Harbor Steps, a four-tower, mixed-use development, was a true pioneer in the renaissance of downtown living in Seattle. Being one of the first new residential projects in the downtown core in decades, Harbor Steps is centered around a grand park, reminiscent of the famed Spanish Steps in Rome, that reconnected downtown with the waterfront while providing a gathering place for the downtown community.
Harbor Steps is now a landmark, not simply a development. It was a catalyst for change in the neighborhood now called the West Edge. With the news of our plans, the Seattle Art Museum elected to build across the street and face their front door toward our project. The development had tremendous leasing success, even as a pioneering project. Phase 1, including 169 units, was fully leased within four months of opening. Phase 2, with 320 units, opened two years ahead of schedule and was fully leased three months after opening. Harbor Steps won the ULI Award of Excellence for Large Scale Residential Projects in 2001 — the highest honor in the development industry.