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Tenants start moving into 204-unit luxury apartments in Lehigh County

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The inside of the clubhouse at Woodmont Valley in Lower Macungie Township.
The inside of the clubhouse at Woodmont Valley in Lower Macungie Township. - (Photo / )

Construction is well underway at one of the Greater Lehigh Valley's newest luxury apartment communities, with two tenants having moved in to their units.

Woodmont Valley in Lower Macungie Township, the fourth project in the Greater Lehigh Valley for Woodmont Properties of Fairfield, N.J., will have 204 units upon completion in March, said Louis DeVos, vice president of property management for the company.

He declined to disclose the estimated construction cost for the project. The company uses its own internal construction team.

Construction finished on the clubhouse at the end of June, the outdoor pool is in place and the community is quickly taking shape. Aside from some units already built and ready for occupancy, the site has several carriage homes complete.

The carriage homes have townhouse-style features that include living space on one and two floors, lofts, private garages and direct outdoor access.

Situated on what was vacant land off Route 100 between Mack Trucks and Allen Organ Co., the property offers prime space for an underserved market seeking residential living without the upkeep of a home, according to DeVos. The site is within walking distance to the neighboring borough of Macungie.

“We tend to go into markets other people may not have,” DeVos said. “A higher propensity of folks who live in Macungie are among the first people leasing. Some people in the market have been waiting for us. We’ve seen a lot of people have sold homes. We’ve seen that more than in other communities.”

The maximum length for a lease on an apartment at Woodmont Valley is 15 months and the minimum is 12 months. When the property stabilizes and is at about 95 percent occupancy, it will offer leases as short as three months, in addition to the 15-month leases, he said.

31 LEASES SO FAR

Woodmont Valley has secured 31 leases, said Courtney Troka, community manager for Woodmont Valley.

Rents for one-bedroom units start at $1,430, two bedrooms start at $1,515 and carriage homes at $1,950, Troka said.

Aside from having multiple floor plans, the units range in size from 850 to 1,490 square feet, she said.

One amenity the property offers is a 24-7 package delivery system, with space already fitted out. The system allows people to access deliveries via an electronic code. Residents also have the ability to ship packages, plus an oversized room is available for bigger deliveries, such as beds and golf clubs.

DeVos said some people have their own business and can benefit from the service.

GREEN SPACE, POOL, INDOOR THEATER

The site includes resort-style amenities for all residents, similar to its other communities. These include open green space, heated swimming pool with sun deck, grilling terrace with fire pit, game room, strength and cardio center, fitness studio, bike storage area, an indoor theater, dog park, on-site property management office and business center with Wi-Fi printing capabilities and 24-7 access for residents.

Many of the apartments include private patios or balconies and large walk-in closets. The kitchens have quartz countertops and energy efficient stainless steel appliances, and master bathrooms are equipped with dual sinks and an oversized shower or bathtub. Each apartment also includes a washer and dryer.

ADJACENT TO WEIS MARKETS

The company said it strives to offer tenants flexibility on the interior looks of their units. While window blinds are provided, residents can install rods for hanging curtains.

The site is adjacent to a Weis Markets grocery store, which will go up next door.

Woodmont Properties is doing the site work for Weis, which will build the store.

Once built, the Weis will replace the existing Weis store across the street.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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