A Charlotte developer is hoping prospective tenants will follow their stomachs to its new apartment development in south Charlotte.
Novel Providence Farm, developed by Crescent Communities, is now open, with amenities meant to make the apartments a “haven for foodies.”
The landscaping is done with edible plants and includes a fruit and nut orchard (with apple, fig and walnut trees), as well as community garden beds for residents. Guest farmers will visit the apartments to teach classes on subjects such as cultivation and herb planting.
The apartments include a professional kitchen with high-end appliances, which will feature regular cooking classes, wine tastings and mixology lessons.
Executive chef Taylor Kastl, who heads Tayste Catering, will design those classes, focused on cooking with local, seasonal ingredients.
“I am excited to create educational programming to make cooking and gardening approachable and teach residents that it’s not intimidating to make chef-quality meals at home,” Kastl said, in a statement.
Residents can also reserve the kitchen for their own use or check out equipment such as a a KitchenAid stand mixer, pasta maker or immersion blender to use in their apartments. Each apartment includes a gas range for cooking.
Michael Tubridy, managing director for Crescent Communities’ multifamily business, said the idea is for the apartments to be “a place that nurtures and inspires (residents’) passion for food, wellness, and community.”
The apartments are also adjacent to the new Waverly development, anchored by a Whole Foods and restaurants including The Porter’s House and Viva Chicken.
Other amenities at the 404-unit Novel Providence Farm are more conventional for high-end apartments, such as a dog park, stand-alone fitness center (with yoga, barre and kickboxing classes), shuffleboard, pool table, ski ball, saltwater pool, outdoor grills, a “skydeck” with a fire pit and a bar with a kegerator.
The apartments include one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging from 630 to 1,712 square feet. Rents start at $1,078 for a one-bedroom apartment and go up to $2,462 for some of the three-bedroom apartments, according to the leasing website.
Crescent bought the apartment site, just south of Providence Road and Interstate 485, for $12.1 million in 2016.