Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Artesia

The condo craze has hit all areas of Nashville, including the West End area, which is a little west of downtown and close to Vanderbilt University.  The main entrance to Centennial Park is on West End Avenue.

On the westside of Centennial Park, developers have razed old homes and are putting up a number of different condo complexes.  Artesia (above) is about a block away from the west entrance to Centennial Park.  There will be 17 condos in the development, ranging in size from 1100+-2300+ square feet and costing from $400,000-1,200,000.   You can read more about it by clicking here.   

This is a nice area as it's close to two parks (Directly across from Artesia (where I was standing when I took the photo) is another smaller park.  That park has a fenced dog park which was, if I'm not mistaken, one of the first dog parks in the area.), Vanderbilt, hospitals, businesses, downtown, Music Row, the freeways, and restaurants.

I have, perhaps, given the wrong idea about all this construction.  I am not against condos at all.  I do like the idea that developers are bringing new life to certain areas.  However, I just cannot fathom who is going to buy all of these condos . . . and who can afford some of them?  I also wonder, with the current mortgage crisis in this country, how many of these towers are going to end up being 1/2 completed.  At least one developer has lost funding for his tower, and all construction has stopped.  Luckily, they had done little more than clear the land and start digging before the stoppage.

6 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

The condo craze hit here too but now has slowed due to the Bush economy.

Halcyon said...

This one looks really nice at least. I would love to live in one of those towers. :)

PS: Do you know when the German festival will take place this year in Nashville? I'm really interested in coming to that. I will put up an e-mail link on my blog and await your response.

quinttarantino said...

This is a very nice and colourful condo!
If you have tieme, come see my colourful city photo of today.

Rambling Round said...

Did you say "razed old homes?"
I hope they were really totally unpreservable, because I don't think new condos will ever have their character! Interesting post though.

Jilly said...

I'd think a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money with the current financial climate in the world. Nice condos tho.

n2h2o2 said...

Hi all...
I just stumbled upon your site.
I am the construction superintendent on the Artesia project. On behalf of Centenial Development & Commercial Concepts SEInc., I would like to thank you for your kind comments about our beautiful building.
To respond to Rambling Round, I would like to say that the single home on the property that was razed for Artesia was structurally unsound and should have been condemned years ago. Having been in the construction industry for over 30 years, with a backgroung in architectural conservation and preservation, I have a deep appreciation for historical architecture.
The architect, designers and builders of Artesia are working very hard to create a building of timeless beauty and interest for it's high profile in the Nashville skyline. Artesia's dark, tumbled brick and real Indiana limestone, give it the look, feel and character of an older building, which suits the area much better than the glass and steel condos in the area.
The green copper patina metal roof will begin to be installed on Monday. The color matches the copper roof of the State Capitol building, which is visible from the mezzanines and directly in line with the Parthenon. The view of the downtown skyline is incredible during the day and breathtaking at night. Even Skyline Hospital is clearly visible from the roof decks.
Artesia gets it's name from all of the water features in the building. Eight waterfalls pour into two ponds running down the entire length of the main entrance. The courtyard will also have waterfalls and fountains to create a soothing environment with the sound of water around every turn.
We are a few months from completion, but I would like to invite you all to our open house party. Stay tuned for the big announcement.

Dale Nance
Senior Project Superintendent
Commercial Concepts SE Inc.