Seattle lost a very good townhome developer to the last years recession. I just caught word of it on Sunday. This was not a “big” name builder. He was just a normal guy that had a gift of doing something different. I ran into him a few years back when his product stood out among many townhomes that frankly just looked the same. I was impressed. He had sustainable and salvaged materials through out his home. Birch tongue & groove floors, porcelain and subway tile, custom wood/steel staircases and energy star appliances.
Home trends tend to swallow up the masses. Many developers will just build what is popular. This builder went against the grain. It was modern architecture, built “Green” product and undeniably urban. I’m sad to him go. His departure had nothing to do with his product or his finances, but more to do with the lack of energy after three tough years of fighting the recession and the downward trend of housing values. To be honest, its sad; now is the perfect time to be building “quality” units. If he told me he wanted to start over again, I would be the first person to sign up as member of his team. His product speaks for itself: