Even the dogs get to live in the lap of luxury at a brand new student housing development near Syracuse University.
The 505 On Walnut is a private, $46 million, 126-unit apartment complex that opened last week at the southeast corner of East Genesee Street and Walnut Avenue, four blocks from campus.
The complex contains 363 bedrooms, each of which has its own bathroom so tenants don’t have to share one as they would in most college dorms.
University Student Living LLC, the Marlton, N.J., company behind the project, calls the 505 “upscale, modern and high tech,” and it’s all that.
The apartments (there are studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units) are fully furnished. Monthly rents range from $732 to $1,495 per bedroom and include cable television, high-speed internet and utilities, and in-unit washers and dryers.
Christopher Geiger, a partner in the project, said 95 percent of the apartments are already leased.
A fully-equipped fitness center is open to tenants 24 hours a day. Two large courtyards provide outdoor space for students to lounge or party.
Two overhead doors in the fitness center open to one of the courtyards. The other courtyard not only has a play area for tenants, it also has a fenced-in dog park where tenants’ dog can play. The complex also has a dog-washing station.
One of the largest indoor common areas of the complex is a section called the “living room” just inside the entrance off Walnut Avenue. It features a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall and tiered amphitheater seating where students can hang out or watch a movie, a television show or a game on a large screen that pulls down from the ceiling.
Many other smaller common areas are spread throughout the complex for student gatherings, events or group study sessions.
“You give them these spaces, and it allows for them to have the ability to do what they want to do,” said Steve Hillebrand, vice president of development for University Student Living.
Controlled access technology allows students to enter their apartment and bedroom doors using a smartphone or a key fob.
Package delivery is a high-tech affair at the 505. Packages delivered to the complex are placed in drawers inside a wall near the front lobby. Tenants receive a text message that there is a package waiting for them and gives them a code. They punch the code into a panel on the wall, and the drawer containing their package pops out from the wall.
The complex has approximately 90 covered, climate-controlled parking spaces for tenants with cars. It also provides tenants with a shuttle service to campus.