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In The News: It’s a Wonderful Life at Two Lincoln Tower

By  | May 27, 2018

 

Photos by Jeff Hobson. Bird’s-eye View: You can see the lake, mountains, and more from the top of the tower.

 

Glen Stewart and Marylin Chatten’s apartment on the 23rd floor of Two Lincoln Tower looks out on Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline, and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier. In the evenings, they can’t help but walk out on their balcony and take photo after photo of the pink and orange sunsets that envelop their new home in the sky.

But Stewart admires another view from his comfy couch perched high above Downtown Bellevue. Watching Netflix, he sometimes peers down at the traffic curling around the city’s tallest buildings.

“I can actually see the tail lights of the cars in the traffic that I used to sit in,” he said. “It’s a nice little reminder.”

For more than a decade, Stewart and Chatten lived in Issaquah. Their large single-family home in the Issaquah Highlands was “lovely,” they said, but they realized they were driving to Bellevue to do almost everything.

“We would tell people, ‘Everything that we do is in Bellevue.’ We would just go home to sleep. Even our dentist is here. We’re members of the Bellevue Club; we’re members of the Glendale Golf Club; everything we need to play, all our friends, are here,” said Stewart.

Plus, the commute on I-90 was getting too long. Stewart, who runs an executive leadership firm called Marquis Leadership, was spending up to an hour and a half in traffic to get back home after a long day of work in Bellevue. That was the real catalyst for their move into Bellevue — saving time.

They sold their home and started downsizing. They lost about 2,000 square feet (if you count their garage) when they moved into their new 1,731-square-foot apartment. Purging old items and determining their most sentimental treasures became a positive experience.

“Turns out you don’t need 200 coffee mugs,” said Stewart.

Since they moved in October last year, Stewart and Chatten have been enjoying the communal spaces in the building. They love the 14,000 square feet of fitness facilities (that includes the W Hotel’s gym, which they have access to) and the break room.

“We play pool now. We didn’t use to,” said Stewart.

 

Superior Service
The staff at Two Lincoln Tower know all the residents and make sure they and their guests are taken care of.

 

They also have fallen in love with the staff that works tirelessly to make them and all the residents feel comfortable. The staff knows every resident by name, will unload Amazon Fresh boxes into fridges, will send flowers if someone is feeling sick — just to name a few thoughtful deeds. Whatever the staff can do to make life at Two Lincoln Tower pleasant — they are all over it.

Now Stewart runs his business out of the WeWork space in the tower that neighbors his new home. He can walk home for lunch in just a few minutes and travel to his favorite restaurants in time for happy hour.

While Stewart and Chatten have less space in their new apartment, they have more time to live an urban life they’ve grown to love.

“(Bellevue) is the center of gravity right now on the Eastside,” said Stewart.

 

 

Easy Living

Life at Two Lincoln Tower, owned by Kemper Development Company, is sophisticated, yet simplified. The level of service is like the kind of special you feel when you are on vacation and staying at a high-level of service hotel. When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted by a chorus of “Hellos” and people who want to help you — whether it’s opening the door or grabbing a bag of groceries from your arms. There are special events, like guest lectures and cooking classes. You can even valet your car when you come home if you’d like!

 

 

Shared Spaces

Two Lincoln Tower has plenty of open spaces for residents to get fresh air, relax, mingle, and even host get-togethers.

 

What is Available?

There are one-bedrooms starting at 893 square feet and about $3,300 a month on up to spacious penthouses — 2,867-3,998 square feet. There also are some furnished options for rent — one-bedrooms start at $5,030 a month — and might be a good option for folks doing a handful of months’ work in the Bellevue area. liveattwolincolntower.com

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Thank you 425 Magazine and Lauren Foster for the feature. To read the full article, visit 425 Magazine online

Guest Voices

Guest Voices: Living at Two Lincoln Tower

By Carolyn Yuen Marino

Carolyn Yuen Marino is a lifestyle, travel and fashion blogger for @HeyPrettyThing, and is based in Seattle, WA. We had the pleasure of hosting her at Two Lincoln Tower for several nights from July 5th to July 10th. Read on to learn about her personal experience living at Two Lincoln Tower for a week.

 

 

For the past week, I got to experience living at the luxurious Two Lincoln Tower in Bellevue, WA. These stunning apartments are perfect for those who enjoy the flexibility of renting, but still desire a spacious home with five-star amenities and services.

Two Lincoln Tower is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue, right on top of the W Bellevue and across from the Bellevue Collection. During our weeklong stay, I hopped over to Nordstrom and shopped the Anniversary Sale, dined downstairs at restaurants like Baron's Xi'an Kitchen & Bar and The Lakehouse, and attended the Artful Evening Gala at Bellevue Art Museum next door.

Though Two Lincoln Tower is right in the mix, living at this apartment felt like being on vacation. The units are quiet and private with panoramic views of Bellevue Downtown Park, Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, and the Seattle skyline. I stayed in a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath SW-facing unit on the 23rd floor -- I'll take you on a tour below.

 

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has sweeping views of the park and Lake Washington -- light filters in so beautifully, especially during sunsets. The room includes a walk-in closet and a gorgeous, white quartz full bathroom. You can bet I enjoyed relaxing bubble baths in that deep tub!

 

Living Room, Kitchen, and Balcony

The moment I walked into the apartment, I was greeted with the beautiful blue waters of Lake Washington through the floor-to-ceiling windows. To the left of the entrance is the kitchen, with sophisticated wood casework subtly concealing premium appliances like a Bosch dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

I spent my mornings on the balcony having coffee and breakfast and answering emails, and as the weather warmed in the afternoon, I moved inside and worked from home on the dining table or couch. Somehow work seemed a little less like work when I got to stare at that view.

 

Second Bedroom

The second bedroom is equally spacious and gorgeous, with a walk-in closet and full bathroom; I especially love the pink tones of this room. Several units in Two Lincoln Tower come fully furnished, depending on resident needs.

 

Amenities (14th Floor Patio, Great Room, 41st Floor Sky Terrace, and Gyms)

On our first night at Two Lincoln Tower, there was a Rosé on the Rooftop resident event on the 14th floor indoor/outdoor patio. We mingled with other residents, who were so warm and friendly. The patio is an awesome shared space with BBQ grills, a kitchen, and fireside seating if you want to have a gathering or throw a larger party. Resident Services can even assist with arranging catering and housekeeping if needed.

The 2nd floor has another incredible shared space – the Great Room. There is a media room, private conference room, game area, and private wine storage. Husband and I have been playing a lot of pool together lately, so we had to challenge each other to a few rounds on the most elegant billiards table ever.

 

 

There is not one, but two, gyms at Two Lincoln Tower. One is expansive and tranquil, while the other is attached to the W Hotel (Two Lincoln Tower residents get complimentary access) and is fun and upbeat. Husband frequented these fitness centers often and loved the modern equipment, coconut water, bathroom sauna, and air-conditioned facilities.

I, on the other hand, spent more time on the 41st floor Sky Terrace getting my zen on. The lush indoor room is calming, and the outdoor rooftop space has epic panoramic views, great for an evening glass of wine with friends over the fire pit.

Additionally, the hospitality team was one of my favorite amenities at Two Lincoln Tower. Most luxury apartments have at least one concierge, but Two Lincoln Tower has an entire group. There is a 24/7 door attendant, and porters can help with certain errands -- for example, I ordered a few more items from Nordstrom, and a porter picked it up and delivered the bag to my apartment! The concierge can also support with moving-in, package delivery, and more.

 

 

Dining at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

On Friday evening, Two Lincoln Tower treated us to dinner at the newly opened Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi across the street on the 31st floor. I literally gasped aloud when I walked into the restaurant because of the unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington.

We started with some raw items like the Hamachi Truffle Sushi Roll, Kumamoto Oyster Shooters with Uni, Sturgeon Caviar, Quail-yolk, and Sake, and Geoduck Crudo with Smoked Trout Roe (my favorite!). For our main entree, we ordered the Mishima Reserve Wagyu "Cap" of Ribeye with sides of grilled vegetables and Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese. Even though we were fully satiated, we saw this fun Magic Mushroom dessert earlier in the evening and had to order it! The "mushroom" is made of white chocolate cherry mousse atop chocolate pot de creme, mocha crumb soil, and matcha shortbread with more meringue mushrooms sprinkled about.

I have to say that Ascend is the most amazing meal we've had in a while -- the food was outstanding and that view cannot be beat.

 

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Thank you Two Lincoln Tower for sponsoring this post!
All photography, writing, and opinions are my own.

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Post was edited for clarity and accuracy from the original posted on www.heyprettything.com