Mercer Island's new Aviara apartments already filling up

The master bedroom in the Aviara model unit features a wall that residents can have painted with a feature color.  - Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo
The master bedroom in the Aviara model unit features a wall that residents can have painted with a feature color.
— image credit: Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo

Though there is still some work going on in the newest apartment complex on the Island, tenants began moving into Aviara, the building located on 76th Avenue S.E., last weekend.

The first phase of apartments is ready to go in the 166-unit building, with 54 available, the most common being the two-bedroom, two-bathroom units. The building also includes studios starting at 500 square feet, all the way up to a 1,626-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit with a loft.

Community Manager Jeff Jagelski said the second phase will include 52 units, followed by the final 60, which should be available by the end of May. There are a total of 26 different floor plans in the building.

But what sets this building apart, according to Jagelski, are the details.

“The high-end details,” said Jagelski, when asked what makes this building different. “The best views for apartments on the Island, the quartz counters and glass tile. The techno gym equipment. It’s definitely high end and the kind of thing people who live on Mercer Island want.”

The units, all top of the line, feature exactly the kinds of things apartment hunters dream about. Quartz counters, glass tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. And that’s just the kitchen. The master bathrooms all include soaking tubs, as well as generous walk-in closets.

Jagelski said each closet includes built-ins, and all of the units are one of two color schemes in the kitchen. Either a gray/tan counter, tile combo or a blue, white combo. Every unit also includes a washer and dryer.

The building is going through the process of becoming a LEED Silver certified building, which will help its residents save money on utilities.

Head to the top floor of the building and the already tall ceilings are close to 17 feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out toward Lake Washington on the northern side of the building. Facing out toward I-90 and the Lid Park, the top floor corner unit, which is one-of-a-kind in the building, features 1,390 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms all for $4,000 a month, Jagelski said.

While the building has no pool, the large center courtyard features gas grills for residents, and once the weather gets nicer, Jagelski said they will be moving out quite a bit of furniture.

Downstairs, the building’s amenities include a workout room, called Studio Be, the Den and a computer area and conference room, available free of charge for residents.

Studio Be features the typical workout machines, ellipticals and treadmills, along with top-of-the-line equipment such as the Kenesis One. Not typical are the machine’s touch screens, allowing residents to watch TV, listen to music and more with a touch of their finger. The Den is the building’s lounge for residents that opens out to the courtyard.

There is parking on two levels for residents, which starts at $75. The main floor of the parking garage is largely for the retail portions of the building.

Wallace Properties is managing the retail properties in the building, which has room for seven different businesses.

Monica Wallace, who is handling the retail spaces, said they are in negotiation with a business that would take up three of the spaces along the left-hand side of the building.

The rest of the units are ready for businesses to start construction, Wallace said. The spaces range from the smallest of 777 square feet, to the largest at 2,336 square feet. According to the Wallace Properties website, the spaces all run for $26-$30 per square foot.

Aviara is open for tours seven days a week, Monday through Wednesday; and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The building is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

To learn more about the space, visit or call (877) 757-1223.

Rebecca Mar/Staff Photos.


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