Wow, what a great event tonight! It was first class and everyone I spoke to had a great time. Can I claim to be in control of all my faculties, as I know I was despite the criticism I got from the “Avenue Aficionados” that said I had too much wine at the Dunhill? Truthfully, no I can’t!
We need to share our impressions. From what I experienced at the event, I think they are going to be across the board. I expected that. So please, let me ask that you do this. Post your photos, and provide links to photos, in a comment, on Facebook, or send info/photos to Vuebuyer10@yahoo.com. Many folks are out of town or couldn’t attend and will enjoy your VUE. Post your public view of what you saw in a comment or on the Homebuyers forum on Facebook, or send them privately to Vuebuyer10@yahoo.com. Vuebuyer10 keeps all mail confidential, so no one knows it comes from you but you have the opportunity to get your view on things out and it really helps our readers. Some of my best posts have come from private mail sent to Vuebuyer10@yahoo.com.
OK, I have lots of personal impressions, and as I mentioned, mine are worth a grain of salt. Each person will need to make their own decision. Here is what I am going to share tonight. The 8th floor amenities deck was out of this world. It has NO COMP in uptown Charlotte. Picture yourself out there before a Panther’s game with your friends having a VUE Panther party and I guarantee you will have all your guests RSVP with a yes. If you said to me, Mike, your choice…watch the game in a box seat at the stadium or attend a pre-game party at the VUE, I would pick the pre-game party. The swimming pool? A very important amenity to me? AWESOME. The tennis court? Cool beans. The exercise room? Hmmm…I’ll have to think about that. The dog walking area? A tremendous disappointment…too small compared to other condos I visited. Again, everyone has a different need. If you have to accomodate a big dog? Negotiate with MCL. If you want to swim laps? No negotiation necessary…they delivered a great product. If lobby is important to you? Visit the Avenue or another complex. And we can go on. All the variables will add up to a yes or no buying decision for each of us.
So what is my personal advice tonight? First and foremost, call the VUE and see your specific unit if you haven’t already. Try to do so no matter what floor it is on. In order for you to see how hard you want to work to find a way to protect your investment, you need to love your unit. The 2 units on display tonight were not for me. That doesn’t mean though they are not for somebody. That is the beauty of the VUE…they have a wide selection of room types that appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers. I am going to elaborate further on the units in future posts. But the fact that they were not for me should not influence you in the slightest. See your unit, and I hope you love it; that is my advice tonight.
As all the hoopla subsides and folks see the VUE and what it has to offer, we will know eventually how it will sell. Some realtors love it, others probably have some issues with it. It won’t matter. Customers (e.g. the market) will decide. I have much to share, but tonight I want everyone to know that from my perspective it was a great event, I LOVED the amenities deck, and as a buyer (which I was) or an investor (which I know several are and I guess I was too) I feel a lot more hopeful about the VUE than when I began these posts. I am a small fish in the pond. I understand that Rob Cummings is the #1 owner of the 200 pre-sales (congrats as Rob will go in the history books as the first person to close on the VUE). We’ll all need to hear from him ASAP…hint hint Rob!! <g> And then we need to hear from #2, #3, #4, #5…and see how close we can get to 400 in the next several years.
Thank you MCL and Dan McLean and the whole project and sales team for an AWESOME grand opening! You ask me how the VUE was tonight from the Amenities Deck? Well, in the time it took me to write this post the wine has totally worn off. So you can take this VUE to the bank: it was FABULOUS!