Royale view: Tour offers look at 'flagship' apartment project in CityPlace
By: Rob Roberts, KCBJ
Finishing touches are being made to the Royale View Building, which contains 205 of the 344 luxury units planned for The Royale at CityPlace apartment project in Overland Park.
Unscathed by the March 20 fire that destroyed two buildings and did minor damage to two others in the five-building complex, The Royale View Building's upscale amenity package so far has attracted 149 leases, including 103 for units that already have been occupied.
The apartment project, which is Block Real Estate Services' first development within its $450 million mixed-use CityPlace community near College Boulevard and U.S. Highway 69, was designed to offer the highest quality multifamily residences in the metro, BRES Managing Principal Ken Block said late last year as The Royale Build welcomed its first residents.
"This is going to be our flagship," said Block, who announced BRES' first foray into apartment development just three years earlier. "We think it will be the highest-quality project in town in terms of the apartment amenities, the community amenities, the location. There's just nothing like it."
Despite being a relative newcomer to the field, BRES has been able to deliver that top-of-market quality, in part due to Block's hands-on involvement with The Royale, Block Multifamily Group President Bill Larson said during a tour of the project on Wednesday.
"He's thinking about the residents all the time — what they would like, what they would benefit from," Larson told the Kansas City Business Journal.
And in the end, Block delivers all those things, he said.
For example, as part of the great Kansas City apartment amenity war, new developments generally feature either a tanning bed or a red-light therapy bed, a newer amenity designed to treat wrinkles and skin conditions.
Block, however, decided to include both in the resort-like clubhouse located in the Royal View Building.
The clubhouse, which will serve tenants in all five buildings at The Royale at CityPlace, is over the top with amenities such as the Serenity Spa, which includes the tanning and red-light beds; a Lavit beverage dispense, which is also known as "the cooler water cooler;" and room for massages that can be scheduled through the project's concierge service, which also can help line up dog walking, grocery shopping, car service and dry-cleaning pickup.
Other clubhouse amenities include a high-tech parcel pickup service that notifies residents of arrivals via texts or emails, a media lounge, billiards area, wine lounge, juice bar, and a fitness center with free yoga and spin classes.
The free fitness center alone will save residents the $100-plus they might otherwise spend on gym memberships, said Chandler Thompson, an assistant vice president with Block Multifamily Group.
Other freebies, she said, include a free parking space for every Royale View Building tenant in a garage that offers electric-car charging stations, and free use of a bicycle repair space in the clubhouse, where tenants can also book free use of bicycles for exploring destinations such as the 17-mile Indian Creek Trail system that runs by CityPlace. The clubhouse also features a dog spa, equipped for monthly groomer visits and free self-service doggie baths.
Among outdoor amenities are a dog park and a resort-style, heated saltwater pool surrounded by a heated spa, cabanas, an outdoor shower, sundeck, outdoor kitchen, dual-sided fireplace, fire pit, putting green and bocce ball court.
Friends joining Royale View Building tenants at the pool over the Memorial Day weekend were heard exclaiming, "Oh my God," "amazing" and "there are no words," Thompson said.
The luxury extends inside the apartments, which include 11-foot ceilings in first- and fourth-floor units and picture windows that Larson said are the largest among all new multifamily projects in the area. A few of the other apartment features are wood-plank flooring, full-size washers and dryers, enormous walk-in closets, double vanities, deep soaker tubs, Carrara-look quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms, European style cabinetry, stainless steel appliances including refrigerators with built-in ice makers, wine fridges, oversized restaurant-style sinks, custom sliding barn doors, electronic key fob entry, Nest thermostats, Google Fiber and valet trash pickup.
Remaining units in the Royale View Building range from 682-square-foot one-bedroom units that rent for $1,075-$1,120 a month to 1,932-square-foot Grand Luxury penthouse units. Monthly rents were recently reduced to $2,900 for those units, each of which include two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den and a loft that can serve as a third bedroom.
The Royale at CityPlace was designed by Prairie Village-based NSPJ Architectsand is being constructed by Olathe-based Titan Built.