Developments with That Hip-Factor
There's a new wave going on in rental development and it seems that lifestyle amenities are no longer reserved for seniors communities. We found some other forward-thinking rental communities with that urban planners' dream of downtown, historic rehab, mixed-use buildings with hip amenities. Take a look.
Mitchell Wagon Factory Lofts - Racine, Wis.
This former wagon factory and automobile plant was converted into "artist lofts," specifically meant to serve as live-work spaces for artists. The building houses several galleries and resources like a painting studio, kiln, potters wheels, darkroom, computer center, woodworking room and a theater.
Blue Ribbon Loft Apartments - Milwaukee, Wis.
Another former-brewery development, this one turned part of a Pabst Brewery into a 95-unit loft-style apartment
community (with other buildings on the 26-building, 20 acre site to be converted, too). The development is meant to serve the "creative class" with live-work units and with extras for creative telecommuters like a music studio, artists' studios and galleries, a stocked business center, conference rooms, a theater/presentation space and fitness center. That takes working from home to a new level.
Denver Dry Goods - Denver, Colo.
A 100-year-old store in downtown Denver was given a green rehab into a mix of rentals, condos, office space and retails stores, plus eco-friendly heating, cooling and other features.
OK Hotel - Seattle, Wash.
This 1910 hotel, which had a cameo in the movie Singles, now houses affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments plus first floor artist studios.
Know of other forward-thinking rental communities? Let us know.