Anthology Named Best Garden Apartment Community at 2019 Pillars of the Industry Competition

Anthology Named Best Garden Apartment Community at 2019 Pillars of the Industry Competition

February 1, 2020

Excerpt from From sea to shining sea

The winners of top honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 Pillars of the Industry competition are providing new housing for military service personnel and university students, affordable apartments for low-income residents and preserving historic buildings, while enhancing the neighborhoods they embellish from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Anthology, winner of the Pillars award for the best garden apartment community of four stories or less, features parks and walking trails and is bounded on two sides by a wetland buffer and creeks that have been left in their natural state. (Photo credit: Aaron Locke)


The 398-unit Anthology apartments, which captured the Pillars award for the Best Garden Apartment Community, is located in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah, Wash. Issaquah has seen substantial population growth since 2000, nearly quadrupling its population to just under 40,000 people.

Developed by Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based The Wolff Company, the community includes studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The apartments are located between Bellevue, Lake Sammamish and various nature reserves. A nearby interstate highway gives residents easy access to employers like Microsoft, Amazon, and Costco Wholesale, all of which are currently expanding.

Anthology offers community amenities that include the two-story Red Barn clubhouse with a game room, shuffleboard, billiards, a conference room, a fireplace lounge and a community kitchen. It also features a fitness center with a yoga studio and a bike room, an outdoor pool with BBQs, bicycle storage and repair station, a park with patio seating and easy access to nature trails.

Individual apartments include stainless steel appliances, marbled quartz countertops, wood-style plank flooring, washers and dryers and balconies and decks.

The community was designed by VIA Architecture, with offices in Vancouver, Seattle and Oakland, Calif., and built by general contractor Exxel Pacific, which maintains three offices in Washington.