Glendale is in the midst of an honest-to-God housing boom, so we paid a recent visit to the newest kid on the block, ICIS. An amenity-packed mixed-use project on Colorado Street just off the 5 Freeway and down the street from the Americana at Brand, the builders won't be done with ICIS until May 1, but tenants have already started to move in. Designed by TCA Architects, the five-story main building has 186 studio, one-, and two- bedroom apartments, plus an additional 14 three-level townhouses across the street. Alliance, the developers, were going for an "urban boutique resort" style to cater to the creative professional types working in the Glendale area, and are hoping that their hotel-y, clubby touches distinguish it from much of the competition. The groundfloor retail space is still empty, but the hope is to attract shops and services like a mini-grocery, salon, and cafe.
The smallest studios at ICIS start at around 600 square feet and the largest of the townhouses pushes 1,600; rents range from$1,980 to $4,320. All units have stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, USB connections, washer/dryers, and serious soundproofing that keeps out both the sound of the freeway and the music played in the halls and throughout the complex. Nudging up the price ladder gets you things like wine fridges, fireplaces, patios, wireless home music systems, and smartphone-controlled thermostat and lighting.
Community features include free WiFi; a "body salon" with personal trainer; game room with pool table, shuffleboard, TVs, espresso machine, and bar; lounge with a full kitchen that can be rented out; conference room; and a fully-equipped computer room. Outside is a pool area, fireplace, zen garden, barbecue area and TVs for movies or video games. Finally, there's a dog run and rooftop "woof deck" with dogwashing station so you really never have to leave.
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