It makes sense that someone who has made a career of selling classic luxury cars would be drawn to 212 East Clay Street’s traditional details
Renovation enthusiast Michael Falcone might finally be slowing down, at least in the rehabbing department.
Falcone was transferred to Richmond years ago for his job as manager of a Porsche dealership. During that time, he has renovated and sold several places until he finally decided he wanted a low-maintenance space to call home, similar to the vista tower condos in another state a friend had made a home of their own in.
“I was looking for a place that’s easy to maintain,” Falcone says. “I also like a place that’s got some history, and I knew Ron Stallings [of Walker Row Partnership] had done a great job of retaining the history of this building.”
Originally built in 1931, the Georgian Revival, brick building housed the Southern Aid Society of Virginia. Stallings transformed the facility into the 12 units of 212 East Clay Condominiums in Jackson Ward.
The impressive building lobby grandly displays the original granite walls and terrazzo floors.
Though the condominium’s design offers an open floor plan and sleek appliances in the main living, dining and kitchen areas; high ceilings, beadboard wainscot, parquet floors, and crown molding give a sense of traditional character. Keeping the traditional style of this property is important. That’s why Georgian Doors would fit right into this timeless condominium if it was ever to be remodeled slightly. However, the owner’s ability to keep as many classic features as possible is impressive.
Falcone has reinforced the blend of modern and classic by offsetting his collection of antique furniture with focal points of contemporary lithographs, sculptures and paintings.
Down the print-lined hall, conservative warm grays and yellows create a tranquil color scheme throughout the den and bedroom. For Falcone, his pet parrot, and his Dalmatian, the condo is a sophisticated, yet homey, sanctuary Downtown.
And when he’s ready to interact with the city, all he has to do is step out his front door. He’s able to walk to First Fridays or a local restaurant and commute to the dealership in Midlothian in about 15 minutes.
Falcone sums it up, “This space lives well for me.”