Category: 600 Goodale

Meet Rudy

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You may have passed Rudy on the bike path next to 600 Goodale. He told us he loves to take it for the quick walk to the Short North Galleries. “It allows me to go there more often because I don’t have to worry about where to park; plus, I love the walk itself—there are always places and things I notice that I haven’t seen before.” His walking excursions from his apartment have also taken him to the Arena District and downtown in general.

When we asked him about why his apartment is a good fit for his lifestyle he said, “If I could say one word about this place, it’s ‘convenient,’” but he didn’t just mean easy access to Columbus hot spots. “I work mostly from home and the property has a free office with a conference room that has free Wi-Fi. So without leaving the building, I meet my customers as well as the people who work for me. It’s very modern with well-appointed furnishings.” We know Rudy doesn’t need our help with his business, but we do enjoy making our residents look good.

It’s not just the office space that impresses Rudy. He loves the outdoor grilling station with the bar you can sit at, plus, he pointed out, it’s right next to the hot tub so you can do both at the same time. Of course he had something to say about the inside as well. “The way my apartment looks is unlike any other apartment I’ve been in. This place was done first class—from the granite countertops to the beautiful cabinets. The bathroom is so nice and so modern—and so spacious! The tall windows let in such nice light that it just makes me feel good to live here. It’s a place I can’t wait to show off to my friends and family.”

Rudy said that since he moved to 600 Goodale, two great things have happened. First, he said, he lost weight because he became more active by using the bike path and walking more often, and he said the onsite gym helps him keep the weight off. The second great thing was starting a new relationship, and, Rudy said, “she really loves the place too.”

Meet Adrienne

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If you’re not a morning person, it might take a few days before you actually meet Adrienne in person, but if you live at the 600 Goodale property, you’ll know she’s a part of the community. A personal chef and one of our earliest early birds, Adrienne is often dropping off breakfast for fellow residents at 6am, on her way out the door for the day.

Adrienne loves her apartment, citing the modern decor, the open layout and the generous closet space, all of which fuel her creativity in the kitchen, which in turn fuels her business. “Also,” she added, “Kaufman offers a chic, super cool, common area that is perfect for events that I can cater—giving me the opportunity to grow my business right here in the building.”

With her business being such a large part of her life, Adrienne has found many new clients in the apartments around her—busy, likeminded individuals who enjoy having someone cook for them. “Plus, the people in the community are so driven and successful, which inspires me to be better in my own business ventures.”

Adrienne’s neighbors do more than inspire her though. She has uncovered new and existing friends living all around her. “I adore spending time with family and friends—I mean, who doesn’t?! Living here at this Kaufman property has not only put me closer to my friends but has made me more connected with the buzz of downtown Columbus. Restaurants, bars, concerts, and more are walkable distance or a short cab ride away. My Kaufman space lands me in a perfect spot to take advantage of what downtown Columbus has to offer. I couldn’t be happier.”

Meet Pratima & Ashwin

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When Ashwin and Pratima look back on the life they had when they were students, one thing they remember fondly is the community they were a part of. To them, community meant activities, friendships, and shared philosophies—all things that enabled them to be the people they wanted to be. So even though they were one of the first residents of 600 Goodale, they were thrilled to find that the community was already thriving.

It started with fitness. Working out has given Ashwin and Pratima more than just physical benefits. The couple said one of the highlights of group fitness classes is that while they are exercising they are also getting to know their neighbors—making working out as much fun as going out! Pratima remembers how easy it used to be to find excuses not to work out, but she said Kaufman made it so easy to hit the gym that they both made it a habit. “Now we work out several days of the week without having to leave our building, and spend more time focusing on our mind and body with yoga classes twice per week!”

While they now spend more time taking care of their health, Ashwin and Pratima said they love that they can spend less time taking care of their recycling, now that recycling bins are just a few steps from their apartment. “Before we moved here we would pile up all our recycling in a corner of the apartment, then pile it all up in our car and drive to a recycling center. Kaufman has relieved us of that headache with the Go Green campaign.”

Beyond just recycling, the couple said they love the community’s involvement with Besa, an organization that helps connect people with volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Pratima said, “We really enjoy giving back to the community, and when we were students, community service opportunities were much more accessible and available. But Kaufman’s association with Besa has given us the opportunity to start being part of a community once again.”

Don’t think that for this couple life is all work though. Pratima said the atmosphere at 600 Goodale provides plenty of opportunities for them to relax. “The awesome staff at the office—especially Lauren, Reika and Liz—make us feel instantly at home, and the courtyard is wonderful. It is a perfect spot for relaxing, with the pool, fire pit, outdoor grilling area, cabanas, and a beautiful view of the Olentangy River.”

Pratima said she thinks moving to 600 Goodale has made a wide-reaching impact on their lives. “One big thing that has changed is our appreciation for an apartment that we actually love. It has made us realize how important it is to be in a place that fits in with our philosophy and needs, including getting the opportunity to be part of a community that makes a positive impact in people’s lives.”

Meet Jessica

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Meet Jessica in the exercise room. Meet her by the pool. Meet her around the fire pit. Or meet her in the great room. Since moving into 600 Goodale, Jessica has found that home isn’t just the apartment she loves—even though she’ll tell you all about how her granite counter tops put the finishing touches on her space and make cooking more fun—it’s also the features surrounding it that enable her to relax and enjoy doing her favorite things.

Jessica said being able to work out in the exercise room right in the building really appealed to her, and what made it better was that it inspired her boyfriend to start working out with her. But that was just the beginning. Jessica told us that many aspects of 600 Goodale fit her lifestyle—her desire to be active, involved, and connected to her community—both personally and professionally.

“I absolutely adore the pool area—we had so much fun even in September when we moved in. This fall I had so much fun sitting around the fire pit relaxing and talking to my neighbors,” Jessica told us.

But connecting with people and being social extends into her professional life as well, which is why Jessica described the great room as “fantastic!” after she rented it to host the Columbus Creative Industry Mixer. “It was the perfect way to get everyone together. The atmosphere is inspiring and having the ping pong table there was really fun. It’s also just a great place to network because there are so many interesting people who live here.”

While Jessica enjoys the accessibility of everything literally in her building, she said she also appreciates being so close to downtown Columbus, which she said makes it easy to be involved in the culture of the city.

Julie Wilkes Promotes Inspired Living Through New Ventures

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Here at Kaufman, we’re excited to be partnering with Seven Studios to offer fitness and wellness activities to residents at two of our communities: The Gramercy New Albany and 600 Goodale.

Free yoga, spinning, bootcamp and circuit training classes are offered at each community on a weekly basis, and monthly wellness workshops on a variety of topics—from nutrition and time management to financial health and stress management—are in the works.

Additionally, Kaufman residents receive a 25% discount on any class package at Seven Studios.

Kaufman’s relationship with Seven Studios Owner Julie Wilkes began in 2012, when Julie hosted the first annual Inspire The World Day at The Gramercy New Albany.

“We share a common vision of helping to bring positive energy to those around us, and building up a stronger city based on health, wellness, kindness and connectivity,” Julie says, adding that she appreciates how our leadership and employees live our values in everything we do.

Julie’s own commitment to inspired living is what prompted her to open Seven Studios in June.

“Opening a studio provides me the opportunity to reach more people, and share positive messages and inspiration,” she says.

Everything Seven Studios does—and even its name—can be tied back to a concept Julie has created called “The 7 Life Miracles.”

“These are seven areas of awareness that, when we are focused on them, open up possibilities in our lives,” she says.

The concept is also the subject of her forthcoming book “The 7 Life Miracles.” It will be available in paperback and in e-book format next year, and sold at amazon.com, as well as several online and brick-and-mortar bookstores.

“The book is one of the messages I believe my life was meant to share, and so it is an honor to be able to share the inspiration with the rest of the world,” Julie says. “It will inspire you, at times bring you to tears, and it will challenge you to try out small things that help you to tap into the miracles in your life every day. I believe this book will change the life of anyone who reads it.”

To view a schedule of fitness classes offered by Seven Studios at The Gramercy and 600 Goodale, visit livekaufman.com/events/.

Besa’s Matthew Goldstein Helps Central Ohioans Give Back to the Community

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After graduating from The Ohio State University with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and political science, Matt Goldstein landed a job at Abercrombie & Fitch. During his five-year tenure with the retailer, he spearheaded several volunteer projects that engaged hundreds of his co-workers.

When a project ended, the commentary was always the same; Matt’s co-worker’s invariably told him it was their primary contribution to the local nonprofit community. He quickly realized he was working with a group of young, talented, smart people who wanted to be more involved in community service, but lacked the means to fit philanthropy into their busy lifestyle.

That’s when the idea for Besa, a social welfare platform that makes philanthropic opportunities more accessible to the Columbus community, started to take root.

In 2010, Matt resigned from his corporate gig to focus on developing Besa full time. It launched two years later.

“The growth over the first year has been tremendous,” Matt says. “We have had a strong community response from the start. In fact, we added the volunteer portal in March to make it even easier for people to connect with immediate impact projects.”

In January, Besa began managing volunteer opportunities specifically designed for the community here at Kaufman. In March, the Kaufman Development Volunteer Portal launched, allowing residents, staff and friends to sign up for those exclusive opportunities, monitor dollars raised, and track volunteer hours tied to Kaufman initiatives.

We’re proud to report that, to date, Kaufman has logged 275 volunteer hours and donated more than $14,600 worth of goods and services to the community through Besa.

Since Besa’s launch, more than $40,000 in goods and services and 1,200 volunteer hours have been contributed to Columbus nonprofits.

For Matt, the most rewarding part of his job is watching a volunteer light up when they make an impact.

“Just the other week, a first time volunteer was helping a client select food from the Broad Street food pantry,” he says. “After they walked through, the client shook the volunteer’s hand and thanked her profusely. The client exited out the door and the volunteer walked by me with a smile that lit up the entire food pantry.”

Matt also loves seeing volunteers take the initiative to better the client experience.

For instance, Besa volunteers once a month at Dress for Success, helping low-income women select workplace outfits and build confidence. When two volunteers noticed one of the aspects clients struggle with most is how to match items to make an outfit, they met with the executive director and are now in the process of creating a lookbook that clients can use to style outfits appropriately.

So what’s next for Besa?

Matt says his team is developing an app that can be used to sign up for a volunteer project, remind volunteers about an upcoming project, and provide directions to the corresponding venue. A blog highlighting local philanthropic events and efforts, and how to get involved is also in the works.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season, but here at Kaufman we encourage you to pause and consider how you can positively impact our community. Besa’s Adopt a Senior program, which helped more than 1,000 seniors last year, is a great way to give back.

Once again, Besa is partnering with the Central Ohio Agency on Aging to provide low income seniors with Christmas presents. To participate, just send an e-mail to adopt@GiveBesa.org, and Besa will respond with a specific senior and all the details you need to buy, wrap and drop the presents off.

“Many seniors live in isolation, with little or no family support and, for most, the Adopt donation will be the only help they receive over the holidays,” Matt says.

For more information about Adopt a Senior or other Besa volunteer opportunities, visit givebesa.org.

Kaufman’s Interior Design Guru Shares Easy Tips for Decorating Your Space

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At Kaufman, we are committed to creating communities that have modern, sophisticated architecture. However, a pleasing exterior isn’t enough.

That’s why we work hard to ensure that the interiors of our developments also reflect our aesthetic, as well as our concept of inspired living. To do that, we turn to Visualopathy.

Over the years, the Columbus-based visual merchandising firm has helped design our leasing areas, fitness facilities, clubhouses, and apartment models.

Visualopathy’s first Kaufman project was The Gramercy New Albany, and we’re pleased to be working with the firm again, this time on 600 Goodale and 801 Polaris.

Here, Visualopathy Design Director Randy Geho shares a few tips for improving your space without breaking the bank, and current design trends that can easily be incorporated into your existing home décor, no matter your style.

Note the scale of the furniture in your home
If the apartment is fairly small, keep the furniture on a smaller scale or use a longer sofa with a single chair.

Legs on furniture also help create the feel of a larger, more airy space. Fabric to the floor eliminates the amount of floor you can see, giving the illusion of a smaller area.

Low, sleek pieces can also make the ceiling feel taller, which fools the eye into believing the room is bigger.

Don’t be afraid to paint
For the cost of a few smart cocktails, a gallon of paint goes a long way in creating a whole new look for a room. Renters: don’t be disheartened. Most apartment communities will allow you to paint as long as you repaint your place the original color when you move out.

Also, painting an entire room isn’t necessary to get a pop of color. Choose an accent wall to paint. Maybe it’s the wall you first see when you walk into the space, maybe it’s the wall behind the sofa or bed.

And remember: painter’s tape can be a renter’s best friend. By simply taping off a few squares or stripes and painting those a lively accent color, you can make any wall look like art.

Rethink wallpaper 
Gaudy florals aren’t the only wallpaper prints available these days. And, again, you don’t need to decorate the walls of an entire room—or even an entire wall. Just pick a great print and put it up where it makes you happy.

Consider a mural
It can be an enlarged photo or a reproduction of a great work of art, such as the Mona Lisa, or a mural of graffiti like you’d see in a subway tunnel. The possibilities are endless. And, like wallpapers, most murals aren’t too difficult to remove later.

Make a noticeable change with just a few new items
Reproduction furniture, such as the Egg Chair designed by architect Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen, is especially popular right now. An original can cost upwards of $10,000, while reproductions can be had for mere hundreds and in an array of colors.

Speaking of color… A big splash can be made with an area rug, and the selection and price ranges are virtually endless.

 

Artist-In-Residence Program Inspires Creativity at 600 Goodale

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A new program at 600 Goodale aims to stimulate appreciation for the arts and inspire residents to express themselves artistically.

The Artist-In-Residence program is slated to kick off Tuesday, August 27 with Sip and Sketch. Attendees should bring journals, sketch pads, or canvas and a bottle of their favorite wine to share.

“It’s a triple threat of creativity, social lubricant and getting to know your neighbors,” says Daniel Fox, artist in residence at 600 Goodale and co-owner of Skreened.
Other program events will include arts-related workshops, ride togethers (where residents will ride together to music and art events), and field trips to visit various local studios, artisans, and collectors.

“I’m not a traditional artist in terms of paint on canvas, but I do a lot of thinking and coaching with people about their creative processes,” Daniel says. “I thought about the amazing talents people in our community could share, as well as things I could bring, then scheduled them all in a way that made sense.”
Daniel says his passions lay in creating communities where people are connected and expressing themselves.

“What I want is for everyone to know really down deep that they can create anything they want and to not be afraid of what comes out of them, and to not judge their process or what is good or bad,” he adds. “I want to engage people in an exercise of being brave with their own expression.”

Daniel is excited to not only have an outlet for the visual arts, but also a venue for the performing arts.

“We’re going to host improv comedy events, as well as dance and music opportunities, so I’m excited to take a slightly broader definition to the concept of the arts here,” he says.

Daniel has been a resident at 600 Goodale for just a few weeks, but he’s already fallen in love with his new home.

“It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve lived and I’ve woken up with feelings of gratitude for it every day so far,” he says.

Those interested in learning more about the Artist-In-Residence program should contact Daniel via email at daniel@skreened.com.

600 Goodale — What’s in the Neighborhood

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Our newest apartment community keeps residents connected to some of our favorite Columbus areas. Nestled between the Arena District, Grandview, Upper Arlington and Downtown, 600 Goodale aims to redefine “urban living” by balancing proximity with tranquility.

Situated just steps outside of several vibrant downtown neighborhoods, 600 Goodale’s convenient location is ideal for work or play. Check out some of our favorites, below:

Favorite Spots

• (a) Arena Grand Movie Theatre – 2 min
• Goodale Park – 5 min
• (b) Huntington Park – 2 min
• (c) North Market – 3 min
Olentangy River Bike Trail
• Wheeler Dog Park – 3 min

Focal Points
• (d) Greater Columbus Convention Center – 5 min
• Lennox Town Center – 6 min
• (e) Nationwide Arena – 2 min
• Ohio Stadium – 6 min
(f) The LC Pavilion – 2 min

Comforts & Conveniences
• Ace Hardware – 4 min
• Giant Eagle – 4 min
• Kroger – 6 min
• Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – 4 min
• US Post Office – 2 min

Area Corporations
• (g) American Electric Power – 5 min
• Battelle – 4 min
• Columbia Gas– 7 min
• (h) Ohio State University Medical Center Eye and Ear Institute – 1 min
• (i) The Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center– 3 min
• (j) Time Warner Cable – 1 min

Columbus Area
• Arena District – 3 min
• Downtown Columbus – 7 min
• Grandview – 4 min
• Port Columbus International Airport – 13 min
• Short North – 5 min
• The Ohio State University – 6 min
• Upper Arlington – 9 min

We believe that a true community is connected by much more than just its sidewalks. It’s about a set of shared interests and beliefs that form the foundation, inspire programs, and fuel conversation. We can’t wait to see this community to come to life.

600 Goodale Continues to Take Shape

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Construction is progressing steadily on our newest innovative concept community, located in close proximity to Grandview and the Arena District. This mid-rise apartment complex will feature highly visible, iconic architecture with high-end design and finishes. (more…)