Saturday, April 30, 2016
If you’ve driven by 17th Street between O and N streets, then you might have noticed the framing of a new development.
The development is 17th Place Townhomes, an environmentally friendly downtown community that will provide a unique urban experience.
The town homes will provide Bakersfield residents the opportunity to live near downtown areas of attraction – many within walking distance – and enjoy a piece of the big city life in our “small” city.
“This will be the first luxury town home development for rent in downtown Bakersfield,” said Austin Smith, owner of Sage Equities Real Estate. “The finishes will be high-end, the architecture is top-notch and residents will be able to walk to all of the amenities that Bakersfield has to offer. This is truly a unique project for Bakersfield.”
Some of the high-end features and finishes include private garages, in-unit washers and dryers, quartz countertops, stainless steel energy-efficient kitchen appliances, quality cabinets, vinyl plank flooring, ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, LED lighting, no-VOC paint, lush drought-sensitive landscaping, secure courtyard space, tranquil fountains, barbecue and fire pit.
Rent for the units will start at $1,600 a month for two-bedroom, 1.5-bath town homes with attached two-car garages.
“This development has been well received and we have received a number of excited inquiries. We anticipate lease-up of the town homes will occur very quickly,” Smith said. “Our entire Sage Equities team is very excited to offer quality housing in a location that Bakersfield has not yet experienced.”
Smith said that cities across America are experiencing a downtown renaissance and Bakersfield is no different.
“Tenants have the opportunity to embrace an urban lifestyle, in quality new construction that has not yet been experienced in our city,” Smith said.
Sage Equities also has a cafe under development as well as another luxury apartment development near 18th Street, which means the options for downtown living will increase and the options for dining and entertaining in the central district will improve.
The first 14 units of 17th Place will be available for occupancy this December. Preleasing will begin in November.
Downtown living, urban lifestyle, Bakersfield Californian
October 23, 2015
“Downtown was selected to be the place for these townhomes because of the amount of built-in amenities. We’re not building from scratch on farmland it’s an already urbanized area with restaurants, shops, art galleries, employers, and recreation. The demand was there”, explained Austin Smith.
Smith detailed that the reaction from the community has been very positive. “People from all age groups, not just young people, have shown interest.”
In order for Bakersfield to be able to attract an educated workforce, downtown housing is an important factor, Smith elaborated. “Most people who have moved from other large cities, or who’ve come from living on a college campus, they want an urban lifestyle that includes living downtown, and until recently, it wasn’t possible.
The “M” Word: Millennials, Bakersfield Magazine
October 23, 2015-
17th Place Walk Score: 74, very walkable | 84, very bikable
July 25, 2015
“There is a lot of demand for housing downtown, especially from the younger generations that might have lived in other cities and enjoyed the urban setting.”
“There are a lot of benefits to living downtown. Walkability is a huge one. At this point, with the millennial generation, there is a desire for more alternative housing types. Not everyone wants to live in a single-family home anymore. Others might want to downsize and enjoy all amenities of downtown.”
Urban Living, Bakersfield Life Magazine
June 18, 2015
“There’s a boom in downtown housing across the country, and it’s just beginning in the Central Valley. The Millennial generation wants to live downtown and wants to have walkability and access to services and nightlife, and employment centers and all those sorts of things that you can access in a downtown, and that demand hasn’t really been met yet in the Bakersfield market.”
Luxury Townhome Development Breaks Ground In Downtown Bakersfield, Valley Public Radio
June 18, 2015
City Council member Bob Smith is investing in the 17th Place Townhomes and says the $6.7 million complex will be a residential development catalyst.
I’ve been in Bakersfield for 35 years and we’ve had a lot of office buildings built downtown, but I haven’t seen any upscale housing, he said. So, this will fulfill that need.
Ground Broken on Luxury Apartments Downtown, KUZZ Radio
June 16, 2015
Austin Smith explains: “There is a larger movement to develop Bakersfield’s central core, and we feel honored to be a part of it. This project represents our attempt to keep pace with the demand for urban living in our community.”
Community Builders Break Ground on Innovative Urban Development in Downtown Bakersfield – 17th Place Townhomes
August 15, 2014
“17th Place will soon be considered the touchstone for luxury urban living in Bakersfield. … 17th Place will fill a need for renters who seek the excitement and convenience of living in an upscale urban setting.”
“Bakersfield is growing up.”
Upscale, Luxury Apartments Coming to Downtown, The Bakersfield Californian
August 15, 2014
A primary aspect of 17th Place is its ability to speak to the human scale of Bakersfield’s historic core. Its distinctive architectural identity, ample daylighting, and variety of outdoor amenity spaces layer an exciting housing opportunity into the ever growing urban fabric of the downtown area, explains Daniel Cater, project designer with BAR Architects in San Francisco.
17th Place Luxury Townhomes – Innovative Urban Development Coming Soon to Downtown Bakersfield
“This development could be the catalyst for millennial downtown living.”
Kern County Evolving into Mecca for Millennials, Kern Business Journal