ROYAL OAK, MI – Three young medical professionals working long and irregular hours have discovered that SkyLofts MarketSquare gives them convenience and safety, with fast access to dining, entertainment and downtown atmosphere whenever they choose.
Christine Climie, 30, works as a family practice physician in a Southgate clinic affiliated with the Oakwood Healthcare System. When the Wayne State University graduate completed her residency in Chicago she came back to metro Detroit “looking for as much of a city life as I could get … It’s about as close as you can get to a Chicago lifestyle in the metro Detroit area,” she said. “It’s young people, you’re close to downtown, you can walk.”
Walking excursions include strolling with her pug past single-family homes on streets adjacent to MarketSquare – “A neighborhoody kind of area,” Climie said.
Condo living in general suits Climie, who gladly does without yard work and shoveling. But specific features attracted her to MarketSquare. Her loft has a larger terrace than anywhere else she saw in Royal Oak. And, she often uses the fully-equipped fitness center.
While Climie’s hours are fairly regular, 27-year-old Jaclyn Tomsic works five days a week as an oral surgery resident at Detroit Receiving Hospital, in addition to being on call for as much as 24 hours at a stretch.
“The garage definitely has made my life easier,” she said. “That’s a great perk – to have a heated, covered garage.”
Tomsic, a dentist about to begin medical school at Wayne State, rented a Detroit loft before investing at MarketSquare.
“I wanted to purchase something, because I am going to be here for six years. To me, it made more sense,” she said.
Royal Oak coffee shops provide a welcoming place for Tomsic to study, while MarketSquare’s two-block distance from Main Street guarantees quiet when it’s called for.
“At the end of a long day I like being able to come home and relax and not have all that commotion,” Tomsic said. “If I want it, I can get it.”
San Francisco Bay area native Matthew Malamet, 32, quickly saw the value of SkyLofts MarketSquare when he decided to buy a year ago.
“Those lofts would be a million-and-a-half or two million dollars back home,” he said. He watched friends renting during their residencies, “wasting a thousand dollars a month on rent,” and began shopping where he hung out – in Royal Oak.
Malamet originally looked at SkyLofts Royal Oak, the pioneer Main Street loft development by Chicago-based Morningside Group, but the timing wasn’t right. He thoroughly shopped all the then-proposed developments in the city and, when he saw the original MarketSquare model, says he knew that it was where he was going to live.
Malamet will spend two more years in his six-year general surgery residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, and will soon apply for two additional years as a plastic surgery resident.
“Residents don’t live very well,” Malamet conceded recently, making his well-appointed, two-bedroom loft a popular spot with his friends. “It’s great for entertaining. It’s the pre-party or after-party,” he said. He and fellow students study at Sweetwaters, shop at Barnes and Noble or hop on Interstate 75 to go to a Tigers’ game in downtown Detroit.
“I’m glad I live there – I wouldn’t have chosen any other place,” Malamet said. His friends have looked at other Royal Oak and Troy lofts and “they still say MarketSquare has the nicest ones.”
Founded in 1993, Morningside Group is a real estate development firm that specializes in creating premier mixed-use and multi-family developments in urban locations throughout the Midwest. 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 in Royal Oak and Liberty Lofts in Ann Arbor, 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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