ANN ARBOR, MI – As the furnished model opened at Liberty Lofts, new landscaping flourished and buyers began moving in, developers announced that sales have eclipsed 80% and only 14 of the 68 residences in the unique building remain available.
The high interest in Liberty Lofts, 315 Second St. in downtown Ann Arbor, was demonstrated by the recent Old West Side Home Tour, which brought over 540 visitors to the innovative new development.
Tour visitors were among the first to see the 1,200-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath furnished model, which demonstrates many of the features available in the lofts, including 10-foot ceilings, unobstructed, panoramic views and exposed brick, beams and columns (per plan). Given the generous amount of interior storage space, interior designers commissioned California Closets to install floor-to-ceiling storage in the dressing room with a library-style ladder to take full advantage of the space. A dining room table that seats up to 10 reinforces the spaciousness of the loft and its capacity for entertaining. The model also features the stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and bamboo floors available to buyers.
Contemporary mesh shades roll up into near-invisibility to show off the large, historically accurate windows. Using modern materials, including insulated glass, the new aluminum windows replicate those in the original building, some of which have been restored for use on the ground level.
The 68 spectacular residences at Liberty Lofts range from 844-square feet to 2,337-square feet, starting in the $280s. All homes offer private outdoor living spaces ranging from 14-foot-long balconies to 20-foot by 40-foot terraces. Owners enjoy maintenance-free living in a secure building and share amenities that include a fitness center, heated, indoor parking, elevator access, and more. Additionally, some parking spaces can accommodate a hydraulic lift for a second vehicle.
The developer, Morningside Group, began with a mid-19th century former leather tannery building, then built an addition that nearly doubled the size of the development.
Architects from Hobbs + Black created 17 different floor plans in the five stories at Liberty Lofts. All begin with the industrial feel of high ceilings, open floor plans and exposed ductwork. All residences are pre-wired for cable TV and high-speed Internet access, as well as a telephone/video entry system, which allows residents to view their guests prior to allowing entry.
Of course, owners also share the amenity of downtown Ann Arbor itself. Situated just two blocks west of Main Street, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, pubs, movies, the Kerrytown Market and Zingerman’s are an easy walk for Liberty Lofts’ residents, as are the sports, museums, lectures, theater and music of the University of Michigan.
“I just immediately fell in love with what I saw,” said new resident Eric Stabb, who chose his loft more than a year ago, then waited eagerly to move in. “I really like living in buildings that use preexisting architecture,” he said. “The cement columns in the room; knowing that the building is 100 years old. I just really love the location.”
Stabb said he walks to Main Street for martinis at Café Felix or a glass of wine at Vinology and “You can’t discount the fact that I’m a block and a half away from Starbucks.” His 20-by-40-foot terrace – already furnished with a bar, tables and chairs – will be the scene of an upcoming football party when the University of Michigan takes on Michigan State.
Founded in 1993, Morningside Group is a boutique real estate development firm that specializes in creating premier residential and mixed-use developments on in-fill sites in downtown locations. Long recognized as a leader in the design and construction of highly acclaimed buildings, Morningside Group has built an enviable track record of successful public-private partnerships.
Morningside’s incomparable work ensures that each new development will join a growing portfolio of prized buildings which includes, in Michigan, SkyLofts Royal Oak and SkyLofts MarketSquare in Royal Oak and, in Illinois, Arbor Court and Prairie Town Center in Oak Lawn, Crescent Court and Museum Square in Elmhurst, Morningside Square in Downers Grove, The Glen Astor in Glen Ellyn, and buildings in Evanston and Skokie.
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