mujalifah • Resident • 2005 - 2007 Recommended
This building doesn't appear to advertise vacancies anywhere other than on the front door. A couple owns the building. Got a clogged drain? Expect the landlord to come fix it himself. He's a impressive man who is always smiling and shows genuine interest in his tenants.<br><br>For a property on Mercer, the neighbourhood is suprisingly quiet at night. Sometimes when an event ends or bars close there may be some noise made by inebriated young professionals as they laugh with their friends home. But it is the sort of noises that gives life to the night in a big city - together with the sound of dogs trotting and shaking their leashes, even the sounds have their appeal.<br><br>On the other hand, it is perhaps too quiet inside the building. I rarely see anyone apart from the landlord and the super. I've only seen enough of my neighbours to know they're cordial, but very busy people.<br><br>The security of the building depends, I think, on the vigilant attentiveness of the superintendent of the building across the street. People making excessive noise on the street at night - he moves them along. Street people sitting on the sidewalk innocently (but illegally) enjoying beverages from paper bags during broad daylight - he moves them along. Emergency vehicles arrive anywhere - he doesn't move them along, but he does go and investigate. <br><br>So apart from there not being enough building socials, my complaints are minimal. Its construction combats depression. Its hardwood floors are hard to keep dust free, but they're pretty. The laundry machines are cheap (75c per load), but there are only two washers and dryers. <br><br>The proximity to the city (#15 and 18 will take you to and from downtown right from one of the building's doors). Trader Joes, the library, Seattle Center, Cafe Ladro, The Sitting Room, and Bethany Presbyterian are all walking distance from the property (warning: some destinations require scaling a steep hill with a rewarding view).
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