May 8, 2024

New Aegis community takes inspiration from nearby UW

Photos courtesy of Aegis Living [enlarge]

Aegis Living Laurelhurst combines collegiate gothic and Tudor-revival architecture.

The DJC reported in February that Aegis Development had received the temporary certificate of occupancy for Aegis Living Laurelhurst, a new 136-unit senior living and memory care building at 3200 N.E. 45th St. That community has now officially opened.

The property is located at the Five Corners intersection, a little east of University Village, where the former home to Baskin-Robbins and other small businesses has been redeveloped.

Exxel Pacific broke ground on the new building in the summer of 2021. Ankrom Moisan was the project architect.

Aegis Living Laurelhurst is six stories and approximately 148,000 square feet. The building’s 136 assisted living apartments comprise a mix of studio, one- and two-bedrooms.

The developer says the new community was inspired by the historic Laurelhurst neighborhood and the UW collegiate experience. The building’s architecture is evocative of the UW campus and combines “collegiate gothic” with Tudor-revival and craftsman styles common in Laurelhurst.

The main dining room has sculpted ceilings reminiscent of collegiate clubs.

The property stands out with a brick and sculpted stone exterior with tall turrets. Other notable exterior features include a restored sidewalk clock from Benton’s Jewelers. Park-like grounds feature walkable paths, landscaped green spaces and chess and checker tables throughout the property.

Interior amenity spaces include a sky lounge, an outdoor terrace, dining rooms, and an on-site pub, cinema, salon, and barbershop.

Inspiration from the UW is also abundant in the amenity spaces. The sky lounge is called The Alumni Club, (in a nod to UW’s club of the same name) and has views of the university campus in the distance; the outdoor terrace is inspired by Husky athletics and includes a miniature football field and a custom RV for ‘tailgating;’ the pub is also sports-themed and features historic photos of UW campus life, former athletes, games, and events; the salon, called Clara’s, is named after one of the first women students to graduate from the university and the barbershop is named Dub’s Barbershop in tribute to UW’s mascot.

“Just like going off to college, we’re giving our residents a chance to be a part of a vibrant community filled with new people and experiences,” David Watkins, general manager at Aegis Living Laurelhurst shared in a press release.

A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, May 11, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will include food, music, entertainment, and tours of the community. New UW Head Coach Jedd Fisch and former Husky/NFL quarterback Damon Huard will be on hand to cut the ribbon and sign autographs.

Aegis Living Laurelhurst is Aegis’ 21st community in Washington and the second to open this year, following the opening of Aegis Living Ballard in March.

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