“Scale.” That’s the English translation of the Spanish word “escala” — and there could be no more fitting a word to describe this landmark 31-story luxury condominium tower located in the heart of Seattle, at the corner of Virginia and Fourth Avenue. Completed in the fall of 2009, ESCALA is one of the largest residential buildings in downtown Seattle. It boasts 269 grand homes ranging from about 910 to 2,044 square feet plus deck area, and up to 16,000 square feet for penthouses.
ESCALA residents and their guests receive a red-carpet welcome from the moment they set foot in the building’s magisterial lobby, with its 20-foot ceilings and sweeping staircase, to the moment they arrive at the front door to their homes via the private elevator vestibules that service most units.
But its sheer scale is only one out of many reasons why 1920 Fourth Avenue is arguably the most exclusive address in all of Seattle. Some others include its location in downtown’s newest neighborhood, Midtown; its easy access to premiere retail shops and restaurants; and its cultured atmosphere amid theater, opera, the symphony, and other world-class entertainment offerings. In short, to spend a day indulging in the elegant luxury of ESCALA is to discover the truth behind its well-deserved slogan, “Once upon a place.”
ESCALA has a unique architectural style that gracefully interweaves both traditional and modern elements into a cutting-edge design, crafted by the renowned Thoryk Architecture of San Diego and MulvannyG2 of Bellevue. The ESCALA building is designed to complement the historical character of older buildings nearby through its classical motif at street level, as well as the modernity of other surrounding high-rises through the sleek, rounded glass tower extending above the two-story base. Those inside the tower are wowed by views that convey a feeling of soaring above the Space Needle and the rest of the city skyline, and command an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding mountains and Elliott Bay. And those at ground level are treated to a laid-back, inviting street scene thanks to below-grade parking.
Every living space inside has a unique floor plan and interior design, meaning that no two look alike. While most high-rises are designed from the outside in—meaning that the units inside often have a similar, cookie-cutter appearance—ESCALA was designed with a particular emphasis on interior living spaces, giving the architects the freedom to make each home unique.
ESCALA homes have custom-designed Italian cabinets throughout their kitchens and bathrooms, as well as hardwood floors, wool carpeting, premium appliances, and high-quality plumbing fixtures. Dimensions range from 910 square feet plus deck for a one-bedroom City Home, to 2,044 square feet plus deck for a Sky Villa. Penthouses go up to 16,000 square feet. The grand ceilings run between 9½ to 12 feet. The living rooms flare out into expansive terraces, graced with floor-to-ceiling windows.
With a 30,000 square foot club-like facility and the services of Columbia Hospitality, Escala residents enjoy one of the most extensive amenity packages of any downtown Seattle condominium.