View of the March Madness Music Festival from en Hance Park condominiums. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Not many people can say that Keith Urban and Aerosmith have performed in their backyard. But for Kayla Koch, a resident at en Hance Park condos, front row seats to world-class concerts and cultural events are a normal part of life. When the March Madness Music Festival recently took over Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix, bringing acts like Keith Urban, Aerosmith and The Chainsmokers to name a few — Koch watched the whole extravaganza from her third-floor balcony. “Being able to hear (the performers) live and right at my house was the most amazing experience,” said Koch, 21, a junior at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Kaylah Koch, resident at en Hance Park. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
Located at 1130 N. Second Street, en Hance Park is a modern condominium community that opened at the end of 2016. Bordering the southeast perimeter of the 33-acre Margaret T. Hance Park, the development is setting a tone for that area of the park — that it too can be a great neighborhood and community. In 2016 the city unveiled a $118 million plan to turn the city-owned park into a vibrant regional destination — much like Central Park in New York City or Chicago’s Millennium Park. Although this master plan has yet to be implemented, the en Hance Park condos foreshadow this vision. The project was developed by Sencorp, a Chilean-based company. According to Sencorp COO Alvaro Sande, local architects Shepley Bullfinch designed the space for people who want to really experience downtown. “We encourage and really want people to go and live downtown, not spend all their time here like a resort,” Sande said. “There are breezeways instead of hallways. Everything is open. We want people to connect with the community.” While still a young city, Downtown Phoenix offers a long list of civic and cultural amenities within a short distance of en Hance Park — Burton Barr Central Library, the Roosevelt light rail station, Phoenix Art Museum and so much more are within short walking distance. “Of course, we’re going to have a little concern about her running around downtown,” said Kayla’s father Bob Koch, “but we’ve been relieved watching her explore that area.” Bob, who has lived in North Central Phoenix since 1980, said that until he started looking for apartments with Kayla, he had no idea of all the development and revitalization that has happened in the area. “Back in the ’80s, Downtown Phoenix was not pretty,” he said, but now he “can’t imagine a better place to be.” In addition to hanging out at Grand Central Coffee Co., Kayla loves Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings.
Residents at en Hance Park have front row seats to the array of events at Margaret T. Hance Park. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
“There’s nothing like fresh local produce and happy humans,” she said. After touring various rental properties throughout downtown, Bob ultimately decided to buy because, as he put it, “when you compare to the price of rent, (en Hance) came in at a really great price point.” While the price was appealing, Bob also found something different at en Hance Park: “The passion about the building, the concept, work-life balance, everything about the community really kind of spoke to us.” At en Hance Park, Kayla also found what she was looking for. “I wanted to be involved with the community in downtown,” Kayla said, “and by living at en Hance, I was wonderfully and wholeheartedly immersed.” En Hance Park is 58 percent sold with remaining move-in ready units ranging from from at 689 to 1,391 square feet with prices starting at $235,000. en Hance Park Condominiums/Sencorp is a member of Phoenix Community Alliance, the business membership affiliate of Downtown Phoenix Inc.