By Janet Wight
After being vacant for more than 10 years, the former Sholom Home on Midway Parkway has been transformed recently into a modern, inviting apartment building: Holden House, comprising 144 units, recently opened for occupancy.
Owned by Twin Cities-based Midway Investor Group LLC, Holden House consists of 21 studios, 82 one-bedroom apartments and 40 two-bedroom (or a one bedroom with den) units. There also is one three-bedroom apartment, which has already been leased.
Although many of the units already have been occupied since Holden House’s opening in April, a sizeable number of floor plans are still available to choose from.
Encompassing both the century old historic building as well as the newer wings of the former senior care facility, the apartments and spacious common areas have a clean and contemporary vibe.
Holden House general manager Zachary Sogge said that much of the building’s original flooring and exposed brickwork have been restored and incorporated into the curated design.
Monthly rent (excluding utilities) starts at $1,265 for studios, with one-bedroom units ranging from $1,595 to $1,825. Two-bedroom apartments are available from $2,090 to $2,445 per month. Amenities include in-unit laundry, an athletic club, communal patios and plenty of comfortable lounges.
Reserved parking in the underground heated garage is $195 per month. And, $95 per month provides a guaranteed spot in the off-street surface lot. Street parking is also an option. With about 115 reserved parking spaces, there will likely be a waiting list at some point, Sogge explained.
Another rental feature: Holden House is a pet friendly community, accepting dogs and cats for an additional fee plus monthly pet rent, Sogge said. Three pets are permitted per apartment and the maximum pet rent is $75 per month.
Walkout apartments with private patios are also available for occupants with dogs and, at the Bugle’s press deadline, several of these units were still available.
Meanwhile, a limited number of guest suites are a unique feature of Holden House, Sogge said. These fully furnished one-bedroom apartments are available for nightly rentals, he added. Each of the four suites has a different layout and the decor is modern and upbeat.
Holden House tenants will also have the opportunity to experience everything the neighborhood has to offer including shaded sidewalks, heritage architecture, Como Park and quick access to shops and restaurants by car or bus rapid transit.
Sogge mentioned how unusual it is for fashionable apartments to be located in a residential area, and said that is one of the primary appeals of this refurbished building.
New residents Peggy and John Preston say they thoroughly appreciate their two-bedroom home at Holden House.
Their favorite amenities include the in-unit washer and dryer, the large patio area and “conversation and socializing areas inside and outside,” they said.
Janet Wight, a resident of Como Park where she lives with her husband and daughters, is a regular freelance writer for the Bugle.