New apartment complex to offer electric-car charging stations
Need a place to charge your electric car? There's an apartment complex for that.
The Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads, a 365-unit development under construction near White Marsh, will have charging stations along with a variety of other high-end and unusual amenities: a pet spa, a dog run, a multi-tiered swimming pool, a Zen garden and a "Texas doughnut" layout of units and parking garage that will let residents park on the level their apartment is on.
This made me wonder what else you can find in the pricier complexes in town.
The Zenith touts its "cultured-marble vanities" and floor-to-ceiling windows. Several Baltimore complexes, including Symphony Center, have a gourmet kitchen in their community areas. Assembly Apartments has its own fire pit. Crescent at Fells Point has boat slips. 39 West Lexington offers free limousine rides around downtown. And the Palisades of Towson, in addition to its organic dry cleaning service and complementary yoga classes, parks your car for you with its automated garage.
Somerset Construction Co., which is developing the Arbors, says 100 units should be complete in October with the full complex finishing construction in April of next year.
The monthly rental costs for the one- to three-bedroom units will range from about $1,100 to $2,000, the company said.
Because Somerset is trying to win LEED silver-level certification, the apartments will include green elements -- such as energy-efficient heating and low-flow toilets -- that lower utility bills.
Why electric-car charging stations? Somerset says it hopes to encourage the use of such vehicles. (It expects that an overnight charge will cost about $1.50.)
The site is part of Baltimore Crossroads @95, the 1,000-acre mixed-use development off Route 43 and close to Interstate 95. It's in Baltimore County but isn't far from Aberdeen Proving Ground, so the developer is hoping for BRAC spillover.
Apartment-watchers: What's the most interesting amenity (or disamenity) you've come across?
What amenities do you actually want?