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Move-in ready and accepting applications, The Cosmopolitan of Corpus Christi promises top-notch amenities and timeless elegance for downtown residents.

By: Kathleen Naderer
Photos by: Eric von Wade Photography

After much anticipation, The Cosmopolitan of Corpus Christi opened their doors on Halloween 2017 with 89 units move-in ready. An additional 76 units will be available upon completion of Phase 2 of the project.

Located in the heart of the Downtown Marina Arts District on Chaparral Street where the old Lichtenstein building once stood, The Cosmopolitan offers its residents the very best in location and convenience.

These mid-rise apartments are surrounded by popular restaurants and entertainment venues such as Urbana, Bella Luna, House of Rock, Executive Surf Club, Rebel Toad Brewing Company, the Art Center and the American Bank Center, as well as many more of the city’s best local businesses. They are also only 2.5 miles away from North Beach, the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington, making them prime real estate for those who want easy access to some of the Coastal Bend’s favorite attractions.

These beautiful, posh apartments are styled after the upscale, urban lifestyle typically found in larger cities like Houston and Austin, yet they manage to never lose their relaxing coastal charm. Dallas-based designer Kari Walker thoughtfully balanced the dramatic flair of bright-white walls and sleek, contemporary furnishing with neutral, earthy tones and soothing blue and green accent pieces. Enormous windows throughout the building give it an open, airy feeling and allow residents to enjoy unobstructed views of the downtown cityscape, Harbor Bridge and Corpus Christi Bay.

Residents of The Cosmopolitan park in a gated, two-story garage that keeps their vehicles secure and safe from the elements. They then take the elevator to their floor and walk through air-conditioned corridors to reach their apartment. Inside each unit, they can expect to find granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a tile backsplash in the kitchen, as well as walk-in closets, a full-size washer and dryer, raised ceilings and more throughout the unit.

Applicants can choose from seven different floor plans, with various layouts for studio, 1 bed/1 bath and 2 bed/2 bath units. Rent starts at around $1,200 for the smallest unit before fees and may go to around $2,300 before fees for the largest unit.

On the ground floor near the offices is a large fitness complex, which will soon offer fitness classes for residents in addition to 24-hour access to the gym’s equipment. The cabana courtyard on the second floor features a resort-style pool, as well as gas- and wood-burning grills. The second floor also features a conference room, business center and club room.

The Cosmopolitan has partnered with Green Light Coffee in order to provide fresh daily coffee for residents, available all day in the club room. They have further partnered with the Bike Share Program to make it easier for residents to travel around downtown without a vehicle, and they maintain indirect partnerships with many of the local restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues.

“It’s all about providing the best amenities for our residents,” said developer Gordy Paez. When his company took over the completion of The Cosmopolitan project from its previous developer in May 2016, Paez knew the project would be a worthwhile challenge. The project had remained less than half-finished for almost a year.

“When I started, it was just a four-story frame of 2x4s,” he recalled. “I’d walked it for three months – every day, five days a week, once or twice a day – and tried to envision how it would look when we were finished.”

His vision became reality with the completion of Phase 1. Paez became emotional the first time he left work and saw the cars of new residents parked inside the garage. “I just kept thinking, We finally got there!” he said.

The transformation of the Lichtenstein building into The Cosmopolitan was a long, and at times frustrating, process that began in 2014 and has happened alongside the Downtown Management District’s revitalization of the area. “Any growth is going to have disruptions, but the city and residents are embracing it,” Paez said. “People want to be downtown, and we’re adding something here that was much-needed.”

The changes and growth happening in Downtown Corpus Christi indicated that The Cosmopolitan would be a smart investment. The revitalization of downtown can be especially appealing to business executives, young professionals, empty-nesters and work-from-home types who are inclined to take advantage of The Cosmopolitan’s location. This, in turn, will help downtown’s economy grow even further.

“Everybody sees an opportunity with 200-plus new residents moving downtown,” Paez explains. “They’ll be living here not only at night, but in the morning and during the weekend, as well.”

Located at 401 N Chaparral St., The Cosmopolitan is move-in ready and accepting applications. For more information or to schedule a tour of the complex, visit or call 361-887-0000.