The final condominium in downtown's Park Place at Lytle
has been sold, making it the fastest selling condo project of 30 or more units in the inner city to date.Miller-Valentine Group
and Greiwe Development Group converted the former R.L. Polk Building offices into 114 condominium units, a six-story atrium, a community room, fitness center, guest suites, a library and a rooftop garden.
Units in the building range from 960 to 4,200 square feet, and sold for between $200,000 and $1.8 million.
Christine Schoonover, director of business development and sales for Huff Realty's Metropolitan Office
, saw so much potential in the building that she bought a condo herself.
"I went through the building very carefully," she says. "Not just from the outside, but from the inside too. I said to myself, 'This is a home run.'"
Not everybody saw the potential.
"When construction first began, people would come up to the 9th floor and they couldn't see anything because it was gutted," she says. "They didn't buy in the beginning. They'd come back later and be angry because their units had already sold."
Schoonover says that the building's location was a strong selling point.
"Park Place was a phenomenon," she says. "So many people recognized living on Lytle Park as 'the' thing."
And she says that she finds downtown residents to be the most personable, active people in the city.
"I always see people running, heading to Fountain Square, going out dancing, or walking to the Purple People Bridge," Schoonover says. "They understand that downtown is a cool place."
Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Christine Schoonover, director of business development and sales, Huff Realty Metropolitan OfficePhotography by Scott Beseler