SEATTLE, WA - LMC, a leader in apartment development and management, announced the opening of Axle, a luxury apartment community fully integrated with smart-home technology in the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle.
Axle, which is pursuing LEED Gold certification, consists of 226 smart apartment homes in an eight-story midrise. The community is part of the Interbay area that links the charismatic Queen Anne, Magnolia and Ballard neighborhoods, which offer a variety of vintage Seattle experiences.
Axle will offer fully integrated smart homes, complete with an Amazon Echo integrated into a Sonos Play:1, a Ruckus access-point device for superior Wi-Fi coverage and Lutron Pico Remote for dimming lights and controlling smart-home speakers. Residents will receive a Sonos PLAY:1 upon move-in. All homes will include Lutron roller shades, which can be controlled through a smartphone, a Pico remote or by voice activation through Alexa. LMC has teamed up with Amazon to offer tech services and configure the smart-home devices until the community is full. Axle welcomed its first residents in the fall.
With a development pipeline of over 2,500 apartment homes, Seattle is one of LMC's most concentrated markets.
"We've boosted our Seattle presence in recent years, and that's no coincidence because we like the balance of jobs, in-migration and quality of life in the region," said Brad Reisinger, divisional president of the Pacific Northwest for LMC. "The Interbay neighborhood continues to emerge with all the hallmarks a great neighborhood, including access to transit, walkable retail and recreational amenities. We believe Axle will serve as a top-of-market, smart home-equipped living option for those who are as enamored as we are with the area and its various attractions."
Axle consists of 1- and 2-bedroom apartment homes with den and townhome layouts available, ranging in square footage from 539 to 1,454. Apartment interiors are furnished with quartz countertops, designer lighting, high-end stainless steel appliances, hardwood-style plank flooring, full-size washers and dryers, ceramic tile tub surrounds, lighted mirrors and under-cabinet lighting.
Community amenities at Axle are highlighted by the sky lounge with a full kitchen, dining area with fireplace and large communal room with two oversized TVs. A "Barcade" is an informal gathering place with ping-pong, skeet balls and gaming. Other key amenities include a robust co-working lounge with state-of-the-art technology, club-inspired 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop deck with barbeques and lounge areas, a pet park and pet wash station and a large bike and gear maintenance facility. Residents will also have access to 24-hour digital package service, secured bike storage and additional storage.
Axle will be certified LEED Gold, allowing residents to benefit from increased energy savings, reduced water use and improved indoor air quality, all done with a lower carbon footprint than a typical apartment building.
Situated at 3230 16th Avenue West, Axle boasts prime access to downtown Seattle and is centrally located to the Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. Several neighborhood festivals are scheduled throughout the year, including the 17th of May Celebration, Ballard SeafoodFest and the Interbay Fishermen's Fall Festival, and residents will also have year-round access to the Ballard Sunday Farmer's Market. Nearby Interbay Urban Center is anchored by Whole Foods and provides a multitude of additional retail and dining options.
Axle is located at the confluence of the Burke Gilman, Elliot Bay and Ship Canal recreational trail systems, making the community a bike rider's paradise. Discovery Park, featuring 534 acres along the shores of Puget Sound, is a short ride away in Magnolia and connected to Ballard via the Ballard Locks. Axle sits approximately one mile from Expedia's new headquarters campus via a dedicated bike path, and the community offers convenient access to the thriving, tech-focused job market across the Seattle metropolitan area. The Rapid Ride transit stops are easily accessible from the community, which provide express service direct to Downtown, South Lake Union and Ballard.
In addition to Axle, LMC has six apartment communities in operation or under construction in the Seattle area. Others include The Whittaker, Twenty20 Mad, Valdok 1701, Valdok 1702 and The Bower (in Kirkland). LMC is also developing a 548-home two-tower development on First Hill adjacent to Town Hall and a 435-home development in the Marymoor Subarea of Redmond.