Have you heard?
Everyone is talking about all the new construction near the old Seaholm Power plant. Good, accurate news about this project is hard to come by. However, slowly, more and more details are emerging about the most talked about new development in Austin in years. I’ve written about the Seaholm Condos before, but earlier this week more details were released about the downtown development, including floorplans!
Also, details about how to get your own new condo downtown became available. It’s so rare for new condos to be built downtown, and few developments are getting as much buzz as this one. I’ve heard a lot about the concept and design of these units, and even if they are only half as good as they promise, they are going to be exceptional. But, before you just walk up to the sales office and write a big check, you might want to do a little research, or ask someone like me (who has done the legwork) about what exactly is going to happen, and how to get the best possible deal on these Hot new residences downtown.
Where is the Seaholm development?
How do I get a Seaholm Condo?
The developers are really trying to get some New York buzz going about these units! And you know what? It’s working. This is likely to be a great investment. The only thing that Austin downtown condo prices have done is gone up. (I’ve written about the million dollar Austin downtown condo market before) I highly recommend getting a unit or two (one for you and one as an investment property), if you are capable. Currently, the developer is accepting deposits to reserve your space and favorite floorplan. I’ve already registered on-line several weeks ago, so if they are working on a first-come first served basis, I’m at the front of the line and can help you get the best floorplan on the best floor.
Here are the steps to getting a Seaholm condo:
- Let me know that you want a Seaholm Condo
- Register on the Seaholm website
- Tell me what floorplan you are interested in
- I’ll make an appointment for you, and we can go to the sales office together.
- You will need to write a $5,000 check to reserve your unit, and a sales team will be assigned to you at that point.
Currently there are 18 different floor plans ranging from studio units to larger 3-bedroom residences. Sizes range from 558 square feet (the same size as my very first apartment in Menlo Park) to 2,227 square feet. Here’s a summary. Click on each link to see the floor plan.
Located next to the elevators, and with room for a stackable washer and dryer, these units have some great views, and everything you need for downtown living. There is an efficiency kitchen, in the same space as the large living area. There’s room for a good size bed, a couple of small tables, and a seating area for reading, working watching TV, or just hanging out. Just inside the front door is a large double door storage closet, and there is more storage space in the bathroom as well. S1- 558 sq/ft
1-Bedroom Seaholm Condos
There are 8 different one bedroom floorplans to choose from. Each has a different set of features, and size to go with your budget. They all have great views, and each has a private balcony. Inside, there are connections for a washer and dryer. Some even have walk in closets. Some of the layouts feature a more open plan, while others are a bit more formal with a separation between the dining and living areas. A1- 650 sq/ft A2- 678 sq/ft A3- 821 sq/ft A4- 688 sq/ft A5- 690 sq/ft A6- 685 sq/ft A6a- 688 sq/ft A9- 689 sq/ft
2-Bedroom Seaholm Condos
There are 7 different 2-bedroom units to choose from. Ranging between 990 square feet to 1428 at the largest, most of the 2-bedroom floorplans are corner units. Three of the plans feature double vanities, and the other is a great design for two roommates. One plan even has a corner wrap around balcony, with more incredible views. B1- 990 sq/ft B2a- 1123 sq/ft B2- 1123 sq/ft B4- 1322 sq/ft B5- 1360 sq/ft B6- 1376 sq/ft B7- 1428 sq/ft
The largest of the plans are the three bedroom units. Always located on a corner, these units feature walk in closets, and double vanities in the master, washer and dryer connections, large living and open dining areas with amazing views. C1- 2227 sq/ft C1a- 2227 sq/ft
All floorplans are from the Urbanspace website.
About the Seaholm development
The units were put together by STG Design, and are being listed by Urbanspace – but I recommend using an experienced and knowledgeable agent not associated with Urbanspace. Why? You want someone familiar with the development who will negotiate on your behalf, and not just give you lip service. STG design is a local, Austin based design firm, they work closely with their clients to create buildings and spaces with an emphasis on sustainability. The area around the old Art Deco Seaholm power plant, is being re-purposed for today’s modern lifestyle. A 30-story tower full of condos as well as commercial space and retail shopping (anchored by a new Austin Trader Joes) is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. Originally, the plan called for apartments to be built on the 7.8 acre site, however the demand for condos in downtown austin is so great that the developer Seaholm Power LLC, a group working closely with the city of Austin to revitalize the area near Cesar Chavez and Lamar streets.