“Happy wife, happy life,” said the owner of a new Seattle condo, who is selling it after having only lived in it for three months.
The man who works in public service and wishes to remain anonymous, says he and his wife had lived in the same house on Mercer Island for 36 years when they decided it was time to downsize and move downtown, closer to the vibrancy of the city. They chose a 2,300 square foot penthouse condo on the 40th floor of the new Insignia Towers at 583 Battery St. in the Denny Triangle. Their home is located in the north tower, and has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. “We bought it 15 months before we moved in and we watched it being built out,” he said. “We were really excited and planned every inch of it.” He said that when they did move in, and put their Mercer Island home up for sale, he was in love with the place. They both were.
“I would drive back there from work and would get a giant smile on my face every single night,” he said. “I loved the location and the energy that is in the Denny Triangle near South Lake Union — the incredible people from Amazon and other businesses in the area, the shops, the restaurants — the whole location, in fact the whole condo is ideal. And the building is very high quality. There is no noise inside at all, and you cannot beat the view from that penthouse. It was perfect.” Then one evening he came home from work and his wife said she wanted to move back to their home on Mercer Island. “I was totally surprised. I said, ‘You’ve got to be (kidding) me,’ and she wasn’t. She was dead serious. She could not let go of that house where we had lived so much of our lives,” he said. The two discussed the issue for days and finally, he tells me, he said, “OK, let’s call the movers, and she said, ‘I already did!’ We’ve been married 41 years, and like I said, ‘Happy wife, happy life.’ There is no rhyme for happy husband,” he said.
The couple is selling their dream condo for $3.1 million. Windermere’s Jan Selvar has the listing. “This is a true southwest corner penthouse, and the only resale on that corner since they occupied,” says Selvar. “And because they are on the 40th floor, we have 9.5 foot ceilings. The owner negotiated fantastic parking so they have two side-by-side parking spots on the entry level to the garage. And the home itself has two terrace decks.” Selvar says Insignia, which is sold out except for three units, is known for its common areas. “There is a sky lounge up one flight of stairs from this penthouse with a full pet retreat – a doggie park and lounge and grooming area; there’s a whole outside patio and interior spaces for the homeowner group to enjoy, with three separate kitchen areas, and three outside gorgeous decks. There’s a football sized common area between the two towers,” she says.
Other amenities include a two-level fitness center with gym, Pilates studio, lap pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna; and a theater/media room for 25. The place comes with a 24/7 on-site concierge.
Puget Sound Business Journal