South Lake Union and Amazon’s Urban Campus

In my daily reading today, I came across a post from the folks at South Lake Union on Facebook.  I was thrilled to have taken the time to read it. Kaid Benfield of The Atlantic wrote an incredible piece on Amazon’s Urban Campus located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. It talks about how Amazon, Vulcan and South Lake Union designed a thoughtful, walkable and attractive campus right in the heart of the city.

I was blown away at how quickly and effectively Benfield described the neighborhood and the benefits behind a well designed corporate/urban model. He touched on Apple’s campus in Cupertino and how it simply falls short when comparing its campus to Amazon’s new design. I particularly like his emphasis on transit and the pedestrian friendly footprint.

As many of you know, I’ve been a big fan of South Lake Union and the impact its having on Seattle. As it continues to develop, the residents of our city stand to benefit the most. From a Seattle condo perspective, I would love to see more opportunities to own in new buildings. Unfortunately, I just don’t see that happening – at least for 2-3 years.

For now, I would encourage anyone interested in living in South Lake Union to check re-sale opportunities (2200 Westlake, Enso, Veer), rental units or find something that is close enough to walk or use transit (Eastlake, Westlake, Downtown, Capitol Hill etc…).

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