Today’s Discerning Homebuyers Choose Condos Over Homes


In big cities like Atlanta, the demand for high-rise condos is booming. While traditionally a luxury home buyer might seek out a six-bedroom mansion on West Paces Ferry, today’s discerning buyers are setting their sites on high-rise condominiums instead. Properties like The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offer the spacious layouts, modern design and floor-to-ceiling windows that buyers want in a home, but also skyline views and first-class amenities that can’t be found outside of a condominium building. 

From coordinating travel plans, to tracking down seats for an event, to finding private tables at the world’s best restaurants, Residential Concierge provides personal service tailored exactly to each homebuyer’s needs. Additionally, the chefs at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta can create a customized menu for any occasion, from cooking an intimate dinner inside of a residence, to creating a fine four-course banquet, to delivering a prepared picnic to take to the opera. A sommelier is also on hand to advise and assist when requested.

Finally, The Residences offer top-of-the-line security measures that aren’t readily found within a home. The private lobby area is restricted to residents and invited guests only, and can be accessed exclusively via the dedicated residents’ entrance or the private garage. All Mandarin Oriental staff and private staff or service enter and exit the building through a separate service core. The building’s sophisticated security system features biometric fingerprint access, 24-hour video surveillance and a roaming security watch.

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Meet the Team: Katherine Diaz

FullSizeRenderKatherine Diaz recently joined Group KORA as administrative assistant. Katherine is the first point of contact at The Residences sales office, and oversees the units to make sure they are ready for tours. She also maintains communications with the hotel to make sure they are aware of appointments.

Katherine is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Communications, and will be working on getting her real estate license this summer. She moved to Atlanta from Miami six months ago. Before moving to Atlanta, Katherine worked in her family’s jewelry business and worked for a personal injury law firm in Boca Raton, Florida.

Katherine is a huge sports fan, so in her free time she loves watching sports or attending games. She also enjoys traveling and exploring her new home.

“Live, Work, and Play” at The Residences

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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located in the heart of Buckhead, offer residents a “live, work, and play” lifestyle. The Residences are within walking distance of world-class shopping at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, offering elite international brands including Versace, Jimmy Choo and Cartier, and Buckhead Atlanta, home to high-end flagship stores and chef-driven restaurants, including Gypsy Kitchen and Doraku Sushi.

The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offers convenient access to the area’s top office buildings, and residents that work close by have the luxury of never having to step foot in their car. For lovers of high culture, the nearby High Museum of Art holds a superb collection of classical and contemporary art, while nature enthusiasts will delight in Atlanta’s Botanical Garden. To see what restaurants, entertainment and retail is near The Residences, check out our interactive map.

Introducing Our New Barbara Westbrook Model

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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has added a stunning new model featuring interior design by Barbara Westbrook of Westbrook Interiors. The model, located on the 38th floor, features downtown and Buckhead skyline views, Acacia Provenza Palazzo Collection flooring, Wolf kitchen appliances and Caesarstone countertops. Barbara incorporated rich color and texture throughout the model, and one-of-a-kind art from local artists including Whitney Ott. A 3-D tour of the new model is below: 

3D Video WalkAround Tour: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta (38A) | Matterport 3D Video ‘WalkAround’ Tour: to get started, click on the blue 3D Showcase bar (takes about 10 seconds to load); to walk around, use the arrow keys on your keyboard; check-out the dollhouse and floor plan views (lower left icons); click to fly-in and walk around | Matterport Interactive 3D Video ‘WalkAround’ Tour by We Get Around Chief Photographer Dan Smigrod

High-Rise Family Living

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Many families are ditching expansive homes in the suburbs for upscale condo and high-rise living, and they’re doing it in the most coveted and expensive parts of town. With this trend quickly spreading to hotspots like The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, it’s not just the empty nesters benefitting from these amenity-driven properties. At The Residences, for example, concierge can arrange babysitting services and provide a host of complimentary children’s amenities including cribs, bathtubs, bottle warmers, strollers, high chairs, and baby monitors. Residents have access to 24-hour room service, including specially prepared dishes for smaller appetites, and the Café and Bar can prepare special children’s meals as well. Additionally, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, located at Phipps Plaza, is a short walk from the hotel.

The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta hosts several family-friendly activities throughout the year that residents can participate in. On May 30, the hotel will host Family Day, a special afternoon of activities with LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Children will have complimentary access to all activities and treats, including snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead. RSVP by emailing Vildana Kurtovic at or calling 404-995-7524.

Meet the Team: Rita Ascher

2014-08-14_1140Rita Ascher is the director of operations at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Rita has 10 years of real estate experience, joining her first on-site sales team as a closing coordinator in 2005. She has been on multiple luxury high-rise condominium projects, such as The Peachtree Residences and Terminus in a similar capacity.

Rita supervises the closing process from contract to the actual closing and handles contract paperwork. She maintains a clear channel of communication between all parties of the transaction, including the seller, the buyer, agents, closing attorney, contractors and vendors throughout the closing process, and keeps everyone updated on any changes, scheduled appointments, and more.

In her free time, Rita enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, traveling, and she is an avid runner who loves to exercise. She received her real estate license in 2007 in an effort to be able to provide better assistance to the sales agents. 

Full-Floor Build-Out Underway


With $12 million in sales so far this year, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is currently in the build-out process for our first full-floor residences. Two are under construction, each boasting 5,200 square feet and 360-degree views of the city. The homes will feature two patios, three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, study, and master sitting area. With their unparalleled combination of modern design, attentive service and exclusive amenities, these beautiful residences in Atlanta set a new standard in city living. Finishes are available in our three palettes: cool, warm and transitional, and homes will feature Miele, Wolf or Subzero appliances, sleek plumbing fixtures and 11-foot ceilings. 

For homeowners who desire a fully customizable residence, we offer two full floors as unfinished homes, Residence 49 and 50. Interested in a tour or learning more? Contact us