5 luxury apartments I’d rent if I was a rich millennial investment banker instead of a dad who sends newsletters

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Occasionally, I find myself in Charlotte’s most luxurious apartment complexes thinking: “Damn, being young, baby-less and rich in this city looks freaking incredible.”

Charlotte Investment Banking Analysts just out of college are pulling down an $82,500 base salary with a $51,500 annual bonus on average. That’s a lot of coin. That’s especially a lot of coin for a young person without many responsibilities (and no, I’m not counting dogs).

If I was a young, single investment banker, here’s a short list of swanky apartments I’d consider.


Skyhouse

This Fourth Ward high-rise understands the sky is the limit (did you like that?), with two adjoining 23-story towers and swanky rooftop lounges. Skyhouse has 672 apartment units, 336 in each tower.

Skyhouse Pricing

  • One bedroom apartments range from $1,289/month to $2,780/month.
  • Two bedroom apartments range from $1,901/month to $2,288/month.
  • Three bedroom apartments range from $2,785/month to $3,525/month.

Walkability

Everywhere in Uptown.

Skyhouse Amenties:

  • One regulation tennis court
  • Two regulation bocce ball courts
  • Large and small dog park including dog wash
  • Practice putting green
  • Multiple grilling areas with cafe tables
  • 120′ x 60′ activity field
  • Outdoor grilling stations
  • Outdoor lounging areas/firepits
  • Club lounge with billiards, flat screen TVs, wifi, a coffee bar and fireplace
  • 24-hour fitness facility with Apple TV
  • Saltwater pool
  • Two covered poolside lounges
  • Energy efficient Whirlpool appliances
  • Bike storage facility
  • Kohler plumbing fixtures
  • Granite countertops throughout
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Generous closet space
  • Complimentary guest parking
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Gorgeous rooftop pool looking over the city. via web

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Inside a Skyhouse apartment. via web

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Awesome rooftop decks for grilling and chilling. via web


Ashton South End

Nestled right in the heart of South End on the rail trail, this is largely known as the premier apartment complex outside of Uptown and draws urban-lovers both young and old who just don’t want to deal with the hassle of home ownership. Ashton South End has 310 apartment units.

Ashton South End Pricing

  • One bedroom apartments range from $1,584/month to $2,449/month.
  • Two bedroom apartments range from $2,074/month to $3,245/month.
  • Two and a half bedroom apartments average at $3500/month.

Walkability

100 yards from Sycamore, Atherton Mill (Big Ben, O-Ku, Warby Parker, Living Kitchen, Not Just Coffee, Free People, etc), Common Market and more going into Tremont, Central Coffee, Pike’s Soda Shop, Dilworth Tasting Room.

Long story short, the location is freaking perfect if you love South End.

Ashton South End Amenities:

  • Gourmet demonstration kitchen with private dining room
  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Private poolside cabanas
  • 11th floor SkyLounge with fire pit
  • Dog park
  • Theater room
  • Valet dry cleaning service
  • Three grilling stations
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Full-size washer/dryer
  • Floor to ceiling windows in select units
  • Computer niches in select units
  • Energy efficient stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops throughout
  • Wine racks
  • Private balconies
  • Custom solar shades
  • Up to 11 foot ceilings
  • Street level entries in select units
  • Private transportation for residents
  • Three grilling stations
  • Indoor and outdoor lounge areas with Wi-Fi
  • Walk-in closets
  • Coffee bar
  • Hotel-style guest suite
  • Plank flooring available in two finishes
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Inside an Ashton South End apartment. via web

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Views from the Ashton South End. via web


Museum Tower

This Uptown complex will plant you in the middle of Charlotte’s arts and attractions scene. You can basically reach out and touch the Duke Energy Center. The Museum Tower has 394 apartment units.

Museum Tower Pricing

  • One bedroom apartments range from $1,900/month to $3,000/month.
  • Two bedroom apartments range from $3,100/month to $4,600/month.
  • Penthouse apartments, available as one or two bedroom range from $2600/month to $6700/month.

Walkability

Everywhere Uptown.

Museum Tower Amenities:

  • Fitness center with Precor equipment and virtual reality bicycles
  • Spinning/yoga room with Fitness on Demand
  • Complimentary Starbucks coffee machine
  • On-site pet spa
  • Rooftop lounge with saltwater pool and game room
  • Pool deck with 8 foot glass perimeter wall for city views
  • Indoor and outdoor fireplaces
  • Four grilling stations
  • Mail room with business center and adjacent conference room
  • Bike storage room with work bench and tools
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Rainmaker shower heads in select units
  • Surround sound system in select units
  • Full-size washer/dryer
  • Modern glass tile backsplash in kitchens
  • Whirlpool stainless steel kitchen appliances
  • Kohler appliances in baths
  • Large modern tubs
  • Floor-to-ceiling wall tile in baths
  • Hardwood-style flooring
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How unreal is this pool?

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Not a bad view.

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Even the Museum Tower’s mail room is stunning.


Ascent

Overlooking Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Stadium, Ascent encompasses uptown’s lively buzz with a bold, fresh look. The Ascent has 300 apartment units.

Ascent Pricing

  • One bedroom apartments range from $1,950/month to $2,600/month.
  • Two bedroom apartments range from $3,185/month to $3,900/month.
  • Studio apartments range from $1590/month to $1850/month.

Walkability

Everywhere Uptown.

Ascent Amenities:

  • Pegasus Pet Spa & grooming
  • Zoom elevators
  • Business center with two secluded workstations and a conference room
  • Outdoor grilling station and lounge seating
  • Heated saltwater pool
  • Pool deck with cabanas, refrigerators and lounge/aqua shelf seating
  • Penthouse lounge with bar, matrix TV, an observation deck and fire pit
  • Water-powered heating and cooling system
  • Workout facility with Fitness on Demand, yoga studio, cooling lounge and balcony
  • Sky lounge with catering kitchen and event space
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Framed-glass balconies
  • Glass-tiled backsplash with your choice of Antique Carrara or Concrete quartz countertops
  • Hardwood-inspired floors available in two finishes
  • Full-size washer/dryer
  • Walk-in closets with wood cabinetry
  • GE appliances including French-door refrigerator, built-in microwave and the options for a built-in oven with electric cooktop and a wine fridge
Ascent

Once 100% complete, the rooftop will be incredible.

Example Ascent two bedroom layout. View more floor plans here.


The Abbey

Tucked away a few hundred yards from Park Road, the location is phenomenal for those who don’t want to be in Uptown or South End, ut want the best amenities and walkability to Montford and Park Road Shopping Center. The Abbey has 260 apartment units.

The Abbey Pricing

  • Studio apartments range from $1079/month to $1200/month.
  • One bedroom apartments range from $1,200/month to $1,504/month.
  • Two bedroom apartments range from $1,700/month to $2,200/month.
  • Three bedroom apartments range from $2444/month to $2504/month.

Walkability

Viva Chicken, Brawley’s, soon-to-be Smashburger, everywhere on Montford and if you’re willing to walk a mile or so, everywhere in Park Road Shopping Center.

The Abbey Amenties:

  • Resort-Style Saltwater pool with sunshelf
  • Private poolside cabanas with lounge seating
  • Expansive Fitness Center with free weights
  • Yoga/Flex Studio with Fitness on Demand
  • Two outdoor kitchens with grills and al fresco dining areas
  • Outdoor TV lounge
  • Hammock garden and gathering fire pit
  • Club lounge with juice bar, local coffee and shuffleboard
  • 24-hour secured package concierge system and community Shred-It program
  • Wi-Fi Business Lounge with iMacs
  • Hotel-style guest suite
  • Choice of two designer kitchen packages
  • Shaker-style cabinets in white or grey finish
  • Energy efficient stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops throughout
  • Up to 13 foot ceilings in select units
  • Glass subway tile backsplash
  • Plank flooring available in two finishes
  • Keyless unit entry system
  • Walk-in shower in select floor plans
  • Large closets and ample storage
  • Oversized windows throughout
  • Private patio or balcony
  • Front door valet waste trash service
  • Full-size washer/dryer
  • Deluxe studio floor plans with private sleeping area
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Swanky lobby at The Abbey. via web

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The Abbey’s large fitness center. They’ve also got a separate yoga studio as well. via web

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Inside an apartment at The Abbey. via web

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Saltwater pool? Yes please. via web

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