For $1 million, Grand Rapids home buyers can purchase a “white box” condo in The Morton.
That’s right — a million dollars will get you a completely empty space with unpainted drywall and subflooring, unfinished windows, and exposed drain pipes and water lines. These incredibly pricey units are totally bare-bones, yet prospective buyers wouldn’t have it any other way. The condos are meant to serve as blank canvases for their new owners and the individual designers they intend to hire.
“You can do whatever you want to,” said Ben Sietsema of Rockford Construction. So far, the company has sold two out of the seven available condominiums in the 93-year-old building.
Four of the remaining condos are on the 12th floor of the former hotel, ranging in price from $850,000 to $1.275 million. The final remaining property is on the “penthouse floor,” just above the others.
The units may be void of walls, doors, and other essential aspects of interior architecture, but they are certainly not lacking in impressive amenities.
The condos are equipped with brand new windows, which is ideal since the single-pane glass windows present in most homes built before the 1990s are hugely energy inefficient. These new windows offer rooftop views of downtown Grand Rapids, and several units even include “Juliet” balconies with French doors. A furnished rooftop deck includes an outdoor kitchen and open-air pavilion for entertaining. There’s also a furnished penthouse suite with a fireplace, television, and wet bar on the rooftop, which is available to all of the building’s condo owners.
On top of the cost of purchasing, designing and finishing their unit, buyers will also be subject to an annual condo fee of $2.38 per square foot. They will also be expected to find their own parking nearby.
When finished, these condos in The Morton will certainly be worth the cost; however, the DIY approach is not for everybody.