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« Reply #105 on: December 29, 2016, 02:27:50 pm »

What have we learned about $800K condos so far in downtown?  They don’t sell.  If you have a unit on the north side of The Davenport, your view is a few rooftops, the IDL, and vacant land north of that.  While the south view of the downtown skyline would be preferable this is nowhere like the view from a condo in Manhattan, Miami Beach, or Vail Village.

People with $800K to spend in the Tulsa market are looking for something with a lawn, some space from their neighbors, and most likely a suburban school district or a private school.  If they have school-age children they likely do want something with a yard.

JMO, People who live in Tulsa and have $800K to spend on a condo would most likely be looking at a condo as a second home on a beach or in the mountains.
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« Reply #106 on: December 29, 2016, 02:34:35 pm »

What have we learned about $800K condos so far in downtown?  They don’t sell.  If you have a unit on the north side of The Davenport, your view is a few rooftops, the IDL, and vacant land north of that.  While the south view of the downtown skyline would be preferable this is nowhere like the view from a condo in Manhattan, Miami Beach, or Vail Village.

People with $800K to spend in the Tulsa market are looking for something with a lawn, some space from their neighbors, and most likely a suburban school district or a private school.  If they have school-age children they likely do want something with a yard.

JMO, People who live in Tulsa and have $800K to spend on a condo would most likely be looking at a condo as a second home on a beach or in the mountains.

Agreed, and the fact that they have been marketing this for almost 2 years and have barely more than 1/3 "reserved" (whatever that might mean), suggests this project is not likely to happen.
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« Reply #107 on: December 29, 2016, 03:56:34 pm »

"People with $800K to spend in the Tulsa market are looking for something with a lawn, some space from their neighbors, and most likely a suburban school district or a private school.  If they have school-age children they likely do want something with a yard."

I concur that the $800K mark was too high for downtown at this point. But I want to point out that you don't need all "people with $800K to spend" to want an urban lifestyle. Just a few. If we have 500 people in that market (I don't know if that is too high or too low), only 10-25 need to have a strong preference for urban living for this experiment to work. Maybe there are not 10-25 such people, but it could be a small minority of rich people and still support high end condo living downtown.

Indeed most of the boom in downtown living is still a minority preference. Most renters live in non-urban areas outside downtown. But those few renters willing to pay a bit extra to live downtown still create demand. Now, a few developers are looking for the small minority of owners who want to own downtown. We'll see how they do. I suspect $800K won't work. But $400K for 10-25 people might work.

And the higher the price that works, the more developers will flock to create more housing downtown. That's at least a little reason to cheer for success on high end downtown living.
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« Reply #108 on: December 29, 2016, 10:44:44 pm »

Westin in Austin builds next to loud music venue, then sues loud music venue for being a loud music venue. 

Kind of like building next to an airport and then complaining about airplane noise.  Or, building next to the Fairgrounds (in Tulsa) and complaining about the stock car races on Saturday nights.

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« Reply #109 on: December 30, 2016, 12:50:24 am »

"People with $800K to spend in the Tulsa market are looking for something with a lawn, some space from their neighbors, and most likely a suburban school district or a private school.  If they have school-age children they likely do want something with a yard."

I concur that the $800K mark was too high for downtown at this point. But I want to point out that you don't need all "people with $800K to spend" to want an urban lifestyle. Just a few. If we have 500 people in that market (I don't know if that is too high or too low), only 10-25 need to have a strong preference for urban living for this experiment to work. Maybe there are not 10-25 such people, but it could be a small minority of rich people and still support high end condo living downtown.

Indeed most of the boom in downtown living is still a minority preference. Most renters live in non-urban areas outside downtown. But those few renters willing to pay a bit extra to live downtown still create demand. Now, a few developers are looking for the small minority of owners who want to own downtown. We'll see how they do. I suspect $800K won't work. But $400K for 10-25 people might work.

And the higher the price that works, the more developers will flock to create more housing downtown. That's at least a little reason to cheer for success on high end downtown living.

Some day, $800K condos might be realistic albeit with a limited demand so long as you had plenty of “starter” stock in the first place to get people accustomed to the urban lifestyle where they could acclimate to something larger as their family and income grows.

If you haven’t caught this in my previous posts: I moved into a studio in Center Plaza Apartments (now Central Park Condos) in 1987 when I was 21.  I was perfectly good with no maintenance responsibilities, spartan furnishings, and no yard.  Even with incredibly limited night life and few dinner choices I loved the urban experience.  There was still a Homeland store within walking distance.  If i needed to file a small claims case (I worked for a finance company at the time) or go to the library, that was convenient as well and did not require a car.  We had a dry cleaner drop off, gym, bar, and possibly even a hair salon in Center Plaza back then so there were some amenities to make it as convenient as possible.  A year or so later, I got married and needed more space.  We moved to a 1 bedroom further up in the building.  It worked great for our needs for awhile.

I believe the real impetus to purchase a home was the adage we were throwing money away on rent and not gaining any equity, plus thinking we might have kids in the near future.  By mid 1989 most of the HUD surplus was gone as well as any steals on a multi bed condo at Liberty Towers but condos still had a stigma after the bust of the mid ’80’s.  I’d always liked the brick gingerbread homes along 15th St. and that’s what we eventually bought.  I liked the idea of having a garden, etc. but if 1989 downtown Tulsa had been like 2016 downtown Tulsa it’s entirely possible we might have looked at buying something and staying in the IDL and buying something larger as our family and income grew.  There just was not anything practical to move on to at the time within downtown.

So, I do believe if you have a broad range of condos and apartments you can fill the bigger ticket ones if there was a good enough stock of lower priced ones to help build the demand for later in life.  Tulsa’s problem is, not many of us have been exposed to the urban lifestyle by actually living in the urban core like people in Manhattan or Boston grew up with. With few exceptions, if you grow up with a suburban orientation, your tendency is likely to move further from the core as your family and income expand.

Had things turned out different, I might move back to the downtown area some day but a business opportunity out in NE New Mexico has pretty well put  that possibility to rest.  My wife and I feel bittersweet about leaving with the dawn of a new Mayoral administration which seems to appreciate orderly development and how well Tulsa’s urban core is coming together.  These are exciting times for Tulsa and for those of us who dreamed for decades of what it could be and how we could be a part of it.

That demand for $400 to $800K dwellings in the IDL and near there will come eventually.  Whether it’s 5, 10, or 20 years down the line is anyone’s guess.
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« Reply #110 on: December 30, 2016, 02:33:16 am »

For less than half the $800k you can find a high end 2 bed 3 bath condo in downtown Phoenix that's between the ball park and the arena where the Suns play, near Comerica Theater, Hard Rock and downtown entertainment district. These are not fire sale units either.

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Phoenix-AZ/fsba,fsbo_lt/condo_type/81952567_zpid/40326_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/33.458137,-112.052715,33.434647,-112.083914_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Phoenix-AZ/fsba,fsbo_lt/condo_type/81952509_zpid/40326_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/33.458424,-112.056148,33.434933,-112.087348_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/

Or you can live near the Biltmore area........

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Phoenix-AZ/fsba,fsbo_lt/condo_type/71605664_zpid/40326_rid/globalrelevanceex_sort/33.52349,-112.012932,33.500017,-112.044132_rect/14_zm/0_mmm/
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« Reply #111 on: December 30, 2016, 08:28:42 am »

Kind of like building next to an airport and then complaining about airplane noise.  Or, building next to the Fairgrounds (in Tulsa) and complaining about the stock car races on Saturday nights.

As someone in that neighborhood, the new thing this year was complaining about Safari Joe's Tuesday Night music the first few weeks of the summer.

But yeah, the bees have migrated into town for the next month or so as chili bowl marches on Smiley
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« Reply #112 on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:36 pm »

Urban 8 starts at $875K

Really, people who buy these are going to have to drive or walk up to them and it will be hard to miss the CAINS sign or all of the bikes outside of Soundpony or the smell of cigs (or whatever) coming from the back of Soundpony. Anyone moving in here will know what they are getting into. The Davenport is much better than the empty lot...let's find other things to protest.

Zombie thread but relevant.

They "know what they are getting into"... Yup

http://www.newson6.com/story/37989570/jane-fest-coming-to-blue-dome-district

"“It is a neighborhood and it is evolving and there will be more housing in here over time, so there are other places to conduct something that will go until 2 a.m.,” said Steve Ganzkow, from American Residential Group."

Yeah, other places that are right outside the places that have this stuff that goes on until 2 am.
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« Reply #113 on: April 19, 2018, 01:08:34 pm »

Zombie thread but relevant.

They "know what they are getting into"... Yup

http://www.newson6.com/story/37989570/jane-fest-coming-to-blue-dome-district

"“It is a neighborhood and it is evolving and there will be more housing in here over time, so there are other places to conduct something that will go until 2 a.m.,” said Steve Ganzkow, from American Residential Group."

Yeah, other places that are right outside the places that have this stuff that goes on until 2 am.


That is ridiculous. And this opposition is from an apartment complex that is likely a much younger crowd than would be in the Davenport Lofts (aimed at rich retirees).

Besides the Blue Dome District, where else would something like this be? In a huge empty field somewhere? Protesting a festival in the Blue Dome is about as ridiculous as protesting the smell of pizza on Cherry Street.
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« Reply #114 on: April 19, 2018, 01:12:47 pm »

Speaking of this old zombie thread, does anyone know if it's still happening? 

3 years later and this link shows 12 of 24 reserved:http://davenportlofts.com/index.php/availability

I'm guessing it's not going to happen at this point, but maybe they'll find a way. They seem pretty passionate about it and put a lot of money into marketing it for years.
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« Reply #115 on: April 05, 2019, 09:37:53 am »

Interesting snippet from an article about the Hanson project in the Brady Arts District:

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Mayfield LLC requested an extension of the terms and conditions of the agreement because Davenport Lofts, a multifamily project, needs to set up a crane on the grassy area of the L.A. King building property, documents show.

So the Davenport Lofts is moving forward after all? That has been a long time coming!

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« Reply #116 on: April 05, 2019, 10:35:07 am »

Word is that groundbreaking is soon...
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« Reply #117 on: April 05, 2019, 11:36:08 am »

Word is that groundbreaking is soon...

Good to hear! I'm hoping eventually the sound stuff sorts itself out (The Yeti closed to turn to restaurant so that's taken care of), mostly by the fact that the demographics moving here will want to be near nightlife. I'm hoping the owners just buy into the fact that Sound Pony and Inner Circle etc will be noisy and just deal with it. If they want quiet, just about any residential neighborhood would do, or just rent in the Deco District.
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« Reply #118 on: April 05, 2019, 11:54:14 am »

Word is that groundbreaking is soon...

I noticed they were jack-hammering pavement last weekend.
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« Reply #119 on: April 05, 2019, 12:46:53 pm »

This is the rendering on their website.  Looks like it will be taller than the current tallest buildings (Tribune Lofts and Metro at Brady) in the Arts District.

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