Cortona At Forest Park Set To Open With A Splash

Top Quote St. Louis' newest apartment community Cortona At Forest Park will host its Grand Opening on May 31st. End Quote
  • St. Louis, MO-IL (1888PressRelease) May 29, 2014 - Balke Brown Transwestern recently announced that its newest luxury apartment community in St. Louis, Cortona at Forest Park, is near completion and will celebrate its grand opening on May 31st. The project has garnered a lot of recent attention due to its "Be at the Center" campaign, and has preleased over 50% of its apartments since opening Phase I in February.

    After breaking ground in late 2012, Cortona at Forest Park quickly started building momentum as a unique city living experience. Dynamic social spaces are the centerpiece of Cortona, and include sought-after amenities such as a resort-style pool, professional fitness center, and a leash-free dog park.

    To the developers at Balke Brown Transwestern, the initial design was reminiscent of an Italian piazza, with a central courtyard acting as the primary meeting place for residents to interact. While the project has since strayed from traditional Tuscan themes in favor of a more modern and streamlined design, the namesake it borrowed from the town of Cortona, Italy remains, along with its proximity to The Hill neighborhood known for its plethora of Italian restaurants.

    Community manager Mark Milford attributes Cortona at Forest Park's success to a laser-sharp focus on the resident experience: "We have worked hard over the past 18 months to customize the resident experience and pay attention to the wants and needs of today's renter." Convenient amenities such as a 24/7 coffee bar, free poolside wifi and an Enterprise Car Sharing program add to the appeal of living at Cortona at Forest Park.

    The multifamily development offers 278 apartments of various sizes, ranging from 575 square foot studios to 1299 square foot two bedrooms. All apartments come with in-unit laundry and modern kitchens, and many include a private balcony. Reserved parking spaces are available for residents, as well as visitor parking and bicycle storage.

    Cortona at Forest Park is now accepting applications for all available floorplans, and conducts tours 7 days a week by appointment. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit the community's new website at or call 314.553.9322.

    About Balke Brown Transwestern
    Balke Brown Transwestern is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage, management and development company that also specializes in residential management and development. Since 1979, the firm has developed more than 57 real estate projects containing 6.8 million square feet, and currently manages 27 properties containing 3.7 million square feet. Other residential projects currently managed by Balke Brown include: Pointe 400 in downtown St. Louis across from Busch Stadium, as well as Parkway Lakeside and Villas at Crystal Lake in O'Fallon IL. For more information about Balke Brown Transwestern, visit or call 314.621.1414.

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