A half-million dollars could buy you views of Beaufort's the historic district and the river, according to a real estate listing for a yet-to-be built penthouse apartment on West Street.
A planned mixed-use building in downtown will include retail or restaurant space, high-end rental apartments and the third-floor condominium, according to the building's website and real estate listing.
"All aligned with the concept of having people live downtown in the urban setting and shop downtown and spend their dollars downtown," owner Graham Trask said Thursday.
Trask said he wants the penthouse sold and a commercial tenant lined up before construction begins. At that point, the project would take about seven months to complete, he said.
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The empty lot on 209 West Street, adjacent to Old Bull Tavern and less than a block off of Bay Street, will be the site of the three-story brick building. The top-floor condo is set back from the roof to make it invisible from the street.
The 1,200 square-foot penthouse space is listed for $495,000. A selling point will be views of the Beaufort River and Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, shown by drone photos on the website, 209west.com.
A private elevator could also be incorporated in the potential buyer's plans.
Second-floor apartments would be rented to longterm tenants and include hardwood floors and stainless appliances. Trask renovated the apartment above the hair salon next door. The space has longterm renters and served as a case study for the future apartments, he said.
The 2,500 square feet on the bottom floor can be used for retail or restaurant space. A cooking vent is in place, according to the real estate listing.
Trask reached out unsuccessfully to Old Bull Tavern to ask if the restaurant would be interested in expanding into the next-door space.
"We thought it might be a nice complement for the restaurant," Trask said. "They decided it wasnt the right opportunity for them."
The current empty lot once contained buildings, according to the city's planning staff, but has been vacant since at least 1912. The staff wrote in its report for the project's application that the mixed-use building would be a great addition to downtown and that its size and proportions were compatible with the historic district.
Dedicated parking is not in the building plans. Trask said cars can park on the street or that he might arrange for parking at other property he owns downtown.
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