CityWay – The Beginning
CityWay first opened in 2013 with phase 1. They are located on the southeast side of downtown, just minutes from Bankers Life, Lucas Oil, Circle Center Mall, and Monument Circle. They were the first living community to offer luxury living in downtown Indianapolis. They have completely reshaped the idea of downtown living. Phase 2 includes a 13-story tower, a brand-new CVS pharmacy, Taxman Brewery, even more amenities, and additional buildings that are under construction on the campus.
I got to stay in the huge new tower – which easily has the best views of the skyline in the city. Upon my arrival, I was enamored with how huge the community truly is. They like to refer to it as a campus, which you almost feel like you’re on a college campus. Everything is at your fingertips! Parking in the garage made it easy. We were welcomed with a tour of the facility. If you are even remotely considering renting at CityWay, I highly recommend meeting for a tour.
The leasing office is spacious, modern and almost has a tech-office vibe to it. We ventured over to the common areas. We started in the gym. Guys, I was completely blown away. Not only do they have state of the art equipment (and – ahem – you are across the street from the nicest YMCA I’ve ever been to), but they also have multiple peloton bikes. Yeah, those crazy expensive but oh-so-worth it spinning classes you’ve seen all over Instagram? What an amazing amenity to offer their residents! After the gym, we walked over to another lounge and got to experience their sports simulator. Yes, you read that correctly. You can play anything from hockey to basketball. I think it would be a great spot to rent out for the night and have some friends over for some competitive fun.
It was a bit chilly out, otherwise you probably would have found me checking out new infinity pool and grilling out.
Once we made it over to the big tower, I got to tour the one-bedroom apartment that I would be staycationing in. The building is super secure – something to pay attention especially when you’re a solo female like myself, living alone. Upon walking in, I fell in love with the quartz countertops, the white subway tile kitchen backsplashes, and not to mention the floor to ceiling windows. The view is nuts. The apartment I stayed in faced north, so I was able to catch a beautiful sunset that evening followed by a breathtaking sunrise in the morning.
I brought my friend Britney for a lovely girls’ night in. One we got settled, we were treated to a calming massage from our lovely masseuse, Beth. My favorite thing about CityWay is the fact that you are right in the middle of everything. We walked about 300 feet from the tower door over to the bar, Plat 99 at the Alexander Hotel. Plat 99 has a very cozy and eclectic vibe to it. I highly recommend Plat 99 for cocktails. Check out the art while you are at the Alexander, too!
Art is very important to the CityWay developers. They commissioned three incredible artists, Nick Walker, Kelsey Montague, and Mantra for different murals, graffiti, and interior art. My favorite piece is the butterfly mural by Mantra. It looks like a shadowbox of butterflies. I hope the interest with the artist investment grows and that CityWay considers commissioning local artists for future exhibits. Their art is a fantastic addition to the downtown neighborhood.
After cocktails, we walked back to the apartment and got settled in for the night. One of the perks of being a CityWay resident is that you can call over “room service” from the Alexander hotel. They deliver it straight to your door! We enjoyed a nice dinner and passed out promptly at 10 pm. Aren’t we just wild?
I did manage to catch the sunrise in the morning, and it was spectacular. We woke up and walked over to Yolk, which is a great spot for brunch. After some delicious pancakes and a few cups of coffee, it was time to head home.
I absolutely loved my mini staycation at CityWay and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a place to call home in the heart of downtown.