Better be careful the next time you drive through Everett, you're likely to get burned, the condo market there is so hot!
On paper at least, downtown Everett is poised for explosive growth.Yow! Smokin!
Nearly 800 new downtown condos and apartments are in various stages of planning.
There's a good chance some of the projects scattered across a dozen development sites will not get off the ground, officials acknowledge.
Still, long-term growth, a property tax subsidy and a strong local economy, buoyed by jet sales at the Boeing Co.'s Everett factory, work in the city's favor.
The condo market in the Puget Sound area remains hot, in spite of a wave of foreclosures and slumping housing sales creating jitters and sliding prices elsewhere.
Developers in Everett talk about "pent-up demand" and say they aren't deeply concerned their projects will create a glut of vacant condos for sale, as is the case in Las Vegas and parts of Florida.
"I think the local market is way stronger than people realize," said Joe Zlab, who plans to break ground on Rockefeller Square, a 40-unit condo building on Rockefeller Avenue, north of Everett Avenue, this spring.
It's only a matter of time before Everett begins to resemble more affluent Seattle suburbs, including Bellevue or Kirkland, said Anthony Aversano, a Mountlake Terrace remodeling contractor.
"Seattle is overpriced, Bellevue has access problems and is also too expensive," Aversano said. "It's not a place where people can go unless you're working for Microsoft and have been there for a long time."
Gus Boutsinis, a Mill Creek developer working on a 130-unit condo project on 41st Street and Colby Avenue, agrees.
"We think Everett is ready," he said. "It's where Seattle was 15 or 20 years ago.
(David Chircop, Everett Herald, 03.25.2007)