The current market is an interesting one.We continue you see many price reductions on properties. With that said, condos in desirable buildings like The Cosmopolitan, if priced right, will sell in a short time. There are many units in the market, but special units, units that are not so typical can go quickly.
In a previous post I mentioned that buyers who have patience will be rewarded. We have seen many properties that have gone through 5-6 price reductions. Condos that were way overpriced are getting pummeled , especially those that have had that many reductions. A good example of this is a condo I have talked about before is the penthouse #1502 at the Elizabeth. That penthouse was originally priced at $3,650,000… a number that was incredibly high from the start. Now, after another price reduction, it is now priced at $2,695,000. If you may recall, when I previously mentioned this unit it was at $2,995,000 and I said I really liked it but that you will be able to pick it up at a better price later. That time is here! And now that it has struggled for a year on the market and gone through 5 price reductions, the sharks are circling and will eventually get an even better deal on this on. If you can pick up this one for $2,400,000 to $2,500,000 and add $100,000 for a new kitchen…you will have one stunning unit for a price much less than you will find in new buildings like Vista and The Cosmopolitan. In 2016 I sold a similar penthouse (#1406) in the same building. This would have been the ideal comp when listing #1502 and if it would have been priced correctly, maybe $2,850,000 to $2,950,000, it probably would have sold. Now, because it was so overpriced, it will probably sell for $300,000 to $400,000 less than it should have.
While I am talking about penthouses, I would like to revisit the new Vista condominiums. This seems to be a subject that my clients keep bringing up. When I wrote about the Vista penthouses in a previous posting: https://luxurycondosofportland.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/why-are-the-vista-penthouses-not-selling/ I believe at the time they had 1 penthouse sold and 2 were pending. (out of a total of 6) Now it looks like the two pending units fell out of escrow and only #2012 has sold at a price of $3,075,000. There are still 5 of the 6 penthouse units on the market.
Portland is soon to see two of its most expensive condos hit the market! Both of these penthouse condos will be in the $6,000,000 range. Based on their square footage they will be priced at $1192 to $1370 a square foot. Keep in mind, Vista #2112 is $1228 a foot. The difference is that both of the new penthouse listings are 7 to 10 floors higher. They are also totally custom with very high end finishes. If you are in the market for a large, stunning $6,000,000 condo, give me a call and I can give you a heads up as to where these penthouses are and to get more information, give me a call.
Are you looking for something a little more affordable? You will begin to see more condos coming on the market. Many will stay on the market for awhile and others will not. The ones that won’t are ones that are more unique like a special corner unit in a building or something like a 1 bedroom penthouse unit. When you have a condo that is unique, the urgency to not miss out is much higher. When you have 10 to 15 condos that are very similar like interior units at the Edge, Elizabeth, Gregory and the Elliot, there is no urgency or fear of loss. As you move forward in your search for a condo, work with a specialist, someone that understands the condo market and understands why one unit at $600 a ft make sense while another one does not. Just as a $6,000,000 penthouse at $1190 to $1370 a foot can make more sense than the very linear penthouse units at Vista priced at $1050 to $1228 a foot or why the 04 units at Vista were priced correctly and made sense at $922 a foot.
In my post about the Vista penthouses (see link above) I mentioned that the views from The Cosmopolitan were much better in the floors 19, 20 and 21st than those same floors at Vista. A 20th floor unit at Cosmo just went pending at $1122 a foot. Compare that to one of the 20th floor penthouses at Vista and there is no question…the views from the Cosmopolitan unit is far better and the amount of windows and natural light make it hands down a better value!
Brad Golik is a 15 year real estate veteran and is a condominium specialist with the market leader…Christie’s International Real Estate. You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at his website http://www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com
Every so often I like to let readers know when a unit that comes on the market that I believe is priced too low…today is one of those days! If you are in the market for luxury condos in Portland in the $1,200,000 to $1,700,000 range, here is one you should know about. Today, unit #2805 at the John Ross came on the market for $1,450,000. I believe this unit is priced far below it’s value. This unit, on the 28th floor, is selling for $265,000 less than the best possible comp …the unit directly above it. Unit #2905 sold in February of 2018 for $1,715,000. Now that unit had many upgrades in terms of the extensive remodel. With that said, that unit originally was on the market for $2,350,000. That price was certainly overpriced, and in my opinion, affected the final sales price to be lower than what it probably should have sold for. In the end, it sold for $635,000 less than it’s original asking price. WOW! With this said, the true value of that unit was probably closer to the $1,800,000 to $1,900,000 range. (You have often read on my blog the dangers of overpricing…this was a great example.)
Unit #2805 is priced $265,000 lower than what #2905 sold for…and in reality, when you look at what #2905 should have sold for you start to understand the value in #2805 being priced at $1,450,000. You are getting almost 2,700 square feet of open living space for a price you won’t find anywhere in the market. ( and don’t forget to compare these prices to those in the new Vista. For 2,700 square feet in the Vista it will cost you between $2,821,000 to $$3,335,000) Vista North Pearl
Now the biggest negative to this unit is the small deck space ( but this is the same deck space as #2905) not everybody cares about a deck…but MANY do! Another possible negative that I consider in units in South Waterfront is that it faces upriver. Why is this a negative you ask? Many people that buy condos buy them for views. While the daytime river view is nice, the nighttime view is mostly darkness. Another condo in the market that I think is reasonably priced is The Strand #901. This is a good example of the preferred views buyers like to have, which is a great river view during the day but at night you get the magical twinkling lights of the city. And at $1,375,000, it is a lot of view for the money!
If you are wanting to be at the bottom of the range in the above mentioned pricing ($1,200,000 to $1,700,000) another great view property to consider is a penthouse unit at Benson Tower, #2601. Priced at $1,199,000 this unit consist of the entire south side of the 26th floor. It has panoramic views that go from Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, South to the Tilikum Crossing bridge, west to the sunsets over the west hills all the way back around to the St. Johns Bridge…wow that is some view! ( Check out those views at: www.PortlandPenthouse.com )
It is a buyer’s market out there and there are some values to be found. If you are in need of a condo with over 2,000 square feet, The John Ross #2805 is a value! With that said, if you want to consider looking at that unit, give me a call as I have a pocket listing coming on that is also near 2700 square feet that has great daytime views but better night time views than 2805. It was going to be priced near $1,695,000 but now with the low pricing of #2805, the sellers now realize they will be forced to go lower. Please give me a call if you want to see this unit or any of the units I have mentioned. 503-896-8856
Brad Golik is a 15 year veteran of the real estate markets and is a luxury condominium specialist. You can find him at his popular website www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com
This is question I have gotten several times in just the last week. In fact, I get questions about Vista frequently.
Three words…Priced too high!
When The Cosmopolitan went on the market, it was a very different market. Buyers were paying a premium, and they knew it! They were hoping at the time that the hot market would continue and that the values would catch up to the the prices they paid. They were lucky because that is what happened. Today, not the case! The condo market has slowed a ton. Last month, of all listings in the Pearl, over 50% of those listings had to reduce their price. Days on market for higher end condos is now over 100 days! For many penthouses that have been on the market, we have seen multiple price reductions…not just one!
So, when I say that the Vista penthouse units are priced too high, I would like to support my comments. When The Cosmopolitan came on the market, I was very critical about the new building. The fact was that while I did like many things about the new building, I just had issues with the pricing. With the Vista, I believe that some of the lower priced units are in line with the current market. The penthouse units are a whole different story. For one, they are not like the cosmo penthouse units and do not deserve similar pricing. They are very linear and do not offer the floor to ceiling windows and views that you find in The Cosmopolitan. This is a big one because this is something buyers really like. In addition, look at the floor plans below. There is a stark difference between the amount of windows in The Cosmo compared to that of the Vista. In my opinion, this is why they are not selling! Also, the developers are asking 27th and 28th floor prices (The Cosmopolitan) for 19, 20 and 21st story units. I must say, I got a little giggle each time I saw the adds for Vista that asked “Ever wonder what the views are like from the Penthouse? My immediate thought was … ya, like the views from the 21st Floor at the Cosmopolitan that were priced at $875 a square foot…not over $1250 a foot! And to be honest, I do not believe that the Vista penthouse views are as good as the 19th – 21st floors at The Cosmopolitan.
The below floor plan is from the Penthouse #2815 at The Cosmopolitan. It offers panoramic views to the east with Mt. Hood and to the south with stunning city views!
Now lets take a look at the Vista penthouse on the South side #2108 currently priced at $3,216,000 . It is very clear when you look at them side by side the difference in the amount of windows/walls. Which is going to offer the better and more panoramic views…hands down it is Cosmopolitan #2815! In addition, #2815 is seven stories higher which adds tremendous value ( and if you remember, Hoyt put a premium of about $88,000 per floor above the 20th floor in the Cosmo).
Now lets take a look to the East. In most buildings, having an east view of Mt. Hood gets a premium. But, when your views are out of windows like shown below from Vista #2108…is it worth it?
Options! If you are in the market for a Portland penthouse, you have options. Unlike when the Cosmopolitan went on the market, a buyer has many more options then at that time. Back then, inventory was very low. In addition, condos are staying on the market longer and we are seeing many price reductions. If you are thinking about a penthouse purchase in Portland, here are a few good options:
1st: Pinnacle #1403 $2,488,000 – While you will be slightly lower being on the 14th floor, I believe your views are really much better. With #1403, you get true floor to ceiling windows with exceptional views to the south and the nighttime city lights. This unit was recently remodeled so you are getting everything brand new just as if you were buying at Vista! Like the Vista penthouses, this one offers 2600 square feet.
2nd: This is a penthouse that I like a lot… The Elizabeth #1502 $2,950,000 Another unit with many floor to ceiling windows looking to the West Hills and the city lights to the south. This 2-level penthouse has tons of character. With 3443 square feet, it is much larger than all six of the Vista penthouses and compares more closely to #2815 at The Cosmo which has 3131 square feet. This one has been on the market for awhile now after several price reductions… and you might be able to pick it up for an even lower price.
3rd: While this Portland penthouse is not in The Pearl District, it does deserve mention… #1301 at The Strand $2,395,000 – This 13th floor penthouse offers spectacular river, marina and city light views! Offering 3220 square feet with walls of windows, this unit offers some of the best daytime and nighttime views! If you can put up with some “white noise” from the rooftop deck, it offers stunning views…see below!
In closing, I just want to say I am a fan of any new condo building in the Pearl District or any other area of downtown Portland. With any luck we will get other developers looking at our great city with plans to build something that is uniquely Portland. As for Vista, sales have been much slower this time around. As I mentioned, there are some reasonable values at Vista…just not at the penthouse level! I do not believe that the designs, layouts and views are worthy of the $2,821,000 to $3,335,000 pricing.
Brad Golik is a condo specialist with Christie’s International Real Estate and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Golik is a condo specialist with LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Total Property Resources in the Pearl District. You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856 or at email@example.com
As many of you know by now, Pearl District Properties has shut it’s doors. I am still in the Pearl District and now at Total Property Resources!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist working in Portland’s Pearl District, Downtown and South Waterfront.
I have recently received a few emails asking why I have not written anything about the new Vista North Pearl. The answer, I guess, is that nothing seems to be too exciting about the project. And, not that it matters, but I have not had to deal with nasty emails from the sales manager at Hoyt Properties, who did not like my opinions on the Cosmopolitan!
So, what are the differences in the two projects? Well let’s start with the Cosmopolitan. Contrary to what the sales manager said to me “I thought you hated this building!”, I NEVER said I did not like the project. What I DID say is that I did not like the pricing. (Great for the developer…not so great for the buyers). As it turned out, because of the low inventory levels at the time, they were able to capture those high prices. Again, the timing in the market was “perfect” for the developers. How about this time around with the Vista? Well, the market has changed and Hoyt will not have such an easy time selling units at excessive prices. As of the middle of last month, Vista had 95 units available (out of 153) or 38% of the units sold. Keep in mind, the Cosmopolitan was being marketed as the nicest condo building in town. Vista, from what everything I have heard, will be a notch below that of the Cosmopolitan in terms of finishes and the building as a whole.
Let’s start with the most popular corner, the SE corner, which was the first to sell out in the Cosmo. For comparison sake I will use units on the 14th floor. The Cosmo pricing for the SE corner on the 14th floor was $649 a square foot. The pricing for the Vista is 780. Now, a look at the NE corner 15th Floor (1517) in the Cosmopolitan was sold at $620 a square foot. The 15th floor unit at Vista (1506) is being offered at $750 a square foot. While the market eventually did catch up to the excessive prices at the Cosmopolitan, I don’t believe that the Vista prices should be selling at a premium like the Cosmopolitan. Units on the west side are pretty equally priced to that of the Cosmo.
Finally, let’s look at the penthouse units. At the Cosmopolitan, the range was from $950 a square foot to $1200 for the top floor 28th floor penthouses. For Vista, the range is $1052 to $1247. Let me repeat this one fact, the Cosmopolitan penthouses were being marketed as the best in the city in Portland’s most luxurious building! In addition, the top floor at the Vista it is only 21 stories. What is interesting here, if my memory serves me right, is that the units at the Cosmopolitan (floors 20 –28) were given a minimum premium of $88,000 per floor! At the time of this writing, I don’t believe that one of the six penthouse units at the Vista is pending. I cannot say that I am surprised. I would never pay anything close to what the penthouse units sold for at The Cosmopolitan. The Cosmopolitan is a superior, more elegant building (pitched as the nicest in the city) and there is no way prices at the Vista should compare! Again, this is just my opinion… or maybe not just my opinion. Ask any of the residents at the Cosmopolitan above the 21st floor and see what they say?
I am sure I will continue to get the cold shoulder from the developers’ sales manager…but am I wrong? I don’t believe so. Let me be clear. This is not personal but simply my professional opinion. As someone who understands condo pricing, I write about what I believe to be true and it might not always match the opinions of others, and that is OK!
There are things I like about the Vista. If you read my blog about the Cosmopolitan, one of the negatives noted was that many of the units had a very high ratio of hall space to usable space (many units were 12-14%) This is not the case with the Vista. Almost all the units are in the 4-8% range with the exception of the D4 Plan, the 08 stack) as it came in about 13%. In this case, you have a unit that is 1435 square feet and the unit has about 194 square feet of hallway space.
The Vista floor plans also provide MUCH more space to walk around the end of your bed in the master bedroom, a problem in many of the units at The Cosmopolitan. Another highlight of the Vista is its large deck spaces.
All in, I believe the Vista will be a nice building. As for the prices? The market will, in the end, determine the final prices. As of now, the lower units seem a little high and the penthouse units, I believe, are way too high.
If you are looking to buy at the Vista or would also like to look at other buildings, I am a condominium specialist and would be happy to show you available units. If you are thinking about selling in the near future, I encourage you to go to http://www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com/marketing and learn a little about our approach to selling your condo!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Pearl District Properties. He can be reached at 503-896-8856 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See aerial Drone footage of the Vista location within the Pearl District at http://www.VistaPortland.com