A Fine Fit - Avenue One


Jutting up like a fortress of brick and copper at the corner of West First Avenue and Thurber Drive, Avenue One is a newly-finished condominium development reflecting the classic urban appeal of cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco.  And while the building’s most immediate surroundings are the serene and historic Harrison West neighborhood, Avenue One finds itself only a stone throw away from Columbus’ vibrant Short North district, and just a short walk from such hot-spots as the Arena District, Goodale Park and The Ohio State University.

Even at first glance, features like the curved entryway and the colorful, modern lobby make it quickly apparent that only the latest design techniques and construction features were used on this project.  In that respect, the developer, Santer Communities, has truly succeeded in making Avenue One the star on their block.  The building’s one-bedroom floor plans celebrate today’s urban lifestyle with large, open spaces allowing for maximum versatility in living and entertainment spaces.   “We are attracting buyers who want downtown living,” says President and CEO Chip Santer, “but prefer the ambiance, convenience and many wonderful amenities in this neighborhood.”

The neighborhood itself is an eclectic mix of 19th century homes, multi-family dwellings and offices.  Residents at Avenue One can appreciate the charm of their tree-lined surroundings from their own private balcony or from the building’s rooftop patio.  And whereas the balconies can accommodate a few small pieces of furniture and only the most intimate of parties, the rooftop deck is roughly 700 square feet of community space with the option for expansion.  “Prospective buyers tell us they’re impressed with the view of the downtown skyline,” says Bruce Dooley, a realtor close to the project, “and the view of [events like] Red, White and Boom is amazing.”
 
The quick walk up to the second floor reveals spacious hallways brightly lit with contemporary-styled lighting.  Upon entering the model, it’s clear that the abundance of natural light gives the space an airy, comfortable feel.  In fact, floorplans were designed so light from the balcony’s sliding glass doors would flow throughout the entire unit.  The resulting combination of natural light, hardwood floors and pristine white walls creates a gallery-like atmosphere in which artwork (in this case, on loan from the Art Exchange) really pops from the walls.  It must also be noted that every unit at Avenue One is move-in ready.  Prospective buyers need not trouble themselves with the endless decisions accompanying the customization process.  As Dooley explains, “There isn’t necessarily a need for upgrades because the quality of the [standard] finishes and [existing] appliances is so high.”

Urban features at Avenue One include the aforementioned hardwood floors in addition to nine-foot ceilings, track-lighting, exposed ductwork and stainless steel appliances.  Luxury amenities include granite countertops and sleek, Diamond-brand cabinetry in all kitchens and bathrooms.  Also included are highly-efficient gas furnaces, breakfast bars, marble window-ledges, DSL line capabilities and stackable washer/dryers.  As for parking, each unit is assigned one space in the first floor garage.  All entrances to the building are secure and are either gated or require key-card access.

The building’s residences range from 890 to 1,259 square feet and from $199,900 to $289,900.  Condo association fees currently range from $176 to $252 per month.  These fees include trash removal, building insurance, exterior grounds keeping and maintenance to common areas and the parking garage.  Residents are responsible for utilities, including gas, electric and water.

The project was designed by the DesignGroup and constructed by Ruscilli Residential, Ltd.  National City Mortgage is currently offering 1.5% below market rate financing and zero down payment options for qualified buyers.  In addition to Avenue One, Santer Communities is nearing completion of 1200 Grandview, a luxury condominium mid-rise residence featuring eight, two-bedroom condominiums and an office condominium on Grandview Avenue in Grandview Heights.

For further sales information on Avenue One, contact Bruce Dooley or Bradley Weatherford at (614) 297-8600 or visit www.avenueonelofts.com. The Art Exchange can be reached at (614) 464-4611 or visit www.theartexchangeltd.com.