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Parade of Downtown Living this weekend

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The 3rd annual Parade of Downtown Living is this weekend, June 8 - 10. Nine residential condominium and apartment projects will open their doors to the public to see why more and more residents are calling downtown Grand Rapids home. The Parade of Downtown Living tour includes historic renovations as well as new construction and converted units in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Tour stops include: The Boardwalk Condominiums, Icon on Bond, Riverhouse at Bridgewater Place, Union Square, 240 Ionia, The Fitzgerald, Hillmount, Gotham Ventures, Lenox Apartments and Tall House.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at select Grand Rapids locations of National City Bank, or on Parade days at any of the featured tour locations.

The 2007 Parade of Downtown Living is presented by Grand Rapids Magazine and National City Bank, and all proceeds will benefit The Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids.

For more information, call Lindy Hebel at 616.459.3133.

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The 3rd annual Parade of Downtown Living is this weekend, June 8 - 10. Nine residential condominium and apartment projects will open their doors to the public to see why more and more residents are calling downtown Grand Rapids home. The Parade of Downtown Living tour includes historic renovations as well as new construction and converted units in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Tour stops include: The Boardwalk Condominiums, Icon on Bond, Riverhouse at Bridgewater Place, Union Square, 240 Ionia, The Fitzgerald, Hillmount, Gotham Ventures, Lenox Apartments and Tall House.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance at select Grand Rapids locations of National City Bank, or on Parade days at any of the featured tour locations.

The 2007 Parade of Downtown Living is presented by Grand Rapids Magazine and National City Bank, and all proceeds will benefit The Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids.

For more information, call Lindy Hebel at 616.459.3133.

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I see 240 Ionia is in the Parade. Anyone know how they are going to accomplish that? I went by the site and they don't have a trailer set up.

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I'll be at the Hillmount party tonight (7:00 pm), and will do the Parade Saturday before the Local First Street Party! I can't wait to hear everyone's opinions about the places.

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Checked out the Hillmount rooftop deck last night during their official unveiling for the residents. It's beautiful up there! Amazing views all the way around! I'll be checking out the rest of the tour tonight! Looking forward to seeing the progress that's been made on projects that were on the tour last year - Icon on Bond wasn't even built yet, but had a sales office and Union Square was very bare bones and unfinished save for the models. Still nothing happening at Tall House, but it's on the tour again... :dontknow:

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Checked out the Hillmount rooftop deck last night during their official unveiling for the residents. It's beautiful up there! Amazing views all the way around! I'll be checking out the rest of the tour tonight! Looking forward to seeing the progress that's been made on projects that were on the tour last year - Icon on Bond wasn't even built yet, but had a sales office and Union Square was very bare bones and unfinished save for the models. Still nothing happening at Tall House, but it's on the tour again... :dontknow:

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Hillmount's deck (partial focus on wireless antennas)

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Funny, I could not find any details about this (in terms of Sunday hours) in the paper. Got out about 1 pm.

Best chow: Riverhouse

Catered by Gilmore. Wrap sandwiches, bowtie pasta, fruit plate, veggie plate, chocolate chunk cookies, brownies, and pop. Also a baby grand player piano, lovely seating area in the lobby, leis on the tables, and a swag bag (canvas shopping bag, pen, key chain, and an invite to come see Celebration's fireworks on their open-by-then deck).

Friendliest folks: Lenox

(Tony, you have to go see this place. It's in your price range, and they are offering a special: rent one of the shown apts, and you can obtain all the furniture.)

Nicest despite my closing-time arrival: Tall House

They have all their city permits, more than 50% are spoken for, and will break ground in the fall. (Jeff, I told them about your parking porn. The showing gal was thrilled by my transportation.)

Most bored helpers sitting around doing nuthin: Boardwalk

Most thorough tour & explanation: Gotham

Nicest exclusive deck for a $1M condo right DT: City View

Least pretentious pimped-up condo decor: Lenox

It looked livable. A normal stove instead of a gas grill with custom venting. None of this 3' vase with 4' stalks of dried vegetation. No coffeetable bowls of dried-out plastic moss. (Whointhehell keeps a bowl of moss on display?!?) Many condo models I've seen look like a lot of work: the ugly wallpaper has to go, let's get a sensible color scheme, etc. Lenox didn't throw a lot of dee-zign-er stuff into their place.

Least amount of attention to curb appeal: Icon

Gravel street, no big huge ENTER HERE sign. Wilted balloons visible only when you got right on top of them. Scattered volunteers.

I did almost the whole tour (skipping a couple seen last week or month) and finally located a tour map at Gotham.

Riverhouse gave me an invite to a Hawaiian-themed party this week (Weds?). I can't go; anyone who wants it PM me.

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I did not care for the layouts of the first level condos in Union Square. I felt that I needed a map, there seemed to be a lot of wasted space, and given that they started with a large open box (the old guys gym) I thought that they could have done much better. The penthouses were very cool. Even had a 5th floor basement!

Hands down, the I thought that the one going for just over a Million on the 12th floor of the Monroe Center and Ionia was the coolest of any of the spaces.

The worst had to have been Tall House... *we skipped it, I want to see construction!

I also liked Gotham Ventures. They have some very cool spaces in there.

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The views of the tree canopy were phenomenal. What a great option for living in that neighborhood.

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Hands down, the I thought that the one going for just over a Million on the 12th floor of the Monroe Center and Ionia was the coolest of any of the spaces.

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Nicest despite my closing-time arrival: Tall House

They have all their city permits, more than 50% are spoken for, and will break ground in the fall. (Jeff, I told them about your parking porn. The showing gal was thrilled by my transportation.)

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Well this is news! 50% plus sold and ready to roll this Fall! Is this a marketing ploy are is this place really a go? Chris, Jeff????

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I did not care for the layouts of the first level condos in Union Square. I felt that I needed a map, there seemed to be a lot of wasted space, and given that they started with a large open box (the old guys gym) I thought that they could have done much better. The penthouses were very cool. Even had a 5th floor basement!

Hands down, the I thought that the one going for just over a Million on the 12th floor of the Monroe Center and Ionia was the coolest of any of the spaces.

The worst had to have been Tall House... *we skipped it, I want to see construction!

I also liked Gotham Ventures. They have some very cool spaces in there.

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Hey, how was 240 Ionia represented in the Parade? Anyone see a sales center?

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Friendliest folks: Lenox

(Tony, you have to go see this place. It's in your price range, and they are offering a special: rent one of the shown apts, and you can obtain all the furniture.)

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Hey, how was 240 Ionia represented in the Parade? Anyone see a sales center?

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As we know there is a wide spread of downtown condos available in the market. Out of curiousity what is the spread on a per square foot basis for cost in these various projects? Does anyone know?

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As we know there is a wide spread of downtown condos available in the market. Out of curiousity what is the spread on a per square foot basis for cost in these various projects? Does anyone know?

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How much is it worth to ya? :ph34r: j/k

From about $180/sf up to $400+/sf for penthouses.

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Wow that $180/sf number seems to be pretty good. Is that at the Fox bldg? I appreciate the info it might help us decide which direction to try for a place downtown.

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Hillmount's deck (partial focus on wireless antennas)

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