The Residences Offer Top-Level Security Features


The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offer the secure, private lifestyle that today’s high-end luxury condo buyers are seeking. With maximum of two units per floor and a relatively low number of units overall, residents are guaranteed a quiet home with no ambient noise. Residents also have a private entrance to the building, allowing for discretion and privacy not commonly found in high-rise condo buildings, especially in a hotel residence.

The Residences feature sophisticated security systems including biometric fingerprint access that allows residents entry to private elevators. Homeowners can use these elevators to move throughout the building and access hotel amenities without ever encountering a hotel guest. Homeowners want to know that they are protected by top-of-the-line security systems, and high-tech features like biometric fingerprint access offer the ultimate protection. Currently, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are the only building in the city to offer this kind of fingerprint access. The high levels of security and privacy make the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta the top hotel choice for A-list celebrities while in the city, and The Residences popular among CEOs of major companies seeking luxury condos. 

Feng Shui Blessing


Recently, two local feng shui experts blessed our new model unit to invite positive energy and harmony into the condo. To keep pace with the growing number of buyers from China and all across Asia, as well as all those who value the harmonizing elements of feng shui, The Residences engaged the well-respected consultants to conduct energy space clearings and blessing ceremonies in select homes. Feng shui blessings bring prosperity and good fortune to a home, blessing the future owners with love, happiness and health. The blessings start with an energetic space clearing before the actual blessing ceremony. A tool called a Bagua map is used to map out the home and each room within the home. The map includes nine squares containing the five elements and the different aspects of life that pertain to each element.

During the blessing ceremony, an altar was created that paid homage to the five feng shui elements – wood, fire, water, earth and metal. Participants bestowed blessings upon the home, honoring the five elements and the aspects of life that pertain to that element. By completing the blessing, it is our hope that the future homeowners will live long, happy lives in this condo. 

Q&A with Barbara Westbrook

interior designer,Local interior designer Barbara Westbrook, owner of Westbrook Interiors, recently completed the interior design of a new model at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Westbrook Interiors, launched in 1992, specializes in high-end properties. Barbara recently completed her first book, “Gracious Rooms,” which explores her interior design principles. We recently spoke with Barbara about her inspiration for The Residences, her design process and her favorite stores in Atlanta.

What was your inspiration for the model home at The Residences? 

Westbrook: The inspiration was appreciating the lifestyle of the person who would buy at The Residences — a style that’s well-traveled and modern but not hard-edged; stylish, but not fussy. The beautiful view from the windows certainly takes precedence, so it was important to design an interior that is both chic and comfortable, and only enhances those stunning views.

Can you describe your design process? 

Westbrook: I start my process with reviewing the space and identifying the overall feeling; then I start working from there. I then distinguish the color palette, which evokes the overall feeling of each space and I knew that neutrals including creams, whites, ivories, grays and black with soft accents for each room would work best for such well-edited architecture [at The Residences]. After that, I prepare floor plans and furniture layouts, and determine signature pieces in each area, like the headboard for the master and guest bedrooms, the coffee table display, found objects and collections in the living room, etc. Then I build on those pieces with other upholstery, side tables, artwork and accessories.

What are your favorite interior design stores in Atlanta?  

Westbrook: There are lots of wonderful, local trade shops as well as retail shops. Some of my favorite designer trade shops at ADAC include Jerry Pair, R Hughes, Ainsworth Noah, Jim Thompson, Pindler & Pindler, and Sullivan Fine Rugs, and some of my favorite local retail shops include Bungalow, Robuck & Co, BD Jeffries, The Signature Shop, and The Nicholson Gallery. 

Your first book Gracious Rooms came out recently – what was your favorite part of the process? 

Westbrook: My favorite part was getting to know the writer, Heather MacIsaac. We are from different backgrounds, but are close in age and have a lot in common. We met several times and communicated a lot during this process, so we got to know each other well and are now good friends. I am thankful to have met her and have worked with her on such an important part of the book.

Meet the Team: Karen Rodriguez

20140806_untitled_58844-Edit-2In just 14 months, Karen Rodriguez, exclusive listing broker for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has closed nearly $28 million in sales at the Buckhead high-rise. Karen took over sales efforts in November 2013, created an entirely new sales campaign, messaging and product offering, and worked closely with architects on the design of the new floor plans and finish palettes. In 2015, Karen is launching Group KORA as an extension of her brand and her particular approach to luxury real estate. Officially launching in June of this year, Karen and her dynamic team of six intend to lead the way to a new era in real estate sales and marketing.

Karen is known throughout Atlanta as the “Buckhead High-Rise Queen,” as she has closed more luxury condo sales than any other realtor in Atlanta. Currently, her portfolio includes more than $50 million in quiet and active listings. Karen is consistently recruited by the nation’s top developers to exclusively sell their entire buildings. In fact, before joining The Residences, Karen led the sales and marketing effort for the successful $100 million Ritz-Carlton Residences project just a few blocks away, selling 125 of its 126 residences in two-and-a-half years in the middle of the housing crisis.  

Karen is viewed as a luxury high-rise expert, and serves as a regular real estate contributor/blogger for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She has also been featured or quoted in several national publications including Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! Real Estate. 

The Residences Hit $12 Million in Sales in First Quarter

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During the first quarter of 2015, Karen Rodriguez, exclusive listing broker for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, secured three sales totaling $12 million. The sales are building on the overall momentum at the property, bringing the total amount sold in the last 14 months to nearly $28 million. High demand for the building, market momentum and innovative sales tactics have led to more than half of the inventory selling.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta have become the most sought after luxury high-rise building in the city for buyers from around the world who are looking for unparalleled quality and service. The chic, modern design sets The Residences apart from other Buckhead high-rise buildings, offering the high-end finishes and design features today’s discerning buyers are demanding. 

Three additional units are scheduled to close before May for over $6 million. Out of the limited inventory available, iStar plans to leave six units as shells for discerning homebuyers seeking a fully customized home.

The Café at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Joins Buckhead Restaurant Week

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The Café at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is one of 18 restaurants to participate in Buckhead Restaurant Week, which is set to take place April 18-26. Buckhead Restaurant Week offers diners the chance to experience a new restaurant – or an old favorite in a new way. The Café will offer two prix fixe menus based on the restaurant’s entirely new Indian-inspired menu, based on some of the culinary team’s specialties. For $25, lunch guests receive a beef or vegetable samosa, Indian butter chicken, and custard milk fruit salad and traditional gulab jamun. For $35, dinner guests received a vegetable pakora, chicken or lamb biryani, and custard milk fruit salad and traditional gulab jamun. For more information, visit For reservations, call 404.995.7545 or email

Just Say Spa

The award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offers residents and hotel guests an oasis in the heart of the city that’s truly unlike anything else. The spa offers a luxury experience and a range of highly effective treatments and therapies, all delivered by an excellent team of experienced therapists.

Residents receive discounted rates for unlimited access to the his and hers steam room and sauna, two guest passes per household per month and two complimentary treatments per household per year. Members enjoy a serene and contemporary setting, offering a fully equipped fitness center with the latest in cardio and resistance training equipment. Benefits include use of the fitness center, lap pool, locker facilities and heat and water experiences plus a host of special incentives.

To see a 3-D tour of the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, watch the video below.