Ain’t No Condo High Enough
Two of the region’s tallest residential buildings are ready to put down stakes in Downtown Tampa
102 W. WHITING ST.
Tampa’s showiest new residential development is getting underway. Riverwalk Place, developed by Feldman Equities on what is supposedly the last empty waterfront lot in downtown, is slated to include luxury condos on 33 of its 52 stories, beginning on floor 22. Residents will have their choice of six different floor plans, ranging from a 1,120 squarefoot one-bedroom, two-bedroom to a 2,738 square-foot three-bedroom, three-bathroom. Amenities include a 20th floor “Sky Lobby,” a pool and green lounge space atop the adjacent parking garage, two guest suites, casual and formal club rooms and a private dining space.
Feldman Equities has even enlisted a celebrity interior designer — Thom Filicia from the original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” on Bravo — to appoint the Sky Lobby and common areas. Living in luxury at what is soon to be the tallest building on the west coast of Florida doesn’t come cheap: starting prices begin in the $600,000s for smaller “livework” units and go up to $1.75 million for the largest non-penthouse floor plan. Smith & Associates is expected to begin taking reservations late this summer, with a groundbreaking anticipated for next spring.
858 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE
“Private urban living” is typically an oxymoron, but the recently approved Éleve 61 promises both. The condo tower will hold just 61 residences, with two three-bedroom units on each floor and no shared walls between the two. Though details on residential amenities are still trickling out, developers at Mercury Advisors have announced each residence will have floor-to-ceiling glass for views around downtown and Ybor City, and residents can take advantage of indoor-outdoor fitness and social spaces. At 35 stories, Éleve 61 will be the second-tallest residential building in Tampa; the Element building is also 35 stories but clocks in slightly taller. Perhaps Éleve 61’s biggest selling point is its proximity to the future Water Street Tampa development and Sparkman Wharf, the revamped Channelside Bay Plaza. The building’s sales office is expected to open in the fall with prices starting in the $800,000s. Construction is slated to start in early 2019.