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Luxury Apartments For Students Sprouting Up In Oakland


HE WAS HIT JUST BEFORE 4 AM. THE DRIVER STOPPED AND CALLED 911. POLICE SAY THAT SECTION OF SANDY CREEK ROAD DOES NOT HAVE SIDEWALKS AND IS NOT WELL LIT.>COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE LIVING IN THE LAP OF LUXURY. POSH NEW APARTMENTS ARE GOING UP IN PITTSBURGH FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. THESE ARE A FAR CRY FROM THE DORMS YOU MAY HAVE LIVED IN. AND A SHE LOOKS IN AT HOW THESE ARE BEING REVAMPED FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. IS BEAUTIFUL, ISN’T IT? Reporter: IT IS NOT THE 3 TO A ROOM DORM OF YOUR PAST. THE BIG, BEAUTIFUL SKYVIEW APARTMENTS IN OAKLAND OFFERS TODAY’S COLLEGE STUDENT AND EARLY ACCEPTANCE INTO THE HIGH LIFE. A 24 HOUR FITNESS CENTER, OPEN AIR DECKS WITH LOUNGES, FIRE PITS AND GRILLING STATIONS. THIS IS THE LOUNGE AREA? YES. THIS IS ONE OF 2 LOCATIONS. Reporter: INDOOR LOUNGES WITH KITCHENS AND POOL TABLES. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO, IT IS A WONDER THEY HAVE TIME TO HIT THE BOOKS. IT IS UP TO THEM. WE JUST OFFER THE AMENITIES. Reporter: IT IS A NEW TREND IN STUDENT HOUSING. SKYVIEW ACCOMMODATES BOTH STUDENTS AND WORKADAY PEOPLE TO NEW BUILDINGS — 2 NEW BUILDINGS WILL BE FOR STUDENTS ALONE. A 17-STORY, 328 UNIT BUILDING IS ALMOST READY. THE COMPLETION DATE IS JULY 1. STUDENTS WILL BE MOVING IN AUGUST 15 OF THIS YEAR. Reporter: LIKE SKYVIEW, THESE PRIVATELY OWNED APARTMENT HOUSES WILL OFFER A DIFFERENT KIND OF COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. THEY ARE TAPPING A READY MARKET OF STUDENTS FROM FAMILIES WITH MEANS. IT IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO BUT THEY ARE VERY NICE. Reporter: YOU HAVE PRETTY NICE DIGS HERE. YES, WE DO. Reporter: STUDENTS LIKE KAYLA DAVIES, A JUNIOR PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR DID NOT MUCH CARE FOR LIFE IN THE DORMS. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE SUPER QUIET AT ALL TIMES. THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESS TO THEMSELVES. THEY WILL BE LOUD ALL THE TIME. IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HERE. Reporter: SHE HAS A KITCHEN, PRIVATE BACK — BATH, DINING ROOM AND BEDROOM AND SHOWERS, ALL FOR ABOUT $1500 PER MONTH. IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE DORMS BUT SHE SAYS IT IS REASONABLE. IT IS NOT THAT MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE AND IT IS A LOT RIGOR AND NICER. MAKE IT IS A LOT NICER THAN THE DORMS I USED TO KNOW. Reporter: IT IS BEING REPLICATED NEAR COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE MAKING DORM LIFE A RELIC OF THE CATH — PAST AND OFFERING AND SALE — UPSCALE ALTERNATIVE. — Reporter: IS AN PART OF THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE TO HAVE THE FIRE ALARMS PULLED AT 2 AM?

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