Contemporary Urban Flair - Carlyles Watch

Columbus’ Gay Street District is seeing a fusion of the old and the new.  Years of historic tradition are being blended into what is now one of Columbus’ most dynamic destinations for contemporary entertainment, dining and urban living.  At the heart of this hip epicenter resides Carlyles Watch, the District’s hottest high-rise condominium community.

Carlyles Watch has enjoyed unprecedented success, with 25 of the 54 condominiums sold to date.  The community is attracting young professionals and active adults who love a relaxed lifestyle close to the amenities of downtown.  According to Re/Max Associates agent Jason Davis, Carlyles Watch offers a very contemporary, open design in one and two-bedroom loft-style condominiums.

A dramatic wall of windows overlooking the Gay Street streetscape and downtown skyline accents each home.  Residents may also enjoy the city view from the one-of-a-kind, fully enclosed rooftop sky lounge and garden.  Carlyles Watch an “all- season” amenity for all owners to enjoy 365 days a year.    

Frank Packard, the famous local architect who is known for his distinct brick designs that blend artistic frontages with abundant windows and more, designed many of the buildings on Gay Street.  Those buildings, with the addition of Carlyles Watch and an upcoming face-lift to the Gay Street corridor, will transform and preserve one of downtown’s most picturesque streets.

According to Carlyles Watch co-developer Andrew Burgess, millions of dollars are being invested into preserving many of these historically significant buildings, creating a dynamic living environment for urban dwellers.  

“A new multi-million dollar Residence Inn Guest Suites is being created in the historic Buckeye Savings and Loan Building.  The Marriott Renaissance Hotel next door has undergone a multi-million dollar facelift, giving it a more modern feel,” says Burgess.  “Gay Street itself is undergoing a major improvement project that will recreate its classic historic feel.”

The construction of Carlyles Watch not only adds modernism to this historic area; it also preserves and honors the previous structure and Columbus native, respectively.  The development is located on the site of the old Personal Insurance Building and is named after Carlyle Perry Sr., mentor of Carlyles Watch developer Tom Fortin.

“Carlyle Perry was instrumental in creating the overall concept for Carlyles Watch,” says Fortin.  “Just prior to ground breaking, Carlyle passed away.  The new structure was named in his honor and the ‘Watch’ portion was added to differentiate it from the historic Carlyle Building.”

Inside Carlyles Watch, this featured two-bedroom unit demonstrates how buyers receive so much more than a desirable location.  Contemporary design and architecture craft the homes in Carlyles Watch into unique living spaces.

All condominiums showcase soaring nine-foot ceilings; granite countertops; a kitchen island with accent lighting; designer cabinetry; GE stainless appliances; Kohler Kitchen and bath fixtures; custom wood trim finishes, and exotic bamboo hardwood, ceramic tile or carpet flooring.  

Carlyles Watch also features an on-site, secured, indoor-parking system new to downtown condos: The European Klaus Car Parking Systems’ Parking Automat.  This hydraulic and mechanical parking system vertically stacks vehicles, reduces the space needed for parking and expands capacity.  The parking system is an amenity not seen in recent construction, be it residential or commercial.

For potential buyers, Carlyles Watch is currently offering great buying incentives like low or no down payment financing options; 10-year tax abatement; $11,000 in pre-construction incentives, including one percent of the purchase price contributed toward the buyer’s closing costs or buy-down option through Fifth Third Bank.

For more information or a tour of the model, call (614) 222-1827.  Carlyles Watch is located at 100 E. Gay St.  Visit the showroom or model on the second floor, or enjoy a virtual, full-color tour of floor plans at