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The former school building is on Robin Street between Western and Washington avenues. It's right across from Washington Park and the downtown UAlbany campus.
The interior of the building doesn't really feel much like it had been a school. But the stairways do -- they're wide with big landings.
Some the units include these great windows. Gutman says the apartments were carved out of space where the school's gym had been.
The units have a stripped down, modern style. It's not super swank, but nice.
This unit is a one bedroom loft.
View from the loft window facing Western Ave.
The corner units have really good light.
There's exposed brick throughout the building, in the stairways, some of the halls, and many of the units.
Gutman says this unit includes part of a former hallway -- the exposed brick wall, which had formed the old hallway, separates the kitchen from the living room.
A bedroom in that same unit.
The basement includes a few more units, a fitness room, and this -- it's part of the old ventilation system for the building.
Let's have a peek inside...
Follow up gawking: the developers for the 27 Western residential conversion project in Albany emailed us recently to let us know the project was almost finished -- and asked if we'd like to have a look.
As we mentioned back in August, we're always curious about these sorts of re-purposing projects. In this case it's a former school building being turned into apartments.
So, yeah, let's have a look...
A bunch of large-format photos are above -- scroll all the way up for them.
Ali Gutman from Fairbank Properties told us yesterday that 7 of the building's 31 units have been leased. She says the building's been getting steady interest, especially from people moving into the area -- some of them relocating here for nanotech-related jobs. Gutman says she expects the building to be fully rented (or close to it) by February.
Here are how the rents shake out:
+ Studio: $800
+ 1 bedroom (single floor, loft, and duplex styles): $975-$1,400
+ 2 bedroom: $1,900
The building's website has floor plans and more details. Leases start December 1. They're currently offering first month -- and if signing before December 1, last month -- free promotions. Each unit includes one parking spot, laundry hookups, water, and access to a fitness center. There are no dogs allowed. (Too bad -- the park is right across the street.) Update: And there is no smoking allowed in the building.
Earlier on AOA:
+ A quick tour of downtown living options in Albany
+ Real Estate Week 2012
27 Western Ave apartments
27 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
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