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Lavish Lifestyles in Apartment Living
by Katy Baldwin
White-glove concierge service paired with unparalleled proximity to the finest in shopping, dining and entertainment have would-be home buyers chucking the concept of a mortgage and opting to live in the lap of luxury.
A new crop of young professionals have a hearty appetite for the combination of luxury and total mobility as the demand for high-end apartment living continues to soar. Experts say many of the young and upwardly mobile witnessed their parents lose equity in their homes and may fear getting caught up in a similar situation.
A few decades ago, apartment living was thought only for those who hadn’t done so well in life. That notion has given way to creature comforts that can be found in some of the area’s most luxurious apartments. We identify five of the most exceptional.
One and Two Light Luxury Apartments
Amenities and location are what set the sexy One and Two Light Apartment communities apart. Shortly after the Cordish Companies began construction on the $79 million One Light Luxury Apartments in the Power & Light District, there were 1,000 on a waitlist for the 25-story, 315-unit building. Making plans for the second high-rise was inevitable. Both luxury apartments are ideally located in prime downtown hot spots. Two Light, which is slated to open in 90 days, is adjacent to the Crossroads Arts District. Both gleaming high-rise apartment buildings feature dramatic pools, lounge areas with green space, nightly rental suites for overnight guests, conference rooms, fitness centers and entertainment kitchens, in-house sommelier, theaters and social rooms, a fitness center, charging stations for electric cars and access to lightning-fast Google Fiber. Inside the apartments, there are floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-foot ceilings, open floor plans, quartz countertops and luxury appliances.
Don’t have time to make it to the supermarket? The concierge service provides in-home grocery delivery. They offer dry cleaning drop-off, too.
Designed to elevate urban living, literally— they know exactly how to curate the amenities their ideal tenants appreciate.
One Light Luxury Apartments, 50 E. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 472-0001, onelightkc.com
Two Light Luxury Apartments, 1444 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. (816) 472-1444, twolightkc.com
The remodeled Folger’s Coffee Plant is a pet-friendly, high-rise apartment community that opened in 2015. Features include a complimentary coffee bar; a heated outdoor swimming pool and lounge area with fire pit and hot tub; a state-of-the-art fitness center with personal trainers, yoga, core strength and HIIT classes; access to a private party area called the social lounge; large windows with solar shades; balconies and expansive mezzanines; tight building security, enclosed heated parting garage, Google Fiber, valet trash and recycling, shared common lounge space with furnishings on each floor. There are on-site chef nights with cooking classes and 24-hour maintenance on-call. Concierge services include car washes, dry cleaning and laundry service and pet care.
701 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 265-1761, roastersblock.com
The massive CityPlace development near U.S. Highway 69 and College Boulevard is being touted a city all its own. The $450 million project is one of the largest of its kind in Johnson County and will eventually be home to more than 1,300 housing units, plus several office buildings, boutiques and restaurants when construction on the mixed-use project is complete. The first apartment tower, Royale at CityPlace, is already leasing, though the grand opening isn’t expected until this spring. The community is taking shape quickly and will eventually feature lush surroundings that connect to the area’s expansive trail system. The Royale features 9-foot and 11-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens, wine coolers, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, private poolside cabanas, fitness on demand system, meditation and movement studio with yoga room, entertaining lounges with kitchen and serving bar, grilling cabana with table setting, bocce ball court, fire pit with ample seating, gourmet coffee bar and café, free tanning bed, pet park with obstacles and dog wash area, Google Fiber and a calendar filled with resident events.
10501 W. 113th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 712-9866, theroyaleatcityplace.com
Villa Milano was voted by 435 readers the best apartment living community in Kansas City in 2015. It’s easy to see how the gated apartment community of south Leawood achieved the honor. The Tuscan-style community with light and airy interiors features 9-foot ceilings, drive-in garage units, terraces, premium kitchens and baths with plank-style flooring, private patios and a saltwater pool in an elegant setting tucked into a quiet neighborhood dotted with green parks and access to Blue Valley schools.
13740 Howe Lane, Leawood, Kan., (913) 897-0100, villamilano.us
The Village at Mission Farms
Mission Farms Luxury Living Apartments offer residents access to free car service, on-site personal trainers and massage therapists and an ultra-modern 24-hour fitness facility. The resort-style courtyard with saltwater pool, dry sauna, free tanning bed, yoga room and a coffee lounge are icing on the cake to this idyllic location. Just outside your Johnson County apartment, you are steps away from a wide variety of eateries and retailers.
4080 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, Kan., (913) 341-6200, villageatmissionfarms.com