Arlington Properties Inc., based in Alabama, is developing a $40-million, upscale, 220-unit community on about a dozen acres at 810 Tapestry Way, said Hilary Kilgore, community manager with Tapestry at Turkey Creek.
The development will be built in phases, added Kilgore, who anticipates the first phase, consisting of eight buildings, would be completed in June. Arlington is expecting to complete the entire development by the end of the year.
“We’ll have a new building turned over to us every month,” she said.
The apartments are different from how apartment living used to be, Kilgore said.
“The community will have a full slate of class ‘A’ features and amenities,” a press release stated. “The one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans offer 9-foot ceilings and exceptional closet/storage space.
“Each apartment home will feature a chef-inspired kitchen,” the press release stated.
“You’re just going to have features like under-mounted sinks, granite countertops and hardwood-style flooring in the apartments,” Kilgore said. “It will have tall custom cabinetry — you know, things you would find in a high-end, very nice, residential home.
“We’re going to have amenities the residents are going to love,” she said. Those include a salt-water pool; dining terrace for entertaining; a gaming courtyard, which will include life-sized Jenga and cornhole games; and a pet park.
“We’ve talked to a lot of people who have lived in apartments,” Kilgore said. “It’s so far from that. It’s like you’ve built a high-end home, but you’ve built 220 of them.
“And the feel in the office is very inviting,” she added. “We’ll have a sports bar with TVs and an outdoor fireplace.
“I expect it to be full by early spring 2019, which means all 220 homes leased,” Kilgore said.
The community also will have a resident business center and clubhouse with Arlington’s premium signature coffee/tea bar, a 24-hour fitness center and WiFi.
Kilgore said Arlington’s developers researched the area before deciding on that location.
“Knoxville is a vibrant market with a strong and growing economy,” said Mary Bradley, regional vice president for Arlington Properties Inc. “That coupled with its exceptional employer base and the commitment to further economic growth, meets Arlington’s criteria for this type of development.”
Kilgore said she was working for another high-end apartment community in the same area when she met Arlington developers.
“They would come in every couple months or so. They would check on market conditions and see how healthy our rents were,” she recalled. “They were noticing every time they stopped by, our rents were healthy, our growth was strong and they decided to build.
“Then, we started talking about the Farragut market,” she added. “I guess they decided [the site] was a nice place to build and a very desirable location.”
The company currently is pre-leasing and already is getting phone calls from people interested in leasing, Kilgore said.
“People are constantly looking to move, so they find us in various ways, whether it be word of mouth or online,” she said.
For more information, call 865-392-6565 or visit online at www.tapestryturkeycreekapartments.com