- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - You’ll need to look up to see eight of Charleston’s toniest new address in downtown living.

The top two floors - the 11tbh and 12th - of the new Four Points by Sheraton Hotel facing the Kanawha River across from Haddad Riverfront Park have been turned into luxury condominium units known as the Riverfront Residence.

Right now, just two models units have been finished - an already furnished one-bedroom unit and a two-bedroom unit.

There will be eight condos total: three two-bedrooms and one one-bedroom on each of the uppermost floors of the hotel, owned and operated by BBL Carlton.

Prices range from $468,500 to $525,000 for a one-bedroom unit, to $625,000 to $727,000 for a two-bedroom unit.

The unfinished units will be built out to buyers’ specifications.

“There is a trend of downtown living nationwide, and Charleston is no exception. That’s a part of the (city of Charleston‘s) 2020 plan of bringing more housing downtown. The Riverfront Residence is a pinnacle opportunity to join the movement of downtown living,” said Claire Barth a sales associate with West Virginia Commercial LLC, the broker for the condo sales.

Each two-bedroom unit is, more or less, 2,200 square feet, and each one-bedroom unit is about 1,360 square feet.

The spaces vary slightly, with higher ceilings on the 12th floor and small balconies.

“With the Sheraton being a hotel, for a small fee, (residents) be able to use all hotel amenities, from room service and the pool, to the workout facility and the airport shuttle.

“So, if you’re ready to downsize, stop worrying about yard work, like to travel, be able to lock and leave, then this is a prime example of what you can move down to and still have a home and the luxury feel that someone might want,” Barth said.

The model condos now available for viewing feature interior design by Laura Davis McCutcheon, of David McCutcheon Interiors, and each condo sale comes with 20 complimentary hours of interior design work by McCutcheon.

“The two-bedroom unit is the more formal of the two because, in my experience, my clients like that more formal, traditional experience,” McCutcheon said.

“This one is transitional - a mix of traditional and modern elements. We have a double-sided (gas) fireplace in the two-bedroom units so you can experience that on both the living room and dining room side.”

The living room features an optional 10-foot-long wet bar upgrade in lieu of closet space.

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