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Minnesota Property Spotlight: Phoenix on the River in the City

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By : Andy Asbury    99 or more times read
A Phoenix in ancient mythology is a beautiful lone bird which lived in the Arabian Desert for 500 or 600 years, only to set itself on fire. Then, after it rises renewed from ashes, it starts another long life.

Here in Minnesota, our Phoenix on the River is a seventeen-story brick condominium building located at 222 Second Street SE in northeast Minneapolis.

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and perhaps 100,000 lake home cabins. Our state bird is a loon.

Yet the metaphor seems to work. The hint of immortality at the Phoenix comes from the building’s proximity to the Mississippi River which separates the area from downtown. The Mississippi, the largest river in the continent of North America, has fascinated artists for centuries. It works its way through the Twin Cities from Lake Itasca 200 miles away on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, year after year after year.

Inside the Phoenix, many of the 80 units have spectacular, panoramic views of the skyline with the river in the foreground. Multiple balconies plus floor-to-ceiling windows allow residents to take in as much natural light as they can handle. Cherry hardwood flooring together with top-notch cabinetry and ancillary fixtures add an unexpected elegance. At ground level, a two-story front lobby with oversized chandeliers creates a spacious transition from down-to-earth Minnesota into modern, high-rise luxury living. The lobby has comfortable seating areas for guests and residents alike.

The modern building, completed in 2009, is tightly woven within a historical district which includes the Saint Anthony Falls, Water Power Park and the historic Pillsbury building.

The northeast neighborhood itself is a fairly well-kept secret. There is less concrete than downtown Minneapolis and fewer people than in crowded nearby Uptown. Still, in terms of access to urban life, the location is premier. If you are in even moderately good physical shape, you can choose from several foot bridges to walk across the river right into downtown Minneapolis, official stomping grounds of the Minnesota Vikings and the stunning Mill City Museum!

The intersection of Second Street and Third Avenue is surprisingly quiet given the proximity to downtown and industrial activity nearby. That means it’s not stressful crossing the street whether you are on foot or if you are driving.

This building becomes an ideal second home or “urban cabin,” a national housing phenomena of the last eight years. Given the beauty of Minnesota’s four seasons, it could also become a terrific permanent retirement home.

Currently, listings range from $350,000.00 to $3,500,000.00.

Other amenities include

  • 24-hour staffed reception and waiting area

  • Four elevators

  • Potting shed and workshop for projects or hobbies

  • Fully-equipped fitness center

  • Private resident storage rooms

  • Common “River Room” with access to rooftop terrace

  • Heated private resident parking, including an area for car wash

  • Indoor guest parking

  • Bicycle storage

  • Private balconies and terraces with gas line connections

  • Private conference and meeting rooms

Phoenix on the River – a perfect first or second home so you can fully enjoy Minnesota – perhaps for your final seasons of your life!
Andy Asbury is an urban realtor and article writer in the Twin Cities and welcomes comments to this article. He helps online buyers findMinneapolis condos including the luxury units available inPhoenix on the River now. For more information, please visit today!

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