The Albert, located downtown at Capitol Park, has newly listed units on the market. The newly remodeled building has quite the checkered past in Detroit, given that when developers evict old people, that's generally a bad thing. Er…however, in the case of The Albert, it's still not awesome, but the brilliantly remodeled apartment building makes this particular deal with the devil seem almost elegant. The lobby in the totally tricked out 1929 Albert Kahn building, once home to the Miles Theater, is a study in plush velvet banquets, stately lighting fixtures, and stone. The building's amenities start with that luxe lobby, and move right along to a pool table, a pet grooming room (there is an honest-to-God dog shower), communal terraces with views of Capitol Park, and a laundry room so lavishly appointed that you might actually regret having the money to send your clothes to the cleaners.
Inside the apartments themselves, the hardwood floors are laid out in a very appealing chevron pattern. The kitchens feature quartz counters and custom, movable islands. Vintage Edison lights give the space the loft vibe many area developers unsuccessfully attempt without the usual horrifying spin on (so-called) luxury kitchens that is ubiquitous in so many upscale Detroit lofts and apartments. The bedrooms and living rooms have large windows offering views of the park (or of an alley, depending on your location in the building). The bathrooms feature ceramic tile, glass and quartz. Clearly, no expense was spared, from the details in the apartments (Schlage door hardware, Solar Roller window treatments, subway tile galore), to the luxurious chairs and coffee station in that fab laundry room.
If you can put aside the devil's bargain this place represents (cough, evicted seniors, cough), the Albert actually delivers on promises of grand living downtown that most newly rehabbed old buildings in the city are totally fibbing about. And Detroit proved this weekend that a deal with the devil isn't necessarily the worst thing, or at least not the worst way to spend a Saturday night. Units opening in August and September include a 6th floor corner apartment for $1525, one on the 5th floor for $1410, and one on the 11th floor for $1490.
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