909 Walnut has everything urban dwellers are seeking

06/08/2013 12:00 AM

06/06/2013 10:22 AM

909 Walnut, the 35-story twin tower Art Deco building that is a downtown Kansas City landmark, offers all the things urban residents are seeking — proximity to entertainment and restaurants, private outdoor space, garage parking, access to public transportation and highways, 24/7 concierge, ample amenities and professional building management.

People move downtown so they can live where they play and 909 Walnut is in the center of it all. Whether residents want to go to a concert at the Sprint Center, Midland or the Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, they are a short stroll away.

River Market, with its world-themed dining options, and City Market, with its farmers market, are four blocks north. Power Light is four blocks south. A number of live theater options are within walking distance, as is the excitement of First Fridays.

The new streetcar will be one block away and in the meantime, the Max bus that runs from River Market to the Country Plaza, is also just one block away. So when residents park their car in the available attached garage, they can leave it there for extended periods of time.

“Our residents want to live near all downtown has to offer,” said Matt Zammar, who markets 909 Walnut for RE/MAX. “Some of them work in the suburbs but choose to live downtown. Nearby highway access makes it a short commute. And for those who travel for work and fun, the airport also is an easy commute.”

Now that summer is here, 909 Walnut residents are especially enjoying access to the rooftop garden with ample seating, lush landscaping and one of the best views in the city. And twice a week a chef is available to grill food provided by residents so they can dine al fresco in the garden.

Inside, residents enjoy such amenities as Fidelity Lounge, a 1,500-square-foot space that includes a clubroom with wet bar, catering kitchen and media room; and a fully equipped fitness room and climate-controlled yoga studio. Other amenities include climate-controlled storage, Wi-Fi hot spots, concierge and frequent resident activities. This is a pet-friendly building.

Because of all that it offers, 909 Walnut has drawn a diverse group of residents that includes graduate, medical and dental students; young professionals; empty-nesters; and people who have moved to Kansas City from urban areas such as Dallas and Chicago.

Zammar said 909 Walnut offers something for everyone, with 15 floor plans of one- and two-bedroom condos ranging in size from 700 to 2,000 square feet with prices starting at $144,900 for a one-bedroom unit and at $230,400 for a two-bedroom, going up to more than $500,000. Some of the condos have outdoor balcony patios for enjoying summer evenings and city views.

Each condo is designed with sleek modern lines, hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, master bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower, and walk-in closets.

Large windows offer sweeping views of the Missouri River to the north, as well as downtown views to the west and east. One-bedroom condos come with one parking space in the attached, covered garage and two-bedroom condos come with two parking spaces.

Now, it is easier than ever to own a condo at 909 Walnut, thanks to a grant than can be used toward a down payment or closing costs.

“And you don’t have to repay this grant,” said Alan Waterman, project manager. “It’s your choice how you use it.”

Adding to the ease of ownership is the availability of financing, something that many condo projects don’t have, Zammar said. Prospective buyers who want to learn more about the grant and available financing may call him at 816-278-3099.

Zammar also can provide potential buyers with a cost comparison of owning vs. renting, which shows how owning can actually cost less monthly than renting.

“With so many people moving downtown, rental rates have been increasing and occupancy rates are high,” he said.

Zammar said buyers should move quickly to take advantage of historically low interest rates, which have been creeping up the past few weeks and may continue an upward climb. Adding to the ease of ownership at 909 Walnut is a full tax abatement until 2028, providing even more savings.

One more factor for potential buyers to consider is the financial strength and stability of 909 Walnut’s developers, Glenn Solomon, owner of Dallas-based Simbol Commercial, and Kimberly-Clark, a 140-year-old company ranked 137th among Fortune 500 companies in 2012.

Prospective buyers may tour 909 Walnut during the open houses scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday, call 816-278-3099 or email

info@909Walnut.com to schedule a personal guided tour with Zammar. On the web, visit 909Walnut.com.

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