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An Estate for City Lovers
August 2, 2010   
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A housing project called the “19th District” is being built between Sienna and Kolejowa streets in Warsaw. The developer says the estate is for those who enjoy a flurry of activity and the hubbub of the street—while having everything they need close by.

The new estate, being developed by the Pro Urba company from Spain, comprises around 1,500 apartments to be built in six phases. Phase one, located between Sienna and Kolejowa streets, will consist of two buildings with five to nine floors. The buildings will house almost 300 apartments with one to five rooms and between 30 and 115 square meters in size. The first floor and a part of the second floor will be occupied by retail space with entrances from the nearby streets. A standout feature of phase-one apartments will be large, glazed walls with wooden panels in between.

Style and activity
The first residents will move in at the end of next year. What kind of people will they be?
“We get most questions about apartments in the 19th District from single people and childless couples who I describe as young in spirit, people who like city centers and the opportunities they present,” said Katarzyna Kajak, sales and marketing manager at Pro Urba. “They go to the movies and see plays at the theater, they visit galleries, eat out and socialize at clubs in the evening. They live big city lives and hate to waste time on commuting. In this location, everything is within their reach.”

The great location of the 19th District also attracts those who buy apartments to put them up for rent and people from other cities who frequently come to Warsaw on business and, rather than a hotel, they want to stay in an apartment of their own.

Secure, but open
Consecutive phases of the 19th District will differ from one another in terms of architecture, but they will nevertheless form a coherent whole. All the buildings will be linked by common urban space consisting of squares, promenades and green areas. The estate was designed by the well-known studio JEMS Architekci from Warsaw.

The 19th District will be the opposite of secluded residential quarters surrounded by walls that have been built over the past several years. Pro Urba, the investor, wants the 19th District to stay open to the city via a friendly and functional public space.

The design features new streets, squares and green areas. The residential buildings will be constructed alongside new stores, service outlets, cafes, and restaurants. The area was designed to allow the residents to enjoy all the benefits associated with living in a city center. Warsaw currently has 18 districts and this one is designated to become the 19th, fully self-sufficient district.

“The patio and the buildings will only be accessible for the residents, but the squares and promenades will hold the 19th District and the rest of the city together,” said Kajak. “Everybody will be free to take a walk down a green alley or chill out on a bench by a fountain.”

Pro Urba quality
The prices have been set depending on apartment size and the location inside the buildings (floor, windows opening to the patio or the street). The cheapest apartment in phase one costs zl.272,000. It is a one-room apartment with 30 sq m in size located on the second floor.

Pro Urba is a Spanish developer that has operated in Poland since 2004. So far, Pro Urba has built two residential estates in Warsaw, the Przy Parku Królikarnia residential estate in the Mokotów district and the Ogrody Wilanowa in the district of Wilanów. Design work has also started on a residential tower complex called Kaleidoscope, to be built near Daszyńskiego Traffic Circle in Warsaw.

Magdalena Fabijańczuk
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