The construction of ROW5, a development of Metropolitan LLC, will shortly be completed to create five luxury rowhouses on Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham – breaking new ground in downtown real estate trends. Financing for ROW 5 was provided by Renasant Bank, with construction by Nearen Construction, and the architectural design by BILT. The former empty parking lot has been transformed into three 3-story and two 2-story homes. Four have been sold; one 3-story unit is still available, with approximately 2700 heated SF.
“We are excited to see our vision of a new downtown living option come to life” said developer Jeremy Erdreich, who put ROW5 together with co-developer and sister Anna Erdreich after having given many tours of the townhouse they built for their parents on 2nd Avenue North, pioneering in 2007. “It’s only logical that the next step in the evolution of downtown living – already growing thanks to all the new options for going out, parks and quick walks to work – would be new construction that allows you to have your own private gardens and roofdecks, parking in your own private garage, and architectural details like double height spaces or floating stairs” Jeremy said.
The developers sought to bring some post industrial chic to the project with BILT ‘s architecture and fabrication capabilities. “We like to take ideas we see elsewhere, like the rowhouse concept” said Anna Erdreich, “but give them that special local Birmingham twist. Local Birmingham firm BILT designed our railings and stairs and details from cabinet pulls to shelving in custom fabricated steel – harkening to the foundation of this city”.
Unique amenities of the rowhouses include sweeping views to Red Mountain and downtown, custom steel stairs and accents made locally by BILT, patterned concrete tile, marble countertops, white oak and polished concrete floors, as well as balconies and roof decks, individual garages, flex space, and Shou-Sugi-Ban black cypress siding and accents.
Despite the unusually high rains during construction, Nearen Construction expects a November completion for the structures that have replaced the former parking lot, which was on top of a basement of an older Morris Avenue building. This building, demolished decades ago, housed the Adams Produce Company, a part of the once thriving wholesale business community on this street.
Now that the units have in their custom steel stairs, the final three story is available for hard hat tours with LAH agents Anna Frances and Guy Bradley. “The dramatic four story entry is like no other property we have shown in Birmingham” said Anna Frances; “the clean modern design and the spectacular views are perfect for those looking to be able to walk to all downtown has to offer, with their own private oasis on the roof or their own backyard” More information on the final unit can be found by contacting Anna Frances Bradley at 205.283.3398 or Guy Bradley at 205.914.3742 or Guyandannafrances.com.
The success of the rowhouses has encouraged Jeremy and Anna Erdreich to replicate this concept elsewhere. “We look forward to announcing the next ROW project in early 2018,” said Anna Erdreich. “Keep posted on our next location by joining our mailing list at
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Metropolitan LLC was started in 1998 by Jeremy and Anna Erdreich to bring new concepts to the Birmingham Real Estate market. Previous projects include the 74-unit Phoenix Building, creating the first mixed-income, historic renovation loft project in the state, and 2nd Row, igniting the rebirth of 2nd Avenue North with restaurant, retail, residential and office condos.