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Annapolis Capital: New Apartment Complex Open at Annapolis Towne Centre

September 17, 2013

Published in the Annapolis Capital

Jessica Felline grew so tired of her commute to the Annapolis area she decided to move here.

Now, the 26-year-old is among the 33 occupants living at the new Crosswinds apartment complex at the Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole. The former Hanover resident spent most of her time driving to jobs in Annapolis and Parole.

Now she lives in a one-bedroom apartment with a den that’s about a five-minute walk from Whole Foods and Target.

“We’re living in a sea of boxes and we’re slowly getting situated,” Felline said. “Everything is so convenient and everything you could ever need is right there or very close to there.”

The $50 million Crosswinds has been open for a month and is geared toward residents seeking a contemporary urban lifestyle. The Bozzuto Group manages the 215-unit property, along with Mariner Bay, which offers high-rise apartments at the shopping center.

While Mariner Bay offered a traditional style geared toward older residents, Crosswinds is seen as an address for recent college graduates on up to empty nesters.

“People who live in the suburbs now are still choosing a very urban like existence,” said Toby Bozzuto, president of the Bozzuto Group. “So where technically this is suburban, it feels very urban. We believe there’s a huge demand in Annapolis for a quality product and there had been very little supply, so we’re very happy to create something like this.”

Crosswinds’ debut is part of an ongoing effort to tie in housing with a mix of retail options. The Point Annapolis — formerly 1901 West — offers apartments with shopping and dining options. On Westgate Circle, Annapolis Park Place has 208 condominiums within a complex that includes office space, a hotel and restaurants.

Aside from Mariner Bay and Crosswinds, the Annapolis Towne Centre also has the GrandView condominiums on the property.

The phenomenon stems from baby boomers entering the empty nest phase and looking to downsize from cars and houses in the suburbs. Their children are also marrying later and have a lot of the same needs, said University of Maryland professor Margaret McFarland.

“There are fewer Dick and Jane and mom and dog and cat (families),” said McFarland, who is the director of the university’s real estate development program. “My question is when those 20 somethings get to be 30 somethings and start families, are they going to live downtown?

“But that’s always the classic real estate question. How do you project in the far future? Well you don’t; you’re selling in a market today.”

At Crosswinds, residents can choose among five models ranging from 500-square-foot studio units at $1,425 a month up to 1,000 square feet two bedroom units that cost $2,250 per month. The complex’s offerings include a mailroom with an electronic display that notifies tenants of awaiting packages.

Residents also have access to a 24-hour cyber cafe, fitness area and club room overlooking the pool and courtyard region. The lobby space also has a digital art wall, which will eventually feature photographers’ images.

Baltimore architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht set up the elevators on the Riva Road side of the building and eventually that area will get a Crosswinds sign. That will help create energy along the corridor, Christopher Harvey said.

“You’re not seeing somebody’s blinds closed on their living room, but you’re actually seeing activity and people in this building,” said Harvey, the company’s principal and director of design. “Even though we’re doing a residential project, it really had to fit in with what’s going on down the street and it’s working. At night, the building becomes almost a sign as you’re passing it, so hopefully that will get people excited about moving in here.”