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Sneak Peek: Buvinger Building Apartments

For years, the 4400 block in Lawrenceville was a sleepy one.  It was home to Mid-Atlantic Mercantile (now Joan), a tattoo parlor, a so-so Japanese restaurant and New Amsterdam but not much else. But around summer of 2016, things started to change….and fast.   It’s not surprising given the neighborhood’s mega-popularity but even still the changes for the block have been impressive.  Mello & Sons (vintage), Ki Ramen, The Candle Lab, an expanded rooftop bar to New Amsterdam, another restaurant in the also new Boys & Girls Club Apartments all announced plans or opened within the past year.  And joining this lineup are four, beautiful new apartments and a soon to be announced restaurant at the Buvinger Building at 4407 Butler St.

Opening in July, the boutique building was developed by Oxide Development with a focus on historic details married with modern finishes.  Prior to development, the upper floors of the Victorian-styled property were vacant with the aforementioned ground level Japanese restaurant.  But now developer, Shawn Kichline, saw the potential the property offered and the changes that were afoot in the block and purchased the property in 2016.


After a quick six months of construction, the new apartments are ready for their next chapter.  The four units are far from cookie-cutter, each with its own historic character and personalized details.  Some of the original details include beautiful trim/casing, crystal door knobs and original transom windows serving as unit identifiers as well as a central hall skylight and original banister.   New additions to the apartments take inspiration from the space while offering up some modern punches like West Elm & CB2 lighting throughout, Nest thermostats, sleek IKEA kitchens with open Floyd bracket shelving and more.


Living areas are warm and bright, thanks to the massive windows, 10′ ceilings and reclaimed wood flooring.  And from those windows, the front two units offer views of Butler Street while the back two units trade for row home views and fire escapes access perfect for a little city garden. The bathrooms all take inspiration from classic designs like black & white ceramic flooring, subway tile and wainscoting. Another rarity, storage!  From linen closets & kitchen pantries to a bike room & additional resident space in the lower level, the units don’t skimp on spaces to stash.


In addition to the new neighbors upstairs, residents of the Buvinger Building will also welcome a new retail neighbor for the building.  The retail space that was occupied formerly by Restaurant Hana, has been secured by a familiar Lawrenceville name with an announcement of a new concept from to come soon.  And it’s a good one, stay tuned for details.

So to recap.  Beautiful apartments.  New shops/restaurants.  Ready and waiting for you in Lawrenceville.   For full details on the units, click here and do so fast.  These apartments are going to go quick.

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