Champions Way at Eddy Street Commons Update: January 2011

by Nick Molnar on January 27, 2011

Eddy Street Commons is the epicenter of development near Notre Dame:

  • It’s the largest and most ambitious development with restaurants, retail, offices, apartments, townhomes and condos.
  • It’s in the location most tied in with the campus,  Eddy Street runs through the university and the development.
  • It’s backed by the biggest players: Notre Dame supplied the land and participates in marketing the project, the city of South Bend removed the ash that had been dumped on the site and built a parking garage, Kite Realty of Indianapolis led the development efforts.

Housing at Eddy Street Commons

And though the site plan contains four types of residences, the only ways to live at Eddy Street Commons now are to lease an apartment or buy at the first housing project being built, Champions Way.

Champions Way consists of 62 units in 9 buildings. It fronts to Angela Blvd and wraps around a small pond with a footbridge.

Here are a few unretouched photos I took on January 3rd, 2011:

And here are a few more photos.

Sales at Champions Way

Notre Dame bought the first building of 9 units fronting to Angela. One is currently used as the sales model. The others are rented as transitional housing to visiting professors, coaches, etc. I was quoted rent for University employees to be about $2,500/month + utilities.

The 16 units in buildings 2, 3 and 4 are sold. According to the developers, 15 of the 16 units are complete and have been delivered to the buyers and the 16th will close in February. I was able to locate disclosures for 10 of the sales in the county records:

building 2 / 1246 Duey
  • unit 22, 12/30/2010. $460,917.18 / personal property$15,352
  • unit 23, 10/1/2010. $448,770.
  • unit 24, 6/29/2010. $404,232.85 /personal property $55,044
  • unit 25, 6/16/2010.  $460,639.57 / personal property $4,225
building 3 / 1238 Angela
  • unit 31, 6/11/2010. $472,446 /personal property $4,900
  • unit 32, 7/19/2010. $426,983 / personal property$8,366
  • unit 33, 5/14/2010. $712,102.44 / personal property $23,000
  • unit 34, 5/7/2010. $443,785 / personal property $3,500
  • unit 35, 5/20/2010. $481,016 / personal property $3,000
building 4 / 1240 Duey
  • unit 41, 9/24/2010. $448,205.13 / personal property $4,225

That’s 10 verified sales for not quite $5 million. Include the 9 units Notre Dame bought and it’s 19 of 62 total units, or ~31% of the project. Use the developers figures of 15+9 and you get 24 sold, or ~39% of the project complete.

Champions Way and Other Communities Near Notre Dame

I believe Champions Way has the highest average sales price of the new developments near Notre Dame, falling in the mid $400s. (Stadium Village possibly has a higher average sales price at this point, but their numbers are skewed by the low number of sales and a single high price sale that was  really two combined units). For that premium, you get a prime location, units that each have a different look/style than those next to them, and of course many options and upgrades. What you lose at Champions Way compared to other communities at the same price is outdoor space (size of the patio/sunroom/deck), a few parking spaces, and some square footage.

Champions Way is the hot development now. That may change when Eddy Street Commons begins construction on the condos that will wrap the garage or other housing options. Look past that temporary excitement and compare the communities on their features. Champions Way has some compelling advantages. And it falls short of its competition in other areas. It may be the best fit for your needs – it depends on the intended use of your ND home. What’s best for an investment isn’t necessarily the same as what’s best for occasional use, and that isn’t the same as what’s best to live in full-time. Compare your options and shop smart. Call me if you want help.

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Irish Eyes January 29, 2011 at 1:27 am

“unit 33, 5/14/2010. $712,102.44 / personal property $23,000” ??? Really that price ???

Smart move by ND to have temp rental housing for coaches given the turnover. Just a joke.

“Real” sales are 15 (9 sold to ND…more on that later). 15/62 = 24% “real” sales.

I love the footbridge and the pond. The building facades are lacking though…..maybe they tried too hard to look different but it just doesn’t look like old time townhomes. Sticking a window on the roof and changing the brick color is a bit lame. The exterior design and detail of Ivy Quad is clearly superior. The balconies are lame too although probably not used that much anyway and why the cheap garage doors too? They varied the entrance doors but the garage doors are all the same.

I know ND wanted to “control” the townhomes along the road. That’s something I had heard before they were built. What I don’t know for sure is what the land cost to the builder (Highline) was….maybe they got the land for free in exchange for the 9 townhomes.

Will the last townhome sell before 2015?


Nick Molnar January 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

Yeah, $712k. No, it wasn’t Regis.

That price puts it around the middle of the ten most expensive sales in St. Joseph County in 2010 (a future post).


Irish Eyes January 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Odd price. Something doesn’t make sense. The peaked front facade isn’t worth that much on that unit!


Dog Patch Observer February 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

The price is correct. Much customization.


Randy February 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

looks great. Good location too.


Regina February 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

What is defined as personal property in new construction like this? Is that amount in addition to the price referenced or included in it. Is it intended to separate it out to lower the taxable real estate value or for some other reason?


Irish Eyes March 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Nick – How is 2011 (Jan and Feb) shaping up??? With the weather, I would think sales would be pretty low….unfortunately.


Irish Eyes March 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Regina – Personal property would include things like furniture…that is, none fixtures. If I recall correctly, it would be stated on the sales disclosure form which gives a more accurate picture of the real estate value for the property tax appraiser, for the real estate market, and for income tax purposes.


coffeemom March 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

Nick, what are the sales prices on the condos at Eddy Street Commons? The first phase is almost all sold, waiting on second phase to start. Any date yet on sales figures on the first phase? Can’t seem to find, wondering re investment potential


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