The latest round of new apartment buildings to open in Charlotte offers new takes on design to lure different renters, from a boutique building of all studios and one-bedrooms to larger apartments spread out and nestled in a wooded landscape.
For those of you who are wondering: No, the boom doesn't show any signs of slowing. There are still almost 27,000 new apartments planned or under construction throughout the Charlotte region, and developers are betting they'll be able to fill them with eager renters.
Here's a look at three of the newest apartments leasing in Charlotte:
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Located next to Resident Culture Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Midwood Station includes 97 apartments in two buildings. The buildings also include about 4,500 square feet of ground-floor office and retail space that's available for rent, which could accommodate a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Midwood Station is offering one month free for new leases. One-bedroom apartments start at $1,180 a month for a 616-square-foot apartment, while two-bedrooms start at $1,595 for just over 900 square feet. There are also several townhouse-style apartments available for lease.
Amenities include bicycle storage, valet trash pickup from apartment doors, a saltwater pool, grilling lounge with roll-up doors for indoor/outdoor space, an entertainment deck with a fire pit, and a gym with Peloton bikes and on-demand virtual classes. The building was developed by DPJ Residential.
"We're getting some people who have outgrown the South End living experience," said developer Porter Jones. "Given that it's 97 units, we're trying to create a more intimate living environment."
300 Optimist Park
This "boutique" apartment building along the Blue Line light rail extension totals just 48 units, all studios and one-bedrooms, in two buildings with a courtyard between. The development is at Parkwood Avenue and 17th Street, near the Parkwood Station.
A 533-square-foot studio currently starts at about $1,015 a month, according to the leasing website, while an 864-square-foot, one-bedroom unit runs $1,464. The apartments are currently offering one month free rent for people signing new leases. The first building is more than halfway leased, and the second building opens soon.
“Our goal from the start was to introduce a well-appointed boutique apartment project just outside of Uptown, that delivered all of the design qualities of top-tier product in Charlotte, but for an affordable price,” said Beauxwright principal Andy Lucas, one of the developers, in a statement.
Amenities include resident social events, but the apartments are largely selling their promise of proximity to new developments like Tompkins Hall, a renovated mill with a food hall and brewery, along with the Blue Line, uptown and NoDa.
Sycamore at Tyvola
Stretching across 32 acres near Tyvola Road and Tryon Street, Sycamore at Tyvola includes 288 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments, spread over a half-dozen buildings in addition to the amenity building, are designed to fit into the landscaping, such as surrounding trees and a rock garden.
One-bedroom apartments start at $1,256 a month, and two-bedroom units start at $1,568. They're designed to be larger units, with one-bedrooms ranging from 792 to 887 square feet and two-bedrooms from 1,133 to 1,211 square feet.
"We wanted you to have a sense of the land, of the privacy," said developer Sam Switzenbaum. "The relationship of the buildings to the land was very important to us."
The floor plan of each building is star-shaped, to allow more corner units. Amenities include a clubroom, gym with a spinning studio and yoga room, outdoor jogging trails, pool, tennis court and putting green, fire pits and grills, valet trash pickup and a package pickup room with digital lockers.