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The 499 at Franklin and Allen

The Clover Group has finished construction on 499 Franklin, by converting the upper floor offices into apartments. Altogether, there are 10 apartments, all of which are 1 bedroom, with 1.5 bathrooms. The apartments feature plenty of modern amenities including in-unit laundry, with WiFi, open floor plans, wine chillers in select units, wall mounted fireplaces, and the first month’s rent is free.

What is especially unique about this living situation is the indoor parking, which not many people have ever seen before. The units were formerly home to the Buffalo Philharmonic offices – employees of the BPO had access to the unique indoor parking scenario. It’s completely hidden from the street and has old daylight factory-style windows overhead, and some great old windows on the furthest wall, which makes for a brilliant naturally lit carport.

The entranceway from the street still boasts some of the historic design elements of the building, including floor tiles, and stunning brass railings. The listing touts:

  • Newly renovated, luxury apartments
  • Stainless steel appliances, heated towel bars, fireplaces in every apartment
  • Wine refrigerators in select units
  • Indoor parking
  • Rent includes gas, water, electric, basic cable, and 1 indoor parking space

The Clover Group has owned this building for 25 years – they actually own a significant portfolio of real estate in Allentown. Lease rates for apartments at The 499 range from $1,950 to $2,500 (based on square feet).

There are even a few inspirational murals by prolific street artist Chuck Tingley.

Once the construction on Allen Street wraps up, this is going to be one of the most desirable places to live in Buffalo. It’s a short walk to the Metro Rail, the Medical Campus, and bars and restaurants. Plus, it doesn’t get any more bicycle friendly that living over a bike shop!

Get connected: The Clover Group | Bill Smith – 716.856.8538 |

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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