The River Oaks Examiner‘s Cynthia Lescalleet says her recent tour of West Ave at the corner of Kirby and Westheimer “felt a bit like a campus visit for a really, really, ritzy college.” But wait, there’s more:
Rising seven-stories, West Ave. is hard to miss. The project by Gables Urban is massive and ambitious, and thatâ€™s only the first phase. The two-acre lot behind it, now used as a construction staging area, will be Phase II. Some day. It may spend the interim as overflow parking.
Further details about that Upper Kirby campus:
West Ave. has two stories of retail and five stories of living space, which includes not only the luxury apartments but the cushy common areas: a theater, game room, pet salon, rooftop pool with outdoor kitchen (and a mighty fine view of downtown), business center, fitness center and wine storage venue with tasting room.
Also, Gables Residential is now calling that second-story retail space “flexible space,” meaning it might house small office spaces or even more apartments if retail tenants can’t be found.
Construction still has a ways to go, but residents started moving in a month ago:
About 50 people currently lease units on the third or fourth floors of the first building, fronting Kirby.
Depending on the size of the unit, theyâ€™re paying $1,400 to $3,000 a month, which is about $2 psf.
. . . the units have slab floors and walls to cut noise. Thick doors and heavy carpeting also muffle the presence of others passing down the long, long hall.
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- West Ave coverage [Swamplot]