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Napa House Hunt: Riverfront Living

A look inside the Residences at Napa Riverfront.

It’s official: Napa is a world-class luxurious city.

In addition to ads for Rolex watches, Lincoln Navigators and Vegas hotels, the June issue of Wine Spectator featured a beautiful photo of Napa's Riverfront development at dusk.

The cover article was headined "Napa - A City Reborn" and declared the city is "now a terrific base of operations to explore the Valley."

Four years ago, the view across the river as seen on the Spectator cover would have shown a dusty fenced-in lot. In spite of all the naysayers who predicted doom for the project, Riverfront has attracted a slew of new restaurants and retail on the first floor, and, according to Denise Cook from Coldwell Banker, “quite a lot of traffic” from people who saw the Spectator cover and are expressing interested in the building’s residential units. Coldwell has been marketing the condos in the project since November of last year.

The newfound interest is not surprising considering all the things Riverfront has going for it. Cook notes that “you can walk to everything” and with the new and Michael Holmes home design on the first floor you hardly need to leave the building to turn an empty unit into a home.

Clothing retailers Scott Lyall (for him) and (for her), also on the first floor, make it easy to find the something to wear to dinner downstairs at one of the 3 restaurants on the ground level floor.

If , or don’t do it for you, , and the are steps away.

Still hungry? Go north on Main Street into the heart of Napa's "Entertainment District" for more dining choices. The , , salsa dancing at , and plenty of downtown tasting rooms are also minutes away on foot.     

There are 50 residential units in the building with 16 sold, seven of them since January of this year according to Cook. With a number of different floor plans, prices range from just over $400,000 for a one-bedroom unit on the city side to $1.49 million for the 2,134-square foot two-story 3 bedroom corner unit with views of the Vaca Ridge, Alta Heights and the Napa River.

The currently occupied units are all either primary residences or second homes says Cook. “Rates are amazing and we are closing loans within 30 days,” so you can easily be moved in before crush this year.

"We just had a price reduction on eight units on June 30," Cook said.

A look inside a few of these units shows impressive amenities. Kitchens include GE Monogram appliances and granite countertops. Bathrooms also sport granite counters and Kohler fixtures, and some have two sinks. Hardwood flooring, wall-to-wall carpeting, and solid-core doors help keep noise out and quiet in.  

Units come with a parking spot in the Riverfront garage and have energy-efficient, built-in stackable washer and driers. The private courtyard is beautifully landscaped and has small tables for enjoying a glass before dinner if your unit does not have its own private balcony. 

Jesse July 16, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Actually, Not that long but I was not aware they moved the homeless shelter, but still they stuffed it in the middle of last decades multi-million dollar project. I just can't believe what that town has turned into if I didn't still have family there I probably would not even go. I grew up there I have lots of memory's there I don't hate the place I just think think it's another once beautiful city going down the tubes, nice houses, condos and decor do not make a city a beautiful place.
Michael July 16, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Nice view of the used car lot.
Jesse July 16, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Not at all I can see stores and such but $1.5M condos, is the upside so I can get up int the morning go outside and have coffee with the work furlow program? It is just not a realistic setting for homes in that price range or homes at all in my opinion but hey that's just my opinion.
Jesse July 16, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Nice isn't that what you want to wake up to (my gosh honey look at the that beautiful blue Honda Civic) lol.
Louisa Hufstader July 16, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Gives new meaning to the term "window shopping."

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