Call the event Elan Midtown's coming out party, even if was billed as an "exclusive tour" complete with cheese tasting and wine pairing.

The "boutique" community of 200 apartment homes showed off its elegant digs, abundant amenities, upscale model and spacious parking garage at the Feb. 26 drop-in. Then guests were guided to the indoor, poolside cabana "complete with billiards table, kitchen and viewing space" where they could sip on fine wine and try an assortment of meats and cheeses from goat. sheep. cow. gourmet food shop.

Wendy Tucker, regional property manager for Elan Midtown's co-developer Greystar, explained the significance of the upscale rental village putting its best foot forward.

Greystar, the nation's largest apartment manager by volume, established its headquarters in Charleston, and Elan Midtown stands as the "flagship" community here, she says.

Consider how promoters tout the 222,000-square-foot apartment home village in informational materials. "Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Elan Midtown is a boutique apartment community surrounded by celebrated landmarks and historic buildings." The posh rental establishment, developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners in conjunction with Prudential Real Estate Partners, offers residents an "urban, modern and luxurious lifestyle unique to the historic city."

From the valet parking to an attentive reception in the first floor lobby, Elan Midtown officials ensured that guests were treated with style and elegance.

After an offered drink at the wine bar, guests were escorted on the tour by sales consultants such as Danielle McAdory.

She showed off the 24-hour first-floor fitness center, which possesses three elliptical machines, three treadmills and free weights. All cardio equipment includes personal televisions.

Next came a look at the parking garage and other perks before heading up an elevator to the sales modelf. The two-bedroom mfloor plan includes an upscale kitchen, living room and views of downtown Charleston.

From there, guests travel to the cabana. They can walk out to the swimming pool and deck, which has two grilling areas; and a large open courtyard, which is also visible from windows in most apartment homes.

Elan Midtown wrapped up construction and final touches early this year.

The complex, which contains studio, one- and two-bedroom rentals, cites a host of "luxury amenities." They include a Caliber sports club, media lounge and coffee bar, pool and sun deck, "contemplative" courtyard and pet-friendly attractions such as a dog run and indoor pet bath.

The building also features first floor retail space.

According to Elan Midtown, the 441 Meeting St. complex considers itself "the first large scale mix-use apartment development" built in downtown Charleston in more than 25 years.

Other perks include:

- A one-bedroom 641 square foot guest suite that's available for a nightly rental.

- "Pooch parlor" dog washing station complete with dryer.

- European-inspired wave Pro-Track lighting and Italian stone tile floors and wood textured ceramic tiles in common areas.

- A 115,491-square-foot parking deck with 251 spaces, controlled access, ground to ceiling gate surrounding residential parking areas and bicycle racks.

The apartment homes showcase espresso cabinetry with granite kitchen countertops, washers and dryers; full size and Juliet balconies, granite countertops in baths with stream-lined nickel accessories, multi-colored glass mosaic tile kitchen backsplashes, travertine tiles in bath and under mount sinks and downtown and water views. Some apartment homes receive wood plank floors.

According to Elan Midtown, the apartment home village is in walking distance to nearby universities and colleges and stands close to desirable shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations. Located close to Charleston businesses, the community is in a "vibrant, sophisticated, urban neighborhood with modern overtones."

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