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LIFE

R E A L E S TAT E

PROPERTY REPORT WRITTEN BY

Lori Johnston

ANSLEY ATLANTA BONNEAU ANSLEY III of Ansley Atlanta Real Estate closed 131 transactions and sold $144 million worth of property in 2014, and often those homebuyers asked him to recommend a builder or contractor. This year, Ansley, Harry Norman Realtors’ top agent of 2014, figured it was time to launch ANSLEY ATLANTA HOMES. The new venture entered in spring 2015 with about a dozen custom construction and renovation projects ranging from $800,000 to $2 million in Buckhead, working with architects such as Yong Pak and residential designers like William T. Baker. In March, Ansley’s firm moved into a new 6,000-square-foot building with interiors by Kay Douglass. Adding the home-building company to Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, says Ansley, had long been part of his plan. “I always knew where I wanted to be in my career,” he says. Seventh Midtown

CONDO CRUSH MARK WILLIAMS of Mark Williams Design Associates is working on interiors and home finishes for new condo developments SEVENTH MIDTOWN and ONE MUSEUM PLACE. A longtime Midtown resident, Williams sees these projects as part of an evolution of luxury living in an area where many condos look the same. “We wanted to recreate what Midtown should expect,” says the designer. The homes in both new buildings—expected to open in 2016—are larger than most Midtown

Midtown will range from 2,092 to 2,874 square feet, plus balconies and terraces. “You can fit a full-size living room and a full-size

Hotel Avalon AVALON BROUGHT ATTENTION TO ALPHARETTA for its cool retail, restaurants and residential mix, and

dining room and still have enough room to move

the development has new plans to add a 325-room hotel and a 74,000-square-foot conference center.

around,” Williams says. “A lot of condo product in

THE ALPHARETTA CONFERENCE CENTER AND AVALON HOTEL—plus 550,000 square feet of office

Midtown, you kind of have to squeeze a little bit.

space, 80,000 square feet of retail and 276 more apartments—are set to open in 2016. Mark Toro, man-

We didn’t want to feel like our customers were

aging partner at North American Properties, chatted with AH&L about the mixed-use development.

squeezing.”

What responses are you getting from inside-the-perimeter residents who visit? It’s been tremendous. I hear people coming from Buckhead to Avalon to shop and dine. If you

The nine-story Seventh Midtown building features a transitional aesthetic with red brick and bronze-colored windows. Standard finishes include custom Pedini cabinets with a streamlined look, Silestone countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and Waterworks bathroom fixtures.

look at the 15 restaurants, more than half of them are chef-driven restaurants [from Atlanta].

Why are the hotel and conference center being added to the mix? It’s an amenity for the business community to hold meetings and an amenity for the community to hold events. It’s the city’s way to demonstrate that the “Technology City of the South” is attractive to businesses. We are an independent brand created to align with the Avalon brand. However, we are affiliating it with Marriott Hotels through the Autograph Collection. It will be very high-tech, sumptuous and sexy.

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AVALON BY NORTH AMERICAN PROPERTIES; SEVENTH MIDTOWN BY LORD AECK SARGENT; ANSLEY BY JAKE LAUGHLIN OF JAKE LAUGHLIN PHOTOGRAPHY.

condos, explains Williams. The 20 units in Seventh

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