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Old 05-06-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Philly
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are there any secure (doorman or semi-secure complex) that are IN Harrisburg? specifically, the walkable area near restaurant row, the capitol, and the train station? preferrably newer (or renovated)? basically, it would be need to be secure enough to be left unattended for a few months at a time.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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are there any secure (doorman or semi-secure complex) that are IN Harrisburg? specifically, the walkable area near restaurant row, the capitol, and the train station? preferrably newer (or renovated)? basically, it would be need to be secure enough to be left unattended for a few months at a time.
Pennsylvania Place and Executive House are the two most notable. Both are high-rises downtown less than a few minute walk to restaurant row, very close to the train station. PA Place was renovated in the late 1990's and Executive House hasn't been renovated for quite some time.

Another place to consider might be Old City Hall. Beautiful apartments, located right between the train station and Capitol complex also a couple minutes from 2nd street.

If you want some insider info on all three and others.. check out http://www.floor9.com, he's a local blogger who just recently moved downtown. He eventually settled on Executive House.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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To the best of my knowledge, none of the buildings have doormen. However, they all have front desks to receive deliveries and handle day-to-day leasing issues. All of the buildings I recently looked at had intercom systems for after-hours access control. Some of them also have after-hours security on-site (Executive House does; I am not sure about PA Place or The Grayco). I would have no qualms about leaving my apartment vacant for several months in any of these places.

The residential hirise buildings within easy walking distance to restaurant row are (in no particular order) The Grayco, Executive House, Pennsylvania Place. There are also a number of walkup apartments located above the storefronts / offices along Front, Second, and Third, as well as all the side alleyways. Just walk down the street and look for the "for rent" signs. Your quality and security with these is variable, but the act of seeking them out will help familiarize you with the area (and some of those are fascinating).

And thanks for the link, Dan! Yeah, Executive House hasn't seen a facelift since 2000 and their interior was last remodeled in the late 80s. If they would just repaint the outward-facing balcony edges, it would do wonders for their exterior appearance. As for the lobby ... well, it would be nice to have a better-looking lobby, but my low rent is even better.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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To the best of my knowledge, none of the buildings have doormen. However, they all have front desks to receive deliveries and handle day-to-day leasing issues. All of the buildings I recently looked at had intercom systems for after-hours access control. Some of them also have after-hours security on-site (Executive House does; I am not sure about PA Place or The Grayco). I would have no qualms about leaving my apartment vacant for several months in any of these places.

The residential hirise buildings within easy walking distance to restaurant row are (in no particular order) The Grayco, Executive House, Pennsylvania Place. There are also a number of walkup apartments located above the storefronts / offices along Front, Second, and Third, as well as all the side alleyways. Just walk down the street and look for the "for rent" signs. Your quality and security with these is variable, but the act of seeking them out will help familiarize you with the area (and some of those are fascinating).

And thanks for the link, Dan! Yeah, Executive House hasn't seen a facelift since 2000 and their interior was last remodeled in the late 80s. If they would just repaint the outward-facing balcony edges, it would do wonders for their exterior appearance. As for the lobby ... well, it would be nice to have a better-looking lobby, but my low rent is even better.
Completely understandable about the rent. My main problem with both the Executive House and Pennsylvania Place is the rather unpleasant, unfriendly to pedestrian feeling I get from either building whenever walking nearby. They don't open up to the street well.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Completely understandable about the rent. My main problem with both the Executive House and Pennsylvania Place is the rather unpleasant, unfriendly to pedestrian feeling I get from either building whenever walking nearby. They don't open up to the street well.
That's sort of the idea I was getting at in my "pedestrian-friendly" post. Executive House, for example, has some street-level office space on the exterior. It would be nice to see that developed with assorted lightweight retail, but at the same time, there is really nothing else on that corner (a hotel, a garage, and a hospital). So even if they were to develop it further, I don't think it would be very successful unless they could stretch the SoMo district down that far -- and that is, literally and figuratively, a stretch.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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That's sort of the idea I was getting at in my "pedestrian-friendly" post. Executive House, for example, has some street-level office space on the exterior. It would be nice to see that developed with assorted lightweight retail, but at the same time, there is really nothing else on that corner (a hotel, a garage, and a hospital). So even if they were to develop it further, I don't think it would be very successful unless they could stretch the SoMo district down that far -- and that is, literally and figuratively, a stretch.
Yeah, that section of downtown just feels too utilitarian. The lonely stretch of Chestnut street that still retains its original character (north side between 3rd and Dewberry) struggles because of that. BTW, I'd love to see a mid-rise go up on the northwest corner of 3rd and Chestnut. How do you think a grocery store would do there? It's a bit far from the neighborhoods but I do feel that the apartment buildings plus high downtown daytime worker population might sustain it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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BTW, I'd love to see a mid-rise go up on the northwest corner of 3rd and Chestnut. How do you think a grocery store would do there? It's a bit far from the neighborhoods but I do feel that the apartment buildings plus high downtown daytime worker population might sustain it.
I'd love to see a grocery there, or anywhere within 2-3 blocks of Executive House / PA Place. The two I use now -- one on Fourth by the train station and one on Second down near Ceoltas -- always miss one or two things I want. I don't need a Giant or Karns, but a place well-stocked with staples like bread, spaghetti sauce, pet food / litter, fruits, veggies, canned soup, and a decent meat selection (lunchmeat + ground beef + bacon) would be great!

If Olewine's would just stretch their hours a little more, that would help. Honestly, I don't understand how it's profitable to be open only when all the nearby residents are away at work.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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The Simon-Cameron Apartments are in Olde Uptown. They do not have a doorman, but they do have a security system that requires a code for entry.
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