If you have driven on White Mountain Highway in North Conway over the past few weeks, you have surely noticed the massive project going up on the site of the former Vaughan Food Pantry. Located just behind the Via Roma restaurant in the Whitesides building, John Whiteside II and his son are erecting two apartment buildings that will have fantastic views of the Moat Mountains.
Each of the three story buildings will house 12 apartments for a total of 24 one and two bedroom apartments. The one bedroom apartments are all to be 700 square feet and located on the first floors of each building. While the two bedroom units will be 1200 sqft. and be located on the second and third floors of each building. Whiteside does have the permit for a third building with an additional 10 apartments, which is to come later.
The complex is to be named Alpine Place Luxury Apartments and will feature upscale finishes like granite kitchens and bathrooms, private decks with views to mountains, and individually controlled HVAC.
These apartments are intended for long-term rentals and will be offered to professionals seeking housing in the Mt. Washington Valley. Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty commented to the Conway Daily Sun;
“We know there is a need in the community for year-round rentals. Of course, the price point won’t solve the need for additional apartments or affordable units, but there is also a need for upscale apartments for professionals coming to the area. We receive calls all the time from medical professionals looking to come to the valley to work at places such as Memorial Hospital, and many of them end up not coming because they can’t find suitable homes to rent,”
Leavitt went on further to say that this demographic is not ready to buy a home in the area, they need time here in the Valley to know whether the area will truly suit their professional and personal needs.
“So having a community such as Alpine Place will give them the flexibility of coming for a year, with the hope that they will be finding their permanent home here in the area.” She said.
Now although this project definitely won’t be solving the affordable housing issue that Mt. Washington Valley faces today, it is certainly a step in the right direction toward providing more opportunities. In the best scenario this new complex will satisfy incoming professionals looking to work here but also open up other apartments and homes for rent that hopefully can be offered to low and middle-income families.