I spent some time recently at The House, one of the sleek contemporary high-rises in Victory Park. I am more impressed than ever with the 28-story tower and the values it offers for downtown living.
The House may be the best high-rise option if you want some serious square footage with views for less than half a million dollars. But it won’t be the best bang for your buck for long: Buyers are figuring this out, and the sky homes are selling. Of 133 units, 97 have sold, and six are pending.
The House was clever enough to open up the units for lease when the market was soft, during what I call our “mini recession.” They knew the “try before you buy” strategy would net some buyers, and it has.
Unit 1105, marketed by Dave Perry-Miller’s condo dream team for $472,000, has great, unobstructed views of a slice of the West End, Reunion, Victory Park, Uptown and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. (Dead-on downtown views might be found in the $700,000 range.) This residence has 1,603 square feet, one bedroom, one-and-a-half baths, study nook, and huge kitchen/living/dining area. There is also a large balcony.
The interior has coffee-stained hardwood floors, museum-finish walls, beautiful marble-decked baths and a thick marble slab in the kitchen. The kitchen sink is extra deep and sports a commercial faucet. Every House unit was equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero kitchen appliances. There is a laundry closet for a full-size washer and dryer, and some of the best storage space I’ve seen in high-rise living.
But it’s the amenities that generally draw buyers to this building, as much as the pricing: The outside terrace boasts a 130-foot lap pool, and there’s an owners lounge, guest suite, fitness center, conference room, concierge, valet and covered parking.
The House was built in 2007, and buyers may wonder about the condition of the units that were leased and are now for sale, like this one.
“They have been refreshed completely,” says Beth Borman of Dave Perry-Miller, who leads The House sales team. In fact, it’s like getting a whole new condo.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy’s Dirt.