The Residences Sales Team Honored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

We’re thrilled to announce that our GROUP KORA sales team, led by exclusive listing broker Karen Rodriguez, has achieved the 2016 Chairman’s Circle Gold award, representing the top 2 percent of all agents worldwide for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, cementing their status as the most elite group of agents in Atlanta.

 

Since taking over the project two years ago, GROUP KORA have earned nearly $60 million in sales at The Residences and only a few homes remain. In late 2016, they closed on $30 million in just 30 days, an unheard-of feat in the Atlanta market. GROUP KORA merged with BHHS in 2016, giving the latter a chance to boost its luxury intown presence while allowing KORA to access to BHHS’s global network.

 

To contact GROUP KORA and arrange a visit to The Residences, call 404.995.7580 or email info@MOresidencesAtlanta.com.

Q&A with Food & Beverage Manager Eleanor Parker

It’s the best time of year at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta once again. In celebration of Chinese New Year of The Fire Rooster, the five-star hotel will be offering a unique afternoon tea service, signature cocktail, invigorating spa treatment and launching a weekly Dim Sum Sunday Brunch for guests and residents to enjoy. We spoke with Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s new food and beverage director Eleanor Parker about the festive celebration and the significance of the holiday.

If you could describe the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s Chinese New Year celebration in one word, what would it be, and why? 

Festive! It’s a time to celebrate not only the holiday, but for Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and all of our MOFans to celebrate our heritage, so much of what makes Mandarin Oriental unique and great.

 

What is your favorite aspect of planning the Chinese New Year promotions? 

I love creating food menus, decorating, envisioning parties and events where everyone has a spectacular time and takes something away from the experience.

 

What makes celebrating this holiday at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta special? 

It’s a part of Mandarin Oriental’s culture, something we respect and honor, and a way of serving our guests and residents that is the epitome of hospitable, elegant and creative.

 

How can residents enjoy Chinese New Year at the hotel?  

RSVP via concierge! We are so excited to see everyone and to have our residents be a part of the celebration.

 

Is there anything new about this year’s celebration?

This is not only the first time we’re celebrating Chinese New Year with an afternoon tea, it’s the first time that the MO ATL is offering afternoon tea service – something that is such an integral part of luxury hotels food and beverage programs. We’re excited to showcase our version of such a beloved event!

Best Restaurants in Buckhead for A Cozy Winter Dinner

Restaurant Eugene

 

Winter weather is upon us in Atlanta, but these lower temps are no problem when there are so many delicious options for a cozy cold weather night out. The Residences are located in Buckhead, the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district, which is also known for its outstanding restaurants and innovative chefs. Check out our picks for a winter dinner date that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

American Cut 

This sleek yet nostalgic three-story steakhouse offers a multitude of culinary experiences, from cocktails on the roof to a classic steak dinner in a sumptuous dining room. Nothing warms the soul quite like a delicious, high-grade cut of meat, and American Cut’s menu answers the call. In particular, we love the chili lobster and the dry-aged 40-ounce tomahawk chop for two. Top your steak with foie gras or bone marrow for a unique flavor add-on.

 

Yebo Ski Haus 

Hamptons-inspired Yebo Beach House, a South African staple in the heart of Buckhead, is getting in the winter spirit by transforming into Yebo Ski Haus for the season. The new menu is full of après-ski inspired delights, from rich French onion soup to foie gras pancakes with bacon and a blackberry compote. The crispy brussels sprouts with peri-peri sauce are a delicious use of the winter vegetable, and hot drinks like the Alpine Dreams (hot chocolate with green chartruse) round out the perfect cold weather meal.

 

Restaurant Eugene

This farm-to-table experience is renowned chef Linton Hopkins’ ode to fine dining, and features wonderful winter ingredients in a cozy space off Peachtree Street. The menu changes often, but one can always expect the freshest produce and meats plated beautifully. Right now, they’re featuring a grit Dauphine with bacon braised collard greens and a sunnyside farm egg, as well as a fenugreek crusted strip steak with multiple preparation of sweet potato. On the dessert menu, warm up with a triple chocolate salted caramel ganache.

 

Incorporating Pantone’s Color of the Year In Luxury Homes

Last year, we discussed how colors and materials inspired by nature and organic materials would grow more popular and merge with the sleek and modern nature of typical condo design, and it seems that Pantone agrees with their choice for Color of the Year: Greenery, a vibrant shade of green meant to conjure feelings of newness and revitalization. Elle Décor has called Greenery “The Brightest Neutral” and suggests that Mother Nature uses green as a neutral, so why shouldn’t we? According to Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone: “With any flower that pops out of the earth, you never say, ‘Oh, that can’t go against green’.”

To incorporate the bold shade into a typical luxury condo – usually marked with modern whites and greyscale materials like granite and marble – calls for a bit of creativity. We love using small doses of Greenery like a few strategically placed plants or succulents or kitchen appliances like a stand mixer in the color, but our favorite way to use this color is in paint. Add a bright green ceiling to a children’s bedroom or study to evoke creativity, or create a statement wall in your main room and decorate with other organic elements like wood and bamboo.

Greenery is perfect for high-rise décor, as it gives the feeling of outdoor space in a condo that soars above the city. For more ideas, visit Pantone.

What’s New in Buckhead

One of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Buckhead is known for its posh culture scene, including dining, nightlife and wellness. It’s no surprise that luxury condos in Buckhead are in high demand, given that most have easy access to unique experiences, chef-driven restaurants and world-class shopping. Here’s what’s new in Buckhead this month. Plenty of great options for keeping those resolutions!

 

New Year, New ‘Do

We knew the blowout salon trend à la Drybar was hot – but in Buckhead, it’s especially on fire. Three new blowdry concepts have arrived in the neighborhood recently. There’s DreamDry, which is a collaboration with fashion designer Rachel Zoe, Blo, a classic blow dry bar with a feminine touch, and Cherry Blow Dry Bar, which offers great memberships for blowout fiends.

 

Yoga Arrives at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Love the weekly yoga classes at The Residences and want more? Highland Yoga is set to open just down the road at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this spring, offering hot power vinyasa classes in a luxurious setting. The new studio, Highland Yoga’s third location, will create an “urban retreat” in the heart of Buckhead.

 

Buckhead Adds More Healthy Options

Need to fuel up with whole foods after your yoga sesh? SAMA Food for Balance is set to open in Buckhead Village in early 2017. The concept, developed by a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic wellness consultant, offers custom bowls with grains, veggies, protein and healthy toppings, as well as cold-pressed drinks, smoothie bowls and health-conscious coffee beverages. SAMA will also offer a meditation studio in-house.

Keep Your New Year’s Wellness Resolutions at The Residences

Did you know that, according to Forbes, only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions?

Living at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta makes keeping wellness resolutions and hitting your goals easy with options for fitness and rejuvenating your mind and body without ever leaving home. The luxury hotel offers endless opportunities for sticking to your New Year’s promises all year long. Our favorites include: 

  • Local, seasonal menus at The Café & Bar. Trying to eat a little better in 2017? The Café & Bar’s constantly shifting menu by the hotel’s world-class food and beverage team offers great, waistline-friendly options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Try the back terrace salad with pickled golden beets, local chevre and bloody mary vinaigrette for a light lunch, or the delicious sautéed calamari with a white wine tomato sauce and garbanzo beans to start your evening.
  • Weekly yoga with a top instructor. Every Saturday, residents can head to the on-site yoga studio for a serene practice with Elizabeth Rowan. Want to practice in the privacy of your residence? Private sessions with Elizabeth are also available for $85 per hour. If yoga isn’t your preferred way to work up a sweat, residents can also enjoy access to our indoor saltwater pool and state-of-the-art fitness center with personal training options.
  • Wind down at The Spa. Ease sore muscles from attaining fitness goals and enjoy looking your best for the New Year with the help of the award-winning team at The Spa. Choose from an hour-long massage or expert facial, or spend an entire day rejuvenating with a spa package.

 

Luxury Housing News

The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is at the forefront of trends and technology in luxury high-rise living. Below are links to three noteworthy real estate stories that caught our eye recently. 

 

Hot Amenities in 2017 Run the Gamut from Tween Lounges to Automated Parking by Ariel Ramchandani of Mansion Global.

 Excerpt:

 “Many new developments today cater to some of the most finicky residents of all: tweens and teens. ‘More and more buildings are having ‘teenage’ playrooms,’ said Mr. Gomes. ‘They’re also having music rooms for kids to practice playing their instruments.’”

 

In San Francisco, $8,000 Rent Includes Champagne Service By Robots by Janet Burns for Forbes.

Excerpt:

“To catch the attention of tech’s demi-titans, then, the management will offer on-site activities in the property’s purportedly lush common areas, from scotch and wine tastings to suped-up sports nights.”


What Donald Trump’s Presidency May Mean for Luxury Real Estate by Scott Gamm of The Street.
 

Excerpt:

“He also said the mere fact that the U.S. presidential election is over may help the market as some buyers were delaying purchases and other real estate decisions until after the election.”