Living Upscale Just Got Greener at the West Loop's K2 Tower

This 496-unit development pairs stylish living with sustainable features: GE charging stations for electric cars, Energy Star appliances and energy efficient fixtures.

Part of the K Station Development, Chicago's K2 Tower is built on a one-acre site at 365 N. Halsted Street.

K2 is the first and greenest apartment debut of 2013. The swank 496-unit development in Chicago's Fulton River District, the fifth tower and "the grand finale" of the K Station master-planned community, is open for occupancy. Designed by Pappageorge/Haymes, the highly anticipated 34-story high-rise from Fifield Co. and developer partner Wood Partners launched two months ahead of schedule.  But not to worry. For new residences of the $175 million upscale apartment homes, the amenity-rich offerings are right on time: a four-lane 70-foot lap pool, a high-definition movie theater with raked stadium seating, a basketball court, yoga studio, four cabanas (get a massage!), and a two-story floor-to-ceiling entrance with a view of the Loop. But the real head-turner is pairing green living without sacrificing creature comforts or style.

Since its March launch, 290 units have been leased in Fifield's upscale 496-unit K2 Tower development on Kinzie Street, well over the 175 projected. But with the swell of supply, could rent concessions be the next step for downtown buildings?

Sustainable Living in Chicago High Style

If sustainability is on your to-do list, K2 makes reducing your carbon footprint easier, without the hassle. The 365 N. Halsted Street tower gets deserved bragging rights for being so environmentally friendly they have LEED silver certification.  We like how, well, natural, dare we say organic the designers built in these eco-friendly options. There's GE charging stations for electric cars, a recycling program, Energy Star appliances and energy efficient fixtures throughout. And bike commuters, fear not. You'll find a slot among the 200 bike storage spaces.

Designed with green living in mind, K2's units feature applied finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

K2 has more than 25 floor plans, whimsically named after famous artists. The Pollock 13, a 481-square-foot studio runs between $1,685 - $1,805 monthly. Miro 17 is an 881-square-foot 1-bed, 1-bath, priced at $2,320 - $2,410. And the Dali 01, a 2-bed, 2-bath 1,200-square-foot unit, will set you back $3,350 - $3,485. Penthouses start at $5,000. Try out a unit with this cool interactive floor plan organizer tool.

It's worth noting that the entire K Station broke ground back in 2004. It takes steel resolve to plan and execute something this massive during the real estate downturn. And they were right. The rental market is popping. With a moniker such as “K2,” which is shorthand for the arduous 28,251-foot Himalayas climb, it's a fitting piece of project lore.

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