UPDATE: Urbana Apartments are now scheduled to open by February, 2014! Visit our webpage to find out more.

What’s better than finding a great place to live in Ballard, Seattle’s hottest neighborhood? Finding a brand-new place, full of amenities and extra touches, smack dab in the center of that vibrant, lively scene. The Hiram Chittenden Locks, Salmon Bay, Burke Gilman Trail, Shilshole Bay Marina and Golden Gardens, to name a few, are your new neighbors when you chose to live at Urbana Apartments, Equity Residential’s latest addition to the fabric of the Ballard neighborhood.

Urbana, a 287-apartment community at the corner of NW Market and 15th Avenue NW, is scheduled to open to first residents in December and was specifically planned to fit your life, instead of asking you to make changes to fit the building. Want dedicated space to wash your dog or work on your bike? Check. A roof deck with a dramatic view of Mt. Ranier, P-Patch planting areas, solar panels and a 3,000 square foot green roof? Got that, too. If that’s not enough, there’s another terrace facing NW Market Street, featuring a double-sided fireplace, festival lighting, BBQ area and plenty of seating for all. Close by are all the hot restaurants, bars and nightlife on Ballard Avenue, as well as a lively Sunday farmer’s market that makes farm-to-table meals a breeze.

Of course, if you’re looking to hang out inside, we’ve got you covered. There’s a two-story resident lounge with a demonstration kitchen, banquette seating, a pool table and gaming. And for those more contemplative moments, there’s a sun room – SOLA – with sweeping views of downtown Seattle. Grab some takeout from the on-site Five Guys Burgers and Fries and you’re set for the evening.

The apartments themselves are just like the rest of the community – comfortable, well-appointed, geared to how you live your life with stainless steel EnergyStar appliances, an in-home washer/dryer, wood-style flooring and 9-foot ceilings. In keeping with the Seattle spirit, Urbana is planned for LEED Silver certification, and offers three Zipcar parking spots as well as electric car-charging stations. Located within the Ballard Hub Urban Village, Urbana Apartments boast a walk score of 97/100.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress on this premier property, including when tours and leasing are set to begin, later this fall.