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Popular startup WeWork already operates co-working spaces in three Seattle locations, but will soon be introducing the city to WeLive, its co-living arm.
The New York-based company will be taking over an entire office and residential tower planned for Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, and plans to devote over 200,000 square to a new co-working space. The rest of the 36-story building will house 384 WeLive units.
WeLive was launched in New York earlier this year, and apartments come fully furnished — guests can rent them for a day, a week, a month or a year. The units range in size from studios to three bedrooms, and are stocked with beds, towels and linens. High-speed WiFi is offered, along with coffee, tea and beer, and the residential program’s very appropriate slogan is “love your life.”
Per the WeLive website: “[f]rom mailrooms and laundry rooms that double as bars and event spaces to communal kitchens, roof decks, and hot tubs, WeLive challenges traditional apartment living through physical spaces that foster meaningful relationships.”
Construction on the new co-working and co-living building will begin in two months, according to developer Martin Selig Real Estate. WeWork will also take up two floors in a five-story office project in Seattle’s Ballard area, also by Martin Selig Real Estate. Construction on that project will begin in about a month.