FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND CLUB DALLAS AT LAS COLINAS
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AUTOMOBILE | RIDE 14 Koenigsegg’s Land-based Rocket Ship Arrives in Canada
HOME | DESIGN 16 Freshen Up Your Indoor Spaces This Fall
FOOD 20 Eight Lounge 22 Kumoi 24 Toca Madera 29 Chicken Cordon Bleu Kebabs 30 Add a Little Sweetness to Any Occasion
32 Blended Festival by Paolo Murano
34 TRAVEL | LEISURE 34 Fairmont Century Plaza 36 Miami to Become Home to World’s First Blue Zones Center
39 Burj Al Arab Unveiled 40 Awana Spa ART | CULTURE 42 San Diego’s Premier Music Venue Opens by Paolo Murano
44 The Future Museum REAL ESTATE 46 Mandarin Oriental 9200 Wilshire in Beverly Hills
48 Top Markets Where Investors Are Impacting the Inventory Crunch
HEALTH | BEAUTY 50 5 Simple, Natural Ways to Boost Immunity
52 Winging 2021 by Jennifer Gonzales
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Welcome to the food issue of High Rise Life magazine. We’ve engineered this issue to aid your fall cooking and entertaining with dishes that deliver big flavor without a lot of fuss. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fall treat or the next-level dining experience—we have something just for you. Enjoy the new restaurants and culinary talent we share throughout the pages of this issue. Cheers!
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Koenigsegg's Land-based Rocket Ship Arrives in Canada Grand Touring Automobiles announced that it will officially serve as the exclusive national retailer for Swedish supercar brand Koenigsegg To celebrate that partnership, the award-winning retailer launched a national tour highlighting the world’s only Mega-GT, the first-of-itskind four-seat Koenigsegg Gemera. With three electric motors working in tandem with a twin-turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine to make a staggering 1,700-hp, the two-door, all-wheel-drive Gemera achieves a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 1.9 seconds.
“It is an honor for Grand Touring Automobiles to now represent the Koenigsegg brand across Canada, says Paul Cummings, Dealer Principal and CEO of Grand Touring Automobiles. “The Gemera is one of the most remarkable cars built by any automaker anywhere, and I know there are some Canadian enthusiasts who can’t wait to see it in person. And we can’t wait to show them.”
The tour kicked off with a private event in Montreal on July 19, 2021, giving elite shoppers a chance to interact with the groundbreaking hybrid mega car. Additional invite-only showings are just wrapping up in Toronto, with other stops planned for Calgary and Vancouver later this month. Koenigsegg has also supplied Grand Touring Automobiles with its fastest car ever for the tour: the stunning, fighter jet-inspired US$4M, 1,600-hp Jesko Absolut. Helmed by lifelong innovator Christian von Koenigsegg, the Swedish supercar company has earned critical acclaim by developing and building record-breaking mega cars combined with sustainable mobility technologies which have consistently pushed the industry to new heights. With facilities across the country – including recently acquired operations in Calgary that represent Aston Martin, Automobili Pininfarina, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lotus, RIMAC and Rolls-Royce – Grand Touring Automobiles is Canada’s superluxury retailer. The award-winning retailer also earned the distinction in 2020 as the number one Bugatti retailer for North America and through a recently announced acquisition, now proudly represents the French car maker from coast-to-coast. For more information about Grand Touring Automobiles, please visit grandtouringautos.com.
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Freshen UpYour Indoor Spaces This Fall When cold winter days keep you inside, you may find yourself bored with your surroundings. Waiting for the sun to make its next appearance can provide the perfect opportunity to give your indoor spaces a fresh and appealing mini makeover. Even if your budget is tight, you can still make small changes to transform a room. Consider these ideas: 16
Courtesy of Family Features Bring stylish flair to your space with a new color scheme. Rather than replacing all the furniture, which can be costly, focus on smaller accessory pieces such as pillows and decorative items. Create variety by using multiple hues of the same color or mixing two or more complementary colors. Introduce new accent furniture. Smaller and less cost-prohibitive than centerpieces like a couch, for example, accent pieces such as end tables or a coffee table can provide subtle changes to the look of a room. You could also opt to refinish a piece of furniture you have on-hand to create a look that’s all your own. Morph your room by simply rearranging what you already own. Adjusting September 2021
the orientation of your furniture and decor can let you see your favorite room from a whole new perspective. Whether it’s a flea market find, such as an old window frame that you paint and add a display shelf to the base, or a series of photos from your favorite vacation destination, adding some DIY art can not only update your room, but make it more personal, too. A new look for your favorite room can go a long way toward chasing away those winter blahs, so find ways to update your space for a cozy retreat that you can enjoy despite the cold weather raging outdoors. Find more ideas at eLivingtoday.com. 17
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Eight Lounge Dynamic cigar bar will offer more than 150 premium cigars, including exclusive and limited-edition smokes 20
ight Lounge, a state-of-the-art cigar & spirits lounge will light up Las Vegas beginning this fall. Located at Resorts World Las Vegas, the newest property to be built on the Strip in over a decade, Eight will offer premier hand-rolled cigars & spirits in a comfortable environment that’s both stylish, contemporary and vibrant. With over 150 different cigars, Eight will carry tobacco products exclusive to its custom-built walk-in humidor. Limited edition cigars will also litter the cigar vault, giving guests the chance to try once-in-a-lifetime cigars. In addition to its smoke selection, Eight’s cocktail program is second-to-none, as bartenders carefully perfect time-honored and modernized cocktails to pair with guest’s cigar of choice. Acting as “cigar sommeliers,” Eight’s mixologists will be well-versed in the flavor profiles of premium tobaccos, giving them the innate ability to complement smokes with a spirit. Adding to the allure, temperaturecontrolled lockers will be available for members only, the perfect stowaway to preserve spirits and cigars. Eight has left no stone unturned in its design, even recognizing the importance and symbolism the number has in Chinese culture. The number, which is thought as infinite in East Asia, is incorporated into the lounge and humidor, which is divided into eight sections. The new lounge is a concept created by entrepreneur Giuseppe Bravo and David Chesnoff, partner and celebrity attorney. The two first united to launch Las Vegas’ premier ticket
broker, Bravo Tickets. Now they embark on their second joint venture teaming up with Clique Hospitality as their managing partner. The deep tufted couches and dark wood trimming give an air of refinement, sophistication and masculinity, while the brightly lit bar-length chandelier and subtle pops of color emanate femininity. Further maintaining the clean aesthetic, an ultramodern filtration system refreshes air every four minutes to keep air clean, fresh and constantly flowing. “Eight’s uniqueness will be intriguing to cigar aficionados and novices,” said John Pettei, managing partner. “We’re shredding the clichés and stigmas associated with cigars— the old man in the smoky room — and bringing sophistication and sexiness back.” “Eight is not your average cigar lounge, we are breaking barriers and bringing the highest level of service and hospitality to the luxurious hotel and casino that is Resorts World Las Vegas,” said Giuseppe Bravo. “With over 150 different cigars sourced from around the globe along with its lavish furniture, Eight is the perfect place to escape for a well-earned smoke.” While Eight’s interior serves as the heartbeat of the bar, the 2,300-square-foot outdoor patio complete with a tranquil fireplace and a misting and heating trellis — acts as a sanctuary and provides a respite from the frenzy of the casino. The bar’s brilliance will also be in its adaptability, as a noticeable but seamless transition will take place as the day turns to night at which time the lounge will shift from a classic cigar bar to a lively indoor-outdoor “cigar friendly” lounge catering to those looking to smoke or meet up over a cocktail.
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Kumoi Modern Japanese Fusion Cuisine at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou 22
orn in Seoul, Korea, Chef Keneth always had a deep appreciation of Japanese food and as soon as he completed his military service, he pursued his dream of a career in Japanese culinary art. Tokyo was his first destination and although he could not read or speak Japanese, he studied the language by day and worked in a restaurant in the evenings. His hard work and determination gained respect from his colleagues, and he was applauded by the head chef, who in turn offered him an opportunity to learn traditional Kaiseki cuisine. Following many years of rigorous training in Kaiseki cuisine, Chef Keneth is adamant that unrelenting attention to detail is fundamental when preparing Japanese cuisine. Chef Keneth moved from Japan in 1997 to Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s original London restaurant. Nobu, famous for globalizing Japanese cuisine, was an exciting opportunity and his experience in London afforded him a completely new perspective on Japanese cuisine. The magic of incorporating local flavors and ingredients was a key learning milestone in Chef Keneth’s career in London, which today still impacts his overall style. Chef Keneth continued his globetrotting adventures working in luxury hotels in the Middle East followed by the British West Indies, before arriving in China in late 2020. He is excited to launch his new menu at Kumoi, featuring a strong Kaiseki influence combined with elements and techniques from diverse cultures.
Some highlights of the new menu include Pumpkin chawanmushi, a classic appetizer with a modern twist. The mini pumpkin assumes the role of a teacup. Its ample golden shade is just right for autumn, a season of harvest. The pumpkin’s natural sweet taste compliments the savory egg custard elevated by a lobster consommé. Chef Keneth dresses up this dish with a touch of spicy seafood paste, which gives this gentle entrée a distinctive Cantonese character. King bull wagyu beef hoba-yaki, another signature dish, inspired by the rustic and natural cooking methods practiced in the mountains of Central Japan. The locals use a dried hoba, the dried leaf of honoki - a magnolia leaf - as a vessel for cooking meat in white miso. Chef Keneth adopts a hoba presentation to create the ambience of a serene autumn mountain landscape combined with ancient forests, illuminated by sunlight with a gentle mist rising from the ground. A medium marbled beef of domestic wagyu, famous for its high quality, is selected for the grill and accompanied by a fruity yuzu (pomelo) miso dip to neutralize its rich flavor.
Salmon carpaccio, black truffle and ponzu sauce; and truffle foie gras roll, barbecued eel, chives, sweet soy and truffle salsa are two dishes with Chef Keneth’s unmistakable fusion style. The ponzu dressing served with the salmon carpaccio is made with Japanese citrus vinegar and bears a strong resemblance to ceviche, a household favorite in South America. The tantalizing combination of the salmon carpaccio and the ponzu dressing, accented with the truffles, is memorable. For the truffle foie gras roll Chef Keneth deep-fries the sushi roll with a tempura batter, to offer an extra layer of texture. The sweet soy and truffle salsa create a dynamic flavor combination. For more information, please visit www.fourseasons.com. September 2021
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Toca Madera Hospitality Group Noble 33 announces the continued expansion of Toca Madera with their newest location in Las Vegas Hospitality Group Noble 33 announces today the expansion of highly acclaimed restaurant brand, Toca Madera, into Las Vegas nestled in between the ARIA Resort & Casino and The Shops at Crystals on the Las Vegas Strip. This new location will be Noble 33’s first venture in Las Vegas and marks Toca Madera’s third location beyond its West Hollywood flagship and Scottsdale location. 24
Toca Madera Las Vegas, which will open its doors in Spring 2022, will feature its highly acclaimed modern Mexican menu known for its bold flavors and high quality, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Its expansive menu will be accompanied by a dynamic farm-to-glass mixology program using fresh, seasonal ingredients, the finest tequilas, and mezcals in artisan cocktails. www.HighRiseLife.com
This new venture will be pioneered by Noble 33’s Co-Founders, Tosh Berman and Mikey Tanha, and signifies the next step in Noble 33’s national expansion plan. “As we continue to grow Toca Madera, we are prioritizing what is important to us and our patrons, which is creating memorable experiences, pushing the boundaries with our cuisine and cocktails, and sourcing the best ingredients to elevate the consumer experience,” said Berman. Toca Madera Las Vegas will have a beautiful sense of arrival through the main Aria valet courtyard and will neighbor a lineup of fine-dining concepts including CATCH, Julian Serrano Tapas and Mastro’s Ocean Club. September 2021
“As a former Las Vegas resident, the launch of our first restaurant in this city has personal significance,” said Tanha, CEO of Noble 33. “We are excited to bring the signature Toca Madera experience to another energetic city that offers some of the best dining and entertainment in the world.” Upcoming dining concepts that will follow as part of Noble 33’s development roadmap include Casa Madera West Hollywood at the Mondrian Hotel, Sparrow at the Hotel Figueroa DTLA, and Casa Madera Toronto, in partnership with the 1 Hotel. Further expansion targets include New York, Miami, London, and Dubai. For more information, visit www.tocamadera.com.
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Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas Appoints Nicholas Trosien as New Executive Sous Chef 26
our Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is rounding out its team of exceptional culinary talent with the appointment of Nicholas Trosien as the new Executive Sous Chef. His Four Seasons career has taken him far and wide from Palm Beach and Singapore to Dubai and most recently, Toronto, before finding his home in the Lone Star State at Texas’ original urban resort. Trosien arrives ahead of a sizable impending renovation, which will allow him to tap into the experience he has gained at other Four Seasons properties around the world, and put his mark on the Las Colinas destination. His responsibilities include oversight of the signature restaurant LAW, dishing up fresh ingredients and bold flavours from the land, air and water of Texas; the Member’s Lounge at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club; and OUTLAW Taproom, the indoor/outdoor modern saloon-style bar celebrating Texas musical legends with bourbon, burgers and local beer. He also oversees the Resort’s expansive “Texas-sized” banqueting operation, with 85,000 square feet (7,900 square meters) of event space catering to everything from elaborate weddings and receptions to corporate meetings and events. “This was a promotion and a big step for me with a lot more moving parts to stay on top of,” he says of his role at the 400-acre (160 hectare) Resort and Club. “The size of the property, the selection of outlets, and the tenure and level of skill from the team already in place here make for an exciting challenge.” Trosien was 15 years young when he started as a pot washer at a restaurant near his home in Michigan. He worked his way to
creating and innovating with the Brand ever since. the line to cook, and although the job was nothing glamorous, it excited him nonetheless. “The thrill and rush of service – I was hooked pretty quickly.” He moved to South Florida to hone his skills at Le Cordon Bleu Miami while working part-time as prep chef at bistro. From there, he began working for a James Beard awardwinning chef at multiple restaurants, eventually rising to head chef. One evening the Food & Beverage Director and Hotel Manager of Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach dined at Trosien’s restaurant and, duly impressed, invited him to prepare a tasting and check out the Resort. The fit was right: He joined as a Sous Chef in 2012, and he has been
Trosien’s team includes Paolo Gama, LAW Chef de Cuisine, Yudith Bustos, Executive Pastry Chef who handles breads and sweet temptations for the entire operation as well as Executive Chef Christof Syré, whose two decades and immeasurable renown at the Resort made him “an immediate mentor,” in addition to the many tenured veterans on the culinary staff. For more information, please visit www.fourseasons.com.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Kebabs Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 3 Skewers Nonstick cooking spray 2 chicken breasts (6 ounces each), cubed 1 ham steak (6 ounces), cubed 6 bamboo skewers (8 inches) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Sauce 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup lactose-free 2% milk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese salt, to taste (optional) pepper, to taste (optional) To make skewers: Preheat broiler to 500 F. Line broiler pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Thread cubed chicken pieces and cubed ham pieces onto skewers.
In small bowl, combine Dijon mustard, maple syrup, black pepper, paprika and oil. Brush mustard mixture on skewers. Broil about 5 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. To make sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Add Dijon mustard. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until thick. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese, whisking until melted. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired. Serve chicken and ham kebabs with sauce. Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More, Courtesy of Family Features. 29
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Add a Little Sweetness to Any
It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugarflavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix of flavors. The cake is baked with the apples inside as the middle layer, which creates a moist, finished product. The apples are gooey, baked in a cinnamon sugar coating, making them a sweet and light complement to the perfectly baked cake. Start by mixing the apples with cinnamon and, of course, sugar. Set the mixture aside. Now it’s time for cake. First, mix all the dry ingredients together then mix in the wet ingredients. The secret to this cake is creating layers that will hold up. Pour half of the batter into a round springform pan first then add apple mixture and top it all with the rest of the cake batter. 30
Finally, for a little extra sweetness, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the cake before baking. Once baked, this cake can be drizzled with icing (if you’d like) to make it an even more delightful treat to satisfy any sweet tooth. This cake is perfect for any gettogether, families looking for an after-dinner indulgence or anyone who just loves fruity desserts. It’s delectable enough for fancy occasions, but also simple enough to make at home for just a couple. With fluffy cake layers and a soft apple center, this cake does it all. Not to mention the drip of icing at the end that all but guarantees everyone will be asking for seconds. Find more recipes and sweet desserts at Culinary.net, Courtesy of Family Features.
Apple Cake 3 cups Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and diced 3 teaspoons cinnamon 6 tablespoons, plus 2 cups, sugar, divided 3 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup oil 4 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla icing (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, mix apples, cinnamon and 5 tablespoons sugar until combined. Set aside. In large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Form well in middle of mixture. Add oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla; mix until blended. In springform pan, pour half of batter. Add apple mixture. Pour remaining batter over apple mixture. Sprinkle remaining sugar over batter. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until top is golden brown and tester comes out clean and dry. Drizzle with icing, if desired. www.HighRiseLife.com
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A New Wine and Music Experience Coming to a City Near You Written by Paolo Murano 32
n 2019 the Blended Festival was held for the first time in San Diego and provided attendees a unique experience of wine, live music, dining, lifestyle, and wellness along the downtown San Diego waterfront. Finally, back again in 2021, except larger and expanded to two more cities, the Blended Festival returns to San Diego on October 15 and 16, 2021 for two days of curated experiences. Organized by My Wine Society, the festival is not just centered around live music but integrates a new wine experience curated by Executive Sommelier and Director of Wine, Matthew-Loren Lindsey. A Las Vegas local, Matthew-Loren Lindsey is on a mission to make wine accessible and approachable to a younger generation using this national wine festival as his platform. The Wine Tent is the centerpiece of the festival, and festival
goers will be able to try wines selected by Matthew from wineries around the world as well as local wine makers. “Often times people get in their comfort zone when it comes to wine with the fear of getting buyer’s remorse. At the\ Blended Festival, festival goers can try wines at varying wine bars including Taste of France, Taste of Italy, or Taste of San Diego,” said Matthew. “What makes this festival unique are the activations and high-level approach to how the wine is represented to the audience in attendance.”
The Blended Festival boasts an all-star live music act in San Diego including: The Chainsmokers, Bryce Vine, Deorro, Loud Luxury, Nelly, and more. The festival also features a few unique activations including a live cooking stage with celebrity chefs and a wellness tent with yoga and self-care activities. In 2021, the Blended Festival expanded to Nashville and Austin and more cities are planned in the coming years. For more information and to purchase tickets to the two-day festival in San Diego, visit blendedfestival.com.
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Fairmont Century Plaza Ushers in A New Age of Glamour in Los Angeles The completely reimagined Fairmont Century Plaza will build upon its legacy as a Los Angeles cultural landmark and haven for visionaries across art, film, music, politics, and business. The hotel pays tribute to its starstudded history while ushering in a new age of glamour, infusing cutting-edge amenities with pioneering guest experiences. Originally deemed “The Hotel of the Future,” famed architect Minoru Yamasaki’s midcentury modern icon returns as the centerpiece of a $2.5B mixed-use development project on 6.14 acres, which includes two 44-story towers with 94,000 square feet of boutique shopping and 268 privately-owned luxury residences. Fairmont Century Plaza’s 16 floors house an additional 63 privately-owned Fairmont residential units, as well as 400 guestrooms, including 49 suites. The hotel is home to an impressive collection of art from around the world, including its signature piece, Laura. Sitting on the front drive at 23-feet tall, the serene mesh sculpture was created by 34
internationally celebrated Spanish artist Juame Plensa. From iconic pop culture moments to contemporary modern luxury, Fairmont Century Plaza is at the center of it all. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts tapped industry heavyweight Philip Barnes as Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager to relaunch the property, drawing on his decades of experience with openings and repositioning. “Fairmont Century Plaza will once again be THE Los Angeles hotel just as it was when it opened to worldwide acclaim in 1966,” said Philip Barnes, Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager, Fairmont Century Plaza. “Working with our talented team to ensure the return of a beloved jewel in LA’s crown has been a career highlight. We look forward to welcoming locals and guests from all over the world into a reimagined and stunningly beautiful hotel with an exemplary level of service.”
Fairmont Century Plaza is redefining the meaning of luxury far beyond its extraordinary physical structure. Driven by the core belief that no stay should be the same, establishing an authentic connection with every guest and creating extraordinary experiences tailored to each individual is central to the hotel’s shared philosophy. A key ingredient of Fairmont Century Plaza’s vibe is a genuine passion from a world-class team dedicated to transporting guests far beyond the average hotel, dining or spa experience. From check-in to check-out, the charismatic energy is contagious, and the service is unparalleled. “We are thrilled to welcome Fairmont Century Plaza to Accor’s growing luxury portfolio in North & Central America,” said Heather McCrory, CEO of Accor North & Central America. “The reopening of this Los Angeles luxury landmark is a milestone for both the brand and the city, as Fairmont is trusted to reimagine this storied icon following a $2.5B renovation and development project. The www.HighRiseLife.com
newest Fairmont is a flagship for the brand, offering a one-of-a-kind experience at the center of it all in the famed Century City and setting the standard for future development projects in the region.” The location has an illustrious reputation of being the place for major Hollywood and world events, including the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the presidential celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Now as Fairmont Century Plaza, the hotel will once again reclaim its place as the epicenter of annual award shows, industry events, fashion and film shoots and monumental art installations. With nearly 24,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 4,000 square feet of outdoor rooftop space, Fairmont Century Plaza is lavishly appointed with thoughtful amenities and expansive function space. The hotel’s 13,078 square-foot Los Angeles Ballroom is one of the city’s largest ballrooms, ready to host the grandest of soirées in signature style.
The Bar at Century Plaza is the pièce de resistance of the hotel’s show stopping lobby, surrounded by a living green wall, floating fireplace and water feature. The lobby also features floor-to-ceiling windows that retract into the floor, creating a gorgeous open space filled with natural light and fresh air. The daring yet approachable menu serves classic cocktails, creative and technique-driven libations, and globally inspired dishes. As a showpiece of the hotel, Fairmont Spa Century Plaza is reinventing wellness culture with offerings designed to unite ancient modalities of movement with state-of-the-art technologies. This 14,000 square-foot masterpiece is designed to deliver experiences beyond those currently available in the local luxury market. Through its doors lie nine treatment rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg, experiential rain showers, sanariums, aromatherapy steam rooms, a hammam, and a Himalayan salt room. Magdaleena Nikolov, General Manager of Spa, Wellness and Retail, has curated an extensive array of custom-designed offerings, first-to-market products and results driven treatments. The spa will be home to an evolving collective of world-renowned wellness experts including Dr. Oz Garcia, a biohacker and leading authority on healthy aging, and Dr. Rita Rakus, London-based rejuvenation and anti-aging aesthetic treatment pioneer.
International design firm Yabu Pushelberg has transformed the hotel’s design, delivering a modern update to the 1960s nostalgia whilst celebrating Fairmont’s defining quality of grandeur with a Californian twist. The new Century Plaza returns with almost half the number of guestrooms, allowing for a larger, more luxurious footprint with spacious marble bathrooms and a balcony for every guest room and suite. Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive hotel-within-a-hotel experience, features 70 guest rooms and suites boasting private check-in and checkout; exclusive access to the exquisite Gold Lounge; and dedicated Personal Assistants offering 24/7 concierge service. Even turn down gets a novel upgrade with The Fairmont Gold Bar Cart, an on-demand martini cart that delivers customized cocktails straight to guests’ doors. Lumière, crafted by EDG Design, is a traditional French-inspired brasserie that evokes the feeling of being transported to 1920s Paris. Open for all-day service, Lumière is an inviting neighborhood spot that celebrates timeless bohemian glamour with a fresh West Coast perspective. The team is led by visionary hospitality veteran Paul Quinn, Restaurant General Manager, with the menu overseen by Executive Chef Ramon Bojorquez. Featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined dishes, brasserie favorites include French onion soup, steak frites, seafood towers and magnums of Champagne. September 2021
The Rooftop Pool offers unmatched views of Los Angeles, including the Pacific Ocean, the Getty Museum, and the Hollywood Hills. The Pool Bar features whimsical beverages with Southern California flair that can be enjoyed poolside or in one of the nearby cabanas. Fairmont Century Plaza is committed to driving change towards positive hospitality. The hotel acts to reduce the impact of activities by implementing several sustainable initiatives to support the local and global environment. As part of Accor, Fairmont Century Plaza is a member of Planet 21, an industry-leading corporate social responsibility program that promotes environmental sustainability in the company’s hotels and communities. Built to LEED Silver standards, the hotel features include a rooftop green area, water-efficient landscaping, state-of-the-art recycling and composting programs. For more information, please visit fairmontcenturyplaza.com.
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Miami to Become Home to World's First Blue Zones Center
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Blue Zones and Adventist Health have partnered with Legacy Hotel & Residences to open the first flagship well-being & medical facility
owntown Miami’s highly anticipated mixed-use development, Legacy Hotel & Residences, today signed a record-breaking joint venture deal with Adventist Health called Blue Legacy Ventures (JV). The JV will lease and operate a first of its kind 120,000-square-foot health and well-being center. As one of the largest commercial leases to be executed in Downtown Miami’s history, the JV officially marks Adventist Health’s and its subsidiary Blue Zones’ next chapter in putting their longevity principles into practice via this first flagship center for well-being. The services will include diagnostic, surgical, medical, spa, fitness, lifestyle medicine and well-being improvement programming. The estimated $100 million, 10-floor center reflects all the parties’ shared vision to make Miami World center in Downtown Miami, and eventually Miami as a whole, the next Blue Zones community. California-based Adventist Health acquired Blue Zones in 2020 as a key step forward in their commitment to leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement that is rooted in their 150-year well-being heritage. The nonprofit integrated health system serves more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii through hospitals, medical clinics, payer partnerships and other care, health and well-being services. Blue Zones has a proven, research-based solution to improving well-
being of entire communities by making healthy choices easier in all the places people live, work, learn, pray and play. The company was born out of explorations and research done by National Geographic Fellow and Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner, who identified the blue zones hotspots around the world where people live extraordinarily long and happy lives. Blue Zones is recognized as the proven global leader in applying this research to transform entire populations by empowering people to live longer, healthier, happier lives, resulting in double digit drops in obesity and smoking rates, increases in activity and happiness, lowered healthcare costs and more. The JV will merge the best practices of hospitality and healthcare by leveraging RPC’s expertise in developing visionary properties with Adventist Health’s expertise in lifestyle medicine and Blue Zones’ experience in improving well-being by design. The Blue Zones Center will be the first place, built from the ground up, with a fully integrated well-being and medical center that focuses on keeping people well. At the integrated well-being and medical center, guests will have the ability to benefit from a lifestyle approach to medicine and an evidence-based approach to well-being therapies and treatments. September 2021
Lifestyle medicine has emerged as the future of healthcare, and with the new medical facility, the JV will pioneer building a large-scale lifestyle medicine center from the ground up. The Blue Zones experience at Legacy will combine modern medicine, holistic healing, and the most sophisticated artificial intelligence and technology for members, guests, visitors, residents and employees to live better, longer. The Blue Zones Center’s membership model will offer high-touch, frequent interactions and deeply rooted health relationships with patients, members, residents and visitors. Blue Zones takes a systems-focused approach to designing places and spaces that improve the comprehensive health and well-being for everyone that moves through them—from the patient to the family to the front desk hotel employee. There will be a unified approach to materials used, foods offered, physical designs implemented, storytelling, policies and programming—all designed to deepen and enrich the guest experience and create the optimal environment for higher well-being. Everyone can expect a fully immersive Blue Zones experience as they visit the Legacy Hotel & Residences where the healthy choice is the easy choice, from the building design encouraging moving naturally to the Blue Zones menus in onsite restaurants encouraging eating wisely, to the policies and programming encouraging people to connect more with each other and their purpose. Blue Zones programming will also benefit the wider Miami community, including an onsite farmers market, a curated voluntourism program, movement activation in downtown Miami’s planned 80-acre park system as well as the creation of the Blue Zones interactive Exploratorium. “Blue Zones has captured the imagination and attention of people all over the world for being a pioneer in improving the health of entire cities and helping us all get the most out of our years,” said Developer Dan Kodsi, Founder and CEO of RPC. “Now with The Blue Zones Center, their proven principles will come alive as hotel visitors will actually be able to see, touch, and live the Blue Zones lifestyle themselves for the very first time.” “This will be a more advanced way of addressing health, where the patient’s journey begins with a highly personalized medical evaluation by your physician, followed by a unique and customized high-tech and high touch program that utilizes all of the services within the center, including surgical, aesthetic, therapeutic, consultative, lifestyle coaching, well-being programming and more to keep people well and happy,” said Stephen Watson, Managing Partner of RPC Health, who envisioned and lead the development of the center. “We believe this combination of advanced diagnostics with lifestyle medicine and unparalleled personalized care will help members reach and sustain their optimal health.”
“The value proposition of the Blue Zones Center is to generate better performance and more good years. Embarking on a trailblazing project like this requires the right partners, and we’re impressed with the RPC leadership and team, who have been committed to co-innovating with us on this visionary project. The JV leverages our joint capabilities and competencies to combine our transformative model for creating optimal well-being with RPC’s expertise in forward-thinking development and placemaking,” said Ben Leedle, CEO of Blue Zones.” “Creating the first Blue Zones Center and integrated large-scale lifestyle medicine center marks our commitment to move beyond sick care,” said Bill Wing, President, Adventist Health. “It will also establish a model and lead the way to the fusion of care, health and well-being.” For more information, please visit bluezones.com.
TRAVEL | LEISURE
Photo Courtesy of Jumeirah Group
Burj Al Arab Unveiled For the first time in its 21-year history, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will open its doors to visitors to experience its wonders first-hand through an intriguing journey of discovery Jumeirah Group is delighted to reveal its brand-new hotel tour, Inside Burj Al Arab, a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that will allow UAE residents and tourists to finally discover the most prestigious and inaccessible spaces inside Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The 90-minute butler-guided tour will take guests on an exclusive journey of discovery, to hear the untold stories of Dubai’s world-famous hotel and uncover what makes the international icon of the UAE a landmark of architectural innovation. Mr. Jose Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Dubai is a world-class destination, where visitors can now discover the ambition, vision, and sheer audacity behind one of its most iconic landmarks and the realization of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s extraordinary vision. Inside Burj Al Arab, a ground-breaking guided tour befitting of the city’s innovative spirit, will showcase both the incredible caliber of Jumeirah Group’s luxury hospitality and showcase our confidence in creating extraordinary guest experiences. As the world rediscovers its love of September 2021
travel, we invite visitors to step inside the ‘original home of luxury’ - a unique opportunity to explore Arabian opulence at its finest.” The tour includes a visit to the famous hotel atrium and glamourous Royal Suite as well as a curated Experience Suite with digital interactives allowing guests to relive history with original architectural designs showcasing where it all started. A must-visit at the end of the tour is the new exclusive outdoor lounge ‘UMA’. Providing an exceptional setting for visitors to take in the shimmering views of the clear azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and stunning sunsets, UMA will serve up a mouth-watering selection of world class delicacies and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s infamous mixology. For the ultimate culmination to this unforgettable experience, visitors can reserve a table to enjoy signature dining in one of the hotel’s awardwinning restaurants. Visitors can register their interest to be among the first to experience Inside Burj Al Arab at insideburjalarab.com. 39
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Photo Courtesy of Resorts World Las Vegas
Awana Spa A Wellness Haven with Social Experiences and Rituals from Around the World Resorts World Las Vegas, the Strip’s newest integrated resort, recently debuted the property’s newest addition, Awana Spa. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments inspired by European and Eastern rituals with a unique social approach. Offering an experience not available anywhere else in the country, the theatrical Art of Aufguss will make its U.S. debut at Awana Spa. Inspired by European saunas that provide rejuvenation and social gathering for the shared goal of greater well-being, the spa showcases a theater-inspired heated room with aromatherapy, choreographed music, lighting and dancing towels. An avant-garde, social experience that will relax, invigorate and inspire playfulness as each Sauna Meister curates a 30-minute themed experience.
“Awana Spa’s uniqueness stems from tapping into traditional, world-renowned treatments, with a social twist. The experience will be pleasantly unpredictable as our distinctive architecture, music and services provide a spa experience like no other that taps into Vegas’ essence,” said Jennifer Lynn, spa director at Resorts World Las Vegas “Unlike most spas, socialization is at our core through services such as the Art of Aufguss, that provides a spectacular and entertaining wellness experience.” Awana’s modern, yet warm space draws upon the principles of the golden ratio with rounded rooms, curved walls and highly thought-out designs to promote a transformative and holistic experience. The design’s pinnacle is showcased through the spectacular, state-of-the-art Fountain
of Youth experience. Inspired by tales of the mythical spring that restores the youth of anyone to bathe in its curative, age-reversing waters, the Fountain of Youth experience houses a network of six vitality pools, heated Crystal laconium room, tepidarium chairs, vapor-filled steam rooms, cool mist showers and the experiential Rain Walk. The expansive co-ed facility features LED screens and immersive experiences that change throughout the day; when the projection transports guests to various picturesque destinations, the room’s temperature as well as other added touches, will match the displayed setting. Guests can opt for a Fountain of Youth Passport, which includes a two-hour journey of youthful exploration. Awana invites guests to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul through indulgent and luxurious treatments steeped in deep wellness traditions from across the world, including:
Assorted Massages and Bodywork: Awana’s expertly trained technicians will offer an assortment of massages and body therapies from Himalayan Salt Stone and Prenatal Massages to a World of Wellness Massage in addition to Reiki Masters, Chakra Healing, Reflexology, Medical /Oncology and Sports Massages. The spa also offers enhancements to your experience including Crystal and Sound Healing treatments, Therabody’s Theragun devices, Moroccan Oil Hair Mask, Knesko Gemstone Masks and Cupping. Rejuvenating Facials: Awana’s seasoned team of Master Aestheticians provide skin altering solutions using Hydrafacial, the most advanced facial technology. Additional custom facial offerings include Face Yoga, the Signature Facial with dermaplaning and gua sha, as well as various hand and back treatments. Foot Spa Lounge: Awana offers healing traditions from around the world through specialized therapists including techniques from eastern countries concentrating on specific ailments such as jet lag, sleep health, muscle recovery through RecoveryAir PRO by Therabody and more. The Foot Spa Lounge can be reserved for groups of up to 20 people for the ultimate private experience. For more information, please visit www.rwlasvegas.com.
ART | CULTURE
Photos Courtesy of San Diego Symphony Orchestra
San Diego’s Premier Music Venue Opens Written by Paolo Murano
They say if you put your ear against a shell, you’ll hear music. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is San Diego’s newest music venue and is the shape of a shell. It is also home to the San Diego Symphony and host to an eclectic mix of musical events. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park stands along the Embarcadero in Downtown San Diego, where it is easily accessible from the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, Seaport Village, and the Hotel del Coronado. It is a 3.7-acre centerpiece park and event venue developed and managed by the San Diego Symphony on the city’s scenic waterfront. It is the first permanent outdoor venue in the orchestra’s century-long history. 42
Designed to host more than 100 concerts and events year-round while offering 360-degree views of downtown, the marina, and the bay, the project has been developed in partnership with the Unified Port of San Diego with 96% of the $85 million cost raised privately by the Symphony. The Rady Shell provides a 4,800 square-foot stage sheltered within a canopy designed with highly advanced acoustical and lighting systems. The 1.25-acre audience area provides flexible seating for as many as 10,000 listeners. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park’s culinary experience features The Shell Provisions – the venue’s signature food and beverage partnership program with San Diego’s finest chefs and local eateries, www.HighRiseLife.com
including renowned chef Richard Blais, Lola 55, Biga, Urban Kitchen Group, Kitchens for Good, Achilles Coffee Roasters and more. Audiences will enjoy delicious foods and drinks from some of San Diego’s most popular restaurants before performances and during intermission with grab-and-go or table service offerings. The grand opening weekend on August 6, 2021 featured an array of talent led by the San Diego Symphony’s newest Music Director Rafael Payare. One of today’s most sought-after conductors, renowned for his profound musical talent, technical brilliance, and charismatic presence, Rafael Payare assumed the leadership of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra as its Music Director on July 1, 2019. The inaugural season will offer more than 40 concerts between August and November 2021, including concerts led by Music Director Rafael Payare. From classical music to Broadway, film, jazz, pop, Latin and classic rock, the season will showcase more than 50 featured artists who will perform as part of the Symphony’s expanded schedule of diverse outdoor concerts. When in San Diego, make sure the Rady Shell is on your list of things to see and visit. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sandiegosymphony.org or follow on social media: @sandiegosymphony, @theshellsd September 2021
HEALTH ART | CULTURE | BEAUTY
Photos Courtesy of The Future Museum Nuremberg. Photos by Daniel Stauch
The Future Museum Science and Fiction designed by ATELIER BRÜCKNER In the center of Nuremberg’s historic district, “Das Zukunftsmuseum” (The Future Museum) – an offshoot of the Deutsches Museum Munich – will open on 18 September. The inviting museum on the banks of the Pegnitz is in the Augustinerhof, a new building locality created by Staab Architekten. ATELIER BRÜCKNER designed the permanent exhibition. It covers an area of 2,900 square meters. Generously dimensioned window openings, which illustrate the two-storied nature of individual parts of the museum, allow light into the new buildings and enable views towards the outside. Five color-coded theme-based areas invite visitors to take a close look at what the future has in store: “Work and Daily Life”, “Body and Mind”, “City System”, “Earth System” and “Space and Time”. The exhibition emphasizes the juxtaposition of science and fiction and shows how they interact with each other. Do the exhibits stem from science, have they already been implemented in practice or are they soon to be ready for industrial
production? Or are they pure fiction and simply infeasible? They include inventions of science fiction in literature and films but also thought experiments and ideas from scientific theory. The modular exhibition elements fit into a basic pattern, which can be envisaged as a grid on the floor. This triggers associations with a virtual 3D space that provides scope for one’s own imagination and design ideas. The three-dimensional layout that is presented has an industrial and clearly structured look. Fair-faced concrete surfaces, suspended light rails, and technical connecting elements have an industrial character. All the exhibition elements follow the basic grid pattern, the matrix of the museum. In addition to the exhibition areas on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the building, there are laboratories on the ground floor, a robot workshop and a tinkering area, called future workshop, on the 1st floor as well as
a section enabling VR time travel (project in cooperation with Cologne University) on the 3rd floor. The starting and end point of the tour through the museum is a spacious, two-story forum which has steps for sitting on and is surrounded by LED strips with news tickers. Suspended centrally in the space, there is a remarkable kinetic media
cube with an edge length of 3.75 meters that awakes curiosity and stimulates people’s interest in visiting the exhibition. The cube is fitted out with nine LED screens, each of which can independently be moved and rotated by 180 degrees. At a certain point, they all face forwards together, outward beyond the frame, and form a single screen surface that is suitable for presentations. As a summary of the visit to the exhibition, the screens show the themes, objects and the color scheme of the exhibition areas. Evaluation of the museum game is envisaged for the presentation mode: while walking through the exhibition, the visitors collect selected exhibits with their wristband. At media stations, they can then process their selection and submit an estimate of the opportunities and risks of the new technologies. Every day, their answers to such questions as those listed below are discussed live in the forum:
What is people’s attitude towards genetic scissors? Is it permissible for us to alter the genome of embryos? Should we use robots for social care tasks? How can we achieve the mobility turnaround? Will meat come from the laboratory in future? Should humankind explore space? These are questions that the museum asks in different places. Media steles with “future designers” supply contrary arguments. Students who have been specially schooled in ethical questions are F-Coms (future communicators) and act as direct contact persons for visitors. The exhibition invites people to explore the world between science and fiction in a lighthearted manner and makes an offer to all the senses: How heavy is “light concrete”? How will our food smell in future? Are we able to discern whether our digital interlocutor is a form of AI (artificial intelligence)? Large, impressive exhibits include the prototype of a flying taxi from 2018 that visitors can experience additionally with the help of a haptic 3D model, a research capsule with powder burns that was in space in 1985 and a quantum computer from the year 2020 that has the appearance of an artwork installation. The fact that science and fiction exert an influence on each other is illustrated by the classical comparison of two exhibits: the communicator from Star Trek (1993/94) and the first folding mobile phone from Motorola, called StarTAC, from the year 1996. Science fiction fans and visitors who are interested in technical solutions to questions about the future will not be disappointed with their visit to this museum. More than 150 informative exhibits, 90 media stations and numerous large-format film projections take them into a world of experience between science and fiction. Thanks to its modular layout, the exhibition can grow and will change in accordance with the future. The Deutsches Museum Nuremberg – Das Zukunftsmuseum (The Future Museum) is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday every week. On 18 September the opening will last until 9 p.m., whereby entrance is free. For more information, please visit deutsches-museum.de/nuernberg.
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REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
Mandarin Oriental 9200 Wilshire in Beverly Hills Luxury condominiums will be first Mandarin Oriental Residences-only project on the West Coast SHVO, the luxury real estate development and investment firm, announced plans for the first new condominium to be constructed in Beverly Hills in a decade, Mandarin Oriental Residences, Beverly Hills at 9200 Wilshire Boulevard. The project is financed through a joint venture between SHVO and Deutsche Finance America. SHVO is also developing the Mandarin Oriental Residences at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York. The property will be Mandarin Oriental’s first West Coast residential location and the brand’s first standalone residential concept to open in the United States. Located steps away from the “Golden Triangle” of Beverly Hills, the 323,000-square-foot development will bring several beloved worldrenowned brands to the West Coast - and together - for the first time, creating a new paradigm in luxury condominium living. SHVO has developed a forward-thinking bestin-class offering with residents having access to hotel-inspired living, encompassing the legendary amenities and five-star service of a Mandarin Oriental, with the added security and privacy of a residential only building. Residents will enjoy the ultimate convenience of a private porte-cochere with valet parking, a dedicated concierge team, and private amenities including a library, lounge, and dedicated space for meetings. An expansive rooftop sanctuary will feature a sundrenched pool, wellness and state of the art fitness center, and indoor-outdoor yoga and meditation spaces. Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud will also be making his West Coast debut at the property, operating a private rooftop pool service and lounge and exclusive in-home dining experiences for owners. Boulud will also open a restaurant at the base of the building, open to the public and designed by Marc Ange. Luxury design studio 1508 London has overseen the interior design of the 54 luxurious residences, all featuring outdoor space, in its first U.S. assignment. A selection of exquisitely curated furniture by 1508
London and complete hotel accessory packages curated by Mandarin Oriental, including Frette sheets and George Jensen silver, will be available to those seeking the ultimate convenience of a white glove, turnkey residences. The lush landscaping at the property, which includes the Palm Courtyard, is designed by renowned Swiss landscape designer Enzo Enea, seamlessly merging Asian influences inspired by Mandarin Oriental with relaxed Southern California living. Select residences will also feature an interior Bonsai Garden by Enea. “In partnership with Mandarin Oriental, we are creating one of the most exclusive residential properties in the heart of Beverly Hills, bringing together several of the world’s most coveted brands and partners to create a new standard of luxury living,” said Michael Shvo, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SHVO. “Having been a frequent guest at Mandarin Oriental properties globally, I appreciate and value their services, amenities and high attention to detail they bring to the guest experience. I’m thrilled to be able to offer the Mandarin Oriental experience exclusively to owners in a boutique residential setting both in Beverly Hills and on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.” “We are delighted to partner again with SHVO on our first Residences project on the West Coast and look forward to extending Mandarin Oriental’s brand and exemplary service to this desirable destination. The Residences will offer owners an exceptional lifestyle in a prestigious location, close to Rodeo Drive’s renowned shopping and entertainment choices,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with best-in-class partners like SHVO,” said Chef Daniel Boulud. “As my first West Coast outpost, this project is unique in its intimate scale and superior quality residences. I’m looking forward to creating a casual and elegant dining experience, inspired by the rich culinary lifestyle of California.” Mandarin Oriental Residences, Beverly Hills has begun pre-selling with closings expected in 2022. For further information, please visit mo-residencesbeverlyhills.com.
Top Markets Where Investors Are Impacting the Inventory Crunch Despite the common perception that investors are always in competition with everyday buyers, new findings from the Realtor.com® Investor Report shows that isn’t always the case. According to the data, investors are exacerbating the inventory shortage in 31 of the top 50 U.S. markets, but in roughly 19 markets – including Atlanta, Dallas, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco – they are helping to replenish the number of homes for sale. Realtor.com analyzed U.S. deed records from January 2000-April 2021 to determine the number of investor sales versus purchases in the 50 largest U.S. markets. In this report, areas where investors are contributing inventory refers to places where investors are selling more homes than they are buying. Places where investors are taking away inventory are locales where investors are buying more homes than they sell. “Today’s buyers are facing a tough market and data shows they aren’t just competing with each other. With deep pockets and more flexibility, investors can be daunting competition for the typical homebuyer.
Right now, data shows investors are buying more homes than they are selling, and while they get a lot of attention in today’s market, it’s worth remembering that they can also contribute to inventory levels,” said Realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “Whether a market is appealing to investors depends on a variety of factors, including how local home prices compare to rents. When home prices are rising and rents are more stagnant, investors are more likely to sell off properties and contribute inventory. On the other hand, the higher rents are compared to home prices the more attractive the market is to investors looking to buy homes and convert them into rental properties.” Investors help buyers in big metros with limited homes for sale In April, investors added to the number of homes on the market in 19 of the 50 largest U.S. metros, with Atlanta (+399 homes), Dallas (+239 homes), Baltimore (+188 homes), Los Angeles (+112 homes) and San Francisco (+93 homes) seeing the biggest contributions. Compared to the markets where investors took away inventory in April, these metros tend to be bigger, with fewer homes for sale and higher listing prices.
Compared to nationwide inventory declines in April (-53%), the top 10 markets where investors are contributing saw a smaller drop, at an average -44% during the same timeframe. However, some of these metros saw even bigger inventory gaps from last year, including the two markets where investors contributed the most inventory in April: Atlanta (-63.4%) and Dallas (-69.7%). At an average population size of 5.5 million, these markets also encompass some of the nation’s biggest tech hubs, such as San Francisco and San Jose. Home to some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S., these metros had an average median listing price of $668,000 in April, well above the national median price of $375,000. Hale added, “High home prices, slower rent growth, and uncertainty over the future of work in these markets are likely causing investors to reevaluate their property portfolios in these areas. And with homes still selling quickly, even in these metros, an investor deciding to sell can look forward to being able to reposition their dollars elsewhere in a very short period.”
Investors are snatching up homes in smaller markets with higher inventory levels Investors took away inventory in 31 of the largest U.S. markets, led by Phoenix (-429 homes), Charlotte, N.C. (-287 homes), Miami (-256 homes),Tampa (-224 homes) and Chicago (-221 homes). Compared to the markets where investors helped buyers, these metros are smaller and less crowded, with more available home listings relative to all households, lower home prices, and relatively higher rental price growth.
While average home prices are more affordable in these top markets, rental prices grew at a faster year-over-year pace on average (+4.6%) than in top markets with more investor sales (+0.1%) in April. In Tampa, where the $327,000 median listing price was below the national average of $375,000 in April, rents grew 4.5 times faster than the national rate, up 12.4% year-over-year. The markets where investors are competing with homebuyers and taking away inventory tend to offer the perfect storm of factors for converting homes into rental properties. These markets have relatively more homes available, at 3.7 properties for every 1,000 residences versus 2.8 in markets where investors are adding to inventory. While these metros have experienced more rapid yearover-year inventory declines in April (-57%), rapid rent price gains keep calculations favorable for buying which means that until rent trends change, investors are likely to be homebuyer foes, not friends. “Getting ahead in today’s market is tough, especially when you are contending with professional investors,” said Lexie Holbert, home and living expert at Realtor.com®. “Setting up price alerts on Realtor. com® is a really helpful trick for getting ahead of the competition. When a home that meets your parameters hits the market, you’ll get a notification so you can get in and try to make an offer.” For more information, visit Realtor.com.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Simple, Natural Ways to Boost Immunity
Your body’s immune system protects against illness and infection, fighting off threats before you even know there’s a problem. Even though your immune system usually does its job automatically, you can give it a boost with habits that promote wellness and support immunity. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Although you may not be aware they contain flavonoids, these phytochemicals found in some fruits and veggies are a vital part of maintaining health. Flavonoids are found in colorful fruits and vegetables like cranberries and elderberries. When it comes to power foods, elderberries’ exceptional flavanol levels make them an immune system powerhouse. Especially important during cold and flu season, elderberries can also be enjoyed in a cup of warm tea for instant comfort. Reduce stress with outdoor activity. Keeping physically fit provides numerous health benefits such as reducing stress by being one with nature through taking a walk outside. The sun’s UV rays help your body produce vitamin D, which is important for your bones, blood cells and immune system, as well as helping absorb and use certain nutrients. Yoga and massage can also be used to help stimulate the immune system and promote well-being. Keep a regular sleep schedule. Sleep gives you an opportunity to recharge. This is when cellular regeneration and other healing is most efficient. Keeping a regular routine helps signal to your system that it’s time to rest so you can fall asleep easier and reap the whole-body benefits of a healthy sleep cycle. Wash hands frequently. Especially during the school year, when germs are rampant and easily carried from school to home, you can give your immune system a hand, literally, by frequently scrubbing away germs before they have the chance to attack. Rely on natural remedies. Modern, stressful lifestyles and exposure to environmental pollutants can put immune systems under pressure. However, some of your existing soothing rituals can actually support better health, too. One example is relaxing with a hot cup of tea. The natural and organic ingredients found in Buddha Teas provide numerous health benefits. Options like Mushroom Wellness, Divine Immunity, Elderberry Tea and Reishi Mushroom blends all contain immunity-boosting ingredients. September 2021
While they’re not an obvious ingredient, mushrooms have been incorporated into healing practices for thousands of years for their immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich properties. There are several powerful medicinal mushrooms but one stand-out is the reishi mushroom, known as the “mushroom of immortality” and “divine plant of longevity.” This anti-inflammatory powerhouse is known to promote healthy cell growth and healthy blood pressure, along with improving immune function.
A Golden Way to Get Better Sleep While golden milk has become a trendy beverage of choice, this comforting, herb-filled blend is actually ancient. For thousands of years, golden milk has been an Ayurvedic ritual, with Indian families enjoying a warm nightly cupful before bed. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric, the main component in golden milk, is thought to impart the energy of the sun to the body, hence its radiant, golden color. Turmeric’s documented healing properties impart substance to this traditional “elixir,” and have given golden milk a reputation as a healing cup of comfort. In addition to improving physical and mental wellbeing, regularly drinking golden milk has the potential to lessen your chance of becoming ill in the first place. It’s also an anti-inflammatory that supports healthy digestion and promotes calm. This turmeric-dominant blend includes ginger root and black pepper to aid digestion; ashwagandha to tonify, energize and calm; and cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla bean, all meant to encourage rejuvenation and peace. Consider an option like Buddha Teas’ CBD Organic Golden Milk, which includes a THC-free CBD isolate for added wellness benefits. Prepared by mixing with a warm cup of your favorite milk, the smooth, slightly sweet, pungent brew offers a soothing treat just before bed. Many people also enjoy golden milk prepared cold. Learn more about boosting your immunity naturally at buddhateas.com, Courtesy of Family Features.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
Winging 2021 Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Things are slowly starting to “get back to normal” and let’s all admit we are excited to be welcoming in a new year.. Even though, masks being required is still in effect as well as social distancing, this doesn’t mean that we can’t try new things to enhance our look. This year alone, we’ve had some creativity in production between styling our eyebrows and trying out new lashes. Our eyes are our main point of contact, when it comes to interacting with others, and the first thing that will stand out. Listed below are the top 5 eyeliner trends that have been taking over 2021.
Classic Cat Eyeliner The classic cat eyeliner look, has been around for years, and is easy to do. It consists of using the liner on both top and bottom lid.
Graphic Eyeliner The graphic eyeliner is the fun fearless dramatic look of a combination between a winged eye liner style with a line above the inner lash line extending all the way out and the bottom liner following the bottom lash curving out, ending where the winged eye liner ends.
Fishtail Eyeliner The Fishtail Eyeliner is for those who dare to be different. It’s a cat line on top of eye lid along with the bottom mirroring, followed by a split which looks like a sideways “v” (<) reflecting the image of a fishtail.
Double winged Eyeliner The double winged eyeliner, is the perfect duo. Exactly what the name represents.. It is a winged eye-line for both top and bottom lids. You can have fun by switching up the colors to accommodate your outfit of the day.
Spotted Eyeliner The spotted eyeliner is a fun and creative look, where a short or long wing eyeliner is established, there are three dots following under. You can utilize this look for a fun girls night out.
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REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
WEST OCEAN TOWERS 411 West Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
ST REGIS 1030 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
COOPER ARMS 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE VERSAILLES 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
HARBOR PLACE TOWER 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
GALAXY TOWER 2999 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE CENTURY 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067
THE CALIFORNIAN 10800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
PERLA ON BROADWAY 359 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
WILSHIRE REGENT 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EVO CONDOS 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SKYLOFTS 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK THE LINE LOFTS 865 Comstock Avenue, 1737 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Los Angeles, CA 90028
LOS FELIZ TOWERS 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027
TEN50 CONDOS 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
W HOLLYWOOD 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
CROWN TOWERS 10701 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024 www.HighRiseLife.com
D I R E C T O RY
ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
THE MARK 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
RENAISSANCE 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
BAYSIDE AT THE EMBARCADERO
1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
HARBOR CLUB 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
MERIDIAN 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
CITYFRONT TERRACE 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
HORIZONS 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE METROPOLITAN 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
SMART CORNER 1080 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
DISCOVERY AT CORTEZ HILL ICON 850 Beech Street, 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101
CORTEZ BLU 801 Ash, San Diego, CA 92101
ALTA CONDOS 575 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
ELECTRA 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
LA VITA 300 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
ARIA CONDOS 1441 9th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
829 FOLSOM 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARTERRA CONDOS 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
ONE MISSION BAY Channel St. & 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94158
THE BRANNAN 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
170 OFF THIRD 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
181 FREMONT 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
333 BUSH STREET CONDOS 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
CATHEDRAL HILL TOWER 1200 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
ONE HAWTHORNE 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HARRISON 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
750 2ND STREET
BRIDGEVIEW 400 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ROCKWELL CONDOS 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
THE TOWERS AT EMBARCADERO
750 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 69 CLEMENTINA 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ONE HAWTHORNE 1 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
SOMA GRAND CONDOS 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
MONTGOMERY WASHINGTON TOWER 611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE WATERMARK 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
72 TOWNSEND 72 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
FOUR SEASONS RESIDENCES 765 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
GRAMERCY TOWERS 1177 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
THE 88 CONDOS 88 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95113
MONTEBELLO CONDOS 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014
CITY HEIGHTS 175 W Saint James St, San Jose, CA 95110
PLANT 51 88 Bush St. San Jose, CA 95126
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ONYX CONDOS 912 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA 95008
RYLAND MEWS 400 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112
PARK TOWNSEND 46 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110
38 North Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110
88 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107