Unique Homes Magazine - 2016 UH Summer

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Kirsten Niper 2016-07-10 03:25:20

Mountainside at Northstar’s vision is about connecting to family, nature, others and self. Perched on the side of Northstar, the community offers access to 3,000 acres of skiable, hikeable and bikeable topography. With just 300 residences, connecting to the surrounding environment and community is even easier. During my visit to Mountainside at Northstar, I explored the residential options in the community. Residence offerings include the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath, approximately 2,250-square-foot Stellar Townhomes starting at $1.995 million; the Stellar Residences, single-family homes designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and starting at $3.6 million; and the M25 neighborhood, an enclave of 25 home sites ranging from a half acre to 1.5 acres, and starting at $690,000. All homes are ski-in/ski-out. During my tour of the residences and home sites, I was awed by the mountainous views and ease of access throughout the community. I was also taken aback by the sense of community that is being developed — it is truly one of the top amenities of Northstar. Residents can enjoy the privacy afforded by living in nature, yet they can take advantage of community gathering spaces to get to know their neighbors. Residents can lounge and play in the Tree House, a community gathering space with a gym, pool, dining area, lounge and a game room. The outfitters, based in the Tree House, create personalized experiences for residents, including rafting trips, special hiking trips, or a birthday surprise, including a helicopter ride for an owner. There isn’t a task too big or too small; while in the Tree House, I overheard an outfitter reaching out to retailers in the area to track down a kayak for a resident. “I think the outfitters really separate us from other resort communities,” shares Annisa Crawford of Mountainside Partners, the developer. “They respect the owner’s privacy, but they connect others to the surrounding community and outdoor activities.” In my visit, I was paired with an outfitter who guided me through the charming town of Truckee, a journey out to see Lake Tahoe, and even a rainy day walk. Other (still under construction) amenities include a serene yoga studio, cabins for overnight gatherings, an owner’s lounge and a playground. In Tel Aviv’s exclusive and historic Jaffa, The Penthouse at W Tel Aviv Hotel is listed for 160 million NIS (about $41 million USD). Designed by British architect John Pawson, this penthouse enjoys stunning views of Jaffa’s ancient port and the Mediterranean Sea. To be completed this fall, the spacious penthouse spans 16,178 square feet of living space on the entire top floor, plus a 786-square-foot terrace with views of the sea. “The Penthouse displays upscale design, combined with high livability. We have been in partnership with esteemed designer John Pawson since his design of the New York City Gramercy Park Hotel. He has now placed his signature minimalistic style into the design of the penthouse for this exciting collaboration,” shares Aby Rosen, co-founder and principal of RFR Holding. The buyer of the penthouse will work in conjunction with Pawson’s office to “create a bespoke place based on his design concepts.” The penthouse has a private entrance to the W Hotel, with easy access to a gourmet restaurant, lounge bar and an exclusive beach club. The W Tel Aviv Hotel is within the walls of a 19th-century building that has fused the architectural integrity of nearby structures with the W Hotel’s trademark amenities. FABULOUS FINDS PACIFIC HEIGHTS WELCOMES THE PACIFIC San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood unveils its first significant new-construction in several decades, The Pacific, a collection of 76 boutique residences plus the Row Home Collection, made up of 10 adjacent three- and four-story homes. Developer Trumark Urban and Handel Architects collaborated to repurpose the 250,000-square-foot building on 2121 Webster Street into The Pacific, a nine-story jewel-box building that evokes a sense of timelessness. With sales launching this summer, there are one-, two- and threebedroom flats available, plus three-level townhomes. The residences enjoy views of San Francisco, spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to Twin Peaks. Amenities include private vehicle valet, full-service concierge, a lobby attendant, a private rooftop observatory lounge overlooking the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, a private guest suite, world-class fitness center, and installations from local artists and international creators such as Helen Amy Murray. “The ideal buyer for The Pacific will have an affinity for our modern approach to sophisticated design, which focuses on impeccable finishes, rich details and gracious and welcoming spaces,” explains Arden Hearing, managing director at Trumark Urban. “They will also appreciate being in the heart of the action, just steps from top-tier shopping, Michelin-starred restaurants, gorgeous parks, playgrounds, some of the best private schools in the city, and also within close range of hiking, running and biking trails.”

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