Madison Penthouse Collection unveiled in Manhattan

New York, N.Y. – J.D. Carlisle Development Corp., in partnership with DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., is pleased to formally announce the Penthouse Collection at One Sixty Madison — five exclusive residences within the 45-story new development building bringing a new standard of luxury living to NoMad, one of Manhattan’s most prolific neighborhoods.

“Expansive and unique layouts, rare triple-exposure views and top-of-the-line fixtures and finishes – the One Sixty Madison penthouses rival those of any high-end condominium on the market,” said Evan Stein, president of M.D. Carlisle Development Corp., the construction manager for the project and a principal of the developer.  “Our residents appreciate not only our attention to detail, but also living in a central and continually evolving neighborhood like NoMad, which is easily accessible from Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central Terminal. The penthouses are luxurious, welcoming and are raising the bar in an established neighborhood people want to call home.”

Located at 160 Madison Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets – the nexus of Chelsea, Gramercy and Midtown – the exclusive penthouse homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 10.6” ceiling heights, wheat oak finished floors and unique views due to its signature rectangular octagon shape.

In addition to custom built-in finishes, notable features in each Penthouse include a chef’s kitchen with honed Calacatta marble counters and backsplash; an integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator; a Bosch dishwasher; wine cooler; and a 5-burner range. Each master bathroom features floor-to-ceiling natural stone, a spacious glass-enclosed rain shower, deep soaking tub and decorative recessed lighting accents throughout.

Monthly rental prices for the one-bedroom penthouses begin at $7,200, while the two-bedroom penthouses start at $14,900.

“The Penthouse Collection at One Sixty Madison offers five condo-quality homes that redefine luxury rental living,” said Sarah Patton of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, the senior marketing director handling leasing with One Sixty’s onsite team. “This building has resonated with many discerning tenants due to its convenient location, well-conceived layouts, views, amenities and the developers’ innate attention to detail. We expect great interest in the penthouse residences from renters in the market seeking an enhanced city lifestyle.”


FIABCI enhances real estate students’ college experience

unnamedParis, France — A group of leading real estate students from the Business College at Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina, USA) participated in a mini-seminar in Milan during a study tour to learn about current investment and business conditions in Italy, including real estate development market conditions.

The visit was facilitated by FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation and led by Dr. Yoav Wachsman, Professor of Economics & Special Projects at Coastal Carolina’s College of Business Administration.  Coastal Carolina University has recently become an Academic Member of FIABCI and is the first academic institution in the world to be accepted as a Supporting Partner of the International Ethics Standards Coalition of which FIABCI is a founding member.

Antonio Campagnoli, President of FIABCI-Italia and FIABCI’s Regional President for Europe hosted the event which included business leaders from Italian Principal Members:  FIMAA (the National Association of Brokers), ASPESI (the National Association of Developers) and IsIVI (the Valuers’ Association).

“This opportunity is an excellent example of how FIABCI is providing unique educational opportunities for students and young professionals from all over the world to learn about international markets and real estate projects from leading experts in a hands-on setting,” explained Campagnoli.

Gurney’s, Nest Seekers International unveil oceanfront homes

image006Gurney’s, the iconic resort destination in Montauk, is unveiling The Residences 12 oceanfront homes for sale this month. The Residences, adjacent to the resort property, are a one-of-a-kind luxury lifestyle opportunity in a location that cannot be replicated. They offer the most dramatic proximity to the ocean that you can find anywhere, and are a scarce commodity –homes can never be built again this close to the ocean due to zoning laws.

The Residences are comprised of four two-bedroom, three three-bedroom, four four-bedroom, and one five-bedroom properties, ranging from 2000- 5000 sq ft. The design is a blend of the iconic Hamptons-style seaside cottages façade and organic modern interiors with the use of light woods, cool marble slabs and neutral color palette. Expansive outdoor living areas hover above the Atlantic Ocean. Prices range, starting at $4 million.

Owners will have access to the exceptional Gurney’s lifestyle and amenities, where absolutely everything is taken care of. These include butler service (including preparation for arrival), dedicated owners’ beach cabanas, home maintenance, watersport equipment storage, as well as access to Gurney’s restaurants (like Scarpetta Beach), seawater spa and pool, beach nannies, wellness retreats and fitness classes, and entertainment.

‘North of NYC’ ignites interest in New York’s northern suburbs

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 3.50.41 PMNew York, N.Y. – In an effort to excite New Yorkers contemplating a move out of the city, Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate brokerage serving Gotham’s northern suburbs has released a new digital lifestyle guide, North of NYC. The highly interactive guide celebrates the people and places that make New York’s Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut such exciting and thriving places to live, work and play.

“This project demonstrates how Houlihan Lawrence is embracing the new frontier of real estate marketing by turning the focus on communities and lifestyle possibilities rather than simply selling houses,” said Chris Meyers, Managing Principal of Houlihan Lawrence. “We chose to produce the guide in a mobile-optimized digital format, making it easy for people to explore our communities as they begin their journey.”

“The suburbs aren’t a blanket statement, and just as the Upper East Side isn’t the Upper West or Brooklyn Heights isn’t Bushwick, there’s personality, quirk and subtle nuance to every town, village and hamlet in our area,” said E.J. Kelley, Content Strategist at Houlihan Lawrence. “We wanted to create something that introduced each of our communities in a compelling, authentic way, shared the stories of what makes each one tick and really resonated.” 

Designed by King & Partners, a digital agency specializing in content strategy, design and technology located in NoHo, the visually stunning micro-site is organized through the lens of six local personas – the Villager, the Equestrian, the Trailblazer, theWaterfronter, the Locavore and the Cosmopolitan. Each category profiles a local personality, business owner or influencer who shares their experience and connection to the region. Another cornerstone of North of NYC is its interactive map, a hub for visitors to discover more than 250+ curated stops, restaurants, attractions and more. The map exclusively features independently-owned businesses, speaking to Houlihan Lawrence’s local roots.

“In addition to creating a visually captivating digital experience, our goal was to build an online destination that will tell the many wonderful stories of the northern suburbs and engage users in meaningful conversations,” says Tony King, CEO, King & Partners. “We wanted North of NYC to be a truly unique platform that offers a customized, interactive map of the region and invites people to uncover its best offerings, from local breweries and farm-to-table eateries to organic farms and historic sites.”

Walker Zanger launches Kaza Design Competition

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 1.04.59 PMLos Angeles, Calif. – Walker Zanger, in partnership with Architectural Digest, announces the Kaza Design Competition, which offers all aspiring and established designers and architects the chance to have their original tile design added to the Kaza collection. The design competition will launch on May 14, and the winning designer will have their product manufactured by Walker Zanger and earn royalties from the product’s sales.
“We look forward to seeing the design community’s creativity through the Kaza Design Competition, giving designers and architects the opportunity to bring new inspirations to the Kaza collection,” said Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing Jared Becker.
Entrants will be tasked with designing decorative concrete wall tile that complements the current offerings in the Kaza collection. It should be aesthetically pleasing and visually exciting, yet also practical for widespread application and use. The design can showcase a pattern or consist of many differently shaped tiles that form a homogeneous surface when installed together. The panel of judges will include design luminaries from architecture, interior design, and fashion, as well as an editor from Architectural Digest.
In addition to the production of their tile and royalties from its sales, the winner will also receive a three-day trip for two to Budapest, Hungary, where Kaza tiles are manufactured. Flights and accommodations are included, and the winner will get an exclusive opportunity to tour the Kaza production facility. Entries will be accepted until September 30 and the winner will be announced in November at a celebratory event in New York City. Interested applicants can find more information and submit their designs at
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Texas dominates list of growing U.S. cities

Texas was home to five of the 11 fastest-growing cities in the country between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015 with a population of at least 50,000 people. Georgetown was the fastest-growing city in the nation.Washington, D.C. — Georgetown, Texas, saw its population rise 7.8 percent between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, making it the nation’s fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Georgetown is part of the Austin-Round Rock metro area, which crossed the 2 million population threshold in 2015 for the first time, according to statistics released earlier this year. This metro area is also home to Pflugerville, the nation’s 11th fastest-growing large city. Austin itself added more people over the period (19,000) than all but seven other U.S. cities.

Texas was home to five of the 11 fastest-growing cities (New Braunfels, Frisco and Pearland were the others), and five of the eight that added the most people (Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas were the others).

New York remained the nation’s most populous city and gained 55,000 people during the year ending July 1, 2015, which is more than any other U.S. city. New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county equivalent of New York State. The five boroughs are Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronxand Staten Island. Queens (16,700), Brooklyn (16,000) and theBronx (13,700) accounted for the bulk of New York’s growth.

The statistics released cover all local functioning governmental units, including incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as townships) and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of an incorporated place and its parent county have merged).


Master-planned Arizona golf course breaks ground

PC Club Cabin RenderingFlagstaff, Ariz. – Pine Canyon, a private master-planned golf course and residential community in Flagstaff, Arizona, is breaking ground on projects that will offer three new housing options for its residents. The projects offer a variety of opportunities for residents, among which include Club Cabins, single-family homes and townhomes to accommodate a “lock and leave” lifestyle.

The increased construction activity comes just as Pine Canyon nears its peak summer season, when the golf course hits its optimal conditions and the weather allows for endless outdoor activities and events.

“We have a comprehensive vision for Pine Canyon as it matures. Part of that plan includes the introduction of diverse residential options with resort-inspired services,” said Peter Burger, president of Symmetry Companies, which owns and manages Pine Canyon. “We place a premium on opportunities, which then afford our residents the ability to enjoy all the luxuries that this community has to offer. From a development standpoint, it will be a very busy summer.”

Highly anticipated Manhattan condos now available

CaptureNew York, N.Y. – Extell Development Company announces the commencement of sales at The Kent, its anticipated luxury condominium development on Manhattan’s coveted Upper East Side. Located on the corner of 95th Street and Third Avenue, The Kent will anchor the neighborhood with an architecturally striking building that pays homage to some of New York City’s Art Deco structures from the 1920s, with interiors that echo the classic elegance and grandeur of the Upper East Side.

Riding on the success of The Lucida, where Extell delivered one of the most successful residential buildings on the Upper East Side, The Kent marks a new tradition for luxury living, offering a collection of 83 grand condominium residences designed with elegant and intelligent living spaces. These fine homes are complemented by three levels of indoor and outdoor lifestyle services and amenities.

“The Kent will deliver the same high-quality design found in all Extell developments, and will offer the signature Extell Choice of three distinct finish selections, catering to a variety of styles and personal preferences,” says Raizy Haas, Senior Vice President of Development for Extell. “This building will be a game-changer for the neighborhood and will raise the bar for what Upper East Side living should be.”

Designed by renowned firm Beyer Blinder Belle, the architecture expresses a harmonious relationship with the classic buildings found along Park and Fifth Avenues. The Kent’s façade is constructed of brick and limestone, accented by metalwork paneling, oversized windows, and culminates with a series of steel and glass lanterns crowning the building. Occupying almost the full block along Third Avenue, the building’s grand entrance on 95th street opens onto a remarkable double-height lobby paneled in rich rosewood.

Acclaimed interior design firm Champalimaud, whose celebrated designs grace The Hotel Bel Air and The Waldorf Astoria, have crafted interiors that feature grand living and entertaining spaces, complete with luxe finishes and materials. The two-to-five bedroom homes – a select few with large terraces – range in size from 1,285 to over 5,000 square feet, boast 10 to 15 foot ceilings, multiple exposures and views of Midtown, Central Park and the East River.

“We approached the design for The Kent with a stately, Park Avenue perspective, incorporating classic elements such as charming foyers to welcome both residents and guests, formal living and dining rooms with sophisticated details, and gracious kitchens and bathrooms,” stated Alexandra Champalimaud, Founder of Champalimaud. “We wanted to create a unique residential experience that embodies what a luxury lifestyle looks and feels like today.”

First-ever Drybar agreement reached at Murray Street

RP-111-MURRAY-14-BED-MASTER_FINAL_SMLNew York, N.Y. – Fisher Brothers, Witkoff and New Valley, the developers of 111 Murray Street, the striking, flared glass condominium tower rising 800-foot above TriBeCa, announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership with Drybar, the national group of salons that solely provides the popular hair-styling service known as “blowouts.” In an exclusive agreement, 111 Murray Street will feature a fully appointed Drybar, whereby residents will be able to conveniently schedule at-home appointments for Drybar’s signature blowouts.

“As part of our very concentrated efforts to provide best-in-class amenities and services for buyers at 111 Murray Street, we are thrilled to make this announcement,” says Steve Witkoff, chairman and chief executive officer of the privately held, global real estate development and investment firm Witkoff. “As developers, we’re always looking for the next generation of luxury services that we believe will resonate with our buyers. Having their very own Drybar is proving to be extremely alluring because of the time it saves and the convenience it provides.”

With a quick call to the building’s Abigail Michaels managed concierge, or a press of a button on the Drybar app, a stylist will be deployed to 111 Murray Street where residents can enjoy any number of services including blowouts, up-dos and hydrating treatments. Designed by Drybar’s award-winning architect Josh Heitler, the 2-chair shop will feature all of Drybar’s signature, custom design elements within the David Rockwell designed Club Floor. Residents will enjoy their treatments from custom Italian chairs surrounded by tufted fabric walls, marble bars with built-in iPhone charging stations, and flat screens featuring popular movies and television shows.

“The single most important part of the Drybar experience is the way we make women feel,” explains Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. “We are thrilled to extend our exclusive blowouts to the residents of 111 Murray Street in order to make them look and feel their best before they even step out the lobby door. It’s such a beautiful building, I’d love to live there myself!”

Sales open for the West Enclave, Mexico’s Ritz-Carlton

Los Cabos, Mexico – The developer of West Enclave, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence, located in Los Cabos, Mexico, has opened sales to the public this week for a limited collection of 27 single-family Residences, following $70 million in pre-sales.

The initial phase of Reserve Residences is priced from $4.2 million and nestled along a sea-view bluff within the master-planned resort enclave of Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose Del Cabo. These expansive villas feature a combined 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, sleek and modern architecture with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sea of Cortez, a double kitchen, five en-suite bedrooms with indoor/outdoor showers, massage gardens, an entertainment room with en-suite bathroom, service room with full bathroom, two powder rooms and a quietly efficient background of premium technology. Outdoor amenities include more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor living space complete with a private swimming pool and spa, covered living and dining area with bar, fireplace and BBQ, open-air courtyard with fire feature, fire pit, two golf cart parking spaces and a two-car garage.

“Puerto Los Cabos is the hottest and most exclusive community in Los Cabos and our Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences bring a truly limited opportunity to experience San Jose Del Cabo in an unprecedented way,” said Alex Cuttler, director of marketing for the project developer, Grupo Questro. “These residences will offer truly stunning amenities, spectacular views and expansive floorplans with substantial square footage. Our offering is truly unique and the pre-sale success we’ve seen is a testament to that.”