Lake Union Events: Christmas Ship at Gas Works Park on Opening Night

It’s that magical time of year again in the Northwest and what better way to bring in the holiday season than the 62nd annual Christmas Ship Festival from Argosy Cruises.

The festival features the ever popular Christmas Ship decked out with décor, filled with music and brimming with holiday spirit. The Christmas Ship sets sail on 25 nights this season and stops at many Puget Sound waterfront locations. Opening night is this coming Thursday, December 1st. An opening ceremony and the Christmas Ship departure will take place at the Kirkland Marina.

Onboard, riders can enjoy chorus performances and a visit from Santa Clause. You can also ride on one of the dinner cruise boats which trail behind the Christmas Ship so you can experience all the sights and sounds while dining. If you didn’t spring for a ticket this year, don’t worry because the Marina is a great place to simply watch the ceremony and see the ship with your family. The ceremony is from 6:30-7:00 pm.

If you’re on the Westside, the ship will make its way to Gas Works Park in South Lake Union for all bystanders to enjoy and will be there between 8:20 and 8:40 pm. If you would like to purchase tickets for a Christmas Ship cruise, see a full schedule of events or to find more information, please see the website. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Seattle Times Fund for The Needy. See you at Gas Works Park for this highlight of Lake Union events!

Featured photo from Seattle.Findwell.com

Lake Union Restaurant Cactus Spicing Up the Neighborhood

The popular local chain, Cactus, is now serving up its Southwestern and Mexican cuisine in Lake Union. Located in one of the Amazon headquarter buildings, Cactus is competing with Tom Douglas and his three nearby restaurants for the techie consumer. According to a TechFlash article, Cactus is (naturally) busy on the weekdays during lunch, as Amazon employees fill their bellies with Chimayo Enchiladas or Smoked Chicken Quesadillas.

As Amazon continues to grow and more businesses move into the neighborhood (hi Facebook), Cactus will continue to be busy during lunches and early dinners, as workers start heading home. With restaurant expansions like this, Lake Union is developing into quite the Seattle neighborhood hot spot. Now might be the time to start that great restaurant or business idea in the neighborhood, catered to the techies of course. Check out the perfect Lake Union restaurant space in Seattle here.

Featured photo from Seattle Eater.

Lake Union Real Estate: Equity Residential Plans For South Lake Union Apartment Building

The South Lake Union neighborhood continues to flourish with big-name companies, retailers, restaurants and housing, and national developer Equity Residential is getting in on it. The nation’s largest developer recently proposed a new 275-unit apartment complex to sit on Minor Ave. N. between John and Thomas Streets. The site, which is a half-block, is pending sale after being put on the market this year. Equity Residential has one other project at Lake Union on Dexter Avenue North. To see a full list of projects in Lake Union real estate and the greater Seattle area, please visit the official website.

Facebook is Coming to South Lake Union

South Lake Union Residents, expect to see the infamous white “f” with the blue background in your neighborhood. Facebook will be in the area.

As one of the largest offices outside of Palo Alto, Seattle Facebook is growing and doubling its size, adding 60 engineers. The wonderfully-located office near Pike Place Market was not large enough, so Facebook is following Amazon’s example and moving to South Lake Union. It will be moving into a 27,000 sq. ft. office space at 1730 Minor Avenue.

Having both Amazon and Facebook in the South Lake Union area will make a positive impact on real estate to the already desirable Lake Union area, home to properties that even win architectural awards. The best and brightest engineers means more cafes, more shops, and more businesses in general.

For those with property in South Lake Union, expect to see it increase in value. For those without property in South Lake Union, now might be the time to buy if you can get financing. It sounds like it’s becoming a bit of a tech center.

Featured photo from Urban Condo Spaces.

Lake Union Property Wins Architecture Award

Making the neighborhood of Lake Union even more desirable, the Olson Kundig-designed Art Stable was a winner at the 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. Out of the 140 submitted projects, the Lake Union “Art Stable” received one of four Honor Awards distributed that night. According to the release, the project was well-received by all of the judges, with one stating that it “improved the standing of architecture in the United States.”

Looking at the Lake Union project, it is understandable why it received the award. The 6 units boast gorgeous 11-ftfloor to ceiling windows, fantastic for catching sunset views across the South Lake Union neighborhood. The design is avant-garde and customizable, due to the units only being shell. Additionally, it has a wonderful environmental aspect to it, with environmental heating and even an electric car hook up. Welcome Nissan Leaf owners.

When I last checked, there were still units available in the Lake Union property. However, I suspect that it won’t be long until it has full tenancy. I cannot stop looking at these interior photos. It is gorgeous inside. I can only think of the endless possibilities of living or working in a breathtaking, award-winning building, such as the Art Stable.

Featured photo from ResidentialArchitect.com