If you know Lykens Companies, you know that when we renovate a building, we don’t hold back.
You’re probably familiar with our work in the Wonder Bread Lofts where we completely revitalized this former bread factory and made it into a collection of 66 unique luxury lofts with history in mind.
Revitalizing historic buildings is our passion.
Just this year, we’re taking on dozens of projects. Most notably, we’re launching Budd Dairy Food Hall, EJ Thomas Warehouse, the Townhomes on Detroit Avenue, and Fourth Crossing. Some are completely new buildings, but most are a reimagining of history.
Oh, and we almost forgot about one of our favorite projects: 245 King Avenue.
Right in the middle of Victorian Village, 245 King Avenue stands as an historic building. Its brick front has the ornate detailing so many of us love. In its rear, its old school fire escape aren’t just a safety measure; they’re a hearkening back to a stylized past, a beautiful remembrance of old school industrial styling and an echo of South Manhattan—Greenwich Village and Chelsea.
On its bottom level, 245 King Avenue boasts three(!) incredible restaurants. If you hate cooking, I guess these will be the apartments for you. Yellow Brick Pizza, The Angry Baker, and its sister, The Bitter Barista, fill Victorian Village with life (and incredible food). Their colorful and ornate storefronts serve as a beautiful focal point for passersby.
The feeling of…France?
245 King Avenue’s makeover is not yet complete. In fact, there’s still a lot of work to be done (we haven’t even installed the top-quality granite countertops from Distinctive Marble & Granite). However, just walking through the construction zone has us convinced that there won’t be anything else like this in all of Columbus.
In each of these four Victorian Village apartments, you’ll find original hardwood flooring. We’ve taken great pains to make sure that these floors remain intact. After sanding and refurbishing them, we’re confident that they will look and perform better than they ever have before. Their personality absolutely sings in these apartments and they emphasize the space’s unique style.
Moreover, each apartment has an enormous ceiling. And we mean that—ceilings stand higher than 10 feet. Yet, despite their massive size, it feels completely natural. Why? We’ve kept the original windows. These massive windows have the original craft framing they always have and rise high. Their size alone gives a unique feeling to rooms. But they aren’t just nice to look at—these windows pour in natural light, creating an absolutely killer atmosphere.
As we explored these rental units, we couldn’t help thinking about France and the French vibes these classic apartments gave off. For a moment, we could have sworn that a Parisian breeze was whistling through the open window.
Open concept for your open house.
Believe it or not, the above picture does this room little justice. It actually feels bigger in person. We can’t wait until this kitchen is completed with granite countertops and high quality stainless steel appliances, like a gas range. We imagine that this will become the ultimate hosting spot. As you entertain guests, you’ll be able to cook a delicious meal behind the kitchen’s inviting island.
With plenty of space to work with, we can’t wait to see what the most creative residents do to decorate this Short North apartment and bring out its life even more. Just thinking about it makes us shake with excitement.
A bathroom for the ages…
We get it. This doesn’t look like the most flattering bathroom out there, huh? Well, you’re going to have to trust us on this one. When Lykens Companies creates a bathroom, something special always comes out on the other side of things.
As you can see, a unique bathroom is already starting to take shape in this Victorian Village rental. The apartments in 245 King Avenue will feature high quality showers, splashes of granite on the vanity, and even storage. Just look in awe at the maple cabinetry we’re using to house your extra items—yes, right there in the bathroom! When this bathroom is finished, we anticipate it being one of our best. Ever.
A great neighborhood to match.
Though it’s less than a mile from all the action and culture of High Street, Victorian Village is filled with peace and quiet. There’s a lot to love about it. A quick walk reveals historic houses with beautiful architecture. A variety of styles line the streets, including Stick-Style, Queen Anne and even very new builds with contemporary flair. Plenty of greenery grows high and wide and captures the beauty of Columbus—especially when the leaves turn in the fall.
And this walkable neighborhood is anything but boring. Just south of The Ohio State University and west of High Street, all the areas surrounding culture has given it its own spice. Most notably, Victorian Village boasts some incredible restaurants and cafés: Katalina’s Café, a latin-leaning breakfast spot with some incredible pancake balls; The Angry Baker, a creative bakery serving up love to the vegan and carnivore alike; and Mission Coffee, a locally owned coffeeshop and roaster that brings craft coffee to life from inside an industrial-styled garage.
Victorian Village reimagines the tranquility of suburbia and juxtaposes it with the life of a city and the culture of the Short North. At its center, Victorian Village holds the city’s most historic green space—Goodale Park. Since the mid-1800s, Goodale Park has carried the torch of Dr. Lincoln Goodale’s fascinating legacy. This preserved space now hosts some of the country’s most awesome events, like Comfest, the nation’s largest unadvertised community festival. Each year, everyone from old school hippies to young professionals gather to celebrate good music, good food, and dozens of unique booths. When it’s not hosting huge events, Goodale Park serves as a great place for dog walks, tennis matches, evenings by the pond, and so much more.
In short, Victorian Village is perfect for the person looking for picturesque living that doesn’t lack action and excitement—peace and quiet near a not-so-peaceful and not-so-quiet Arts District.
Claim your apartment before they’re gone!
These four Victorian Village apartments are pre-leasing. In other words, you’ll have to act fast if you want to be able to live in these wonderfully unique apartments. These stylish units are sure to be some of the best in the entire Short North. If you’re interested in pre-leasing and learning more about our renting process, check out our available rental page for 245 King Avenue or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These will not last long.
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