What's in a name? In Mezzo's case, it might be more than you think.
The $63 million Atlanta condominium development now under construction inspired a spa theme with its name, which means “center” in Italian, says Scott L. Leventhal, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Tivoli Properties. Tivoli and Kennedy Capital Group are developing the 94-unit Mezzo.
“With that name, we came up with the lifestyle-center concept,” Leventhal says. “We wanted people to look at a spa-inspired building that has a sense of balance, with amenities like a Zen garden and a eucalyptus steam room.”
There is even an on-call masseuse for residents, which Leventhal says will be attractive to empty nesters who want to escape suburbia but keep the luxury of their former homes. To accomplish this, Mezzo will have amenities such as Viking appliances inside and a shared summer kitchen with European-style dining area outside.
The units will go on sale this spring and range in size from one-bedroom condominiums to penthouses with 1,100-square foot balconies offering views of Buckhead and Midtown. The prices will range from $300,000 to $1.7 million.
The project's design has a contemporary loft look, which follows a recent movement in Atlanta architecture, says Mark Valliere, the project designer and an associate with Atlanta - based Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates.
“It's a simple building with a simple gesture, [and] it has a Zen feel,” he says. “It has a more humble, clear, and clean look, less resort and more individualistic. Ours are more meditation-driven.”
The life-centering experience is set to begin when Mezzo is completed in spring 2008.
CDF Development has turned the former Field School in St. Louis into Field School Lofts, a 33-unit loft-style apartment community. For the $5.3 million renovation, architect Rosemann & Associates capitalized on the school's expansive hallways, large classrooms, and original maple wood floors to create an urban living environment. The units feature glass tiles and backsplashes, high ceilings, sliding doors, and Italian kitchen cabinets. The property, built in 1900, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Regalia Holdings is developing Regalia, a 38-unit luxury oceanfront condominium building in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The 42-story building, which boasts only one unit per floor, will feature residences with 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling windows and more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space. Amenities will include an infinity-edge pool, a gazebo with shower and spa, private beachfront cabanas, and a fitness center overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Prices begin at $6.2 million; the project is expected to open in 2009.
Las Palmas Foundation and Amcal Multi-Housing have opened Las Brisas Apartments, a 66-unit affordable rental community in Los Angeles that replaced obsolete commercial buildings and parking lots. The community includes two-, three-, and four-bedroom units in two four-story buildings designed around a court yard. Amenities include a parking garage, multipurpose community room, computer learning center, and tot lot. The units are available to families who earn 30 percent to 60 percent of the city's area median income.
SilverPlace, a joint venture of The Bozzuto Group, Spaulding and Slye Investments, and Harrison Development, is developing a mixed-use project on a 3.24-acre site in downtown Silver Spring, Md. Plans for the project include 358 mixed-income units (30 percent will be designated as affordable/workforce housing); retail space for shops, cafés, restaurants, and a grocery store; a headquarters for the Park and Planning Commission; and a public plaza. Torti Gallas and Partners will head the master planning effort.
Extell Development Co. is building Avery, a 274-unit luxury condo community overlooking the Hudson River in New York City's Upper West Side. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom units will feature Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, St. Croix limestone bathroom flooring, and washers and dryers. Amenities will include a 30-person theater, game room with a billiards table, entertainment lounge, and a 24-hour doorman. Plus, residents will get special discounts to the nearby Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and performers will entertain in the building's theater. The units range from $850,000 to more than $3 million. The project will open this fall.
DYL Group is developing W Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Residences in Florida. The project features two 23-story towers, one a condominium, the other a hotel. The one- and two-bedroom luxury condos—priced from $975,000 to more than $1.9 million—will feature city, ocean, and Intracoastal Waterway views, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and Clodagh-designed furnishings. The project is expected to open in the first quarter of 2008.
Trammell Crow Co., Brockbuilt City Neighborhoods, and Russell New Urban have broken ground on Historic Westside Village, a mixed-use community in Atlanta's West Side. The project will include 150 one- and two-bedroom condo units priced from the $140,000s to $230,000s, and 60 three-bedroom townhomes with garages priced from the $240,000s to $260,000s. Units will feature 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and garden tubs in the bathrooms.
— Listings compiled by Rachel Z. Azoff