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Carbon 56 Review

By March 14, 2007

Carbon 56

Our resident interior designer, KH, recently toured Carbon 56. Here are her thoughts:

After seeing the marketing boards along Denny for the past few weeks, I decided to check out Carbon 56, (formerly known as Aristo Apartments). It is a conversion project located a block from Whole Foods at 2015 Terry Ave in the Denny Triangle. The project is definitely aiming at the young professional urban dweller with a clean modern look and prices in the low $300,000s through high $500,000s.

The building was originally constructed in 2003, with 56 open loft style plans in a combination of five floor plans. The condos range in size from 660 to almost 1,300 sq ft. with 9’ to 13’ ceiling heights. The floor to ceiling windows and open layouts make even the smaller 650 SF “olive” unit that I toured feel spacious (especially with the large terrace which is the entire width of the unit). The larger floor plans have elevated sleeping spaces.

Since they opened to the public four weeks ago, 9 of the 56 units have been sold. The price per square foot seems reasonable for the smaller units that I was looking for. $475/sf for a 2nd floor east-facing up to $607/sf for a west-facing unit on the 4th floor.

Building features:

  • large terrace on west side of 2nd floor (will be divided per units on that side)
  • fitness center
  • private entrances on lower east units
  • decks with some city views (west)
  • underground parking
  • air conditioning
  • floors 1 & 2 are steel/concrete construction
  • floors 3 & 4 are wood construction
  • exposed cross-bracing in some units
  • storage available

Two color options are available with the following finishes:

  • entry hall/dining/living: maple hardwood floor, wood base/case, and roller blinds in living area with floor to ceiling windows.
  • kitchen: flat panel maple cabinetry w/ brushed hardware, solid surface countertop, undermount sink, metal finish tile backsplash, stainless appliances, expoded venting from the micro/hood, and marmoleum sheet flooring. I really wish they would have upgraded to at least porcelain tile for the flooring next to the wood.
  • baths: flat panel maple cabinetry w/ brushed hardware, solid surface countertop, full-tiled wall behind mirror (as backsplash), porcelain tile floor, deep tub with fiberglass or acrylic shower/ tub surround, and american standard plumbing fixtures. they don’t have a picture online, but I think they did a nice job with the full-tiled backsplash wall. However, a tile surround in the tub/shower would have been nice to upgrade to. (I guess you have to cut somewhere for lower-priced condos – it would be an easy upgrade).

    I think they did a nice job making the units feel spacious by integrating the open shelving between the kitchen and sleeping space. The open floor plan also allow for flexibility or upgrades once you move in. Overall I think Carbon56 is a great conversion if you’re not looking for too many extras and a close walk to downtown and Whole Foods.

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