Cole Exterior 2

Built in 1961, Cole House at 3321 Cole Avenue is a full-on, midcentury swankfest.  From the second you walk in the door you’re convinced all that’s missing is Dick Van Dyke falling over an ottoman. I decided to walk down to Sunday’s open house when I read “studs” in the agent’s description. That is, in 2011, this unit was taken to the studs and renovated top-to-bottom.

You can hardly beat the location, being on the quiet block of Cole between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St. You’re in the thick of the Uptown/West Village scene without a lot of the weekend boozy hijinks found on more active streets. And the closeness to the Katy Trail and Central Expressway is a help for flicking about the city on foot or tire.

So anyway, you walk in from the street and follow an open air, landscaped inner courtyard path to the unit.  These few steps allow you to decompress from whatever else is afoot in your life. It’s a wonderful transition to another world.

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