Residents

"Living at La Quinta feels like you are living in a secret garden. Just a step away from the busy sidewalk of Capitol Hill you enter a space of refuge from the city where kind, creative, and interesting people live together. "

Marta Sivertsen and Aaron Miller, La Quinta residents since 2013

La Quinta is a unique place where neighbors become friends, and often remain friends even after they leave La Quinta. Meet some of the current residents.

Chelsea Bolan
Chelsea Bolan

Chelsea Bolan has been a resident of La Quinta since 2003. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Good Sister (HarperCollins Canada, 2016), bleak Czech stories (Kenyon Review), and nuclear poems (Particles on the Wall), among other writings. She’s also a cat enthusiast, wren-watcher, and avid reader of books. Born in Spokane, she has lived in Baja California and Vancouver, BC, but makes her home in Seattle.

Marta Sivertsen, Aaron Miller, Charlie, and Finn
Marta Sivertsen, Aaron Miller, Charlie, and Finn

Marta and Aaron have been residents at La Quinta since 2013. They are both Pacific Northwest natives and have been living in Seattle since the early 2000s. Marta has a background in fine arts and is currently working as a UX designer. Aaron has had a love for computers since childhood and has been working in Seattle as a software engineer. They both love to travel, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Brandon Simmons
Brandon Simmons

Originally from St. Paul, MN, Brandon is a theater artist who moved to Seattle in 2004 to build his career as an actor. Since then he has developed many projects in Seattle's bustling theater scene, including writing several plays, and starting a theater company called The Seagull Project. Brandon is an avid amateur classical musician and enjoys serenading his neighbors with the sounds of Mozart, Bach, Joplin, and Beethoven.

Amber Bardhun
Amber Bardhun

I first rented a room at La Quinta in 2015 from a previous tenant. I loved the community so much that 5 years later, when I moved back to Seattle, I asked if any units were available. I feel like I won the lottery that one was. I am a 5th generation Seattleite, a mother to 2 wonderful humans and a puppy named Ghost. I have been an Operating Room RN for 10 years. I am so lucky to live close to the hospital I work at. I am passionate about family, street art, football (soccer) and social justice.

Jesu Silva and Begonia Irigoyen
Jesu Silva and Begonia Irigoyen

Jesu and Begonia moved to La Quinta in 2015 when Begonia was a month old. Begonia has grown up enjoying the courtyard, and walking around Capitol Hill with her mom. Jesu is a Chilean Architect turned fashion entrepreneur, who founded her brand Cuckoo B at La Quinta. Her brand supports artisanal craftsmanship by collaborating with artisans from communities all over the world. Away from their home country, they have found a home in La Quinta's unique community.

Carlos Chávez and Edward Ramsey
Carlos Chávez and Edward Ramsey

The moment I saw La Quinta, I knew that this would be a place I would call home. It’s been almost 12 years and La Quinta is still my home, but it’s much more than my home, it’s my community and to some degree my family. What I love about living here is the sense of community that exists, I am always looking out for my neighbors and I know they are looking out for me. There isn’t a day that goes by where I take for granted how fortunate I am to live here in a beautiful building.

Jacob Nelson
Jacob Nelson
Samantha Siciliano
Samantha Siciliano
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"La Quinta provides exactly the kind of urban community experience I have always craved. There's a strong current of respect and care that the members of this community take pride in. We cook with and for each other, and celebrate together and mourn together, and we come together to make a difference for our broader community by hosting events that support local organizations. I also think LQ's spirit makes our neighborhood more open and friendly. Everyone around here knows our building."

Brandon Simmons, La Quinta resident since 2011