The 378-unit high-rise NEXUS, being developed in downtown Seattle, has earned headlines recently for its initial sales success.

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SEATTLE — NEXUS, a 378-unit high-rise condominium being developed at the corner of Howell Street and Minor Avenue in downtown Seattle, has earned headlines recently for its initial sales success. According to early homebuyers, there are many reasons for that.

Jay Kipp and his husband Dennis Bucheim enjoyed a head start at NEXUS, as Kipp was following the project closely from its inception. As a broker with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, he says he was excited to secure a unique floor plan that offered views, higher ceilings and outdoor living spaces.

The couple has been splitting time between Capitol Hill and the Bay Area, and they look forward to establishing a permanent residence at NEXUS when it’s complete in two years.

“After living in San Francisco, we really got used to the ‘tower living’ and all the benefits of being in a new-construction, amenity-rich view property,” says Kipp. “New construction opportunities are limited in Seattle and the delivery timeline worked well for our longer-term planning as a couple. NEXUS is also the type of property we were seeking.”

As commuting to and from San Francisco for business is still going to be frequent, Kipp notes NEXUS’s enviable access to the I-5 corridor, as well as light rail service to SeaTac International Airport.

Pooya Hakimi, an IT consultant, heard the buzz about NEXUS being a “high-tech high-rise,” so his curiosity compelled him to explore the opportunity and he ended up buying. He’ll be moving from downtown Bellevue, and he sees his new life in Seattle as being a mix of fun and business made possible by the NEXUS amenities.

“It’s definitely a more fun atmosphere to socialize in and entertain family and out-of-town guests while preparing meals,” says Hakimi, referring to the exhibition kitchen located on the 41st-floor common area Sky Lounge at NEXUS. “I see myself using the meeting rooms for conferences and presentations as well.”

For Lauren Messenger, you could say it was the art of the deal. She’s a museum professional living on Seattle’s First Hill, and her father shared an article about the considerable development that’s taking place in the East Village neighborhood where NEXUS is being built. She’s also a foodie and says the well-appointed, open-plan kitchens inspire her culinary ambitions.

“The [kitchens] look exceptionally convenient and well-sized,” Messenger says. “I can’t wait to try out some new recipes that my previous kitchen didn’t have the space to accommodate.”

As a logistics professional, Peter Ku would know a thing or two about the importance of location and access to amenities. He understands “nexus” means being the core or center of something — in this case many things. The NEXUS condominium tower will help link the four distinct quadrants of downtown Seattle: Capitol Hill and First Hill to the east, the Central Business District and Retail District to the south, the Denny Triangle and Belltown area to the west, and South Lake Union to the north.

Lauren Hays, a software engineer that currently lives in Pioneer Square with her husband Casey, says she was drawn to NEXUS because it is well-designed with functional living spaces, and because it is a pet-friendly community with a dog lounge with dog run on the seventh floor.

Hays says they are thankful they are buying during presales so they can lock in prices before they escalate further and can program their future with confidence.

“We avoid competing in the turbulent Seattle real estate market [by purchasing now],” says Hays. “We’ll enjoy living in a modern new building, and feel confident that we are making a sound investment with our money.”

NEXUS is more than 80 percent presold. Occupancy is scheduled for mid-2019.