Houston Micro-Condo Development Now to Include Hotel
Inspired by the 2013 winner of a New York City micro-apartment competition spearheaded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City-based Novel Creative Development LLC announced plans to build "Ivy Lofts, the first 'micro-unit' condominium project in Houston," reported Paul Takahashi, real estate reporter for the Houston Business Journal, in November 2015.
Unlike micro-apartments that are typically rented, purchasing the micro-condos proved to be a challenge, particularly for millennials.
"[T]he new developer expected to sell all 550 units before breaking ground in June 2016," reported Takahashi on July 25. "However, four months after opening an on-site sales center, Ivy Lofts had secured contracts from only 68 prospective buyers, said Wen Pin Tsai, Novel Creative Development’s vice president of business development." That's just over 12 percent of the units.
According to a July 28 phone call with Jared Anthony, a public relations representative for Ivy Lofts, a major challenge for millennials was financing, which has since been simplified.
He added that the number of micro-condos, which range in size from 330 sq.ft. to 1,000 sq. ft., will be reduced to 300 to 350 units, and will occupy one of the two towers. The second tower will be designed as a conventional hotel.
The developer hopes to break ground in January or February, 2017.