Being a homeowner isn’t for everyone…many people prefer the “lock and go” convenience of an apartment or condo. However, there are very few apartment/condo complexes in Waldo. That recently changed as Waldo now offers a brand new apartment building, located in the heart of our neighborhood. 222 Waldo Flats recently opened at 222 W 75th St, just steps away from the lively 75th and Wornall intersection, and I stopped by recently to take a look.
Upon entering the spacious lobby, featuring a colorful, commissioned textile art piece, I was greeted by co- owners Diane Botwin and Andrew Ganahl. You may have heard of Diane—she owns several commercial properties in Waldo; Andrew is originally from California, now lives in Kansas City and has developed two apartment projects in the Crossroads. Partnering with Slaggie Architects, they have created sleek, modern, yet very comfortable flats. Studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units are available. Each comes with all the necessary appliances, including washer/dryer, and most have balconies. There is a secured package room and bike room; parking is available for an extra fee; pets are OK and the building is wired for Google Fiber. Littlefield Eye Associates has commercial space on the first floor, and there is another smaller spot available for retail or service business.
What impressed me about these apartments are the extra details: not all are exactly alike. Some have darker cabinets; some have traditional white. There are high end finishes, including tiled showers, quartz counters and large windows (that open!) to bring in plenty of natural light and fresh air. Even the smaller studio apartments “live” like a one bedroom unit. Monthly rent starts at $1025.
Of course, one of the best features of this building is the location. As Diane said, “Our amenity is Waldo. Waldo has its own personality and our building fits in. We have a great group of multigenerational tenants; it’s very inviting to young and old.” Andrew continued: “We wanted to be in an area where people could walk to everything”. Within a few steps of the front door: pharmacy, grocery, library, several restaurants, coffee shop, bike shop, hardware store, bars and convenient bus stop. Everything Waldo is right here!