Curbed dropped in on an AMLI River North tour Tuesday afternoon to see exactly what brand of "luxury" living the new tower and its developer was pitching prospective renters. AMLI and PR reps, led by AMLI Residential's Senior VP of Development Jen Wolf, took Curbed through lower-floor bits of the 50-story tower at Hubbard & Clark. We began with a visit to the 2-bed model unit, occupying the southwest corner of a mid-height floor. Wolf touted the "legitimate" 9' ceilings, large bathroom, and dark hardwoods, and the inset balcony appealed to us as a more sheltered and secure option for getting some air. Inset balconies also interfere less with the architectural lines of a building (although one could argue Solomon Cordwell Buenz sleepwalked their way through this design, and it could use interference). The building was designed in pursuit of LEED Gold certification, so credit must go to that.
We ventured next to the 12th-floor amenity level, sporting all manner of social facilities. The interior portion has a few large hangout areas, a computer lounge, screening room, fitness center w/ Pilates studio, and golf simulator. Extending over the adjoining Greenway Self Park's roof is the outdoor amenity deck, with pool, bar, hot tub, fire pits, numerous lounge areas, private cabanas, herb garden for resident use, and a dog run. Good luck trying to escape the piped-in Top 40 soundtrack. It's the largest apartment building roof deck we know of at roughly 22,000 square feet, owing to Greenway's sizable footprint.
Leasing got going in the Spring with move-ins in July, and the 409-unit tower is roughly 20% occupied to date. It'll cost you $1,752 plus utilities to land an entry-level studio slot. Prices leap from there, with 800-square-foot one-beds starting at $2,633; 1,200-square-foot 2-beds/2-baths at $3,562; and a 1,752-square-foot 3-bed asking over $7K (also classified as the "penthouses" on the top six stories). There's a lot of choice in the downtown market nowadays, but something tells us there are people willing to post this kind of rent for the great array of building amenities and the location. It'll just take a little time to find them.
·Development Update: AMLI River North [Curbed Chicago]
·AMLI River North Slowly Makes Its Presence Felt [Curbed Chicago]
·AMLI River North [official]