With tougher markets come opportunities. The condo market has slowed down and we have seen many, many price reductions…and not just one or two reductions, but four, five and six price reductions! There are a few that stand out for me right now that I think represent good buying opportunities. And because some of these have been on the market for so long, the chance to buy lower than it’s current listing price could be very high. In the higher end of the market, a penthouse that I have discussed multiple times is unit #1301 at The Strand. This is a beautiful waterfront unit that has great river, mountain and city views! The downside of this unit… many agents have tried to sell the large rooftop deck as a selling feature. Truth is you are almost level with the nearby bridge traffic and the noise is pretty loud. With that said, put a water feature and some music on the deck and I believe it becomes usable. The current price on this penthouse is down to $1,995,000 , reduced from last month where it was at $2,350,000. ( if you remember, this penthouse was originally priced over $4,000,000) At $1,995,000 you are at $615 a square foot. This is getting pretty low for any penthouse unit. I recently mentioned a penthouse sale at The Elizabeth…it sold for $551 a foot, an extremely low price for a penthouse of it’s caliber. If you are looking for a large unit (3242 sq. ft.) The Strand is one worth looking at.
In the lower price points there are also some good opportunities for buying opportunities. One example is unit #515 at The Elizabeth priced at $750,000 for a 2bed/2 Bath with 1562 sq. ft. A similar unit just went pending at $765,000 and an identical unit ( just four floors higher) went on the market $115,000 higher at $865,000!
In the sub $500,000 market you will see more turnover but you can still find some good values in the lower price points. If you would like to get out and view some condos, give me a call.
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with LUXE Christie’s International Real Estate You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities… PART 2
As I finished up my blog post earlier today, a new listing came on the market in South Waterfront for $2,500,000. This 22nd floor unit has 2349 square feet and has had a few new very nice touches added…new kitchen, wine room and general updates. What do I think of the $2,500,000 price tag? Well, it’s next door neighbor is on the market for $1,000,000 less at $1,495,000 and it is only 160 square feet smaller. If you want an opportunity, you could buy that one for $1,495,000…or a little less, add a brand new high end kitchen, add a very nice wine room and make some additional updates and you would still be under $2,000,000! What is the only advantage of the 2.5M unit? I would say having the St. Helens and city view are more desirable. So are those views important to you?
Here is an alternative ( shameless plug here) I have a penthouse listing at The John Ross next door. It is in the NE corner…most preferred. It is 2699 square feet, so larger. It is 359 sq. ft. larger (equivalent to a 14×25 room) It is on the 27th floor so 5 stories higher. This is important because if something were built on the nearby OHSU property, your chance of loosing views of the Tillicum Crossing Bridge are less if you are 5 stories higher. Not only does it have an amazing Mt. St. Helens view, it also has an awesome Mt. Hood View! To add even more value to John Ross #2703… it has been in litigation for some time now (cash only buyers) and litigation has ended. What have we seen time and time again when this happens? Prices jump up in these buildings when litigation is resolved.
So you could also do an amazing kitchen in this unit ( there is a huge open area to make a much larger kitchen than the other two units) And do all of this and still be well under $2,000,000. The other option, you buy it and move in because you don’t need to do much because it is very nice and move in ready!
If you would like to tour Atwater Place 2206 and 2200 as well as John Ross #2703, give me a call today! 503-896-8856
Everyday I bring up the Portland condo list to see any new listings, see if anything has gone pending and to see if old listings have expired or were canceled. Sometimes what I see just makes me shake my head in disbelief. No question, this is a pretty hot market and I do see people paying more than they might normally do. And, while I do not believe we are at a peak yet, it is certainly not a time to let my buyer’s grossly overpay for a property either. Today, a new penthouse came on the market. This is a penthouse at Atwater Place in South Waterfront. The price is $2,700,000 and it is priced at $1000 a sq. ft., the same as what you are seeing at the brand new Cosmopolitan on the Park. Except that at the Cosmo, $1000 gets you up to the 27th floor in a brand new building!
Awhile back I wrote about three penthouse units that were priced in the $3,000,000 range. The first was the 3.8M penthouse at the Cosmo, which I thought would be the first to sell ( it just went Pending again this week). The first one to sell was actually the penthouse at The Elizabeth that was priced at $2,995,000. I represented the buyer on the purchase. You might have read in my blog “Who says it’s a seller’s market?” about the great price my buyer got for that unit… $2,200,000 fully furnished. The third one, and it’s still on the market, is at The Casey and still priced at $3,249,000.
I mention these three units because all three tried to push the $1000 ft barrier. I mentioned I thought the Cosmo would be the first to sell for a few reasons. First, it is a brand new building and brand new buildings always get a premium. Also, at 3.8M this is a property where the buyer can afford to “overpay” and are ok in doing so in order to have “The Best”. The penthouse at the Elizabeth was actually the first to sell and it sold for under $700 a ft.
In mentioning these three units, it helps clarify the pricing on the new Atwater Place penthouse. For one, it is not a new building…so no premium here. 2nd, it is not in The Pearl District…again, no premium here! (While I do like South Waterfront, the Pearl always gets a premium!) Also, keep this in mind, Unit #2403, a NE corner penthouse at Meriwether just went pending at $1,675,000 (598 sq. ft.). It was slightly larger and on a higher floor! At $1000 a sq. ft. the Atwater penthouse is just priced high. Sure, being a penthouse with great river views does justify a high price. (It does have outstanding outdoor living space) Will it sell? Sometimes there will be just the right buyer that loves the place, and the buyers agent usually sells homes in the suburbs and does not understand if a unit is priced high or not. The answer… you never know!
Another listing that was recently brought to me that is not in the MLS is one of the iconic townhomes on 11th in The Pearl. Before I mention this one…I want to show you a few of the comps first. Two units, with 2698 sq. ft. recently sold. One for $1,850,000 the other for $1,900,000. A third sold ( 2 units combined with 3888 sq. ft) for $2,425,000 , or $623 a sq. ft. The third had many high end custom finishes and was designed by the exceptional designer, Jefferey Lamb. Ok, drum roll please…. The new listing , #621 which is 2698 sq. ft… is priced at $2,600,000! Are you kidding me? When I questioned the agents pricing, he mentioned that all three of the comps were going through substantial remodeling. Ok, lets use the combined unit that sold for $2,425,000. Let’s say the new buyer decides he wants to put in an additional $400,000 in remodeling. This would still put this unit at $726 a sq. ft. , or $237 a sq. ft. less than #621 which is at an absurd $963 a ft!
Now you know why I just have to shake my head sometimes in the mornings while looking at new listings!
My purpose of writing about some of these overpriced units is not to beat up on them, but only to help educate buyers so that they don’t overpay for a unit. If you are a buyer in the market for a Portland condo, I know this market inside and out, especially the high end of the market. I would love to help you find your next dream condo so please, give me a call and we can begin to turn your dream of owning a luxury Portland condominium, into a reality…for the right price!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Pearl District Properties. His area of focus is The Pearl District, South Waterfront and Downtown Portland. Brad is a founding member of Condo10 and an expert in internet marketing. You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at email@example.com , www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com