Movin' on Up - Simsbury Place


Picture if you will, a brand-new urban village in central Ohio, located just a few minutes from downtown.  The project is most immediately characterized by high-quality architecture and modern amenities, while each unit remains the real-estate equivalent of a blank canvas—that is, until a new owner comes along and customizes everything in sight.  And because of its prime location, residents praise the carefree lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with close proximity to a wide array of fine-dining and entertainment options, multiple supermarkets, plenty of unique shops, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and not one, not two, but five city parks.   

Given the information listed above, it’s quite possible your mind’s eye envisioned such a development nestled somewhere in the vicinity of downtown Columbus.  If that is indeed the case, boy, are you in the wrong zip code!  A new gold standard for suburban living has been set at Simsbury Place in Worthington.  These 32 stylish retreats are a welcome, modern addition to their time-honored community, and are as appealing to empty-nesters as they are to young professionals.

Any serious discussion of Simsbury Place begins and ends with one simple word: security.  As project manager DJ Falcoski explains, “We’ve created a true lock-and-leave facility.”  Residents are provided with car sensors, and each of the development’s two buildings will have key card controlled access.  Both of the ground-level parking garages will remain lit around the clock and security cameras will keep a constant record of who comes in and out.  As an added security measure, all units will have access to a television channel that shows video surveillance of the lobby.  Additionally, a plan for extensive site-lighting has been designed to enhance security in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Simsbury Place holds the distinction as the first suburban project in the Columbus Metro area to apply for a residential property tax abatement.  And even though it didn’t initially pass, Falcoski remains optimistic looking forward.  “This project sprang from the need to retain the part of Worthington’s population that would otherwise move.  We’ve never had a real luxury condominium development, and we expect these units to fill-up quickly.”

A quick inspection of the model unit is proof positive that the builder knows the true meaning of the word “luxury.”  Interiors come with designer-ready walls, 5” crown molding and base trim, T1 cabling for wall-mounted televisions, and oversized windows made of Low E glass that tilt-in for easy cleaning.  Closet and storage space is also plentiful, no matter which of the floor plans you consider.  As an added bonus for units with the least square footage, external storage units are included in the purchase price and located directly across the hall.  And even though fireplaces aren’t found in every unit, the standard for the units that do have them is an elegant Creama Marfil marble.  Balconies are also found in select units and are big enough to accommodate both patio furniture and a good-sized grill.

Kitchen standards include granite countertops in a variety of color options, 42” Aristokraft maple cabinets available in five different finishes and three different profiles, under-cabinet lighting, hardwood flooring, ample pantry space and Kitchen-Aid stainless-steel appliances.  Bathrooms are designed with 12” x 12” Corian tile, chrome-finished faucets, and master baths come with semi-frameless shower doors with continuous hinge and magnetic closure.  Upgrades include (but are certainly not limited to) higher-grade appliances, carpeting, tile, and lighting options, in addition to more substantial changes like optional wet bars and walk-in showers.

At the current time, unit sizes range from 1,065 to 1,783 square feet and prices range from $224,000 to $424,000.  Condo dues are estimated at around $300 per month and will cover the costs of weekly on-site cleaning and maintenance for all common areas, snow removal, landscaping, and private refuse pickup.  All new residents receive two parking spaces, a complimentary consulting session with an interior designer, and a free one-year, two-person membership to the Worthington Recreation Center.  

On August 23rd, Simsbury Place will play host to the monthly social put on by the Worthington Chamber of Commerce.  Attendees can expect live music, an opportunity to network with area business professionals, and a site tour including the South building’s parking garage, lobby and model unit.  If you find you’re unable to attend the social, prospective buyers are encouraged to contact the sales office at (614) 825-8825, and to arrange an in-person tour as soon as possible.  Time is especially of the essence now that a Grand Opening special of $10,000 in free upgrades available for the few short weeks of late summer and early fall 2007.