The Ashton Apartment Homes

1215 Courtney Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
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Property Highlights


Constructed at the site of the previous American Cigar Company, The Ashton is the City’s newest modern affordable apartment community. The neighborhoods surrounding the site of the former cigar factory are comprised of numerous churches and schools, including Norfolk State University, as wells as notable landmarks such as the Attucks Theatre on the historic Church Street.

The Ashton’s exterior design pays tribute to the land’s former tenant by copying the arched window style and the brickwork along the top of the building. Inside, this community offers one, two, and three bedroom apartments as well as a business center, gym, and laundry facilities.

The Ashton is situated just over a mile from Downtown Norfolk, the Neon District, and the Waterside District, all offering an array of options for entertainment, retail, and dining. This community is on a HRT route and is less than a mile from Interstate 264 with access to the I-64/I-264 Interchange.

On the site of the former American Cigar Company, the property will feature architectural design elements that resemble the historic cigar factory. The name “The Ashton” is derived from a popular cigar brand.

“Our Bruce’s Park neighborhood has always been concerned with the future of this historical site of the Old Tobacco Factory built in 1903. Many of us have family connections with the African American women who worked in the factory in a role known as “Stemmers” – those that removed the stem from the tobacco leaves in order to manufacture cigars.

We are so pleased that we were able to work with the developers to build, new, quality housing that would be constructed in a way to honor this special history.”, said Barbara Dolgia, President, Bruce’s Park Civic League.

The community will offer a selection of one, two and three bedroom floor plans with modern finishes, such as granite countertops, open kitchen floorplans, and many energy efficient design features to help reduce resident’s utility costs.

Property amenities include a state-of-the-art club house with fitness center, an outdoor cabana and grilling area and a playground.

“The need for additional quality housing in this market continues to be in high demand, and we are pleased to be part of the solution here. We take pride in being able to maintain the historical integrity of this land with a new community that our future residents will be proud to call their home.” said Aaron Wyatt, Senior Vice President, Co-Director of Multifamily Housing, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

Leasing will begin in late summer of 2021, and construction completion is slated for the 4th quarter of 2021.

“We are proud to honor the women and men who worked on this site many years ago when the factory was in service by incorporating some design elements to the new buildings. We are also excited about bringing another high-quality apartment community to the area”, said Richard Counselman, Senior Vice President, Multifamily Development, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

The community was designed by The Timmons Group, Details Interior Design, TS3 Architects, Siska Aurand Landscape Architects, Inc. and Speight, Marshall, Francis. Morgan Keller Construction is the General Contractor.

S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. worked with TowneBank and VHDA to secure financing for this development.

Property Details

The Ashton Apartment Homes
1215 Courtney Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504