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LMC Opens Tech-Enabled Axle Apartments

Axle amenities include the Sky Lounge, which includes a full kitchen, dining area and fireplace.

A smart-home apartment building, Axle, recently opened in the Interbay neighborhood. The eight-story, 226-unit building has several high-tech features, including Amazon Echo integrated into a Sonos Play: 1, a Ruckus access point for better WiFi coverage and a Lutron Pico Remote for dimming lights and controlling speakers. Roller shades can be controlled through a smartphone, Pico remote or by voice activation by Alexa.

LMC, the apartment developer and manager, has teamed up with Amazon to offer tech services and configure the smart-home devices until the community is full.

The company is in the process of seeking LEED certification for the building.

The one- and two-bedroom units range from 539 to 1,454 SF. Finishes include quartz countertops, designer lighting, high-end stainless steel appliances, full-size washers and dryers, ceramic-tile tub surrounds, lighted mirrors and under-cabinet lighting.

“We’ve boosted our Seattle presence in recent years, and that’s no coincidence because we like the balance of jobs, in-migration and quality of life in the region,” LMC Divisional President of the Pacific Northwest Brad Reisinger said in a statement. “The Interbay neighborhood continues to emerge with all the hallmarks [of] a great neighborhood, including access to transit, walkable retail and recreational amenities."

In addition to Axle, LMC has other apartment communities open or under construction, including The Whittaker, Twenty20 Mad, Valdok 1701, Valdok 1702 and The Bower in Kirkland. LMC is also developing a 548-home, two-tower development on First Hill adjacent to Town Hall.