Located on the corner of Rubel Avenue and East Broadway in the Original Highlands, a row of modern townhomes dubbed the Phoenix Lofts are finishing up with construction and one sold unit is already occupied. I recently had a chance to tour a model at the five-unit development and was pleasantly surprised by the modern quality of the interiors.
Developed by Marian Development Group, the Phoenix Lofts have been designed to bring a modern sensibility to a traditional urban form and neighborhood. Four two-bedroom units and one single-bedroom unit now occupy a corner parcel that previously housed a gas station. Environmental remediation took place before the site was considered. Kimberly Stephenson of L & J Constructors explains that the site was chosen for its proximity to downtown and the Highlands.
The building’s exterior is divided into five vertical masses clad in black brick and limestone to delineate individual townhouse units. Entry into the building is on the second floor placing the main living spaces in the center of each residence. An open floor plan creates a loft-like space that is also open to the first floor. The top level contains bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry, and a balcony facing Rubel Avenue provides views of the surrounding neighborhood.
Stephenson says the development process has gone smoothly as the parcel was zoned appropriately for the infill project. One setback occurred last year as the development team struggled with the death of of a partner, causing a hiatus in construction. Stephenson says the neighborhood has been supportive of the project but admits some were startled by the choice of black brick who preferred a more traditional red brick exterior. In the end, the contrast of dark brick and light detailing creates a sleek, modern appearance.
Interior spaces at the Phoenix Lofts were designed to create a big-city feel yet offer more living space than can be found in cities larger than Louisville. The kitchen, dining room, and great room feature a warm wooden ceiling with beams and bamboo floor meant to evoke construction of historic warehouse spaces. Exposed ductwork, metal railings, and dark cabinetry help reinforce an industrial feel. The modern kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances and details, intricate tile work, and hand selected granite counters.
Justin O’dell of Keller Williams who is representing the development said the four remaining units range from 1,300 to 1,570 square feet with prices from $269,000 to $339,000. A parking space is included and two bedroom units have their own garage. Condo fees range from $150 to $180 per month. A corner two-bedroom unit features extra windows and is marketed at the same price as other units. Interiors of three units have been shelled and await the custom build-out of future owners.
- Phoenix Lofts (Official Site)
- Development Watch: Phoenix Lofts (Broken Sidewalk)
- Development Watch: Phoenix Lofts In The Original Highlands (Broken Sidewalk)