Chicago-based Convexity Properties recently held the groundbreaking for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicagos North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. The development offers 35 half- and full-floor condominiums ranging in price from $ 2.2 million to $ 7.2 million. Sales began this summer.
The groundbreaking ceremony included Donald R. Wilson, chairman of Convexity Properties and DRW Holdings; Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch; and 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti. Also on hand were representatives from @properties, which is conducting sales for 4 East Elm; general contractor Leopardo Construction; project architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz; interior design firm Gary Lee Partners; and construction manager Daccord LLC, all based in Chicago.
As the first new condominium building in the Gold Coast in almost a decade, 4 East Elm is a big milestone for both the neighborhood and the downtown condominium market, said Wilson. Weve had an incredible response from homebuyers, and were thrilled to get construction underway.
The 27-story building at the northeast corner of State and Elm streets will feature three-bedroom, 3.5-bath floor plans ranging from just under 3,100 square feet to 3,515 square feet. Plans can also be combined, allowing for full-floor residences with more than 6,600 square feet of living space.
All residences at 4 East Elm will feature private elevator access; 10-foot finished ceiling heights; floor-to-ceiling windows; wide-plank flooring in living areas; Florense cabinetry; Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances; and quartz or natural stone countertops. Homebuyers will have the opportunity to work with Gary Lee Partners on interior selections and with Premiere Systems to customize audio, video, lighting and smart-home systems.
Homeowners will also have access to a variety of amenities, including a landscaped sundeck; outdoor pool and spa; clubhouse lounge with a full kitchen and flat-screen TV; movie screening room; fitness center; 24-hour doorman and private garage parking.
There has been huge pent up demand for new-construction in the high-end market. 4 East Elm raises the bar for luxury condominiums in the city and addresses the needs and tastes of upscale buyers who are looking for something both contemporary and refined, said Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of @properties.
4 East Elm is scheduled to be completed in early 2016. For more information on 4 East Elm, visit http://www.4EastElm.com or call 312-542-1144.
About Convexity Properties
Chicago-based Convexity Properties is an affiliate of DRW Real Estate Investments, the real estate arm of DRW Holdings. Convexity and DRW Real Estate Investments have successfully developed and recapitalized a number of high-profile retail, residential and hotel properties both in Chicago and throughout the United States. Recent projects include the retail redevelopment of the Esquire Theater at 58-104 E. Oak Street, a luxury apartment tower and Loews Hotel in Streeterville, and the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado.
@properties is the No. 1 independent residential brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the top 20 residential brokers in the U.S. @properties has more than 1,500 licensed brokers in 15 offices throughout downtown Chicago, surrounding suburbs and southwest Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.atproperties.com.
BUILDER and CUSTOM HOME this week announced the winners of the 2013 Watermark Awards. Now in its eighth year, the program honors builders, architects, and designers for quality, innovation, and excellence in kitchen and bath design. Raising the Stakes is the common theme among the 2013 winners, which included projects that demonstrated a higher standard for production building, universal design thats as handsome as it is accessible, and a friendlier take on modernism.
The 2013 Watermark competition saw the most entries in its eight-year history, said Amy Albert, editor of CUSTOM HOME and design editor of BUILDER. The increase points to the essential role that kitchens and baths play in attracting buyers to a home. Whats more, theres brisk activity in the remodeling sector, and business in many markets is improving slowly but steadily.
Project of the Year is awarded to Sams Creek in Bridgehampton, N.Y. in the category of Kitchen in a Custom Home (over 5,000 sq. ft.). Designed by Bates Masi + Architects and built by Breitenbach Builders, Sams Creek is full of great architecture and finely tuned details, said the jury. Sleek yet warm, the cooking space is an inextricable part of the greater living area and a hard-working example of kitchen as household hub.
2013 Watermark Grand Award winners:
Piper House Kitchen in Darien, Connecticut (designed and built by Sun Homes)
Crosby Kitchen in Hillsborough, California (designed by TRG Architects and built by Allwood Construction)
The Red Cottage Kitchen in Biwabik, Minnesota (designed by Rehkamp Larson Architects and built by Code Plus Construction)
Crystal Springs Barn Kitchen in St. Helena, California (designed by SDG Architects and built by Team Built Construction)
Pima Canyon Master Bath in Tuscon, Arizona (designed by John Senhauser Architects and built by Jeff Willmeng Homes)
274 Bragg Kitchen in Auburn, Alabama (designed by HILLworks and built by HF & L Construction)
Woolworth Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska (designed by Steven Ginn Architects and built by Craig Tuttle Construction)
2013 Watermark Award of Merit Honorees:
Sink with a View in Washington, D.C. (designed by Treacy Eagleburger Architects and built by deMarne & Day)
Pima Canyon Kitchen in Tucson, Arizona (designed by John Senhauser Architects and built by Jeff Willmeng Homes)
Robins Way in Amagansett, N.Y. (Designed by Bates Masi + Architects and built by Brian Mannix Builders)
73rd Street Penthouse, New York, N.Y. (designed by Turett Collaborative Architects and built by Alcon Builders Group)
Baileyana Powder Room in Hillsborough, California (designed by TRG Architects and built by Allwood Construction)
Elizabeth Street Master Bath in Austin, Texas (designed by Alterstudio Architecture and built by Abode Modern Home Building)
Tremont Kitchen in Cleveland, Ohio (designed by FORUM Architectural and built by B.R. Knez Construction)
Westlake Kitchen in Austin, Texas (designed and built by Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction)
2013 Watermark Special Focus Honorees:
White Oaks Kitchen in Minneapolis, Minnesota (designed by Rehkamp Larson Architects and built by Dovetail Renovations)
Crest Ridge Master Bath in Austin, Texas (designed and built by Tier 1 Group)
Watermark Award winners are selected from an open call for entries and reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Winners are featured in the June 2013 issue of BUILDER magazine, with expanded coverage on http://www.builderonline.com and http://www.customhomeonline.com. For more information about the competition or the entry process, contact Amy Albert at 202.736.3339.
Published by Hanley Wood, BUILDER is the leading brand in the residential construction industry and serves as the magazine of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). For more than three decades, BUILDER has provided essential news, information and resources about products, technologies, trends, regulatory requirements and best practices to help home building professionals innovate for success. With an integrated platform encompassing print, online and in-person, BUILDER is a trusted source for top builders, architects and other industry professionals across the country.
About CUSTOM HOME:
Published by Hanley Wood, CUSTOM HOME focuses on the art and craft of home design and is the leading resource for builders, architects, designers of one-of-a-kind homes, and interior designers. In print, online, and in person, CUSTOM HOME provides in-depth coverage of the latest design trends, new products and best practices and is a trusted source for high-end home building professionals.
About Hanley Wood:
Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media, event, information and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Through its operating platforms, the company produces award-winning digital and print publications, Newsletters, websites, marquee trade shows and events, market intelligence data and strategic marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans.
The odds are already stacked in Orbs favor. After his stellar performance in the Kentucky Derby, Orb is leading the charge not just in Preakness predictions but also in speculations about a possible Triple Crown.
It may not be surprising, then, that when 29 professional psychics at Hollywood Psychics, the popular psychic service provider, were recently surveyed about the upcoming event at Baltimores Pimlico Race Course, Orb came out ahead. Nearly 40% of the online psychics surveyed predicted he would win.
Echoing what seems to be the general sentiment, psychic Rosco Damen said: Orb looked great during the Derby even after being spooked the day before as well as a sloppy track. The Preakness should be a win.
Nevertheless, a not insignificant number of psychics predicted wins for Goldencents (17%), Oxbow (14%) and Will Take Charge (10%). Just one of the psychics would put her money on Departing.
So how heavily should one weigh these psychic predictions as compared with any others? Its anyones bet whether cards and intuition are more accurate than statistical or historical analysis. And as the survey showed, one psychics cards can point to one outcome while another psychics intuition can predict something else entirely.
Its probably safe to wager that every bet placed on a horse is based on countless, often intangible factors. Yet as anyone interested in horse racing would agree, and as psychic Mari succinctly put it: Mostly I just hope they all have a safe race.
About Hollywood Psychics:
Hollywood Psychics is an established provider of psychic readings by phone and online chat, appealing to a young professional demographic. Hollywood Psychics experts specialize in astrology, horoscopes, numerology, tarot cards, clairvoyant readings, and many other psychic disciplines. Hollywood Psychics believes in its community of authentic psychics and stands behind the authentic psychic readings they deliver to clients. Visit them online at http://www.hollywoodpsychics.com.
For over 25 years, Saussy Burbank has been an expert in bringing sustainable developments to the Carolinas. Building everything from affordable housing to upscale custom infill homes and traditional neighborhood developments, the company is dedicated to supreme customer service and attention to detail. So when the homebuilder needed a reliable digital media solution to loop content its model homes, design centers and corporate office, it looked to Videotel Inc. and its VP71 industrial media player for a solution.
Videotels VP71 is an industrial grade digital media player that auto powers on, auto loops and auto repeats content seamlessly without menus, remotes or manual interaction. The VP71 supports RS232 with a communication-ready port, allowing you to play content at certain times of the day.
We have slideshows of product photography playing on televisions inside our model homes. I used other DVD/Blu-ray players for years and always has trouble with them. The looping DVD players never worked correctly and we were constantly replacing equipment, said Brant McConkey, marketing director for Saussy Burbank. The first Videotel media player I bought worked out-of-the-box and has run continuously ever since.
Incomparable in quality and reliability, the VP71s rugged design is the perfect solution for homebuilders like Saussy Burbank that need reliable digital media players for model homes and design centers. The VP71 is proven to run for over six years without failure, even with 24/7/365 continuous use.
Videotel understands the need for affordable and reliable, auto-looping media players for companies that need to promote products and services in multiple locations, said Lisa Schneider, Videotels vice president of business development and market strategy. We are proud to offer such a solution to Saussy Burbank and their distinctive line of model homes and design centers.
For more information on the VP71, or any other of our high quality industrial DVD players, visit the Video Inc. website at http://www.videoteldigital.com, or call us at (800) 670-4412.
About Videotel Inc.
Videotel Inc. is the leading nationwide manufacturer of the HD2600 industrial looping DVD players and a unique line of industrial media players, digital signage players and audio players for video content. Videotel is based in San Diego, Calif., with over 33 years of market experience in developing simply reliable industrial digital products and solutions. To learn more about Videotel Inc., visit http://www.videoteldigital.com.
Join San Francisco-based luxury consulting firm Coupar Consulting for a complimentary workshop Thursday, September 18th at 1pm. The event will focus on teaching the interior designer industry how to optimize e-commerce website Chairish, a digital platform for buying and selling pre-loved decor, with a focus on vintage and antique furniture, art, and accessories. The workshop, presented by Chairish’s Co-Founder and Chief Curator Anna Brockway, will cover:
Best practices for buying and selling
Creating a robust Seller Profile
Leveraging Chairish to be a cost-effective e-commerce solution
The newly launched FindIt! feature and Trade program
Tips on how to maximize using Favorites and Making Offers
A preview of new features and what’s to come
Workshop held at Coupar Consulting’s T?te-?-T?te Lounge, 101 Henry Adams St #416, San Francisco, CA 94103 on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Event complimentary with RSVP
About Coupar Consulting
Coupar Consulting is a full-service business consulting firm exclusively for the interior design and luxury brand industry. They work with creative talent, helping turn a clients passion into a profitable business.