Houston—Provident Realty Advisors have brought modern touches to the Texaco building at 1111 Rusk St., which was reborn as The Star. The 286-unit property with approximately 21,000 square feet of street front retail is managed and leased by Fein. Leasing contracts for 75 percent of the retail space are in the final stages of negotiation.
The building was originally commissioned by Texaco and designed by New York architectural firm Warren & Wetmore in 1915. The property is welcoming guests again as part of the Downtown Living Initiative for the first time since 1989, when the oil giant relocated. “We were fortunate to have found an iconic, pre-war building of this scale where a thoroughly modern makeover meshes so seamlessly with its timeless architecture,” Provident Realty Advisors’ Kip Platt, the development partner, said in a prepared statement.
The 207 one-bedroom, one-bath, and 79 two-bedroom, two-bath units range from 730 to 1,730 square feet and feature high-end architectural details and interior finishes. Forty percent of the units come with a powder bath and many of the one-bedroom apartments also have a separate den or study. The asset features a lobby lounge, a cozy and complimentary coffee and snack bar with cafe seating, restored mosaic tile flooring, original decorative brass elevator surrounds, 24/7 concierge and free valet.
Due to the building’s initial use, some apartments come with deep window ledges for seating or display, beamed ceilings over 11 feet in height and large kitchens, living areas and bedrooms with dressing or flex space. Upgrades include wireless speakers, recessed lighting, solid core doors, wide plank hardwood floors, professional line KitchenAid stainless appliances, wine refrigerators, stainless farmhouse kitchen sinks, quartz counters with waterfall edges, oversized showers and closets and custom, 48-inch soft-close cabinetry.
Amenities debuting into summer include a courtyard with heated pool, cabanas, summer kitchen and gas grills. Other facilities include a lower lobby level climate-controlled storage and media/theater room; second floor business center and a covered dog run with grooming station; 16th level recreation area with two-story, atrium-like foyer flowing into a fitness center and expansive club room with commercial demonstration kitchen and event space, billiards and TV pods; a rooftop covered lounge with TV, fireplace and lush landscaping overlooking downtown Houston.
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