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Light Rail January 10, 2009

Light Rail January 10, 2009

Covering Landmark on Central, Tapestry on Central, Artisan Lofts on Central, Lofts at Fillmore.

In celebration and support of the Light Rail Grand Opening held December 27th, we designed a tour to cover urban living options along the Light Rail in Phoenix. This was the first time we devoted a tour exclusively to light rail living and the first time we used light rail to move around and not a bus!

We met at the light rail platform at Camelback and Central and after a brief intro walked to Landmark on Central just a couple hundred yards south.

Landmark on Central offers tremendous views and is a hip fun community. We discussed some of the current infrastructure and financial challenges the buiding is facing and strategies for buying or renting in the building. In general the tour attendees liked the building but were wary of the current situation. Search the WeKnowUrban blog or call us to learn more.

Next we boarded an east bound train for the Encanto stop. There we toured Tapestry on Central. In the lobby we met a man who has his home "for sale by owner" and we asked for the tour. He has a very nice 5th floor 2 bedroom + den condo with almost 1700 square feet and nice views to the south for which he's asking $450,000. After looking at his competition in the building we all agreed that the "fsbo" was much nicer but we questioned whether or not he could garner the price. We will see.

Our next stop was at Artisan Lofts on Central. I really like this building. The architecture is clean and contemporary yet warm and fun. We toured a tour story loft with polished concrete floors, a European style kitchen, double story walls of glass, sexy modern lighting and a very open second floor master bedroom and a spiral stair case to a roof top deck. This was the most popular condominium on the tour.

Our last stop was to /Lofts at Fillmore located on the south east corner of 2nd Avenue and, you guessed it, Fillmore. Boy the area sure as come a long way since these were converted in 2001. I remember visiting the area back then wondering if it would EVER turn the corner. Well, with Palatte and Cibo restaurants just down the road and the remodeled YMCA and brand new ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism just 1/2 a block away one can easily see a fantastic improvement. And of course the light rail just adds more depth. We toured a two story bank owned condo with two bedrooms and two baths in the dark but very cool basement and reasonable living area on the ground floor. More than anything we all marveled at the fact that a turn of the 20th Century building had survived through several dark decades of downtown Phoenix abandonment only to be refurbished into a true asset to the renewed urban scene. Yippee!

This was a great tour with lots of walking, a great new found appreciation for the light rail system and all it brings to midtown and downtown Phoenix.

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As always we owe a huge THANK YOU to Mike Williard, an amateur photographer and very special friend of WeKnowUrban who shot these great photos.

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