MyNiche Apartments created Charlotte’s first “pocket community” named Anker Haus for those who want a house without the upkeep, or aren’t ready to part with cushy apartment amenities. I’m into it.
Anker Haus has 49 rentable townhouses, ranging from one to three bedrooms, starting at $1,225 a month. There’s a pool, gym, outdoor dining area, and shared green spaces, too.
“This is for folks who are ready to get out of the dorm-style apartments but are maybe not looking to take on a mortgage,” said Adam Purser, Anker Haus’ developer.
Quick background: A pocket community is a small cluster of houses that share amenities and green spaces. Architect Ross Chapin started the trend on the west coast.
“We think the average home size in America has gotten completely out of hand, and we believe there needs to be a shift back to smaller homes designed around common gathering spaces where the community aspect of the development is what makes your house feel like a home,” Purser said.
Why this matters for Charlotte: As Charlotte grows, rent prices have swelled with it. To keep living expenses down, alternative options have begun to appear in pedestrian- and bike-friendly areas — including a car-free community in Seversville and micro-apartments in South End. Anker Haus, located in Commenwealth Park near Plaza Midwood, is also along a bus line and the upcoming Gold Line streetcar expansion.