Affordable Design

The Brewery District’s newest condo development brings to the downtown housing market cutting edge design at an attractive price.

One of the more unique housing projects in the revived Brewery District opened earlier this year just north of Whittier, on Front Street.  Revealty Inc.'s Brewer's Gate is a 35-unit townhouse development built on the site of the former Columbus Jacks warehouse.  The design combines residential and warehouse motifs to create a contemporary and modern project at an affordable price.  Think of it as the "Target" of downtown condos.

The 35 units that comprise Brewer’s Gate are separated into five rows between Deshler Avenue and Stewart Street off of Front.  Each town-home is a three-story structure with its own secure one or two-car garage, a rarity in new urban construction.  Another rare feature is a private balcony in almost every unit, set off of the dining area or kitchen.  Additional perks such as landscaped courtyards and guest parking make Brewer's Gate appealing to those buyers who want a neighborhood feel in the middle of the city.

Brewer's Gate certainly stands out as one of the more affordable condo projects to go up in the urban corridor.  Larry Schottenstein, President of Revealty Inc., attributes that to location, design and efficiency.  "Every square inch you pay for is under your own roof,” he says.  “Because of our design, we are able to deliver a more cost effective buy." 

When compared to counterparts in the downtown area, Brewer's Gate comes out a winner with lower condo fees and a lower cost per square foot of space.  All of which are important selling points in a crowded housing market.  For instance, according to Revealty Inc., the highest condo fee at Brewer's Gate is $149 per month for a 2,172 square foot unit.  A comparable space in other developments would be double that fee or more.

Amenities and affordability aside, the interior design of these town-homes is a selling point all its own.  Entering the home through the front door will take guests to a large foyer with a small den or office opposite the staircase.  A coat closet and entrance to the two-car garage are at the rear of the foyer. 

In this townhouse, the second floor opens into a large, airy living room with hardwood floors and contemporary furniture from Po Furnishings.  At 20x18, this living room could be arranged in many ways to allow for a cozy reading corner and a booming home theatre--all in the same room. 

Separating the living and dining rooms is a short hallway and a half bath with laundry room.  In the dining room, natural light is abundant, thanks in part to the floor-to-ceiling bay window overlooking the courtyard below. The open kitchen sports a spacious center island with plenty of prep and cook space atop Corian countertops.  High-end stainless steel appliances complete the gourmet kitchen package, a feature offered in every unit.

Completing the third floor is the guest bedroom, with full bath and the master bedroom suite.  Design enhancements in this home include 24-foot soaring dormers in the master bedroom, allowing for a vaulted ceiling and extra large bay windows.  Here, the owners chose to create a sitting area in front of the bay windows to soak up the afternoon sun.  In the master bath, closet space is definitely not lacking; a large linen closet and walk-in wardrobe provide ample storage without taking away space from the bedroom living area.

Just as Target stores provide affordable design to the masses, Columbus’ newest condo project delivers cutting edge architecture at a reasonable price to buyers in the local condo market.  Combine these features with the already established new-old neighborhood of the Brewery District and Brewer’s Gate presents a desirable urban life style.