- 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.

“A lot of our potential buyers have really enjoyed seeing that because they will be entertaining a lot in these spaces,” McCutcheon said.

The hallways are Americans with Disabilities Act accessible, thus wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

“It’s been a real selling perk,” Barth noted. “Because it is an older crowd interested in these condos for the price point that they are at. We understand that. A lot of people are attracted to it because once they make this move they don’t need to go anywhere else. It’s wheelchair accessible, it’s accessible at any hour of the day, you have people around and help around and the hotel services.”

The units that face the river will give condo owners a ringside, if elevated, seat to the weekly summertime Live on the Levee music series down on ground level at Haddad Riverfront Park.

“You have a live free concert every May through August, every year, out front,” Barth said.

Each unit comes with two parking spaces, one on the ground floor and one in the hotel garage, and the finished units feature a wide variety of closet space.

“A lot of the potential buyers are moving from larger spaces and they are downsizing to get into these units,” McCutcheon said. “So, I wanted to provide a lot of closet space so they could keep quite a few things they didn’t want to get rid of quite just yet.”


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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