One of Ballard’s largest apartment developments, Valdok, has begun leasing their luxury apartments that span both sides of NW 56th St at 17th Ave NW. They’re also some of the city’s most high-tech apartments, with the top-floor units of each building geared with voice-activated controls through Amazon’s Alexa device.
Valdok, owned by LMC, consists of two 7-story buildings — the first phase of the development was Valdok I, a building with 178 apartment homes. The second, Valdok II, will add 164 units on the north side of 56th. The units are a combination of studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom apartments ranging from 485 to 1,206 square feet. According to their website, a 580 sq. ft. one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment rents for $1,505.
The seventh-floor, higher-end apartments with smart-home features are pricier: a one-bed, one-bath, 743 sq. ft. smart-apartment rents for $2,525. Some of the technologies they use include remote-controlled lights., an Amazon Echo built into home speakers, and special roller shades, which can be controlled through a smartphone.
The apartment buildings will each have clubhouses with full kitchens and gaming areas, co-working spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, and a “pet park” with dog wash and grooming stations. The apartments also have rooftop decks with fireplaces, barbecue grills, and outdoor lounging areas.
The name Valdok has both Scandinavian and local roots: one of the homes on the Valdok site was owned by the family of Bjorn Leo Valdok, who immigrated from Norway in 1959.