I've had my eye on a few conversions currently happening in Downtown and was determined to check one of these out, even if it meant scaling a wall...which I've been known to do before. The first step we take is to do a walk-by, whereby we walk the perimeter and attempt to open any and every doorway available. The second step usually varies by building and luckily on this particular occasion we didn't have to go there...we found an open door on our third try. Holy Shit is all I could think to myself. We scurried up the flight of stairs but halfway to the top we heard a voice from below, "excuse me." Damn, foiled. Or maybe not. I explained that I really wanted to see what was happening because I knew it was being converted and asked if I could just take a quick peek. Reluctantly after a few hems and haws about "insurance issues" the kind gentleman, who I will not mention by name, escorted us into a unit. Eric and I were beside ourselves at what we saw. Insane original windows, cool tile in the kitchen and bathroom, nice kitchen appliances (unfortunately it's electric stove) and cupboards, great flooring and an overall sturdy building (it's from the 30's). Our enthusiasm must have rubbed off on him because he showed us another unit as well. I'm sure if we had asked we could have received a full tour (kidding, sort of) but we played it cool and didn't push the subject.
Sadly I can't really divulge which building this is because I don't want to get anyone in trouble but I will definitely hunt down info on the developers and attempt to get a more formal viewing soon. Construction-wise it looks like they are near completion so more info may come sooner than later.