March 12, 2015
Come and meet all of the Realty Exchange agents at the Home and Garden show this weekend at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The show will run from Friday, March 13th until Sunday, March 15th. Stop by our booth to enter your chance at winning a free 50" flat screen TV. See you there!
Home and Garden Show hours are as follows:
Sunday, noon- 5pm
Where: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, 1 Center Plaza, Huntington, WV 25701
When Radcliff started his first big downtown residential project in 2012, folks didn't seem too sure about it, he said.
"They were skeptical, but I've sold all of these without even advertising, just by word of mouth," he said.
Now, all but one of the 10 high-end, custom-built units in the Renaissance Building are sold.
"I sold three of the last four this week," he said on Thursday. The final unit is the largest, with 5,200 square feet, including a sweeping staircase and elevator.
Radcliff is confident the trend of downtown living is a growing one.
"Ask me if I like my house, and I'll say, 'Yeah, I like it,' " he said. "Ask anyone here (in the Renaissance Building) if they like where they live, and they say, 'I love it.' You can see it in their eyes."
Dr. Meghan Elkins, an optometrist at the Huntington VA Medical Center, is one of them. She led the way in moving into Radcliff's Renaissance Building and said it's exciting to be part of the downtown's renaissance.
"I like being really close to all the restaurants and Pullman Square. It's been helpful and easy," she said, adding that she's anxiously awaiting a downtown market or grocery store.
Another resident of the Renaissance Building who is excited about the downtown revitalization
is Sherry Houck, senior vice president of commercial lending at First Sentry Bank. She and her husband are empty-nesters who had lived in northern Wayne County and were tired of mowing and all the upkeep of having more property.
"We wanted something convenient with less maintenance," Houck said. "We absolutely love it down there. Convenience is the biggest thing. I like the fact that there are a lot of things going on in Huntington now. There are a lot of assets there with Pullman and the restaurants, and we like being down there."
While it's convenient to go out to eat, she also loves to cook, especially in the custom kitchen in her new condo. She also likes that they could design it themselves, choosing an industrial look with exposed brick and pipe. And now that they have less driving to do, they have more time to enjoy it, she said.
"We wanted to have more free time to do things we wanted to do," Houck said. "We like to bike ride and go to the Huntington YMCA and run downtown and in the park. I could not be more pleased with our decision to move downtown."
The 12 Angel Building apartments are not as far along as the Renaissance condos, and they will be smaller, rental units, with a price point that is likely to attract professionals, such as physicians and professors at Marshall, Radcliff said.
A lot of the historic character of that building will be restored, he said, including the original flooring and facade. The building was formerly a department store that sold men's clothing, including the brand Hart Schaffner & Marks.
"The front will look exactly the same as it did," said Radcliff, who said he's already had inquiries about the apartments there.
His decision to renovate it came about like many others.
"I just hyper focus on buildings that are in a good spot but have become an eyesore," Radcliff said. "I get tired of looking at it and want to fix it up."
His latest project is newly renovated building in the 600 block of 8th Street, between First Baptist Church and State Farm Insurance.
The new look features a facade of tan stucco and stone, accented with brown awnings. Radcliff said it was inspired by some buildings he saw in Florida.
Before the renovation, the building was a dilapidated structure that at one time housed a flower shop and a CAD drafting office, among other businesses. In recent years, it had been an eyesore, Radcliff said.
"I drove by this for a couple of years and got tired of looking at it," said the 1987 graduate of Huntington East High School.
Already leasing space there are Trendy Tots, a new children's consignment shop in Huntington, and Prestera, which has office space there.
The consignment shop in the center is co-owned by Danielle Frazier and Lauren Banfi, and carries popular brand names such as Carter's, Gymboree, Baby GAP, Juicy Couture Baby and others. It sells clothing for newborns up to size 14, and consignors get 50 percent.
TNP Beauty, a beauty supply store is soon to open. And there are 1,000 square feet of space still available, either for two different businesses or one.
So far, there's been quite a bit of interest in the space, Radcliff said.
"The traffic down through here is unbelievable, with everyone going to the South Side," he said.
The $450,000 shopping center project is among many that Radcliff has undertaken in Huntington to improve the look of his hometown. He also renovated apartments at 824 9th Ave., near Speedway, and most recently has torn down some dilapidated houses at 202 4th Ave. They will become climate-controlled storage units, with heat and air conditioning.
"I've invested a couple million in Huntington over the past couple years," he said. Huntington is showing signs of improvement, Radcliff said, adding that the city should strive to encourage more development.
"If the city could help developers speed the process so they can start the project sooner, that would generate more money for them," he said.
For more information about leasing property from Radcliff, call 304-634-5993.