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but the young urban professional crowd is what we want.......those who will be goign to the bars constantly and dropping mad cash on jager bombs and clothing. Having more of us young professionals can also attract more shopping downtonw.

What you want, and what property owners want are not the same thing. New residential construction in the central business district does not make sense, unless you offer a truly luxurious product with corresponding luxurious prices. It

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What you want, and what property owners want are not the same thing. New residential construction in the central business district does not make sense, unless you offer a truly luxurious product with corresponding luxurious prices. It's easy to post and hit the submit button without thinking it over too much, but when your money is on the line; it's a whole different story.

But it's not like Downtown is hurting for residential inventory. If you want a true Downtown living experience you can purchase a generously sized unit in Kirby Lofts with Downtown views and be literally steps away from the light rail for under $230K. But guess what? There are not too many takers. YUP types say they want to live in Downtown but they don't really mean it. Most Houstonian's are not willing to sacrifice free parking for themselves and their guests at the expense of living in Downtown.

Maybe our central business district should be just that; a business district.

under 230K??? maybe 1 or 2!!! Young prof do want to live downtown, but they dont want to buy. Downtown needs more downtown rentals in the 1100-1800 range.

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Anyone notice the green and blue floodlights shining up the building from the south and east sides?

Did you go to the Rockets game last night, too? I noticed that. Seems like something they'll only do during construction or else the light would easily seep into the apts.

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I noticed that too. It looks pretty badass from Discovery Green.I'm pretty sure its permanent. For one, i don't think Construction lighting would be colored and two, the lights can't creep into the apartments that easily because of the balconies.

Lockmt, haven't you ever been to Orlando or Las Vegas where the flood lights are on the apartments, hotels or condos. Is it ever really an issue?

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I noticed that too. It looks pretty badass from Discovery Green.I'm pretty sure its permanent. For one, i don't think Construction lighting would be colored and two, the lights can't creep into the apartments that easily because of the balconies.

Lockmt, haven't you ever been to Orlando or Las Vegas where the flood lights are on the apartments, hotels or condos. Is it ever really an issue?

Maybe I didn't look close enough, but it looked like they were seeping into the rooms. I could definitely be wrong. But from what I saw, I'm not sure they looked like right. I'll take a look again next time, but I really don't like the green.

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OMG why does everyone hate the lighting downtown?? I can't wait for our skyline to be lit up again, and I'm anxiously awaiting the final lighting scheme for OPP (I hope it's not the blue and green that have on there now). I think the design of OPP is top notch, and is a great addition to our skyline.

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OMG why does everyone hate the lighting downtown?? I can't wait for our skyline to be lit up again, and I'm anxiously awaiting the final lighting scheme for OPP (I hope it's not the blue and green that have on there now). I think the design of OPP is top notch, and is a great addition to our skyline.

I'm fine with lights on as long as they're offices being cleaned and they're white. Leave the green lights etc to Dallas.

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OMG why does everyone hate the lighting downtown?? I can't wait for our skyline to be lit up again, and I'm anxiously awaiting the final lighting scheme for OPP (I hope it's not the blue and green that have on there now). I think the design of OPP is top notch, and is a great addition to our skyline.

What's with the green light on One Park Place? Is that for Xmas or is it permanent?

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OMG why does everyone hate the lighting downtown?? I can't wait for our skyline to be lit up again, and I'm anxiously awaiting the final lighting scheme for OPP (I hope it's not the blue and green that have on there now). I think the design of OPP is top notch, and is a great addition to our skyline.

I agree i think the christmas lights were better then the no lights we have now. downtown is totally dark at night except for the continental building. we need to bring the night time lighting back!!!!!!

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Today, I visited the leasing office (read temp trailer) housed in the base of the building.

According to the rep who took me to see the units, 30% of the units have been pre-leased.

The 8th-16th floors should be available to residents between March and May, depending on progress of construction.

Regarding the lighting, it is planned to be green on a permanent basis playing off the concept of the park itself, as much as the name.

Both of the reps spoke of the intent of the company to land Whole Foods as the grocer in the retail space and that they were continuing to work with them to see it through. A wine bar and several other niche establishments would round out the retail tenants.

The units I visited were one-bedroom apartments on the 9th floor, One on the park side and two with a city view, overlooking the amenities level. Other than a few variations in the kitchen (one with an island, two with a bar-type counter-top) and in the bathroom... they were all very well designed in terms of layout. Not huge or all that small, but very high quality. What surprised me was just how heavy the sliding doors onto the balconies were. Took some effort to get the one on the parkside open.

And now for some photos

One Bedroom living area, similar in all three units minus variations in the kitchen

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Discovery Green

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Discovery Tower (Mind the crane :P)

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Along La Branch

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Toward Mosaic & TMC

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Portion of Amenities Level

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Main view & balcony of city side living area

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View from city-side bedroom

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Love the wood floors, the tile backsplash, and the view but that was about it. I guess I was hoping for more of a exposed ceiling maybe or stainless steel light fixtures that hung down on poles. It looked rather small as well. Seems kinda pricy to me. What was a unit like this again price wise?

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Discovery Green

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View from city-side bedroom

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Man I thought Discovery Green view would be a lot more impressive. I like the view but Discovery Green still looks "bare". I bet 5 years will be enough time for those younger trees to start making a noticeable difference. As always, GRB makes its presence felt.

I would definitely want the city side view.

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One Bedroom living area, similar in all three units minus variations in the kitchen

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I also like the floors, as well as the Kitchen... but for a place like this I'd at least like to see some Crown Molding, a little livelier color scheme (nothing out there, darker neutral tones at least contrasting the doors, trim and baseboards better) and something more on the lighting side than a 3 lamp track light (assuming that's all? Just going by the image here), also something greener assuming those are 50 watt halogen bulbs in that track light...

(I've been on a green kick lately... help the environment? Global warming? Nah, I just like the lower electric bill.)

EDIT: Forgot the mention I'm liking the close proximity and views of Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.

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Park view would be more interesting (people watching from the balcony).

I think the Park View will improve significantly over the next 2-8 years. Having Discovery Tower built will help, and when the other parkfront lots are (hopefully) developed in the near future, the Park View will be much more impressive than it is now. And--for the record--I think the park area is going to look fantastic once remaining adjacent lots are developed (both from inside the park and looking down onto the park).

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That's fine. They weren't pro-forming 100% occupancy.

And corporate leases are a big part of their marketing plan.

They may not get 100% pre-leased, but they'll have plenty of interest... ESPECIALLY if they can land Whole Foods as the grocer. East Enders and rail-happy Mid-towners will have a great place to spend their whole paycheck!!!

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I also like the floors, as well as the Kitchen... but for a place like this I'd at least like to see some Crown Molding, a little livelier color scheme (nothing out there, darker neutral tones at least contrasting the doors, trim and baseboards better) and something more on the lighting side than a 3 lamp track light (assuming that's all? Just going by the image here), also something greener assuming those are 50 watt halogen bulbs in that track light...

(I've been on a green kick lately... help the environment? Global warming? Nah, I just like the lower electric bill.)

EDIT: Forgot the mention I'm liking the close proximity and views of Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park.

In most condos and homes those types of things are upgrades. My sister just bought a home in which the model was ULTRA GORGEOUS, but when she and her husband sat down with the designer, about 15 upgrades and $10K later, it SORT OF looked similar to the model. Personally, i think it a rip off if anything over $500k doesn't look top notch. i do understand one is paying for location, but come on, i can find this type of look in many newer H-town apts. for a lot less $$$. Again, i understand, the price tag is about location.

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Uhh, am I reading the apple floor plan right? for a one bedroom one bathroom 1140 sq ft ranges from 2,000 to almost 24,000 a month?? Or is that a typo?

I'm not completely justifying the prices, but there is only one Discovery Green in downtown, and OPP is right next to it, not to mention the two, possibly three stadiums and maybe Whole Foods at your doorstep.

Only one.

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The services this building offer are also available in other buildings in downtown.

The only things I think this building has up on other buildings in downtown are:

1) it is on the park

2) will have a grocery store in it (which is a plus for everyone downtown I think)

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I'm not completely justifying the prices, but there is only one Discovery Green in downtown, and OPP is right next to it, not to mention the two, possibly three stadiums and maybe Whole Foods at your doorstep.

Only one.

Yeah, but aren't the higher floors usually more expensive then the middle floors? And out of all the other bigger floor plans, why is that one being smaller so much more a month?

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Hello, Im new to this site but am a regular poster at skyscraperpage, anyways here are some pics I got of OPP yesterday

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yay for photolitherland... great to see you at HAIF!!!

wow I love how the east area of downtown is busier at night than in the daytime. Things have changed so much thanks to Discovery Green and its after-effects.

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I like the lights, I think they looked pretty darn good on it, although I cant imagine living there and having green lights always shining in through your windows at night. That would get kind of annoying after a while. But I think they looked pretty good, maybe if they had it just lit up with regular lights it would look better however.

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I also like the lights... gives the building some flair, like its part of a big event downtown, which it basically is (Discovery Green), and the green is fitting for obvious reasons...

I don't understand however the argument about it shining in people's windows.

A. It's not that intense of a light that the normal lighting in your room can't drown it out.

B. When a person sleeps they can either close the shades or draw the curtains closed. You kinda have to in Houston anyways to keep out the light pollution. I do. Its either that or wear a sleeping mask.

C. I'm not sure, but its likely the building may have exterior window sills which would block that light from shining in the windows. I haven't seen these but its not the say they don't have them, as it is a minute detail that may not be visible in photographs or from the naked eye on the ground.

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Although, I agree, it's something new and refreshing, I just don't think the color is right for the architecture and design of the building. If it's just for Christmas, I'm ok with that, but not year-round.

What are those candy cane stick lights at the top of Reliant? I think it's Reliant. They appear to turn white, then red.

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Although, I agree, it's something new and refreshing, I just don't think the color is right for the architecture and design of the building. If it's just for Christmas, I'm ok with that, but not year-round.

What are those candy cane stick lights at the top of Reliant? I think it's Reliant. They appear to turn white, then red.

i cant see them doing this as a year round deal. i mean who in the hell would pay that much money to stare out at discovery green at night and light up like the green goblin?

this has to be for christmas

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