They make 2 beds out of 530sqft... how can you like it?
The location is good, everything you need is in walking distance. The apts are clean, in excellent condition and the staff is always very friendly. All(?) apts have washer/dryer. The gym and the community room are good equipped, clean and of decent size.The downsides are: prices are very high and Belltown as a neighborhood is not very secure (drugs, crime, ...). Also the neighborhood is very noisy, buses starting right in front of your window.Conclusion: Moda is perfect if you are new in town, work near Down Town and while you look for a permanent place to life. It is excellent for half a year or year, but after that you probably want to move to somewhere quieter, safer and cheaper.
An Apartment Community built for the Young Professional that wants convince over space. Moda is smack dab in the Middle of Belltown. This means it officers a great location when it comes to going to local bars and restaurants but also close to maybe some unsavory characters in the neighborhood. I've lived in my Studio for about a year now and I really like living in Belltown. You're close to a lot of the amenities that Seattle has: Space Needle, Belltown and Lower Queen Anne, The Waterfront, Downtown and Pike Place market are no less than a 20 minute walk away. There is key controlled Parking in the building and ample Buses that pick up in the front of the building or the Bus Tunnel is only a 10 minute walk away. The Unit's themselves are on the small side, you'll be paying around 2 dollars a square foot, but you get Washer/Dryer in the Apartment, Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal. The main area of most of the apartments will be laminate that looks like hardwood and the bedrooms will have carpet. The Bathrooms will have nice tiling in them. Also the building has been under new management for about 6 months now (Equity Apartments) and they're making some additions for the building that will make it more inviting. They're making an entertainment room, creating a bigger gym and community "party" area with in the year. Also the building will be implementing Elevator control in Feb. Overall I think Moda is designed for the people who want to give up space for convince. It can be pricey but if you're a social butterfly who wants to live with other social butterflies (just wait until summer comes) then this apartment community is for you.
Ah trendy Belltown. How I love you. From your pizza, to your sushi to your quirky people. To live here is to live close to the heart of the city... just don't do it here, at Moda. Moda recently went through a management change and it has been a disaster. Residents have ceased to be people and the feeling that one is now a walking wallet with eyes. Lets talk perks first. Moda has many amenities that you will find all over Belltown- interesting food, easy connectivity to downtown (mostly). It's easy to get to, it is walkable. Moda itself has a nice rooftop deck that can be relaxing. Moda does tout their granite countertops, their wooden floors (which scuff at the drop of a hat) and their recreation space. The common room is nice- the "gym" consists of two treadmills- only one that usually works- a couple of bikes and a set of hand weights. There is better if you care out there, folks. If you care about granite and wood floors, you can find that anywhere in Belltown. Okay, let's talk cons. Equity took over and the feeling has become draconian- they are heavy handed with the residents and when they get their rent money. If you are not on what they define as "on time" you will be slapped with a 10% of rent late fee and threatened with a note of eviction on your doorstep. Even people who are always on time will find management inflexible and unwilling to compromise should you have any difficulties or delays. Equity's first act was a rent hike that was well over one-hundred dollars for most studios and one bedrooms, and closer to two hundred dollars for the two bedrooms. The units here are smaller than most anything you will find in Belltown- many of them are smaller than your typical hotel room, but you're still paying at least 900.00 for them. The air flow is terrible- these units get hot quickly and with the alleyway just behind, on hot days with stagnant air flow they STINK from all the garbage. If only that was the only problem the alleyway has- it is not uncommon to witness drug busts, assaults and forms of prostitution back there. As mentioned before, Moda has a serious design flaw with it's smoke detectors. If you live here- especially in a studio- do not plan to make much use of your kitchen. In many cases, the smoke alarms are situated so close to the oven that they will go off over anything- even a little water on the burners. It is routine around here to have a fire alarm at odd hours at least once a month- I believe our record is two in a single week. I want to specifically speak to those of you who are coming into the South Lake Union area and the tech boom there. I want to be clear here. The walk is walkable- it's about 3/4 of a mile to SLU. There is NO direct bus service that goes to South Lake Union from Belltown. Finally- Belltown lacks an easy-to-walk-to grocery store, so if that is an issue to you, be warned. You will be on a bus or in a car unless you want to walk at least a mile there (which I personally do, though remember this is Seattle and it rains... a lot). Ultimately. If Belltown's trendiness, it's bars, it's pizza, it's sushi appeals to you, then come. But understand you have larger units, better prices and better management found elsewhere in Belltown compared to Moda. For what you get, it is simply overpriced and not worth it.
Close-by you'll find gang activity, homeless beggars, crazy people, and drug deals. Lots of drug deals going on just two blocks away at 2nd and Battery. Just outside on the sidewalks you'll find that you cannot go for a simple walk without feeling unsafe and harassed. Besides Belltown being a horrible neighborhood to live in, you'll find that Moda Apartments charges very high rent and the building is not secure. Anyone can get in through the front door by having a resident let him or her in, and it happens constantly. Choose somewhere else safe, perhaps north seattle. There are at least 50 gangs in downtown Seattle. And don't ride the bus. Trust me. The bus is a mobile homeless shelter.