymoor Park and that will open late this year; Sky Sammamish that is slated to open this fall in Town Center; and The LINQ Lofts + Flats; that is a new community in Kenmore featuring 94 urban residential flats and lofts with retail below; and the new Heron Flats + Lofts in Redmond (pictured), which offers 7 stories of living in the heart of downtown. mspgroupllc.com
Looking to Buy? Try One88
One88 by Bosa is a 21-story sleek condo building in Bellevue that has one-two- and three-bedroom residences for sale. Views include Downtown Park, the Cascades, and Lake Washington. It has a lot of amenities, including outdoor terraces, a lounge and lobby, indoor pool, children’s playroom, and more. Prices started in the mid-$800,000s during the private sale in early March, and units were priced from mid-$2 million when sales opened to the public March 10. So far, 125 residences have been sold. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to One88 and have recently welcomed nearly 3,000 prospects to tour our Sales Gallery during the preview phase. This is certainly a testament to the demand for urban living in downtown Bellevue,” said Bemi Jauhal, director of sales and marketing for Bosa Development. Elev8, another luxury residential development in the works, is planning on building condos and apartments on the block between Northeast Sixth and Eighth streets near Neiman Marcus. one88bybosa.com; lifeatelev8.com
The Bristol at Southport
In Renton, there’s a luxury apartment building that has breathtaking views of Lake Washington. The Bristol at Southport ranges from about $1,500 to $2,900 for studio to two-bedroom units. The apartments are part of a much larger mixed-use development located in the waterfront community of Southport, adjacent to Gene
Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Charge your electric car; get your dry cleaning picked up; and enjoy the hot tub, outdoor deck, lake access, and much more. thebristolsouthport.com
Located across from the newly revamped Bellevue Downtown Park, Park 88 offers light and bright apartments, some with park views. It has various sizes of one- and two-bedroom units, and amentities like a rooftop deck, fitness area, arcade room, and more. park88.com