Why Buy a Fully Customizable Home

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 4.50.52 PMToday’s high-end homebuyers aren’t just looking for the perfect home: they want to create it. When they purchase an unfinished home, buyers can fulfill their fantasies and create the home of their dreams, tailored perfectly to their tastes and desires. We’re currently offering the penthouse – a stunning two-story home with breathtaking views – as a fully customizable home, awaiting a buyer who seeks to create their dream living space.  

With nearly 10,000 square feet of space, the penthouse offers endless possibilities based on the owner’s wants and needs. A spacious spa, luxurious gym, elegant music room or open space for entertaining are all options. A fully customizable home offers exactly what you want, and nothing you don’t. Buyers with an eye for design will also appreciate a shell home, as they will be able to select the palettes and finishes that align with their personal taste. 

For more information on the penthouse, visit penthouseatl.com.

Atlanta’s Priciest Penthouse is Now on the Market

unspecifiedWe’re excited to announce that the the long-awaited two-level penthouse at The Residences is now officially on the market! The fully customizable home is being offered at $7.3 million. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the nearly 10,000-square-foot residence is the largest high-rise condominium home currently offered for sale in Atlanta.  

The penthouse is offered as an unfinished space so the owner can create a custom home that meets their every desire. Harrison Design’s Modern Studio, led by Robert Tretsch, was engaged to create a suggested floorplan featuring all the luxuries of a high-end home, including four bedrooms, a fitness room, a music room, a library, a catering kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a spiral staircase. Located atop Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, the penthouse boasts large open spaces and sweeping 360-degree views of the city in addition to exceptional service and a residential concierge managed by Mandarin Oriental, the world’s preeminent luxury hospitality brand.

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind home, visit penthouseatl.com.

The Residences Sales Team Merges with Berkshire Hathaway to Form City Haus

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Karen Rodriguez, exclusive listing broker at The Residences, has merged her luxury real estate firm KORA Real Estate Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties to create City Haus, a new division focused on high-end, intown Atlanta condos. Karen started her firm last year, securing the exclusive sales and marketing for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, as well as other undisclosed future Midtown projects. With close to $50 million in sales at The Residences, including two of the highest residential sales in 2015, it is no wonder that Karen’s firm was picked up so quickly by another larger firm looking to take over the Atlanta luxury condo market. 

The merger will allow BHHS to boost its luxury intown presence while giving KORA access to Berkshire Hathaway’s global network and granting Karen’s team the full power of the growing brand.

“I was very drawn to the growth that Berkshire has had over the last few years, especially in the luxury market,” Rodriguez said.

To learn more about City Haus, click here.

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. 

Superica Is Here

One of the hottest restaurants in Inman Park has finally landed in the hot Buckhead neighborhood. Ford Fry’s Superica, an upscale Tex Mex concept with delicious cocktails and southwestern favorites in a modern atmosphere, is now open near Chastain Park. We recommend the margaritas and the brisket tacos!

Joie Lands at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

California-based lifestyle brand Joie has announced that it will open at the posh Buckhead development on July 23. The ready-to-wear brand is influenced by vintage creations and strives to be “casual, comfortable and luxurious.” Joie joins other The Shops Buckhead Atlanta newbies Dior, Savant Salon and Attom.

Stunning Two-Level Penthouse Debuts in Interiors Atlanta

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 11.35.03 AMThe July issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta is now on newsstands, and readers are in for a treat as the magazine debuts the penthouse at The Residences. This one-of-a-kind home, which is now on the market, personifies the coveted lifestyle at the top, from its glamorous design to the legendary service of a five-star hotel brand. Karen Rodriguez, our exclusive listing broker, touted the home’s two full floors and nearly 10,000 square feet of space. With these elements, the penthouse incorporates the vastness of a large single-family home with the luxury of high-rise living. 

Karen also lent her expertise to the magazine, discussing her firm KORA and the increasing popularity of the lock and leave lifestyle in the Atlanta market, a place that demands walkability.

To read more about the penthouse and view photos, pick up the latest issue of Interiors Atlanta or visit penthouseatl.com.

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.


Luxury Homes Gain Over-the-Top Decks via The Wall Street Journal.


 “The size of decks and patios is rising, and architects are seeing renewed interest from luxury-home buyers—even in cold-winter markets. The shift, experts say, reflects what’s happening indoors: Walls are coming down, along with the notion of boxy, formal living spaces.”  



7 New York Apartments with Envy-Inducing Amenities by Allix Cott of Architectural Digest.


“A private ice-skating rink, an indoor basketball court, a luxury dog spa—all are amenities offered to the residents, and their four-legged friends, of New York’s most exclusive properties.” 



Karl Lagerfeld Spearheads First-Ever Interior Design Project by Ryan Waddoups of Interior Design.


 “While some maintain that enlisting a fashion giant to spearhead luxury interiors on this grand of a scale borders on risky, Trump steadfastly stands by Lagerfeld’s prowess: ‘He is a master at creating a mood and eliciting an emotion. Think about how he creates his fashion shows—each one conjures a very particular state of mind and takes you on a journey that he is guiding.’

Summer Wine Experiences in Atlanta


Nothing says summer like sipping a glass of chilled rosé while sampling hors d’oeuvres in a fabulous locale. Atlanta is a city that loves wine, as evidenced by the pop-up vineyard Atlanta Food & Wine Fest set up in Midtown last month and bevy of wine bars around town. If you missed out on the urban vineyard, fear not: there are other great wine experiences to be had in the city this summer.


City Winery

Intown Atlanta’s first winery has arrived! City Winery at hotspot Ponce City Market is a combination winery and intimate music venue that also offers private events and New American fare. They will also soon debut a wine club, where members can taste the 13+ varieties of wine currently on tap at City Winery.


Aqua Vino  

Cap off your summer with an evening of wine at the Georgia Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. This annual event features over 200 wines from around the world and tastings from more than 30 premier metro Atlanta restaurants. Best of all, proceeds from the event support the aquarium’s research and conservation efforts. Tickets range from $75 to $250 and can be purchased here.

Celebrate 4th of July at The Café & Bar

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 1.42.36 PMIndependence Day is a unique holiday in Atlanta due to one massive event: The Peachtree Road Race. Each July 4th, Peachtree Road – the main artery of the city where The Residences are located – is closed to cars as tens of thousands of runners take part in a patriotic 10k race. Residents at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta not only have a top-notch view of the festivities from their home, but they can enjoy a special menu from Chef Richard Lee at The Café & Bar to celebrate the holiday.

The menu includes special dishes created for those planning to run the road race and summer dishes for those enjoying delicious food this holiday weekend. Highlights of the menu include three inspired pasta dishes and BBQ favorites like a brisket BLT, and red velvet cake with pistachio ice cream completes the meal. Creative, seasonal cocktails will also be available.

For reservations or more information, please call +1 (404) 995 7545 or email moatl-restaurants@mohg.com.