Seattle is chock full of expensive apartments for rent, but a few go above and beyond. For those who don’t want to buy a house, but still have the cash flow to live an extraordinary lifestyle, there are many extreme luxury rental options to choose from. Here are the top five most expensive rentals on the Seattle market right now.
1920 4th Ave., Unit 2901 – $10,000/month
On the 29th floor of the famous Escala condominium tower is an apartment with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide sweeping views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains. If this looks familiar to you, it may be because it’s two floors down from the apartment where Christian Grey got busy in the great American classic film, Fifty Shades of Grey. As a resident, you’re granted full access to “the second level amenity floor” that has an extensive workout center with two lap current pools, a private spa, yoga and Pilates room. Also enjoy the private movie theater, the indoor and outdoor patio lounge, as well the dining areas and wine cellar.
1709 Harbor Avenue SW # FL 5TH – $10,000/month
Take a private elevator to this massive 2,568 square foot, two bedroom and two-and-a-half bath penthouse in West Seattle. It comes complete with tall ceilings, three gas fireplaces (who needs three fireplaces?), gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, private balcony, Jacuzzi tub and a dining room that seats 16 people. The place is right across the street from Salty’s so you can get that luscious $50 all-you-can-eat seafood brunch buffet every weekend if the spirit moves you.
3260 Lakewood Ave. S – $9,990/month
On the shores of Lake Washington you can find a *relatively* more reasonable option in this seven bedroom, 6,779 square foot home. This house was built by Arthur Loveless in 1914 for Dexter Horton, founder of the now defunct Seafirst bank. Enjoy sliding across “rift cut Siberian oak and quarter-sawn oak floors” in your socks and raising a herd of Pomeranians in this expansive rental property.
4017 5th Ave NE – $8,945/month
Always wanted to live in a frat house with your fourteen best friends, but didn’t survive rush week? Well, now is your chance. This 14 bedroom, three bathroom house in Wallingford offers a barbecue area, a fenced yard and a porch for all of your spring break rager needs.
1413 E Aloha St. – $8,500/month
This home is being offered fully-furnished with all utilities, internet, gardening, and even a bi-weekly laundry and cleaning service included in the rental price. Originally built in 1903, this classic Carriage House is located on Capitol Hill, near Volunteer Park. Get lost wandering around all 1,750 square feet of the house and playing hide-and-go-seek in the closets.
Rent in Seattle is on the rise. Zillow recently reported that rents in Greater Seattle grew nearly eight percent in the last year, the most of any metro area in the country. Rents have climbed about 40 percent in the last four years, and the average rent now tops $2,000 a month in downtown and South Lake Union, and is over $1,800 in Capitol Hill, Ballard and Fremont. Compared to one of these $10,000/month rentals, $2000/month sounds like a steal.