Millenials are known for killing lots of things like Applebees, Toys-R-Us and driving their own car. However one unexpected growth industry, that a local apartment developer is seeking to take advantage of, is the rise of horse-friendly apartments. Cats are seen as too obtuse and dogs are too commonplace. “The horse, not only provides companionship, but provides a mode of transportation to work and back and forth to the local craft breweries” said real estate developer Aprile McPhalls.
McPhalls knows a thing or two about niche apartments. Her first apartment complex, Pint, a complex of micro-apartments built atop a brewery, is nearing completion and has a 3 year waitlist for new residents. “The convenience of being able to sit at a bar with your friends while within range of your baby monitor was a hit with the soon-to-be parenting set. They can save the cost of baby-sitting and no longer suffer the ire from other patrons when they see a baby at a brewery.”
Staybill is being constructed along the Lynx Blue Line Extension along North Tryon St and is among the first horse-friendly apartments slated for the North End corridor. The apartments range from Studio to 2 bedrooms and feature Vinyl Plank floor, black stainless appliances, smart lights that can be controlled by Alexa, and free wi-fi. The ceiling heights are taller than you might expect to accommodate a horse up to 20 hands tall and the wider door openings make every unit ADA-compliant as well. As a resident benefit, fresh hay is brought in each day and there’s even a 1/2 acre “horse park” where residents can socialize their equines.
For residents not interested in using their horse as a mode of transportation, dozens of various bike-share bicycles will be laid about the property for use. The complex received a waiver from the city, allowing them the ability to have only 2-dozen car parking spaces for the 100 apartments so owning a car is discouraged.
Charlotte city leaders will be watching the Staybill concept closely in the hopes that others follow suit. “We already have 45 planning and zoning requests for self-storage complexes along the light rail so Staybill is a welcome alternative” said adjunct-planning Supervisor Lane Johnston.
McPhalls is hoping that Staybill will be completed before May 4, 2019, just in time for the Kentucky Derby and expects to start taking applications staring June 9, the third Saturday following the Preakness.