In 1906, the First Church of Christ, Scientist building was constructed at 16th and Howell. 100 years later, the congregation sold the building to developers for $1.1 million. The key to the sale: The developers were planning an audacious overhaul of the old building that would retain the character and incredible architectural elements of the church while updating it for modern — and luxury — living. Many other amazing old churches in Seattle were simply torn down.
After three years of construction, the townhouses are finally being unveiled and, not surprisingly, they come with large notable pricetags.
The townhouses (not condominiums) in the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 16th and Howell (1841 16th Ave) are now for pre-sale. Two units of the twelve have already been sold. The model unit is outfitted with original pieces from the church. Developer Joel Lavin has done major redesigning with the space.
Prices range from $925,000 – $1,687,000 (big bucks). If you’re interested, there will be a showing of the project and space this Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Reportedly, as the building is now a historic landmark (a designation it couldn’t get when it was operated as a church, by the way), buyers will qualify for a 10-year property tax rebate.
I had a chance to speak with Matt Goyer (a Seattle condo specialist) over the phone. He says this is a very unique project which is unlike anything out there. When asked what he believes the overall effect of this project will have, he said, “It will be one of those places which people will still be talking about in ten years.”
The modern interior mixed with an amazing old exterior creates what are hoped to be million dollar townhomes. The project will be complete in August.
For more information about the homes…
Matt’s review: http://www.urbnlivn.com/2009/05/31/the-sanctuary-first-churc
The Site: www.sanctuaryseattle.com
List of prices/square footage according to unit:
Unit 1: 2594 sq ft – $1,687,000
Unit 2: 2453 sq ft – $ 1,475,000
Unit 3: 2622 sq ft – $1,575,000
Unit 4: SOLD
Unit 5: 2531 sq ft – $1,295,000
Unit 6: 2476 sq ft – $1,295,000
Unit 7: SOLD
Unit 8: 1543 sq ft – $925,000
Unit 9: 2170 sq ft – $1,025,000
Unit 10: 2230 sq ft – $995,000
Unit 11: 2221 sq ft – $995,000
Unit 12: 2090 sq ft – $1,254,000