New apartments on Commonwealth Ave. opening soon

A rendering of the Julie apartment building near Plaza Midwood.
A rendering of the Julie apartment building near Plaza Midwood.

A new apartment complex on Commonwealth Avenue is preparing to open this spring, adding to the city’s apartment boom.

The Julien, totaling 105 units at Commonwealth and St. Julien Street, has started pre-leasing apartments, developer Levine Properties said this week. The first move-ins are scheduled for mid-April.

“With restaurants, shops and entertainment just a short walk from our front door, The Julien’s location next to the historic Plaza Midwood neighborhood is very appealing,” said The Julien’s community manager, Jennifer Coolbrith, in a statement. “Our variety of floorplans, modern comforts, elegant finishes and attractive aesthetics demonstrate the quality and level of detail Levine Properties puts into the communities it builds and owns.”

The building is pet-friendly, Levine Properties said. Smoking is not allowed. Amenities include, Nest smart themostats, a private courtyard with outdoor kitchen and a fireplace, a fitness center and a club room for gatherings. The building is wired to receive high-speed fiber-optic Internet service from multiple providers – key as fast Internet service rapidly becomes a priority for renters.

Listed rent for a 566-square-foot studio starts at $995, and the largest apartment, a three-bedroom, 1,514-square-foot unit, starts at $3,050 a month.

Nearby Plaza Midwood and surrounding areas have seen a surge of new apartments, with more than 1,000 new units under construction along and around Central Avenue. The area is just one part of the city apartment boom: A record 12,300 apartments are under construction in Charlotte and another 13,500 are planned, according to the latest available data.

Levine Properties is also developing extensively around the recently completed First Ward Park, where the company is building a 265-unit apartment complex wrapped around a 1,300 space parking deck and plans to build an office tower and two hotels.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo