Our house did not sell in time to meet the condo contingency deadline. With 20/20 hindsight, I'm grateful for that the Seattle condo didn't become our reality. Why? Well, less than 24 months later we moved back to NC.
This was right as the Real Estate market went sideways. We sold our house before the bubble burst. --The bubble was leaking air, but hadn't popped. Anyhoo, by the time we closed on our sale it was becoming clear that owning a home was a long term proposition for real.
It became a really great time to rent in the Seattle area. Many of the apartment-condo conversions ended up converting back to apartments with steep rental discounts. Our first apartment was in Kirkland overlooking Lake Washington. The interior was not updated (it was pulled from the condo conversion updates), but the view was to die for.
This was the first time we lived in a place where we could walk to a restaurant. We thought that was pretty cool. On the first floor was a little urban market. In fact, one night I posted on FB:
Today I'm showing you pics of the Bellevue High-Rise This was the beginning of our "small foot print" living, all 736 square feet of it. The lovely blonde in the pics is my daughter.
I found some pics of the condo that got all of this started....Here they are: