Saturday, March 27, 2010

Houston apartment complex unveils clothing-optional sun deck

HOUSTON – A River Oaks apartment complex is taking a stripped-down approach when it comes to offering incentives to lure renters.

Video: Residents discuss apartments' clothing-optional sun deck

La Maison, located in Hoston's River Oaks section, is advertising a clothing-optional policy for its rooftop sun deck.

"I haven't been up there yet, but I heard about it," resident Joanna Peter said. "When I tell people, they're like, ‘Wait, what? You have what at your apartment complex? Where are we – the South of France?'"

The clothing-optional area at the complex is a first for Houston. A ccording to the city attorney, there's nothing in the deed restrictions that prohibits clothing-optional areas at apartment complexes.

"It's just like restaurants, or bars, or clothing stores," said Andy Teas, public affairs vice president for the Houston Apartment Association. "You always want to find something to offer that your competitors don't have."

No one was taking advantage of the policy on a chilly Tuesday, but residents seemed open to the concept.

"I'm sure it will be a good place to hang out and get to know your neighbors," said resident Jared Peterson. "All of your neighbors."

Said resident John Harrington: "It's a value-added thing."


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