High Life

An empty lot on the busiest intersection in Grandview is now a spectacular 5-story condo mid-rise at the corner of everything “grand”.

Just two short years ago, J. Daniel Schmidt of JDS/Cityspace revived a condominium project many in Grandview felt would never get off the ground.  The empty southwest corner of Grandview and Third Avenue had been slated to become Grandview Lofts, an 18-unit project developed by a Nashville, Tenn. builder.  Lack of interest and sales couldn’t jump start the project, so Schmidt decided to buy the land in May 2004 and make it happen on his own.

This past spring, residents finally began moving into the 5-story, 20-unit condo building now known as The Heights.  Even though its address is the city of Columbus, The Heights is at a pinnacle place within Grandview Heights.  “Life at the corner of everything” isn’t just a marketing slogan. 

The location of the project was a big selling point for the owners of this featured dwelling. They love having their every need at their doorstep.  A major grocery store, dry cleaner, post office, the Drexel Grandview theatre, an eye doctor, numerous salons, bars and other restaurants are all within a short walk.  Errands are now run on foot, so the humdrum lull of daily traffic no longer drains their patience and self-sufficing energy.

Taking the elevator to their second floor unit, guests are welcomed by a small lobby and hallway that are decorated graciously with artwork, potted faux-greenery and soft lighting.  After entering the unit, it is apparent the owners took great care in creating a sense of home and comfort in a brand new condo.  To the left of the foyer, a guest bedroom was transformed into a more useful den and sitting room, with leather club chairs, ottomans and reading lamps. 

Beyond the foyer, the space opens into the kitchen and dining areas of the home.  Even though it’s one big area, the kitchen and dining rooms have been designed to appear separated: the dining area features a large area rug under the table, while a decorative mirror hangs on the dining wall.  A simple chandelier lights this area and is controlled by a dimmer-switch for bright or soft lighting.  The kitchen certainly feels removed, thanks in part to the offset center island and cooker, topped with one-inch granite countertops in Harvest Gold.  The maple cabinetry and GE Profile Stainless Steel appliances give this kitchen a classic, yet modern touch.

The original plans for this 2,215 sq. ft. unit called for a second guest bedroom and bath in the southeast corner of the home.  Being fans of big open spaces, these owners opted out of the second guest bedroom in order to create a “great room” for their home.  The owners then used furniture from their previous home and mixed them with new pieces to create a great room perfect for entertaining, reading, watching television or enjoying a quiet evening in.  The potted greenery, which is real, adds just a touch of color to a room full of classic neutrals.

Since there is only one bedroom in this home, it is truly a master bedroom suite with plenty of closet space and a grand private bath.  Visitors enter the suite and view a linen closet to the left and a walk-in closet and bedroom to the right.  Turning left, one is led to the master bath that is outfitted with a Jacuzzi tub, his and her vanities, shower stall and private water closet with marble floors and tile encasing the space. 

One feature of this home that cannot go unmentioned is the quaint terrace overlooking Grandview Avenue.  Even though it’s long and narrow, the 129 sq. ft. veranda allows enough space for a small set of table and chairs and a chaise lounge.  Here, the owners can dine and relax outside, while admiring the happenings of their new neighborhood, all of which is but a step out their front door.