All in a Name – The Jeffrey

If we could use but one word to describe our visit to The Jeffrey, the newest luxury residential complex in Columbus’ historic Italian Village, no one word is more accurate (or more deserved) than a simple and slightly awestruck, “wow.” The development, located at the corner of North Fourth Street and East First Avenue, was once home to a thriving manufacturing company producing mining, conveying and heavy industrial equipment. But now that the ambitious vision of urban real estate developer, Cityspace, has at last come to fruition, the result is a truly flawless fusion of old-meets-new that is sure to delight potential residents and the surrounding community alike. 

Though it has but one name, the project is actually comprised of two unique structures. The first building, now named The Jeffrey, was built in 1924 to serve as the original world headquarters for the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company. The second is the adjacent research and development building, now called the Metal Works. Great care was taken by the developer to restore both buildings, as many of the original materials remain or have been reconditioned to fit the modern interpretation. The Jeffrey now consists of 65 one and two-bedroom classically-revived units, while 33 raw, loft-style spaces occupy the industrial Metal Works building. “The Jeffrey is an ideal location for young professionals seeking a lifestyle upgrade,” says Dan Schmidt, President of Cityspace. “With 46 unique floor plans, the project has many personalities from which tenants can uniquely reclaim their space.” 

The personality of The Jeffrey is immediately apparent upon entering the building’s Grand Lobby, and in this case, “grand” is no overstatement. Original floor-to-ceiling marble remains, reflecting the elegance of the world headquarters from 83 years ago. The space is adorned with original fresco art, commissioned by local artist Paula J. Nees, and comes complete with an espresso bar, billiards area and lounge. Leading away from the lobby are softly-lit and richly-colored hallways, wide enough to accommodate any move. Even the stairwells add to the building’s elegance, with deep, burnt-orange walls, black-painted metals and steel-gray carpeting.

In the model unit, it’s nearly physically impossible to keep from throwing your head back and admiring the ridiculously high ceilings (some of which top out at 16’). In fact, only after you’ve sufficiently surveyed the ceiling-height do luxury features like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and under-mounted sinks even become apparent. Master baths come complete with pedestal sinks, wood flooring, period reproduction designer fixtures and ceramic tile surround.

The project’s second personality, the industrial but no-less-stylish Metal Works, gives new meaning to the definition of urban loft living. The exterior design of the building incorporates garage doors and rippled-tin, which fit perfectly with hallways built of cinder blocks and lit with a combination of natural and black light. Inside the model unit, there are polished concrete floors, massive floor-to-ceiling windows with custom window treatments, and exposed steel beams, piping and ductwork. Select units come with an actual garage door functioning as traditional French doors would, in that it opens manually to an outdoor patio space. Kitchens include stainless steel appliances, custom, modern cabinetry, granite countertops and under-mounted sinks. Master baths have granite vanity tops with inset sinks, industrial-style flooring and glass-block walk-in showers with rain-head showerheads.

Regardless of which building you prefer, every unit in The Jeffrey complex comes with a high-efficiency furnace and is pre-wired for broadband high-speed internet, cable television and phone. Shared conveniences include a private communal courtyard, laundry facility (although washer/dryers are available in each unit), tanning bed, trash chutes, and a roof-top deck with amazing views of downtown and the surrounding areas. The onsite gym comes complete with free-weights, fitness machines, cardio equipment and even a flat-screen television. Cityspace Residential also has a shuttle bus that runs on select nights to the hottest nightlife destinations and for large events like Oktoberfest and the Columbus Marathon.

Because it’s located just north of downtown and minutes from the Short North, it’s important to note the emphasis on security at The Jeffrey. Security cameras are located throughout the property with 24/7 in-unit security video feed. There is key card access to both buildings and an electronic guest entry system and a resident access card is needed to enter the gated parking lot. 

Prices start at $129,000 for a one bedroom unit and $229,000 for a two-bedroom unit. Because residents have the option to buy or rent, purchase price is locked in and secured at today’s market value, and a portion of the rent may be credited toward purchase should a tenant wish to buy their unit.

For more information about The Jeffrey, Cityspace and its planned events, please contact Sarah Vida Corna at (614)-827-1000 or visit