War of the Amenities: Mile-High Minneapolis


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The vertical sector of the city is more popular than ever. Condos are launching upright at record speed, creating countless available spaces that offer three-dimensional living. Parking underground, sleeping in the sky—condos seem to bring a certain security that is more valuable now than ever. With all the competition in town, what are the amenities that are luring buyers or renters to prospective properties?

A fitness center is standard equipment within any condominium, regardless of the age. Sometimes it’s a few free-weights next to a tired collection of As Seen on TV muscle-machines. Sometimes it’s a lot more:

The Carlyle, 100 Third Avenue South, offers a top-notch, well-managed fitness center that rivals the one you currently drive to. The 24/7 gym has a plethora of late-model equipment, with luxury locker room amenities—like a steam room and always-stocked towels— to match. Caretakers at The Carlyle are on hand to keep the facility spotless and sanitized. In a sea of fitness centers, the focus and attention dedicated to this space is impressive to say the least.

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On the other side of downtown, The Grant Park Condos at 500 E Grant St, offers a similarly plush workout experience, replete with luxuries like a tanning bed and a dedicated massage room—along with all the equipment you’d expect to find at a state-of-the-art fitness factory.

Fitness for people? Easy. But what about fitness for Fido? If you’re planning a move into the clouds, you’ll want to be tethered to a place that has your doggo in mind. While many places allow pets, some places go above and beyond just allowing pets, making deliberate design choices with your furriest of family in mind.

Nordhaus, 315 1st Ave NE, was made with the Minnesota dog-owner in mind. The Nordhaus offers several dog-runs, on multiple levels of the building—including an indoor walk for those February freezers. The Nordhaus also has a dog wash so you can keep your pooch properly pampered.

Head over to the North Loop and you’ll find Junction Flats at 643 N 5th St. The property boasts the largest dog walk in the North Loop, along with an onsite pet spa. The décor around the building carries a pet theme, reminding you and your dog that you’re both at home.

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Back to people-pleasers, cruise on over to Loring Park where you’ll find an enclosed neighborhood. The LPM Apartments at 1369 Spruce Place have put together a community experience that’s as open to outsiders as it is residents. The ground level of the LPM features a breakfast diner on one side, and an award-winning brewery holding down another. Casual dining options that are even more attractive as more and more people are working from home. A few steps outside leads to fine dining options, pizza, and groceries.

New, residential construction seems to be the current lifeblood of downtown, and developers are getting creative in an effort to draw residents. The Legacy Condominiums, at 1240 S 2nd Street seem to have it all.

Living at The Legacy Condominiums means you have access to the swimming pool and hot tub, community room—equipped with full kitchen, sauna, fitness room, weight room, game room, golf simulator, community patio and grilling space, lawn bowling, outdoor dog run, outdoor playground, pet grooming area, indoor pet relief area, and a “coffee” Room. Meanwhile you’re in the heart of downtown, next-door to noshing and nightlife (when that’s allowed).

If you’re looking to make a move, now could be the time to head downtown. Constant construction means more units available than ever before, whether you’re looking for new construction or something with aged character—both are in abundance. Perhaps you have safety concerns, and rightfully so, but remember that these options typically include a locked, underground parking structure that leads to a secure elevator—meaning you never have to step foot on surface streets during cold days or late night departures.

Unmatched comfort, security, and the views to match; maybe it’s time to check out what vertical life has to offer.

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