Contempo Condo 

Circa 1987 residence on the river.

How many residences are there overlooking the Mississippi? "Not enough" is the obvious answer. They don't come up for sale often, and when they do, they are not cheap. For the price, this residence has a lot of amenities, and the views, both inside and out, are spectacular.

Chickasaw Bluffs is a small, gated, 12-unit condo development. It runs along the South Bluffs overlooking Tom Lee Park, just north of Huling at Tennessee Street. A trolley stop is just outside the entry, making it only a hop and a skip to anywhere downtown.

This is a second-floor unit, with the third bedroom suite on the third level. But don't despair about the one-story flight of steps. The current owner, in residence for 12 years, has done quite a few major updates, including an elevator. Doesn't that lift your spirits?

The entry on the main level has a marble floor. The kitchen and dining and living rooms all open to the view in a loft-like space. Kitchen and dining have tall ceilings, but the living room rises to a two-story height with a high arched window above glass doors. The river, half of Arkansas, and sunsets entertain daily right out front.

The master suite, also on the main level, shares the same views, and both it and the living room flow out to a terrace with views of all three bridges. An exterior alcove with two storage closets adds a touch of late-afternoon shade to the interior spaces. A retractable awning covers the terrace in front of the alcove. In addition, a motorized screen can enclose the alcove to keep heat, glare, and flying critters out.

The master bedroom has a well-appointed bath. On the rear of the main floor is the second bedroom suite. The third suite is on an open loft above the dining room, with views across the living room to the river. The elevator goes all the way to the third floor, where a large, floored attic could be finished if additional living space was desired.

The kitchen was recently redone with all new cabinets and appliances. Dark cabinets are offset by shiny granite and new wood floors. A wine cooler and large pantry cabinets allow stocking up for any eventuality. A breakfast bar faces the kitchen from the dining room. A wall of mirrors in the dining area bounces natural light deep into the space.

This downtown residence is well-supplied with amenities. The interior of this contempo condo is the equal even of its spectacular views.

387 Tennessee Street

1,900 square feet

3 bedroom, 3 baths; $715,000

Realtor: Community Realty, 543-5088

Agent: Alicia Willis, 619-0098

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