Elan Midtown — First tenants move into plush downtown Charleston apartment village, to include pool and retail spaces

The retro Elan Midtown sign stands out on the side on the apartment complex at 441 Meeting St. Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com 10/9/2013.

According to Webster’s dictionary, Elan is a French word meaning “vigorous spirit or enthusiasm.”

That’s evident at Elan Midtown, described by backers as a “midrise boutique apartment community” at 441 Meeting St. Greystar Real Estate Partners serves as project developer and property manager. The five-story building will span 222,000 square feet and tout 200 rental places when completed.

“We’re excited it’s here,” says Betsy Crane, community manager at Elan Midtown for Greystar. The residential property had its first move-in on July 18, she says.

Contractors this summer and fall completed the first two floors at Elan Midtown, and 95 luxury apartments are finished, Crane says. The third floor will include a SkyVue swimming pool, grilling areas and sun deck built on top of the 115,000-square-foot, 251-space parking garage. The fourth and fifth floors also remain under construction.

Elan Midtown offers 19 floor plans in all. There are six models with two bedrooms and two baths ranging from 1,261 to 1,411 square feet and renting at $2,330 to $2,620 a month. Designs include the Meeting, Tradd, Market, Society, Sumter and Wentworth.

The apartment community also serves up 13 one bedroom, one bath designs sized from 529 to 888 square feet and rentable at $1,565 to $2,000 a month. Floor plans include the Beaufain, Anson, Battery, Calhoun, Concord, Cumberland, Gadsden, Gibbes, Broad, King, Gillon, Legare and Marion.

Along with views of downtown and the Ravenel bridge, the urban-flavored residences feature espresso cabinets and white granite kitchen countertops, washer and dryer in all units, balconies, black granite countertops in bathrooms, glass mosaic tile backsplashes in the kitchen, travertine tiles in bathrooms and wood plank floors in “select” apartment homes.

Elan Midtown also includes amenities such as:

• A 641-square-foot furnished one-bedroom “guest suite” that can be rented for a night.

• Cabana with billiard table, kitchen and TV viewing area.

• 24-hour fitness center that includes three elliptical machines, three treadmills and free weights.

• A “pooch parlor” complete with dog washing station and dryer.

Meanwhile in the past few months, agents have lined up the first occupants for ground floor retail and office space.

Bull Street Gourmet & Market expects to open this fall offering gourmet fare and upscale packaged products, the Elan Midtown property developer says.

“The upscale eatery offers simple, yet elegant, deli sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast bites, as well as a variety of homemade prepared foods, deli meats and cheeses, produce and boutique wines and beer,” Greystar says.

“Bull Street Gourmet & Market is an exceptional offering and we are honored to bring it to Elan Midtown and to our residents,” says Todd Wigfield, managing director of development for Greystar.

Owned and operated by chef Justin Croxall, Bull Street Gourmet’s flagship location opened in July 2006 in downtown Charleston’s Harleston neighborhood. It’s since closed. “This also allows us to serve a customer base that we lost with the closing of our Bull Street location,” Croxall says.

The eatery addition will account for 1,200 square feet of the designated 7,000-square-foot retail space. In April, Elan Midtown said it would lease a 1,200-square-foot office to Edward Jones financial investment firm. That leaves 4,600 square feet for future retail development, the developer says.

The apartment community stands within the Midtown development footprint in peninsula Charleston. Traveling south on Interstate 26, take the Meeting Street exit. Travel three blocks to Spring Street. On the southwest corner at 441 Meeting St. is Elan Midtown. Heading north, follow Meeting Street to Spring, and Elan Midtown is on the left.

For more information, visit www.elanmidtown.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.