Le Méridien Indianapolis Unveils $13 Million Transformation

The city’s only boutique hotel unlocks the destination with chic sophistication, bringing a renewed energy to downtown Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS – Downtown Indianapolis’ highly anticipated new hotel, Le Méridien Indianapolis123 South Illinois Street, will officially open Thursday, December 4, 2014. Rockbridge invested $13 million into the exquisite transformation of the iconic 1928 building, combining subtle influences from the city’s rich racing history, geography and art culture with Le Méridien’s signature European touches. The exterior façade has remained unchanged to preserve the landmark’s historic significance.

From floor to ceiling, Rockbridge and its development affiliate, RB Hotel Development have completely refined the building’s interior, leading the project from acquisition through redevelopment and repositioning. Le Méridien Indianapolis features 100 artfully designed guestrooms, including 10 lavish suites with contemporary and Mid-century influenced furnishings, more than 2,600 square feet of upgraded meeting space, and a brand new fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Spotlighting the renovation are the completely reconfigured first and second floors, creating space for the sleek, new Indianapolis dining destination, Spoke & Steele.

“We are thrilled to share our hotel with new guests and make our vision a reality,” noted Jim Merkel, Rockbridge president and CEO. “Strategically, we wanted to preserve the feel of the property while modernizing the end-user experience, and we knew our team would bring this property back to life and make it the best hotel in Indy.”

Every part of the hotel was touched to create a custom experience that today’s upscale traveler desires. The 12-story boutique hotel is only the second Rockbridge property worldwide to offer King-size Double bedded rooms, a departure from the typical Queen-size Double bedded room. Each guestroom will boast complimentary wireless high speed internet access, ergonomic workspaces, 47-inch flat screens in all guestrooms as well as 55-inch flat screens in all of the suites, pillow-top LM Beds, and even LED Mirror TVs in each suite bathroom.

The 160-seat restaurant Spoke & Steele features sophisticated “American Fare,” with menus focusing on domestic meats and aquatic delights as well as locally sourced and sustainable produce. The craft cocktail program will offer artisan spirits, straight from the cask, and unique beer and wine on tap. Spoke & Steele will also introduce a custom cocktail club, allowing members to enjoy a rotating house made cocktail in their own personalized bottle. The custom-branded bottles will be refilled monthly with a seasonal and fresh libation. The Bar will display the bottles as the centerpiece of the room, offering one of the most unique cocktail programs in the world.

As the ultimate social gathering place in downtown Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele will feature the Steve McQueen-inspired private drinking room and a separate, elegantly designed private dining room. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Spoke & Steele will also offer traditional coffee drinks by Illy and Le Méridien signature Eclairs at Latitude Bar throughout the day.

For more information or to book, please visit www.lemeridienindianapolis.com

East Hampton’s Great Estate Goes On The Market For $140 M

By Caitlin Flynn

Briar Patch, a magnificent waterfront estate, is now on the market for $140 million. Owned by just three families in its 80-year history, the home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

With 1,156 feet of waterfront along the shore of fabled Georgica Pond, Briar Patch enjoys stunning panoramic views across the pond and towards the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. The prevailing onshore ocean breezes convey cool air throughout the summer and the southern exposure creates magical light in every season.

Century-old sycamores, beeches and lindens tower over the grounds. A private pond, woodlands and vast expanses of elevated lawns not only provide the ultimate in privacy and security, but a sanctuary for abundant birdlife, such as swans, egrets, ospreys, and the occasional eagle.

Beautifully sited in 1931 by its original architect, Arthur C. Jackson, Briar Patch is perched on a knoll, which provides views and the sound of the ocean without the risk of being swept away by it. During the Hurricanes of 1938 and Sandy in 2012, Briar Patch stood safely above the sea’s surge.

Every detail of the Georgian Revival, 6-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot main house was painstakingly restored and renovated over two-and-a-half years by the internationally renowned architect Peter Marino. The proportions and sequence of the rooms are in perfect harmony, from the three-story great room to the chef’s country kitchen.

Briar Patch is graced with two-foot-wide reclaimed floorboards, handmade wallpaper, hand-stenciled or trayed ceilings, and four generous fireplaces. All of the ground-floor rooms enjoy French doors leading to the expansive porches. The house is ideally suited to a sunset dinner for four or a large event for hundreds of guests.

Viceroy Hotel Group Announces European Debut

By Caitlin Flynn
Viceroy Hotel Group announced today its entry into Europe with the launch of Viceroy Algarve at Quinta da Ombria, set to debut in 2017. Upon completion, the luxury destination property will offer distinguished jetsetters and thrill-seekers an exclusive coastal enclave in one of Europe’s most seductive locales.

Viceroy Hotel Group will use the hotel and residential property, situated amongst centuries-old villages, to create a boldly immersive and unforgettable experience that merges a traditional Algarve feel with a modern, and distinctly Viceroy, vibe.

Boasting 147 stylishly curated hotel guestrooms in addition to 99 Viceroy-branded residential units available as apartments, villas and townhouses, Viceroy Algarve will reflect the vision of world-renowned architectural design firm WATG, whose classic villa aesthetic will be delicately juxtaposed with Wimberly Interior’s sleek, modern decor.

“We are truly delighted to bring Viceroy’s ethos, ideology, and vibe to Europe,” commented Viceroy CEO, Bill Walshe. “Authenticity, individuality and a sense of place are critical components in our commitment to create life-long memories for our guests, rewarding careers for our colleagues, and a positive legacy for the community of Quinta da Ombria.”

Ville Tallbacka, CEO Quinta da Ombria, comments that “Viceroy at Quinta da Ombria will be a new and unrivaled concept in the Algarve that will take advantage of its natural, un-spoilt surroundings and beauty – a haven of peace whilst offering a great number of activities for all age groups. Viceroy’s impeccable track record and ability to produce highly individual, luxury properties was decisive to appoint Viceroy Hotels & Resorts to manage the operation.”

Silver Lake Development SL70 Wins Big at 2014 SoCal Awards

By Caitlin Flynn

Trumark Homes won four 2014 SoCal Awards, including Best Architectural Design and Best Interior Merchandising for SL70, a new development of 70 three-story single-family homes bordering the Silver Lake and Echo Park neighborhoods, during a recent gala awards ceremony at The Grove in Anaheim, Calif.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious recognition for SL70, a project that represents everything Trumark stands for as a new-generation builder,” said Mark Higgins, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Trumark Homes.

Presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and Building Industry Association of Southern California, the SoCal Awards encompass all facets of professional achievement, sales, marketing, merchandising and design. This year’s competition drew more than 425 entries, and more than 600 homebuilding professionals attended the gala award ceremonies.

Trumark teamed up with long-term equity partner The Resmark Companies in developing the 2.34-acre property located on Glendale Boulevard just south of the 2 Freeway.  SL70 brings design-centric housing to an up-and-coming neighborhood that is starved for contemporary living spaces. Designed by JZMK Partners to appeal to professionals who already make up a large portion of homeowners and residents in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz/Echo Park neighborhoods, SL70 reflects the neighborhood’s culture while enhancing the existing, vibrant community.

“The unique urban design of these homes fits seamlessly with our buyers’ busy lifestyles with low-maintenance living that takes full advantage of entertaining space overlooking the downtown skyline and surrounding hillside views,” Higgins said.

These are just a few of the reasons judges honored the newly opened residential community with an award for Best Architectural Design of a Detached Home.

Unique undulation in building facades and bright pops of color make SL70’s exteriors stand out, and Trumark’s design team, Costa Mesa-based Creative Design Consultants (CDC Designs), furnished model interiors with out-of-the-box furnishings including vintage and original pieces from local artists that earned SL70 the SoCal Award for Best Interior Merchandising of a Detached Home.

Trinkie Watson Presents at Leaders in Luxury Conference

By Caitlin Flynn

Chase International’s Trinkie Watson was one of a handful of real estate professionals to take part as a panelist at the Leaders in Luxury annual conference in Denver last month. Watson also received the top award for best video/film for her Nixon Mansion property listing, an estate on the market in Reno listed at $20.4 million.

Trinkie Watson is a longtime, high-producing broker with Chase International. With more than four decades of experience, she is a benchmark of luxury real estate. Watson represents clients and properties throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin, Truckee and Northern Nevada.

The event, which took place at the Ritz-Carlton, is an invitation-only gathering for the nation’s top agents specializing in multi-million-dollar homes and estates. The 120 agents that attended took part in seminars and workshops, and made the most of pivotal networking opportunities.

“This conference provides cutting-edge information on what’s happening in the luxury market and offers insights on the best practices in business,” Watson said. “It’s wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge with and learn from others who’ve excelled in the high-end real estate market. And I’m thrilled that my work with the Nixon listing was recognized.”

Laurie Moore-Moore, founder of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, who hosted the conference, notes that attendance is limited to exemplary, proven professionals in the luxury home niche.

“This event provides attendees the opportunity to build an exclusive network of contacts focused on the upscale residential industry, while sharing ideas with the best in the business about how to meet the needs of the very affluent,” Moore-Moore said.

Old Palm Golf Club Unveils Six New Golf Estates Models

By Caitlin Flynn

Old Palm Golf Club, an exclusive residential community in the Palm Beaches, has unveiled six new luxury home models in its Golf Estates neighborhood priced from $1.8 million.

“With so many different new models in the Golf Estates, homebuyers are sure to find their dream home,” says Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales at Old Palm. “Interest has remained high all year.”

Mustapick Estate Homes built three of the new models, each with its own personality. The Monaco showcases a traditional floor plan with a separate living room, family room and dining room. The one-story home boasts 4,098 square feet of living space including four bedrooms, four full and one half-baths, offering plenty of room for families and guests. The Monaco can be built starting at $1,654,000 on a preserve homesite, and the furnished model is offered at $1,875,000.

As an alternative for homebuyers seeking a little less space, Mustapick’s 3,892 square-foot-under-air Marseilles model is ideal for entertaining. The design flows naturally, lending a certain tranquility to the interior, featuring three bedrooms, three full and one half baths, a den and great room that opens on to a covered loggia. The Marseilles is priced from $1,599,000 on a standard homesite. The furnished model is available at $1,825,000.

Currently under construction, Mustapick’s newest design is the Magen’s Bay, a 3,869-square-foot-under-air model named for the beautiful bay on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The home is an intriguing combination of the Monaco and Marseilles highlighted by a great room, club-room, four bedrooms, four full and one half-baths. The Magen’s Bay is available starting at $1,614,000 on a standard home site; the furnished model is $1,850,000.

The other three models in the Golf Estates are by Courchene Development Corp. The Carlisle encompasses 4,062 square feet of living space and includes four bedrooms, four full and one half-baths, a living room, family room and den. This model is priced from $1,649,000 on a standard homesite, $1,985,000 furnished.

Adding yet another magnificent design to its collection of homes, the Poinciana II is a traditional split floor plan with 3,485 square feet of living space. The home features three bedrooms, three full and one half-baths, a library and a spacious Great Room that opens onto a covered loggia. To maximize views of the tropical landscaping and swimming pool, the Poinciana II has plenty of windows and sliding doors for a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. The Poinciana II is available from $1,505,750 on a standard homesite, while the furnished model $1,855,000.

Ward Village Releases 12 penthouses in Anaha Tower

By Caitlin Flynn

Ward Village is a new 60-acre walkable community in the heart of Honolulu and bring 4,000 residential units to this booming tropical metropolis. Ward Village has released an exclusive collection of 12 penthouses in the Anaha tower. These are the final residences to be released in the first two towers in Phase I.

These luxury residences include exceptional views, and a variety of floor plans to choose from, all of the penthouses provide owners with luxury finishes such as Miele appliances, quartz counters, spacious walk-in closets and natural hardwood flooring.

Starting at just under $2 million for 1,351 sq. ft., these residences in the sky offer incredible value. The Anaha penthouses come in two-bedroom and up to five-bedroom floor plans up to 6,676 sq. ft.

Owners have the countless amenities and services at Anaha at their fingertips from concierge services to resident spa and treatment rooms, a Howard Hughes bar, indoor golf simulator, ocean view pool and poolside cabanas plus a dog park and sand volleyball court. These are available for ownership today and will be ready for move-in in Spring 2016.

Animated Light Installation by Chris Doyle on View in April

By Caitlin Flynn

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Wave Hill announces a groundbreaking installation by acclaimed interdisciplinary artist Chris Doyle. The large-scale, site-specific work, under the working title “The Lightening: a project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden,” will engage the formal pool, offering a dynamic fusion of garden, light and animation that will pay homage to the intersection of horticulture and art.

A group of three, faceted structures will activate the serene space, hovering above the water and contained by the surrounding pergolas. These sculptures, incorporating projection animation and LEDs, will take direct inspiration from specific plants in the Aquatic Garden. As visitors pass by, around and through the sculptural pieces, a sound component, developed in collaboration with innovative composer Jeremy Turner, will be integral to the immersive effect.

With the grounds open on select evenings during the installation, visitors will discover—or rediscover—the landscape and vistas in an entirely novel manner. Doyle’s installation will act as the fulcrum point for the experience; in bringing artistic animation to the grounds, the work is meant to encourage visitors to consider the inherent vitality of the gardens, and appreciate the deeply entwined connection between art and horticulture.

Public viewing begins April 24-May 24, 2015 on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 6:30-9:30PM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Miami’s Art Basal Week Kicks Off December 1st

By Caitlin Flynn

On December 1st at the glamorous rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami the Art Basal week will kick off with a soiree benefiting the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Individuals Living with Paralysis – Putting Lives Back Into Motion (SCF).

The celebration features portraits taken by Miami artist Henry Perez of “Miami’s Leading Ladies of Glamour” at some of the area’s most iconic cultural locations – Wynwood, Coconut Grove, the Miami Design District, South Beach’s Art Deco District, Coral Gables and Little Havana.

The exhibition is titled La Force de Femmes au Naturel (The Power of Natural Women) and features fifty of Florida’s fabulous females without any retouching or photo-shop, honoring the spirit and power of women leaders who make a difference in the community, like Sabrina Cohen.

The Opening Reception is free and open to the public and promises to draw many of the women celebrated in the exhibition.

Proceeds from the raffling of specially framed artwork from the show and a silent auction will benefit SCF – the non-profit organization that advocates for research and quality-of-life health initiatives, dedicated to building a global network of top scientists and clinicians in the field of Regenerative Medicine, while funding cutting-edge research and innovative therapies to reverse paralysis and treat other impairments of the Central Nervous System.

“The Mayfair Hotel is proud of our ongoing initiatives to support Miami’s arts and culture,” said the Mayfair Hotel’s General Manager, Axel Gasser.
All portraits were shot in black-and-white, and have not been retouched or photo-shopped in any way to preserve the natural beauty of the subjects.

“These are the most inspiring and beautiful women I am blessed to know,” said the artist Henry Perez. The women span in age from their early 20’s to nearly 80, representing a wide variety of races and ethnicities. The series is a culmination of over a year’s worth of photo-shoots.


Modern Furniture to Partner with Romero Britto

By Caitlin Flynn

Modani Furniture partnered with internationally renowned artist, Romero Britto to sell his one-of-a-kind artwork. Pieces are for sale at the Modani Furniture Miami Showroom as well as available online at Modani’s website under the home décor section.

Modani is currently the only furniture store in the United States selling Britto’s original pieces. This partnership will cater to both art and furniture enthusiasts creating unique touches to every home.

Modani and Britto began this new venture early November 2014, and they hope to continue this business relationship for many years to come. ”We are honored that Romero has decided to work with us and sell his fun and creative pieces of art with us,” says Nathan Cohen, Modani Furniture Owner.

Modani’s simplistic designs and Romero’s electrifying artwork provides an impeccable balance and connection for all consumers. This new venture is sure to please, and conveys Modani’s vision of beautifying every home.

Items for sale range from vibrant paintings to fascinating sculptures. From favorites like the “Garden Butterfly” sculpture to the “Close To You” painting, these pieces are currently ready to be purchased. Prices range from $800 to $2,550, and available for shipping nationwide.