The Roost - Affordable Live-Work Lofts

  • $745 – $1350 per month

  • Long term rental available August 15, 2019

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The Roost Lofts 901 Hiawatha PL S, Seattle

David Taber
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Listing updated 08/15/19 • Added 09/10/18

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Lighting Natural lighting
Walls Sheetrocked and Smooth
Flooring Other

Studio Art, Live / Work


Visual Arts, Photography, Film/Video

The Space

Availability Update: August-September 2019:

We have a number of units coming available at The Roost over the next couple of months, including two MFTE units that are available to income qualified applicants (income less than 30,400) at significantly below market rate.

MFTE units

  • Unit 302 - Third floor loft studio. 257sf. $745/mo. Available 08/14/19
  • Unit 309 - Third floor loft studio. 240sf. $745/mo. Available 09/12/19

Market Rate Units

  • Unit 005 - Basement Studio. 160sf. $950/mo. Available 08/31/19
  • Unit 213 - Second Floor Studio w/ Patio. 254sf. $1350/mo. Available 08/15/19

Units will be leased on a first come first served basis to qualified applicants. Visit to apply.

If any of these units are not shown on the website, email to confirm availability

To learn more about The Roost and its unique features, you can read about it on the Neiman Taber Blog at:


Most of our units are double height lofts, with the bedroom lifted up to provide a clear space at the main level for a work area or living room furnishings. The loft units feature thoughtful built-in amenities, unique custom finishes, and generous natural light and ventilation. Each unit has a private bathroom, a built-in wardrobe, and a kitchenette with a compact refrigerator, sink, and microwave. The cabinets were built out of fir plywood by a local cabinetmaker on Vashon Island. The flooring was custom-made using photographs of cedar fronds that we collected from Al Larkins Park in Madrona..

Just off the main building entry is a large common area containing a kitchen, dining table, laundry, mail room, TV lounge and a meeting space. The common room is a public counterpoint to the smaller, private units. It provides a community center for gatherings, casual meetups, movie nights, weekend dinners, and more.

Smaller common kitchens on both the 2nd and 3rd floors provide tenants with some additional food preparation areas convenient to their rooms. These features create more opportunities for chance encounters among neighbors as part of the day-to-day living experience.

A secure room for 26 bikes is located in the lower level and is accessed directly from the alley. Small rental storage areas are available as well. Building-wide Wi-Fi is provided free of charge for all tenants

The building is also the national headquarters of Amplifier, an arts non-profit dedicated to promoting the voice of grassroots social justice movements through collaboration with artists.

Monthly Rental

$745 – $1350 per month

Nine of the units are available via the MFTE program to individuals with annual incomes of less than $30,400.

The Basics
Private bathrooms
Wireless Internet
Full kitchen
Dining Area
The Roost Lofts

901 Hiawatha PL S, Seattle

The Building

The Roost is an innovative new micro housing development designed from the ground up as affordable market rate housing aimed at supporting and strengthening Seattleā€™s arts community. The Roost is a unique project, unlike anything we have ever designed before. Most of the units are double height spaces with a small bed loft, freeing up room on the main level for work space or living room furnishings. They function more like one-bedroom apartments than micro-units. Nine of the units are set aside as income and rent restricted units, available to qualified applicants at rents significantly below market rate. The building also has a large commercial space on the first floor . We have reserved this space for an arts non-profit, furnishing the non-profit with a long-term home while also providing our tenants with services and/or cultural resources for artists and people in creative fields.

The rents listed below are averages. Individual unit prices may vary slightly based on unit size and location. Wi-Fi service and utilities are included for all units (at no additional charge). MFTE units are available to individuals with annual incomes of less than $28,100

Unit Type
Avg Unit Size
Avg Monthly Rent
Small Units
Small Units - MFTE
Large Units
Units with Outdoor Patios
Loft Units
Loft Units - MFTE



Public Transportation

1/2 block from Route 7.  Two blocks from future light rail stop opening 2022


The Roost is along a level pathway from Metro Route 7 to the building entrance


The building has exterior security cameras at all entrances as well as interior cameras in the main common spaces.

Listing updated 08/15/19 • Added 09/10/18

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