NEW HARTFORD — Even from Clinton Road, the three-story buildings of the new Heartford Luxury Apartments tower over the rustic environs.
Its garage doors look like barn doors painted beige. The deck fences, white and clean. In the partitioned bay windows, ensconced in stone, the reflection of the sky.
"We wanted people to feel like they’re not in the city," said Christopher Buck, co-owner of Buck Construction, the company that owns the apartments. "We wanted that coziness feeling versus the loud traffic — not only have we built apartments for other people, but we know what they’re looking for."
Heartford Luxury Apartments, located at 167 Clinton Road in the town of New Hartford, is a three-story pet-friendly complex that holds 36 apartments — 12 apartments on each floor.
Buck said they wanted a secure building that also had a private, homey feel in a location that was near, but not too near, the amenities of the city. Contributing to that feeling: a nature trail they’re constructing behind the building and doors that can be opened and closed remotely.
The monthly rent starts at $1,800 a month for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments start at $1,900; the penthouse apartments begin at $2,000, Buck said.
Garbage, water and sewer are included in that price. Tenants would only have to pay for cable and electric, including heat.
Even then, because the apartments are energy efficient, "(the electricity bill) doesn’t usually exceed $100," Buck said.
Each apartment is 1,100 square feet, the Heartford Apartments website states. The floors in every apartment are LVP hardwood (more durable than traditional hardwood, Buck said), and included in every apartment are new appliances — including a washer and dryer in the bathroom.
Each apartment has decks large enough "so you can put patio furniture on them," Buck said. And each apartment also comes with a garage.
"Every garage attaches (to the main lobby area)," said Rebecca Wyckoff, lease manager for the apartments. "There are plenty of people who are calling interested."
The foundations for the complex were poured in November 2017, Wyckoff said. The apartments would have been done sooner if it wasn’t for the harsh winters during construction, she added.
Regardless, crews were inside Thursday finishing up the final touches in the apartments, including paint work and cleaning tasks. The company also is waiting on a certificate of occupancy before it can move people into the apartments.
They hope to get that finalized today or early next week, Buck said. The first group of tenants should be in June 1.
"Everything’s good to go," Buck added. "We’re just basically waiting on that (certificate of occupancy)."
The idea behind the apartments was to accommodate renters in stages of transition, said Steve Buck, a co-owner of Buck Construction.
"Basically there doesn’t exist any high-end luxury apartments that are new construction in the New Hartford area," he said. "We wanted to bring a luxury product to New Hartford for both new people coming in — doctors, lawyers, nurses — and for people who want to downsize."
The buildings themselves cost $3.5 million, Buck said. The company built them using their own construction crews.
New Hartford Town Supervisor Paul Miscione complimented the site, saying it is more typical of something you would see downstate or in Florida.
"We’re working with developers to improve our area," Miscione said. "Every time a new development comes into town, it’s a benefit overall for everybody. It’s nice to have it in our community."
Buck Construction also is building luxury condominiums in the area, which will be 1,600 square feet. There will be 14 condominiums in total, next door to the three-story buildings, which are expected to open Sept. 1, Buck said.
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