Condo Review: River Point

by Nick Molnar on January 30, 2007

The South Bend Area Blog is always searching for new features to bring its readers. In that vein, we’ve decided to review noteworthy properties – especially condominiums. We’ll preview them for BendAreaBlog readers, sharing our impressions and photos. The first is below:

River Point Front

820 Niles Avenue
asking price: $214,900
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
1,991 square feet
built: 2000
association fee: $85 / month
2005 taxes: $1,938
parking: attached 2-car garage
a RE/MAX Irish listing

The River Point condos are north of the ever expanding Madison center, west of Notre Dame’s targeted redevelopment area, and on the St. Joseph River. When St. Joseph Hospital moves to Mishawaka in 2008 this condo will be near a large vacant building, but the Near Northwest Neighborhood Association and the planned development along Eddy Street signal that this site shouldn’t remain empty for long.

The available condo is home to a cat, and has a pet door from the entry to the garage. But the unit is clean and attractive, and if you didn’t see the cat dish or the feline itself, you would never know a pet lives there.

This is a quad level, so if you are unable to negotiate stairs, this is not the place for you. Top to bottom, the floors contain: two bedrooms and two baths / a kitchen and dining area / a living room, guest bath, entry and garage / a bedroom and bath. The levels overlook each another and the stairs are open, lessening the division between rooms. The kitchen opens to the dining area, for example, which overlooks the living room.

The top floor bedrooms have private baths, and the master bedroom features a whirlpool tub, separate shower and entrance to the upper balcony, which is wide enough for a table and chairs. It overlooks the river and Memorial Hospital.
River Point Condo - Master Bath

River Point Condo - View from Upper Balcony

The island kitchen has ceramic tile, more cabinets than most condos in South Bend, and appliances including a dishwasher and gas stove. The windows over the sink look out to the parking lot.
River Point Condo - Kitchen

The dining area has laminate flooring, and is large enough for a standard table and chairs. It overlooks the living room, lower balcony and the river.
River Point Condo - Dining Area

The living room feels especially open due to the shared ceiling height with the dining area and kitchen, one level above. It opens to the lower balcony.
River Point Condo - Living Room

Overall this condo is both nicer and more expensive than most in South Bend. It compares favorably to most units in the area, in location, size and features. If you want a condo and are comfortable with stairs and with the price range, it might be for you. If you’d like to see this, or any other condo in the South Bend area, contact me:

Nick Molnar
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