Urbanization Station

Scioto Station Condominiums offer space and amenities to buyers wanting a suburban price, without the suburban address.

In a housing market that seems to be going condo with every new development, Central Ohio condo buyers have more choices now than ever before.  Downtown new-builds and rehabs, Victorian and German Village conversions, suburban communities and developments close to the central city, together have created a competitive buyer's market.

As downtown Columbus and the suburbs continue to receive their fair share of projects, neighborhoods like Grandview and Marble Cliff have seen new construction on their streets as well.  Ever popular with the young professional and "just married" crowds, Grandview Heights offers comfortable city living without the urban grit.  Shops, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment are just steps, or a short car ride, away from anywhere in the Grandview/Marble Cliff area.  Add its close proximity to downtown and I-670, and more points are scored.

To capitalize on this area's popularity, one Columbus developer took the lead in building spacious, high quality condos at prices seen mostly in the suburbs; the address, however, is clearly not.  Scioto Station, near Marble Cliff Commons and The Quarry, reaches out to a market vying for new, affordable housing without the suburban commute.

Built by O'Keefe Development and designed by Abbot & Abbot Architects, Scioto Station is a community of ranch-style condominiums that offer luxurious living at an affordable price.  In this featured unit, spaciousness abounds.  All of the units in Scioto Station are just over 1800 sq. ft. and boast plenty of closet and storage space.  What surprises most potential buyers is the price (Scioto Station condos start in the $240Ks).  

At such an attractive price, one would think upgrades would inflate the final cost of a unit.  Not true, however, because the condos have many standard features such as stone and stucco exteriors, huge kitchens, granite countertops, Kenmore stainless steel appliance and ceramic tile flooring.  Two full baths, a laundry room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, a den/office and a gorgeous Florida room complete this unit's one-story floor plan.

The Florida room is one of the most exciting features of this home, mostly because of the coziness of the fireplace and the abundance of natural light.  Perfect on those cold Ohio winter days, this room brings the outdoors inside, while leaving the elements out.  In this owner's unit, the Florida room is simply decorated with a comfortable over-sized sofa and lots of candles to accentuate the fire.  

On the other side of the fireplace lies the great room and kitchen area.  The spacious kitchen provides plentiful counter space and tons of cabinet storage.  In addition to the dining room, the elevated bar area serves as a second dining area that is perfect for entertaining.  In the living area, simple decor, large furnishings and a wide-screen LCD television create a warm environment for the owners and guests.  Here, the setup works well in separating the kitchen/dining rooms from the living space.

Buyers not wanting to succumb to the downtown condo trend and not to keen on moving to the 'burbs can now rest easy.  Scioto Station in Grandview/Marble Cliff is less than seven miles from downtown, Ohio State University, and Riverside & Mount Carmel West Hospitals.  Nightlife, shopping, grocers, restaurants and recreation are all just a short drive away.