BRE Properties, Inc., a leading owner, operator and developer of high-quality apartment communities in targeted growth markets in California and Seattle, celebrated the company’s newest Seattle-area community, Aviara Apartment Homes, with an evening event on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
More than 200 residents and community guests attended the celebration at Aviara, which features 166 luxury studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. Opened in March 2013, the community is nearly 90 percent leased and is eligible for LEED certification.
Aviara also has nearly 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Renowned Mercer Island restaurant The Islander has leased half of the retail space and will move to Aviara in September.
Mercer Island Deputy Mayor Dan Grausz attended the event and presented Aviara with a certificate of appreciation from the city. Grausz welcomed Aviara’s residents to the community, noting that the project was a good example of new development that benefits the city and surrounding areas. With a population of just over 22,000, Mercer Island has been widely recognized as one of the premier residential communities in the State of Washington.
The event was held on Aviara’s rooftop garden and featured beer from Bellevue Brewing Company, wines from Fivash Cellars, a German-inspired menu, sweets from Oh! Chocolate, a DJ and a photo booth.
Board members and staff from Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation attended the event and were presented with a check from BRE Properties in support of the Foundation.
“Being a good community partner and creating a community where residents feel at home are our main goals for Aviara and for all BRE’s communities,” said Kevin Grani, BRE’s vice president property operations – northern division. “The celebration was to show our appreciation to our residents and the city of Mercer Island.”