The picturesque waterfront town is home to 50 Pine Street, a collection of new luxury condominiums.

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EDMONDS — This picturesque waterfront town is beautiful this time of year. You can feel the holiday spirit wherever you go.

It’s alive all along Main Street, where dozens of shops, boutiques and dining destinations are decked out in holiday finery. You can feel it at Centennial Plaza at Fifth and Bell streets, where hundreds gathered to sing carols and watch the town’s tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 24. You can even feel it at the Port of Edmonds, where boats adorned in twinkle lights bob and rock in the guest moorage all month long.

It’s all part of the magic of Edmonds, and one of the things that makes the new luxury condos at 50 Pine Street such a sought-after address, says Nancy Marsh, a local resident and manager of the sales team.

And with housing prices in Seattle prohibitive to many first-time buyers, this town 20 miles to the north is an affordable alternative, she says.

Visitors at a grand-opening gala at 50 Pine Street in October had a chance to reimagine their lives in one of 68 luxury homes, which offer views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker, as well as instant proximity to town.

In just over a month, more than 10 percent of the homes have been sold. With a recently announced buyer bonus of $10,000, sales activity is expected to ramp up, according to Marsh.

The one- and two-bedroom units are priced from the $400,000s to over $1 million.

With 11 different models to visit, from the efficient Sierra plan (582 to 594 square feet) to the spacious Sprague and Seaview models (1,324 to 1,338 square feet), there is a condo here to suit any lifestyle.

All homes at 50 Pine Street are finished with designer-specified materials, colors, fixtures and cabinetry, and each home is sited to take maximum advantage of the view. Every unit offers  an inviting master suite with walk-in closet, chef’s kitchens with slab quartz countertop and undermount sink, hardwood flooring in the kitchen and living areas, wall-to-wall carpet in bedrooms, and laundry rooms with front-loading Whirlpool washer and dryer.

The one- and two-bedroom homes offer views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
The one- and two-bedroom homes offer views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

The kitchens feature European-style cabinetry and stainless steel KitchenAid appliance packages with gas ranges.

“The finishes have resonated well with the buyers,” says Marsh. “Everyone loves the fresh contemporary feel that the hardwood flooring and 9.5-foot ceilings give each home. The transitional style works well for the buyers excited to live at 50 Pine Street.”

Edmonds is situated in Snohomish County midway between Seattle and Everett, making it ideal for city commuters who need quick access to work but want to come home to the comfortable charms of a quaint beach community. Not in the mood to drive into Seattle? Hop on the Sounder train for a stress-free ride into the city.

In addition to being a winter wonderland, Edmonds is also a summer playground, with such events as Waterfront Festival, Edmonds Arts Festival, Jazz Connection and the Fourth of July Celebration.

Edmonds has been featured as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, a national publication geared toward helping retirees make relocation decisions. The city was profiled in the September/October issue.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller says Edmonds possesses qualities important to today’s retirees.

“On the lovely Puget Sound is the walkable town of Edmonds, more affordable than its big-city neighbor of Seattle. Ferries glide back and forth over the sound, while riders on the deck watch as Edmonds’ picturesque waterfront downtown comes into view,” Fuller wrote. “Mount Baker grabs the horizon to the north and numerous city parks have trails, forests and a dog park. Retirees praise the health care, access to three nearby national parks and historic town center.”

While people older than 65 make up over 21 percent of the Edmonds population, the greatest percentage growth in population in Edmonds since 2010 has been seen among 25- to 34-year-olds, says Mayor Dave Earling, reflecting the increasing allure that Edmonds holds for younger professionals and families.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Port of Edmonds and Marina Beach, 50 Pine Street was built to endure, using long-lasting, low-maintenance design and materials, with longevity and low energy use a priority.

Building amenities include a rooftop view deck with barbecue and spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Olympics. There is also a fifth-floor resident lounge, spacious Fire Pit Patio Oasis and exercise facility.

Parking is available for each unit, with 118 stalls at both street level and below-grade, with extra storage available for select units, Marsh says.

Parking for electric cars is available, as well as gated, assigned parking for residents.

“Each owner will have a parking space in our gated garage. Owners enjoy the convenience and ease and safety of assigned parking in a  gated garage,” Marsh says.