Press Building offers best of downtown living

Condos boast rooftop deck, upscale amenities, great city location

Ask residents of the Lancaster Press Building what they like most about living in this revitalized former cigar factory and they will invariably mention the amazing views and the rooftop deck.
“Our view is our art,” say residents Mark and Beth Rothermel. “Where else can you look out your window in the summer and see hot air balloons floating by? Or watch fireworks from your balcony or rooftop?”
The Rothermels capture the unique essence of the Press Building: that it draws residents as much for what is outside its four walls as what is within them.
Inside, the building exudes industrial chic charm, perfectly marrying architectural elements of its century-old manufacturing history with high-end amenities.
But thanks to its prime location at Prince and Lemon streets, residents also have a vibrant downtown to enjoy, whether they’re heading out or heading up. And in summertime, they’re definitely heading up.
Accessible by elevator, the rooftop deck adds over 1,300 square feet of community space — large enough to accommodate a gathering of friends, as well as an escape to a private oasis.
Made from durable composite materials, the deck offers a panoramic view of the city and a variety of areas from which to enjoy it, including bar-top tables, patio tables, lounge chairs and couches.
A gas grill is available for rooftop cookouts, and a gas fireplace and strings of bubble lights ensure that residents can enjoy the space long after the sun sets and the evenings turn cooler. Custom corten steel planters and a striking green wall featuring Virginia creeper make the space even more inviting.
For residents who can tear themselves away from this rooftop oasis, the sky’s the limit.
“The Press Building’s location is great,” says one resident. “It is so easy to walk everywhere.”
Within two blocks you can take in a Lancaster Barnstormers game at Clipper Magazine Stadium, begin your tour of Gallery Row or visit the eclectic mix of shops along the 300 block of North Queen Street. Fresh produce and more is a mere three blocks away at historic Central Market. World-class entertainment at the Ware Center and Fulton Theatre is also within an easy four-block walk.
In the future, Press Building residents, and the public, will be able to enjoy a city-planned pocket park right next door on Lemon Street.
As for restaurants, whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, an Italian bistro, a sports bar, Asian cuisine, a cozy cafe or simply a slice of pizza, you’ll find it within a block or two.
And if you don’t want to walk outside, you can dine at Amorette, an upscale restaurant featuring French- and Asian-inspired cuisine that opened on the Press Building’s first floor earlier this summer.
After a busy summer of sales, a settlement and five new units under contract in June alone, the Press Building is over half sold; however, there are still customizable one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus study units available, as well as move-in ready units.
All units feature a charming juxtaposition of old and new. Oversized windows, exposed brick walls, ceiling ductwork and concrete columns are a nod to the building’s historic past. Standard upscale features, including hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, offer modern luxury.
Prices start under $250,000.
The sales model is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday, including First Fridays.
For more information, visit lancasterpressbuilding.com. To schedule a showing, call listing agents Richard Boas Jr. and Gretchen Karr of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty at 717-295-4663 or email pressbuilding@homesale.com.