Downtown's renaissance all started about 15 years ago in the upper end of the Historic Core, and while development action has shifted south over the years, the HC has only gotten more and more covetable: it's walkable, it's dog-friendly, it has a lovely stock of apartments. It's also, generally, rather pricey. But there is still a fairly wide range of rents available in the upper Historic Core--here, a look at apartments from cheap to very, very expensive.
↑ $1,850 will rent you an eighth-floor, one-bathroom unit in beloved The Rowan. It comes with brick walls, hardwood floors, washer/dryer, central heat and air, plus the building's garden, barbecue area, "hot and cold spas" (cold spa??), but no parking. And you're right next door to the Spring Street Park.
↑ For $2,205 a month, you get an eighth floor, 1,260-square-foot apartment in the Jewelry Trades Building. It has one bedroom and--get this--one and a half bathrooms. Incredible. The listing also claims white oak hardwood floors, black granite in the kitchen, marble tile in the bathrooms, built-in benches below the windows, and small washer/dryer.
↑ Way up at $2,745 a month, you can rent a 1,560-square-foot live/work loft at the flashy Mercantile Lofts. It comes with one bathroom, one garage space, exposed brick and beams, eastward views, a balcony, bamboo floors, and a washer/dryer.
↑ Lower down in The Rowan, you'll find a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with 16-foot ceilings, restored plaster details, floor-to-ceiling windows, a "large private patio," and an "original polished Carrara marble floor." Sounds incredible, wish there were pictures. Rent is $4,900.
↑ Rent, basically, a palace at the Title Guarantee Apartments and Lofts for $6,025: three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, polished concrete floors, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, and dishwasher.
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