Just Listed got a private tour of one of downtown Minneapolis’s newest apartment buildings, and this one has a theme: Vélo, the shortened version of the French word “velocipede,” or bike, and also the last name of a famous Italian cyclist, Marco Velo. As you’d expect, the building is chock full of amenities for those with a fondness for their two-wheelers. That includes a bike repair room with tire pumps, tools and a work bench. There are three heated bike garages with assigned spaces. And the building has no shortage of cycle-themed art. Also worth noting:
- The building has 101 units with 13 floor plans, with studios renting fastest. It is now 70 percent leased and about a third of the residents are new to the Twin Cities.
- It also has a massage room, shuffleboard game, outdoor sun showers, and bocce court.
- Despite the bike-centric amenities, the building has 1.2 parking spaces per unit in two levels of underground parking.
- Oh, and you’ll never starve. Red Cow Restaurant and Bar — known for its gourmet burgers — will be opening on the building’s ground floor early next year.