Well, you can finally live the life of luxury downtown, but it’ll cost you.
Kemp Hall, at the corner of Church and Market Streets, officially opened last week and residents have already moved in.
In fact, all 18 units have been rented out, and there’s a wait list.
I had the chance to tour the units and see the beautiful, brand new living spaces and I’m here to tell you all about it.
The units facing Church Street all have about nine-foot windows, and they’re the original windows. Each residence has 14 or 16-foot ceilings as well.
While most have the original flooring, in some spaces it couldn’t be saved so those lofts have new flooring. The kitchens boast white quartzite countertops, dark cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Those lucky enough to have a patio have a somewhat spacious one overlooking a back alleyway... perfect for privacy.
Because of the layout, each studio or apartment is designed differently which gives some studios the look of a one bedroom. While some studios look like your typical studio—one big open space—others have the effect of a one bedroom with a hallway to walk down giving the illusion that you’re walking into another room. The room, your bedroom, just lacks a door.
And besides the layout, each unit is uniquely different. One has a Juliet balcony, one has an original fireplace, some have lots of natural light, some don’t, one has seven windows facing Church Street.
Each has a full washer and dryer, some have stand-up showers, some have bathtubs, some have kitchen islands and some don’t.
It’s modern living in an historic building. They’re shiny and new and pretty. But one thing they’re not, is affordable.
The cheapest studio, which is 565 to 640 square feet, ranges from $1,245 to $1,345. Depending on the size, 810 to 1100 square feet or with a porch, lofts will cost you $1,725 up to $2,125.
One argument I heard is if you share the loft with, say, a spouse than the cost might not sting as much. But the lofts are an open floor plan. If I’m fighting with my boyfriend and want to retreat to a separate space in the home than I’m hiding in the bathroom, that’s the only room with a door.
Yes water, sewer and trash are included and the resident does get a parking permit, but that still doesn’t help to make downtown Frederick living affordable.
Wasn’t that the goal?
I’m not taking away the fact that they’re beautiful and that living in such an historic building is very cool. I’m jealous I’m not living there.
But it seems like they’re catering to a certain demographic...those with deep pockets.
I’d love to see more units like these downtown, preferably affordable ones please.