DeSales Flats celebrates grand opening in East Walnut Hills

This past Thursday Towne Properties, CR Architecture + Design, and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of DeSales Flats in the heart of East Walnut Hills.  DeSales Flats joins the larger DeSales Corner development projects completed in recent years that have introduced a slew of new residential and retail offerings to one of Cincinnati's most historic neighborhood business districts.

The new 76-unit apartment project is the result of community input that pushed hard for a significant residential presence in that part of the neighborhood. 

The completed units are currently being marketed with rents around $1 per square-foot.  Each unit features its own outdoor space with balconies for upper-level units and terraces on ground-floor units.  One unique appeal of DeSales Flats, aside from its central location, is its green amenities. In fact, its the first green LEED certified apartment community.

"Almost every project we do now is working towards LEED certification," said Shannon Duffy, housing design group director for CR Architecture + Design who served as the project's design team and brought a host of green building experience to the table.

"We're very proud at Towne to have created Cincinnati's first green LEED certified apartment community," said Brian Bortz of the Towne Development Group.  "DeSales Flats is the equal of any apartment property developed in the region in recent times.  It's also ideally located close to UC, Xavier, area hospitals, downtown, and great shopping in both O'Bryonville and Hyde Park."

The newly completed project features both 1 and 2-bedroom apartments that include parking for hybrid cars, covered bicycle parking, high efficiency HVAC, large windows, a fitness center on-site, and a clubroom.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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