Creating an Urban Village



Photography by Tracy Doyle

The construction site on the western side of Mt. Adams on Oregon Street, sporting piles of dirt and inklings of foundation work, represents the first phase of a unique, single-family townhome and condominium community that will offer the perfect mix of upscale urban living opportunities.

And the $1.5 million to $1.9 million homes are selling like hotcakes – six townhomes sold in six months.

The developer, CitySide Mt. Adams, LLC, led by Charlie Postow, says the CitySide of Mt. Adams is nestled in a walkable neighborhood, merely an enjoyable stroll away from the conveniences and eclectic experiences of both Mt. Adams and downtown. Imagine ... the Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, Great American Ballpark and Over-the-Rhine practically right outside your front door. For those yearning to enjoy the lights of the city but wanting to live away from it all, the CitySide offers the best of all worlds. Relaxed living in a vibrant urban setting. City accessibility without the congestion.

“And residents will have breathtaking, unparalleled views of the city,” says Postow, who also managed the nearby development of the Palisades of Mt. Adams, a landmark, award-winning condominium building, and the Mt. Adams Incline townhomes and condominiums.

With construction of the first four homes underway, and completion expected by spring, the second CitySide development –
offering three single-family townhomes – is in the soon-to-be-finished drawing stage. Planning for Phase 3, a unique condominium building containing one-floor residences, is underway.

“They’re not just building buildings, they’re building a village, a whole new lifestyle neighborhood,” says Kathy Comisar, SRES, senior sales vice president with Comey & Shepherd Realtors, who is collaborating with Postow and two other members of the CitySide team in making the developer’s long-held vision a reality.

Each 3,700-square-foot, four-level luxury townhome includes four bedrooms; ceramic-tiled bathrooms; expansive window walls to frame the astounding views; 10-foot ceilings; hardwood floors in the living room, dining room and kitchen; luxurious carpeting in the bedrooms; two fully-vented gas fireplaces (living room and master bedroom); a private elevator; and a two-car garage with additional off-street parking space for two more vehicles.

“We’ve created something people really like,” says lead architect Greg Tilsley of Tilsley & Associates. “We think it’s because they are more traditional-style townhomes on the outside, with modern interiors. And we wanted to create a sense of neighborhood and community because we think that’s what attracts people to an urban environment like Mt. Adams.”

The CitySide development group will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, meaning construction is environmentally friendly, resulting in lower energy bills for the life of the home. With a LEED-certified home, owners are eligible for a 15-year City of Cincinnati tax abatement.

“The views are obviously fantastic, and the product is great,” adds Duane Davis of Dallman & Bohl General Contractors. While the buildings are all consistent in size and façade, each homeowner can tweak their inside floor plan to fit their personal liking.

“The successful execution of the CitySide townhome neighborhood concept is a team effort,” Davis says, pointing out that he, Tilsley and Comisar have a successful 10-year track record with Postow.

“We’re a great team. There’s no cutting corners,” he says. “We take everything we do to heart.”

For more information on the CitySide of Mt. Adams, visit www.citysidemtadams.com or contact Kathy Comisar of Comey & Shepherd Realtors at 513.378.5895 or comisars@gmail.com.