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Houston's Parc at Midtown micro-condos named finalist for NAHB ‘Best Condominium Community’


October 30, 2017
By: Darla Guillen, digital reporter - producer


A Midtown residential complex in recent weeks welcomed its first residents, but it's already poised to win a national award. 

Surge Homes' Parc at Midtown, a mix of condominium concepts which vary in size, is among the finalists for the "Best Condominium Community" in the 2017 National Association of Home Builders awards.

Surge Homes President Louis Conrad said the project stemmed from a dearth of millennial-friendly Midtown real estate. He explained that the generation of buyers interested in owning a Midtown home could not afford the average starting price of $350,000.

"Once we identified that need we focused on creating an innovative solution," Conrad said in a prepared statement.

His company's solution was a sleek master-planned, gated community of "space-efficient" condos that vary in size, and start at 450 square feet. These homes, which feature a variety of different floor plans, enclose a 5,000-square-foot park at 2401 Crawford St. Each is outfitted with name-brand appliances, stylish details and luxury finishes. 

"Space efficiency is the key to this development's success," Conrad said. "We worked with our architects to reduce square footage in ways that provided living areas that feel spacious. These floor plans, along with a range of different parking solutions, allow for a lower-than-market price for potential homebuyers."

Prospective buyers can opt for one of the Sky Townhomes, which has a balcony on each floor, a two-story penthouse or a standard micro-unit.

"We're excited that our ideas about stylish, yet affordable homes have attracted so many homebuyers," Conrad said. He added that the development is more than 80 percent sold, "and honored that those ideas have drawn the attention of the homebuilding industry."

Surge Homes will learn if they nabbed the top honor at this year's NAHB awards early next year. The winners will be announced Jan. 9 at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla.

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