1st Bellevue Condo in Almost 10 Years

A rendering of One88 building’s exterior.  Photo: Bosa

One88, the first Bellevue condominium tower construction in almost a decade, has opened their sales gallery and a model unit vignette for preview. To be built at 188 Bellevue Way NE, One88’s 143 residences will strive for high-end, luxury living within easy walking distance of work, businesses, and urban life. There is definitely interest in this building: 1,300 prospective buyers and brokers attended the open house on January 20th.

Photo: Bosa

Bosa, the project’s developer, brought to fruition the high-amenity, 698-unit Insignia mixed-use building, which was also the first condo development for downtown Seattle in 5 years. Bosa is working with Amanat Architect, an international firm also located out of Canada, on One88. The building exterior was created to simulate the multi-facets of a quartz crystal, which is mined in our region. At the moment, the building’s view is unhampered in all directions, including overlooking Lake Washington and Downtown Park to the west. Some units also feature balconies, in which the building’s architectural shape acts as a wind break and makes it possible to use the balcony year-round, through a retractable window.

Left: Rendering of One88 residence. Right: One of the outside terraces.  Photo: Bosa

The interior design firm of Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) from California has won awards for hotel design and was selected for this building. Interiors will be mostly muted brown, tan, and gray throughout, with an ultra modern feel, and slate-like surfaces.

Some of the amenities at One88:

  • 24-hour concierge that will hold your delivered packages and arrange a wide array of personal services for tenants
  • revolving artwork displays in lobby
  • wi-fi throughout the amenities areas
  • saline swimming pool/spa, plus sauna and steam room
  • full workout center with virtual fitness/yoga area and locker room
  • two lounges and work areas
  • private dining room with chef-level appliances
  • two outdoor terraces with grass, grilling islands, and seating
  • a cheerful children’s play area
  • pets allowed

Currently, a 1-bedroom (752-810 sf) starts in the low $800,000s + HOA dues. Three-bedrooms (1,688-2,948 sf) range from $2.2 million to $2.4 million and above (for a penthouse), plus dues. Private sales are going on right now, and public sales begin March 10th.




Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The Kimbell Art Museum, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974), is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era.

The Kimbell Art Museum, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–1974), is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era.

Regarded as one of the most pivotal designers, urban planners, and teachers of the twentieth century, Louis Khan remains a publicly obscure figure.  Unlike other twentieth century “starchitects”, like Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rhoe, who successfully crossed over into public consciousness, Khan remains somewhat confined to academia.  A major retrospective titled “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture”, now going into its final weeks, at the Bellevue Arts Museum shines light onto Khan’s influential career.

Known for his unique approach to design, Khan’s mature architectural compositions are renowned for their masterful use of light and their refined solidity.  Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959 – 65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966 – 72), and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962 – 83).  Each of Khan’s commissions exhibit his devotion to humanistic experience, presenting occupants with comprehensible geometry, tactile materiality, and unimposing scale.

“Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture” provides an unprecedented range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films, which give museum audiences an understanding of who Kahn was, what he did, and how he did it.  Interviews with architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor, and Sou Fujimoto underscore the current significance of Kahn’s work, which is being rediscovered and made accessible to a wide public audience with this exhibition.

“Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture” runs through May 1st, 2016.


Bellevue Botanical Gardens – Winter Wonderland

The Pond

From Now until December 31st go view the Bellevue Botanical Gardens where over a half million lights are used to transform the Bellevue Botanical Gardens into a truely magical place.  Hundreds of volunteers from all over the area have been busy making new creations for this year.  New this year is the theme “Snap d’ Dragon” who will join over 30 “critters” inlcuding Charlotte in her web and Willie the slug.  My favorite is the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn (picture above).  Over 150,000 people enjoy the amazing Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the month of December.

Hours are from 5:00pm – 10:00 and 9:30 is the lastest they will allow you to enter. 
Cost is $5 per person and children under the age of 10 are free and do not need a ticket. 
Please click here to buy your ticket in advance to assure entry.
This truely is magical place and it will really get you in the Holiday Spirit

Nordstroms Half Yearly Sale-Bellevue


Enjoy the warmth of the indoors this weekend at Bellevue Square and take advantage of the savings you will receive at the Nordstroms Half Yearly Sale.  This would be a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early, while saving some money.

Expect Delays on 520 –

According to King 5 News, expect delays early Thursday morning, November 10th on the 520 Bridge as crews will be closing the drawnspan for up to 30 minutes somewhere between the time of 12:00-5:00am to perform monthly testing and maintenance work.  If you absolutely need to travel over 520 during those times, click www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle before you leave to check out the traffic.

Lunchbox Laboratory Coming to Bellevue

The popular Seattle burger joint, Lunchbox Laboratory, is opening a new Bellevue location in December.  Lunchbox Laboratory has a South Lake Union location, and the Eastside joint will be located in the Elements apartment complex at 989 112th Avenue N.E. in downtown Bellevue.  Get ready for some good eats, Bellevue.  See the full report here.

2011 Bellevue Festival of Arts is July 29-31


The annual Bellevue Festivals of Art will take place this upcoming weekend just North of Bellevue Square shopping area in the Cost Plus World Market parking area.  Bellevue and other neighborhood residents can purchase and enjoy art pieces and craftsmanship by 180 of the most talented and popular artists in the Northwest at this event.  Traffic will be very heavy around the mall, so shoppers should use alternate routes and plan ahead. To learn more about the this event, please click on Bellevue Festivals of Art.

Redmond Substation on Fire

A power station in Redmond caught on fire today and black smoke can be seen all the way from Seattle (See photo).  The fire has caused several areas to loose power, including parts of Kirkland and Redmond.  Please click on King 5 to learn more about the story.

Movie Night at Bellevue Park

The annual Movie Night at Bellevue Park with will continue this year between July 5th-August 23rd and will be sponsored by Intelius.  Every Tuesday between these dates you can head down to Bellevue Park and catch a free movie and popcorn.  This is a great event for parents to bring their kids out too and it won’t cost them a dime.  Please click on the map link to see where Bellevue Park is located and go to Intelius to learn more about the event and featured films.

Bellevue Galleria Sells

The Bellevue Galleria in downtown Bellevue sold to Thor Equities this week for $87.5 million.  The building is comprised of restaurants, shops, office space and parking garage.  Bellevue Galleria was built in 1999 and is 204,000 sf in size.   The Galleria has always been a great staple of Bellevue’s downtown area.  Bellevue continues to expand in the residential realm, so it’s no wonder NYC based Thor Equities wanted their first Northwestern purchase to be in the city of Bellevue.  Check out this Seattle Times article to find more information on the commercial sale.