Novel University Place

Finalist: Best Garden Apartment Community (Four Stories or Less)

Contact: Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards

Novel University Place building
Novel University Place lobby
Novel University Place living room
Novel University Place waiting area
Novel University Place living room and bedroom
Novel University Place pool area

Location: Charlotte, NC
Award Applicant: Crescent Communities
Architect: Cline Design Associates
Developer: Crescent Communities
General Contractor: Crescent Communities Construction
Interior Designer: BB+M
Photographer: Victoria Moon
Marketing Firm: Wray Ward
PR/Advertising Firm: Sprouthouse
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Project Statement

NOVEL University Place by Crescent Communities is noticeably more than the 308 luxury apartment homes it offers. It has quickly become the center of Charlotte’s burgeoning University City neighborhood, providing idyllic lakefront living with convenient, walkable access to shopping, dining and entertainment.

Situated at the crossroads of academia, culture and community, NOVEL University Place’s dynamic programming and unrivaled amenities make it the ultimate destination for those seeking an elevated urban lifestyle. A new home to the thriving University City Farmers Market and Wine Festival, NOVEL University Place continues to be the desired host for community events.

The stunning community features 308 for-rent residences, including carriage homes and studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. In addition to the beautiful homes, NOVEL University Place also offers top-tier amenities, including a lakefront resident amenity building that houses a two-story fitness center, resident library, co-working spaces and a resort-style pool with outdoor kitchens and hammock park. In addition to the enviable lake frontage, residents can also take advantage of the nearby Lynx light rail station, Barton Creek Greenway and future Waters Edge master development.

Not just aesthetically arresting, NOVEL University Place keeps sustainability at the forefront of all its decisions, including receiving a Fitwel Rating recognizing it as a certified healthy building and a National Green Building Standard certification for sustainable building practices. The community features a 58-kilowatt solar array providing sustainable electric power for the community’s amenity and gathering spaces, as well as numerous electric vehicle chargers to make it convenient and accessible for residents to choose EVs.