This post was contributed by Shannon Rooney. At North 28's condo's twilight open house last night, neighbors and buyers were invited to take a first look inside the modular units that have been under construction since the winter. Unit 1A, a two-bedroom staged for the West Elm set, welcomed visitors with trays of sushi and literal buckets of adult beverages. Visitors were encouraged to wander the halls, swag in hand (frisbees, too!), to explore finished and unfinished condos alike while contractors continued to work away out front.
Local developers MM Partners are banking on a 10-year tax abatement, gated parking and trendy fixtures to lure a new crop of first-wave buyers north of Girard and into Brewerytown. What awaits the adventurous at N28 are the pristine trappings of new construction: handsome bamboo flooring, stainless steel appliances and ceramic subway tile. Buyers are looking at around $160,000 for one-bedroom units and $240,000 for two-bedrooms, which feature a master with walk-in closets and an en-suite bath. Some first-floor units boast access to modest private yards.
Developers are targeting the same intrepid buyers who are swarming Newbold, Pennsport and Fishtown (Fishtown comparisons abound with Brewerytown boosters. There's a taco joint opening around the corner!). Model units are open now and construction is slated to wrap up in July, when owners—there are at least two, already—will begin moving in.