Vintage on Selby

Address: 1555 Selby Ave., St. Paul

Website: www.vintageonselby.com

Opened: December 2015

Occupancy rate: 210 units; 66 percent leased

Monthly rents: $1,050-$4,610

Owner: Prudential Real Estate

Developers: Ryan Cos. US Inc. and Excelsior Group

Architect: ESG Architects

Property description: Unlike some new apartment buildings that lean on an Ikea-like design aesthetic, the Vintage on Selby pays homage to the 1920s, with subway tiles, Wainscoting, hexagon shapes, and black and walnut shades.

A 21st century version of the Commodore, where F. Scott Fitzgerald used to hang in St. Paul, comes to mind.

“The name reflects what we were after in the interior,” said Corrin Secrist, the business manager at Excelsior Group. “It’s a new building meant to fit into the neighborhood.”

The 210-unit Vintage on Selby sits above and behind the new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market that opened this week. The street-facing facade is a classic dark gray brick while the courtyard areas feature cream and light brown panels.

The colors were chosen to fit the five-story apartment building onto an existing corner – at Selby and Snelling avenues – filled with cozy independent retailers, cafes and restaurants in older buildings. The second floor offers a library and business center and a party room complete with gas fireplaces and big-screen TVs. A fitness center is next door.

Outside, a central terrace encircled by the building offers a lap pool, 28 lounge chairs, two grilling pavilions and artificial turf for yard games. A quiet “pocket park” west of the pool offers a water feature and some solace. The building has another 6,000-square-foot terrace that offers real grass and a view overlooking Snelling Avenue. The east side has a dog park.

Tenant mix: Half of the complex consists of one-bedroom, one-bath units or that configuration plus a den. The rest are studios, two-bedrooms, townhouses and penthouses. All apartments have balconies or patios; 277 underground parking spaces are available. A separate parking area serves Whole Foods.

Interesting tidbits: The site once was home to an Associated Bank, which moved to a new building a block north on Snelling. Items from the bank are on display including a concierge desk consisting of old safety-deposit boxes. An eclectic local art collection includes a humorous photo across from the elevator door on every floor. Dozens of other art pieces pepper the building.

“We’ve seeing a variety of people moving in, from college students to snowbirds to people wanting an urban cabin,” Secrist said.

March 18, 2016  |  By Frank Jossi, Finance & Commerce |  Original Article