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El Cortez Condominiums (Cortez neighborhood)
Total units: 85
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Unit types: 1 & 2 bedrooms plus lofts
Number of Floors: 16
Square Footage: 680 - 3,629
Approximate price range: $350,000 - $1,500,000.
HOA fees: $600 - $1,000
Amenities: El Cortez condo residents enjoy a pool, spa, gym, valet service and discounted rates on the use of the Don Room.
Year Built: 1927 as a hotel. Converted to condos in 2004.
Annual turnover %: 17.6
Price change prior year: +8.2%
Price change from 3 years ago: +19.0%
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Other: This is the oldest condo building in downtown. Originally built and operated as a hotel from 1927 through the 1970's. It sat vacant for many years than reopened as apartments and finally converting to condos in 2004.
This building has one of the grandest lobbies in town. Even the individual units have a lot of the original finishes, such as recessed crown molding and window frames. Because the window technology is not up to date the view through the glass is often wavy and slightly distorted to the point you really don't want to look out for very long. The pool is very small and shaped like a whale so don't plan to swim any laps. The one-bedroom units do not have laundry inside the unit. The two bedrooms do have laundry inside the unit. There is a laundry room on each floor with one washer and one dryer to be shared by all the one-bedroom unit owners. The building does not have freight elevators and the existing elevators are small so don't plan on moving in oversized furniture, plus the front door to each condo is a little narrower than the typical door today, so you will have problems with big furniture unless you can take it apart to get it in.

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Summary of resident reviews. Rating and Review Disclosure
Below is a summary of all the reviews provided by the residents living in this property. Rating scale is from one to five stars.
  Poor      Avg      Best
Average rating starstarhalf star
Relaxed feeling of home starstarhalf star
Views starstarstar
Noiseless inside starstarstar
Proximity to shopping/restaurants starstarhalf star
Security starstarstar
Pool starhalf star
Exercise facilities starstarhalf star
Parking starstarstar
Maintenance starstarhalf star
HOA effectiveness starhalf star
Quality of construction starhalf star
Like the most: Living in a beautiful historic downtown landmark building.
Like the least: Past HOA and the legal challanges they went through regarding the building and proposed construction adjacent to the building. Special assessments in the past and fear of more in the future.
Other comments: Currently holds the distinction of the lowest rated building in downtown, based on surveys I have mailed out.

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