New build lofts rental in Harrowgate
The colorful and Bauhaus-inspired 3460 J Street is finished and ready to receive tenants. It’s true, finished.
The loft-apartment aesthetic remains popular with many city lovers. These fans of industrial chic flocked to the converted factories and warehouses to be found in city neighborhoods, and builders responded by picking up old industrial buildings further and further away from neighborhoods like Callowhill and Northern Liberties where such buildings abound.
George Manosis was one of the first developers to venture to Harrowgate, the area between Kensington, Port Richmond and Frankford that was also once an industry hub. When he opened the first building at the J Street Lofts complex, the other big factory transformer in the neighborhood was Shift Capital, a social impact developer who aimed to remake those old factories into employment hubs.
3450 J St., a former two-story factory, demonstrated tenants’ willingness to follow Manosis to El, and since then other developers in the neighborhood, including Shift, have converted other factories. in apartments. (Shift’s first residential building in Harrowgate, in fact, is just down J Street from the Manosis loft complex.)
But even as he worked on 3450, Manosis realized that they were no longer building old factories. So he decided he would build a new one, so to speak.
Chances are, if someone were to build multi-story factory buildings today, they might look like 3460 J St. Ian Smith Design Group designed the building much like a Bauhaus style factory, with large windows and an all-concrete frame.
Inside, the apartments and commercial space on the ground floor have raw concrete ceilings and exposed power and plumbing lines. As a result, the apartments inside have that factory-chic look, but they’re new from scratch.
The industrial sensibility even extended to a part of each apartment with a âfinishedâ ceiling, namely the kitchen.
Stronghold Development, the construction arm of Manosis’s real estate business, installed the framing of a drop-tile ceiling in each kitchen, but omitted the ceiling tile except where the lights were placed. âWe think it’s a cool aesthetic,â says Anthony Castaneda of Keller Williams Philadelphia, who is part of the team that is commercializing this development.
Everywhere else, energy-efficient LED lights attach directly to the ceiling, with an exposed conduit connecting them.
LED lighting is just one of the more modern features of the units in this building. Another is the GE Profile ranges found in every apartment. These are equipped with air fryer convection ovens.
And while the apartments are reasonably priced, they haven’t skimped on finishes and amenities. The kitchens have quartz countertops and marble backsplashes.
Likewise, the bathrooms combine raw concrete and tiled walls and marble paneling with slate tiles.
Tenants have access to the same amenities as residents of 3450; the two buildings together form the J Street Lofts complex. These amenities include a fitness center, dog walk, lobby lounge, and outdoor courtyard between the two buildings.
Manosis has been building residences in Harrowgate for over a decade now. What attracted him to the neighborhood was its accessibility.
âI saw the infrastructure here,â he says. “All along Aramingo Avenue” – near the intersection of I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. âYou can be in New York or Cherry Hill easily,â he says, âand it’s 15 minutes from downtownâ thanks to the Market-Frankford line, whose Tioga station is a block away. east of here. Manosis also offers parking with units at J Street Lofts.
Castaneda notes that unlike some low-income neighborhoods where new development is greeted with alarm, resistance or both, the residents of Harrowgate have responded favorably to new development in the area. And that’s good, because Manosis has not yet finished building here. It has several reconstruction projects underway and is also planning another new construction building like this one.
Which means if you also want that old factory loft aesthetic and new build, you won’t be out of luck when this building is fully rented out.
J Street Lofts Phase Deux in numbers
Address: 3460 J St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
Number of units: 24 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments ranging from 924 to 1,074 square feet
Number of parking spaces: Parking is not provided on-site, but parking for one car in a nearby secure gated car park is included in the rent
Number of bicycle parking spaces: A secure bicycle rack is available on site
Pet Policy: Animals accepted with deposit; contact the rental agent for details
Rents: $ 2,300 to $ 2,700 per month
More information: GM Holdings website; 215-425-4475