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.

Redfin: Inventory Shortage Now Impacts Luxury Housing Market by Brena Swanson for HousingWire


“According to the latest luxury housing market report by Redfin, luxury home prices grew 7.5% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to last year, to an average of $1.79 million.”

Is Now the Right Time to Start Selling Luxury Real Estate? By Kris Miller for Inman.


“With current inventory shortage, and a highly competitive market, more and more homebuyers are opting for the luxury market – and not simply as a large investment opportunity; these buyers are settling into the homes as a long-term plan and planting roots. We’re talking legitimate luxury homes, which cost an average of $1.65 million and come equipped with all the expected bells and whistles.”

What Luxury Home Builders Consider Worth the Splurge by Katy McLaughlin for The Wall Street Journal


“What builders consider worthy of including—or excluding—from their personal homes can be revealing. The features deemed “essential” by buyers who earn over $150,000 a year are relatively common comforts, such as laundry rooms and ceiling fans, plus basic “green” features such as Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient windows, according to the results of a 2017 National Association of Home Builders survey of buyers’ home preferences.”


The Maisonettes at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Featured in Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta

Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta recently featured The Residences’ newest luxury living option, The Maisonettes. The article, Amenity Heaven, gives readers an inside look at the high-end amenities that come with living in a luxury hotel. The Maisonettes are a truly one-of-a-kind project in Atlanta, with three stories of private living space, a yard, a large garage and all the amenities and lock-and-leave lifestyle of a hotel residence. We’re thrilled that the publication featured this product in their “Amenity Heaven” article, highlighting the personalized services and outdoor spaces.


“The Maisonettes at Mandarin Oriental are three-story dwellings offering a front yard that’s ideal for pet owners, a 500-plus-square-foot outdoor terrace equipped with a gas fireplace and Viking grill, and five-star hotel perks: Think 24/7 room service, professional chefs for dinner parties, personal grocery shoppers and even on-demand pet care.”

Read the full article here and learn more about The Maisonettes here.

New Treatments at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Life at The Residences comes with a host of lavish amenities supplemented by the world-class services of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The Spa – included in Atlanta Magazine’s annual Best of Atlanta list – is one of the main perks for residents who live atop the luxury hotel. This summer, The Spa is pleased to launch four new treatments featuring products by Natura Bissé. Take a look at these innovative experiences that will relieve stress, bring balance and repair the skin.

MOments of Tranquility

This treatment is a journey filled with fragrant aromatherapy, natural nourishing ingredients and marine waters. The treatment includes an aromatherapy body alignment followed by a full body exfoliation, nourishing wrap and targeted therapeutic massage leaving the body relaxed and the spirit uplifted.

The Citrus “A Peel”

Looking for a facial to awaken the senses and give the skin an extra dose of Vitamin C? This extraordinary citrus antioxidant action repairs even the most mistreated skin, leaving your face completely hydrated, revitalized and radiant.

O2 Awakening Facial

This treatment is perfect for frequent flyers or anyone concerned with exposure to daily toxins and pollutants. This deep O2ygenation and breathing massage uses the power of pure oxygen to decongest the body and mind.

Diamond Rose Serenity

For an unprecedented sensory experience, this regenerating massage incorporates a smoothing and nourishing diamond rose exfoliation designed to revitalize and purify skin.

For reservations or more information, please call (404) 995 7526 or email

Summer Luxury Design Trend Roundup

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury design trends in high-rise living. Below are luxury trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

Freestanding Statement Tubs

Freestanding sculptural bathtubs have become a master bathroom must-have for luxury homebuyers. The National Kitchen and Bath Association conducted a survey that verified this trend stating that approximately 60 percent of members surveyed expect to specify more freestanding tubs in 2017. We love this freestanding soaking tub by Kallista, made even more dreamy with gorgeous city views.

Kitchens Designed for Entertaining

Kitchens continue to be a focal point in luxury homes this year. The high-end kitchen spaces found in luxury homes focus on the finest materials and finishes and boast sleek commercial-grade appliances and The Residences are no exception. With large islands and state-of-the-art Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, our kitchens are perfect for a formal, catered dinner party or simple wine and cheese night with family.

Black is Back

Black has never, and most likely will never, go out of style. Luxury designers strategically use black to add drama to a room. And when paired with pops of white, red, or gold, it has a beautifully polished look, like this designer model at The Residences.

Three Ways to Enjoy Atlanta This Weekend

Need plans this weekend? No need to get stuck in traffic traveling out of town; enjoy all that Atlanta has to offer at one of these summer events. From cocktails in the garden to a top tennis tournament, there’s plenty to do right outside your door.


Cocktails in the Garden

Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city! Every Thursday through September, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens welcomes guests for a fun-filled evening in the lush setting in the heart of the city from 6 to 10 p.m. Featuring a different area of the magical Garden each month, enjoy specialty cocktails, live music, themed games and activities while exploring The Garden at night during this unique, after-hours social.


Stay Cool at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival 

On Saturday, July 22, Piedmont Park will host the 7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival offers a variety of activities for the whole family that showcases how living a balanced lifestyle can include lots of fun. From ice cream eating contests to wellness activities, this is the perfect place to sample sweets and enjoy America’s favorite dessert.


Serve Up Some Fun at the BB&T Atlanta Open

Atlantic Station has once again transformed into a stadium to host the annual BB&T Atlanta Open. July 22 through July 30, catch a game to see some of the world’s best tennis professionals compete for a chance at the title in a one-of-a-kind setting nestled amongst Atlanta’s skyscrapers. This year’s player field is the strongest in tournament history, featuring greats like John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Venus Williams and more. For a true luxury sporting experience, spectators can purchase a Korbel VIP Champagne table to enjoy delicious food and bubbly in an intimate setting courtside.

Dive in to a Match Made in Heaven at The Café & Bar

Need dinner plans this weekend? Join us at The Café & Bar for a Match Made in Heaven! For the month of July, you can enjoy the new Lobster Salad perfectly paired with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne. The scrumptious salad features Maine lobster tail and claw and is served with frisée, arugula, bacon, shallot, tomato, chervil and green onion topped with oregano dressing and a quail egg.

As an added bonus, guests who indulge in the pairing will also receive a Krug Champagne book detailing the history of the winery. Krug Champagne, which is known for dry, sparkling wines characterized by notes of fresh fruit and citrus, pairs perfectly with the Lobster Salad for a light, summery dinner in the stunning Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta setting.

The hotel is excited to continue its partnership with the luxe French champagne house on the heels of a wonderful Krug Pop Up Garden Party in the stunning English Garden last month.

Priced at $61 a serving, reservations can be made by calling (404) 995-7545 or emailing

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.

Say Ciao to Amorino Gelato

Amorino Gelato is coming to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this fall. The gelato chain, known for its rose-shaped scoops of gelato and sorbet, offers a full menu of treats including shakes, café pastries and gelato-filled macarons. Founded by Italian natives Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, Amorino now has 200 locations worldwide and is currently in 10 different cities in the U.S. This will be the first brick and mortar location in Georgia after a pop-up launched in Lenox Square last year.

WonderRoot to Host Art Exhibition in Buckhead

WonderRoot, an arts organization working to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta, will reveal its 2016-17 Walthall Artist Fellowship exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Buckhead on July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition, entitled “Building a Ship from the Shipwreck,” will remain on display for public viewing at the museum through Sept. 9.

Harry’s Pizza Coming to Phipps

Harry’s Pizzeria Buckhead will open its fifth location at the end of 2017 at Phipps Plaza. The American neighborhood-styled pizza joint will feature fresh, chef-curated toppings and a tender, quick-fired crust with integrity, like Braised Short Rib named one of America’s Best Pizzas by The Daily Meal.

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.

Atlanta’s Mandarin Oriental Sells Two Condos For Big Bucks by Phil Hudson for Atlanta Business Chronicle


“Two pads at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead just sold for more than $1.9 million each. Residence 48A, a two bedroom, two and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.95 million and Residences 35A, a three bedroom, three and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.98 million.”

Healthy Living the Luxury Condo Way by Beth Landman and Zachary Kussin for New York Post


“Residential developers now incorporate next-level inclusions, as feng shui gardens, as well as nutritionists, built-in aromatherapy and brain fitness for memory and relaxation enhancement – to make physical and mental wellness more of an immersive experience for residents.”

Airbnb Said to Be Planning Tier for Luxury Vacation Rentals by Mark Gurman and Oliva Zaleski for Bloomberg


“Airbnb Inc. is planning to launch a new rental service for mega-homes, mansions and penthouses that will be inspected to ensure they pass muster.”

Top Amenities for Luxury Condo Buyers

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury amenities for high-rise living. According to GROUP KORA’s Karen Rodriguez, below are the most important amenities for today’s luxury condo buyer and how they are demonstrated at The Residences.

Large Terraces

Each Residence boasts at least one oversized, covered terrace. These spectacular outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining and come fully equipped with a gas grill and fireplace.


Located in the sophisticated uptown Buckhead neighborhood, The Residences put homeowners in the heart of the city’s vibrant culture, food, fashion, art and nightlife. Shop at world-class boutiques, just a short walk away at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.


The Residences offer a haven of complete privacy. A private motor court off Stratford Road allows for discreet arrivals and departures for residents and their guests. Residents also enjoy the use of a separate entrance and lobby, as well as an exclusive parking garage and residents-only elevators with biometric fingerprint access to residences.

Contemporary Finishes

Each Residence is customized in one of three classic styles. From sleek lines of a contemporary aesthetic to an elegantly timeless look, each design reflects a distinct personality with a palette of quality finishes and fixtures that make each home a true one-of-a-kind.

Luxury Lighting Trends Take Shape at The Residences

From the sleek lines of a contemporary aesthetic to an elegantly timeless look, each of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has a distinct personality with a palette of quality finishes and fixtures. Thoughtful attention to detail infuses each room with the warm glow of expert craftsmanship. Below are a few lighting trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

Bursting Bulbs

Elle Décor claims that Bursting Bulb chandeliers, similar to this one at The Residences, are the perfect way to add sparkle to your modern home year-round. These fun light fixtures are the perfect way to add a little fun to any room.

Break Tradition with Bronze

The Washington Post says luxury homes are breaking with tradition and ditching delicate, crystal chandeliers that are too fussy for modern needs. Instead, designers are focusing on larger, centerpiece lighting fixtures in metal tones with an industrial feel.

Don’t forget your Bedroom

Centerpiece worthy chandeliers in bedrooms are increasingly popular among luxury home owners. Forbes lists statement chandeliers as one of this month’s most popular decorating trends, especially to add a dramatic touch to a master bedroom.

Atlanta Business Chronicle Recognizes Sales Success at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Phil Hudson caught up with GROUP KORA’s Karen Rodriguez to discuss recent sales success at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and the luxury condo market in Atlanta. The paper published a great piece highlighting two big sales we made for over $1.9 million each, and discussed how high-rise towers are currently en vogue throughout the city thanks to the lock-and-leave lifestyle they provide.

In Atlanta’s Mandarin Oriental Sells Two Condos For Big Bucks, Rodriguez detailed to Hudson how two pads at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead just sold for more than $1.9 million each. Residence 48A, a two bedroom, two and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.95 million and Residence 35A, a three bedroom, three and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.98 million. This comes after the developer took back four floors earmarked for hotel expansion and built out eight additional condos to keep up with demand at the end of last year.

Rodriguez also lent her expertise to the paper in Inman Park, O4W Condos Compete with Buckhead, Midtown Towers, saying to developers: “You want to be successful? Price your magnificent homes correctly.”

To read these stories, pick up today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle. To contact GROUP KORA about The Residences, click.

Sip and Celebrate the Summer Solstice in the Garden

Celebrate the advent of summer with bubbles and bites and join the team at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for the Krug Pop Up Garden Party! On June 29, residents, guests and locals are invited to sip on Krug Champagne and enjoy a traditional pig roast feast with succulent summer sides in the lush, private English Garden at 7 p.m.

Krug Champagne dates back to 1843, when it was founded by Joseph Krug in the prestigious Champagne region of France. They are known for dry sparkling wines, characterized by notes of fresh fruit and citrus. Krug Grand Cuvée is a blend of over 120 wines, some up to 15 years old, and three grape varieties, aged for six years in Krug cellars. It’s known as one of the world’s best Champagnes, with a 94 percent rating on Wine Searcher. The house’s Rosé is described as a “gastronomic Champagne” – perfect for enjoying with succulent food on a summer night. Krug’s mission, according to Huffington Post, is to “create a Champagne that would be of the same consistent excellence year after year by using only the best wines from the best vineyards, tasted separately plot by plot.”

To purchase tickets, for $300 per person, please email