House Lust: Brand New Condos in a Converted Schoolhouse on the East Side
Inside Chapel Hill East, which features twenty-four condos in five layouts.
Large-scale new construction condos on the East Side of Providence are like unicorns: You’re not completely convinced they exist but, boy, do you want to believe.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the current stock, which is mostly made up of three-family conversions on the “historic” end of the spectrum. But a shiny, new, never-before-slept-in offering: That’s an entirely new ballgame.
Chapel Hill East, a development project that’s been in the works for more than three years, harnesses a little of the old and a lot of the new. Located in the Mount Hope neighborhood, Chapel Hill East occupies an old schoolhouse once ran by the Holy Name Church. The property hasn’t served children in years and underwent extensive renovations before construction began on the condos. It’s a short stroll from Hope Street, but the neighborhood is also home to a fleet of new eateries, including Hometown Poke and Rebelle Artisan Bagels, as well as community mainstays like the Billy Taylor Park, Everett Company, Stage and School and the Mount Hope Community Garden.
“My client purchased it in 2015 and it took him years to get all the permits and everything with the neighbors onboard with the building project,” says listing agent Debbie Gold of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Providence. “So it’s very unique in Providence, especially the East Side, which doesn’t have a big complex like this.”
In addition to the twenty-four units in five different floor plans — all two bedrooms, with up to two-and-a-half baths — the complex boasts a fitness room, a meeting/rec room, an elevator and an enclosed parking garage on the lower level. Four units have already gone under contract, Gold says, and she’s offering private showings by appointment with open availability on weekends. Several units will be completed by the end of May, and construction will be wrapped up in its entirety by June or July.
“It appeals to several different age groups,” she says. “All the units have central air, gas fireplaces, high ceilings, crown molding, wainscoting. Everything is shiny and new…. there will be nothing that needs to be done for years.”
Here’s a sneak peek inside the model unit 301, a two bed, one bath condo: