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Tour The Roosevelt: Old School, New Condos (in Central Iowa)


I posted a couple weeks ago about The Roosevelt, a 90 year old school turned into 20 brand new condos.

And then I got permission to come again and take pictures of the finished condos.


Just as I expected, the condos were A.MAY.ZING. Architectural salvage, reclaimed fireplaces, antique built-in cabinets, and exposed brick walls combine with gorgeous details to make one-of-a-kind residences.architectural salvage

This unit was high on my list of favorites.  I LOVE the dark stained wood cabinets….condos for sale

and windows…

school building aparments

And this little, brick nook would make a perfect office.

exposed brick school apartment

The condos were like something from tv or movies…one of those amazing apartments where the young professionals live in NYC.  Like in Friends.  Or 27 Dresses.  Or How I Met Your Mother.

This condo was “garden level” but you never would have known.  LOTS of windows and natural light, with an open floor plan, made it bright and homey.

adaptive renovation school condos

My friend, Sarah, and I kept trying to picture our families living in these condos.  We decided that the little nook to the left of the fireplace was probably supposed to be an office, but it would be a great place to store toys!

This unit also included a walk-in pantry closet and mudroom with custom built-ins.  And a wide hallway, leading to the bedrooms, would be perfect for a desk, bookshelves, or (again) toy storage.

condo with character in old school

This is another garden level unit.  It wasn’t my favorite, but it was still very neat. 

the roosevelt school renovation

I LOVE the exposed brick in the dining room area, and the kitchen was very nice.

roosevelt school ames iowa

But my favorite thing in that unit (not shown, because it was impossible to photograph) was a GIANT storage area under the building’s stairs.  We joked that the closet under the stairs would have been a luxurious place for Harry Potter to get away from the Muggles.

One last unit – and then I’m saving my favorites for later this week!

condo in old school

This unit had clean lines and a bit more modern feel.  The stained concrete floors need some warming up with rugs, in my opinion, but I love the exposed concrete pillars and beams, the antique built in cabinet, and the exposed brick wall in the one of the bedrooms.

school renovated into condos

The Roosevelt is close to downtown Ames, Iowa, with lots of great shops and restaurants.  It’s in a beautiful, old neighborhood and is surrounded by half a block of green space. Each condo owner has one parking spot in the attached garage and a storage locker in the building.  And inside each unit, there is a full laundry, plenty of closet space, and gorgeous bathrooms. The building has state of the art geothermal heating.

So, what do you think? Could you picture yourself living in one of these condos?

I’ll share my two favorite units later this week!  In the meantime, check out my other post about The Roosevelt (with photos of some other units) and The Roosevelt’s website.


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