Ultimate Baseball Penthouse

The ultimate baseball penthouse? New $105 million tower promises views of Minute Maid's home plate

New $105 million apartment tower promises views inside Minute Maid

Marquette Cos. Catalyst high-rise apartment tower Minute Maid Park October 2014
A rendering of Catalyst, a 28-story, 361-unit luxury apartment tower with panoramic views of Minute Maid Park. Ziegler Cooper Architects

A new $105 million 28-story luxury apartment tower promising views of home plate will soon break ground just one block from Minute Maid Park.

Located at 1423 Texas Ave., the complex named Catalyst will be a 361-unit high-rise encompassing a full city block with 6,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at the building's base. A 552-space private parking garage is designed above the retail area and below the residential section.

About 70 percent of the units will be one bedrooms, with the remaining two and three bedrooms. Some 20 penthouses are planned for the top two floors. Rental prices range from $2.70 to $2.80 per square foot for apartments ranging in size from about 600 to 1,800 square feet.

Resident amenities are scheduled on multiple floors throughout the property. Level 7 includes an outdoor dog run, while Level 9 features an indoor fitness and yoga studio with an outdoor yoga “Fusion Lawn" and more than 20,000 square feet of outdoor space with panoramic views into Minute Maid Park (at least when the roof is open, which isn't all that often during the heart of a typical scorching Houston summer).

 Rental prices range from $2.70 to $2.80 per square foot for apartments ranging in size from about 600 to 1,800 square feet. 

A large resort-style pool with soaking ledges, fountains, private cabanas and covered trellis lounge areas are in the plans. Residents and guests will also be able to enjoy an outdoor living room section with full kitchen, fireplace and gas grill. The game lawn highlights are a beach volleyball court and fire pit.

The Sky Club on the 26th floor with a Club Kitchen will offer views of downtown Houston, and an exclusive Ballpark Club room on Level 28 extends to an exterior terrace so residents living in the penthouses can watch Houston Astros baseball games by peering down into the park.

The development is a joint venture between Illinois-based Marquette Cos., Hunt Cos. and Los Angeles-based Ares Management LLCZiegler Cooper Architects designed the project. The building should be completed by the summer of 2016.