Yesterday, our team participated in the highly anticipated 2016 fall Bus Tour, put on by the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association. This year's theme was "New Kids On The Block". It was an excellent day that flowed perfectly! The selected properties were gracious hosts and the after tour venue, OMB (Olde Mecklenburg Brewery) was a great place to eat and network.
With 10,000 apartments under construction and another 13,000 proposed*, the annual Bus Tour gives onsite professionals, owners, developers and builders the opportunity to visit some of the brand new properties recently opened and enjoy a great day of mingling and discovery.
The tour showcases some of the newest and the brightest. The five beautiful properties that we toured were very different in style. They ranged from upscale elegance to high energy-with-edge. The properties offered amenity packages that could include: a sauna, steam room and a waterfall-ledge hot tub, a pet spa, a game room of high quality Shuffleboard, Foosball, Billiards and Ping Pong or an indoor basketball court. Most everything that makes life easier, more convenient and enjoyable is right at your fingertips. The interior décor is sleek, modern and very upscale at all five properties; but after that the individual character begins to shine through and take shape. Each building's architecture blends well and compliments the vibe of the existing neighborhood.
Two major changes that have arrived in this decade are washers and dryers in every apartment and stainless steel appliances. The washer and dryer units may be a full size stackable set or a side by side model, typically in white. Stainless steel appliances have been the new "wow" factor for kitchens but I would not be surprised if this trend gives way to white appliances again in the future.