Hundreds of area residents visited seven downtown residential locations and learned of plans for three more in the works on the first “Tour of Downtown Living” Sunday afternoon.
From the recently completed Cowart Place townhomes to the historic Southern Railway Building loft apartments, the tour covered a wide range of downtown living developments, some newly constructed housing and others renovated buildings dating back to the early 1900s.
The variety of offerings ranged from studio apartments and loft apartments to spacious condominiums and penthouses. Included were new housing developments as well as contemporary dwellings created from renovated warehouses and other commercial buildings.
The tour kicked off at Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza where displays included renderings of projects under construction or on the drawing board including Brabson Hill, St. John’s Apartments and Loveman’s on Market.
On the list of newly completed downtown homes were First and Market condominiums at 101 Market Street and Cowart Place townhomes on 17th Street between Broad and Market.
Model apartments in two renovated structures were at Robinson Apartments at 622 Georgia Ave, built in 1907 and renovated in 1999, and Southern Railway Building Loft Apartments, 1301 Market Street, built in 1922 and being renovated this year.
Three more tour locations were private homes, the home of Marj Flemming and Leland Bohl in Lindsay Court, 420 Lindsay Street, the home of Robert and Darlene Brown, on the top floor of the 10-story Chattanooga Bank Building erected in 1926, and the home of John Jewell and Susan Mills in The Crabtree built in the early 1900s at 1426 Williams Street.
The downtown residential locations are some of the newest and brightest additions to the revitalized central city.
The latest addition to the downtown housing supply is the 89-year-old Southern Railway Building which has just opened a model unit. The Southern will offer 22 one- and two-bedroom loft apartments centrally located with prices ranging from $700 to $1,100. Being developed by Mainstream Development, Stacey Dulin is the contact for information on the apartments and may be reached by phoning (205) 326-3373.
The historic Crabtree in the Southside district was renovated to provide seven one- and two-bedroom/one- and two-bathroom units and one two-bedroom/two-bath unit. The condominium units range from 800 to 2,300 square feet and are priced from $100,000 to $400.000. The units are being marketed by Jay Robinson with Crye-Leike Realtors.
While the Crabtree in a renovated warehouse, nearby is the newly built Cowart Place Townhomes in the heart of the historic Southside offering 30 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units ranging from 1,100 to 1,700 square feet and priced from $102,000 to $190,000-plus. Julie Chamberlain with Hale Realty is marketing the townhomes.
On Georgia Avenue across from the Hamilton County Courthouse is the 94-year-old Robinson Apartments, renovated in 1999 with 18 apartments ranging from 775 to 1,145 square feet and with separate central heat. Marketed by Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, the apartments are priced from $650 to $900 a month.
First and Market Condominiums were recently completed with 12 two-bedroom/two-bath, 1,000-square-foot units in the Ross’s Landing district within walking distance of restaurants, theaters, the Riverwalk, Tennessee Aquarium, BellSouth Park and museums. These units also being marketed by Ms. Chamberlain are priced at $169,000 and offer covered parking, gated entrance and a rooftop terrace providing a great vantage point for riverfront activities.
Visitors toured a faux Victorian, two-story townhouse in Lindsay Court, one of 14 units in the quiet neighborhood ranging from 2,350 to 2,700 square feet. The private home on the tour was priced at $400,000-plus.
Robert and Darlene Brown opened up their luxury penthouse home on the 10th floor of the Chattanooga Bank Building where Mr. Brown has offices downstairs. The elegant two-bedroom/two-bathroom home with some 3,000 square feet was part of the 2000 restoration of the structure built in 1926 and now a mixed-use downtown business and residential property.
Mrs. Brown, a broker with Realty Center GMAC is also listing agent for the Loveman’s on Market mixed use downtown structure in the process of being renovated.
RiverCity President Ken Hays said there has been a surge in demand for downtown residential property and the downtown tour let people see options that exist and envision what can be accomplished.
Sandra Rose, marketing manager for the Downtown Partnership, said, “A lot of space downtown could be converted to downtown living. We want people to see opportunities to think out of the box and develop former office space into downtown housing.”