Seeking the Ideal Home in New Luxury Developments

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From an enclave of single-family homesites in South Carolina to condo towers in New York, Florida and Texas, high-end amenities and designs are the draw. But to buyers, they offer something more—the perfect place to live.

Family-Friendly Island Community

Ten years ago, Ben and Sara DeWolf moved to Daniel Island, a 4,000-acre gem in Charleston, South Carolina, surrounded by rivers, creeks and beautiful marsh views and connected to the mainland by bridge.

Jeff Leonard, the vice president of sales for Daniel Island Real Estate, says developers began building a planned community there in the early 1990s, and it now contains about 13,000 residents—predominantly from the Northeast—in single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. There’s a downtown area, three churches, three schools, a country club, two golf courses and miles of hiking trails to enjoy.

 
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The DeWolfs are now working with an architect to design a new, larger home on nearby Captain’s Island, a 90-acre site that will be an exclusive enclave of custom-designed residences. Leonard says the smaller island, ringed by water and scenic views, will contain about 100 homesites from $300,000 to $1.1 million. (For those without the time to build, a selection of condos, townhouses and single-family homes are available on the main island.)

The DeWolfs are excited for the infinity pool overlooking an expansive marsh, their dock on Ralston Creek and a nearby launching area for kayaks.  “I can’t say enough about how family-friendly this area is,” Sara says. “We have daughters, ages 6 and 8, and they can ride their bikes everywhere. It’s like a little paradise.”

Set off Allen Parkway in the heart of Houston’s most prestigious ZIP code is the newest place to live, work and play. Exquisitely designed from the inside out, Residences at The Allen sits above Houston’s first Thompson Hotel, offering incomparable panoramas, open floor plans, lavish amenities and a Helistop. Condominium residents will enjoy white-glove service from the award-winning hotel in the privacy of their home. Boldly designed and precisely detailed, the Residences at The Allen offers 99 condominiums, ranging from 930 to 10,000 square feet. Residences offer floor-to-ceiling windows, art wall space and outdoor living areas with plunge pools, sky gardens, puppy porch potty and summer kitchens. Additionally, our residents will have access to an exclusive resident lobby, concierge and amenities floor. Now offering Pre-Construction Pricing. ResidencesAtTheAllen.com; Phone: 713.655.0500

 

A Place for Everyone

Down in Texas, people are giving up wide-open spaces for buildings where they can walk to dinner, a park, cultural events and even to work. Eighty percent of buyers in Windrose Tower in Plano’s mixed-use Legacy West are local empty nesters, says Fernando Gonzalez, vice president of Al Coker and Associates, exclusive real estate brokers for the building. 

Buyers in Hall Arts Residences in Dallas will be able to walk to the symphony, theater and opera, notes developer Craig Hall. And for Adrian Duenas, CEO of an international furniture company, who bought a two-bedroom condo with his husband in The Allen in Houston, “walking” isn’t on the menu at all. “The main selling point for us was the balcony potty place for Mango, our Jack Russell rescue dog,” he says.Photos: Residences at The Allen; Akoya Boca West

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Still other buyers are finding paradise in unexpected places. Nancy Pomish, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, says her husband was drawn to a new high-rise in Florida’s Boca West Country Club called Akoya Boca West because of the area’s four golf courses. “I’m thrilled with the other amenities and services, too,” she says. “I never expected to live in something so beautiful and amazing.”

Developer Yoel Shargian, CEO of the Elad Group, adds a similar note to the ALINA Residences in Boca Raton. “It allows us to give buyers the best of two worlds: their own private oasis includes an expansive suite of thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor amenities, and the convenience of being located in the heart of Boca’s downtown,” he says.

ALINA Residences, Boca Raton’s hottest new luxury condominium, offers an exciting lifestyle in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. ALINA is moments away from international dining options, local art museums and high-end designer shops. Overlooking the lush greens of the Boca Raton Resort & Club golf course, minutes from the beach, residences at ALINA offer sweeping golf course or city views. ALINA features over 45,000 square feet of private indoor and outdoor amenities perfect for entertainment or relaxation. These include private cabanas and summer kitchens, as well as a rooftop pool deck, in addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga studio, and his-and-hers spa facilities to name a few. Construction has begun on phase one of ALINA, which will deliver 121 residences. Marisela Cotilla: Marisela@alinabocaraton.com; 954-829-1677

ALINA Residences, Boca Raton’s hottest new luxury condominium, offers an exciting lifestyle in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. ALINA is moments away from international dining options, local art museums and high-end designer shops. Overlooking the lush greens of the Boca Raton Resort & Club golf course, minutes from the beach, residences at ALINA offer sweeping golf course or city views. ALINA features over 45,000 square feet of private indoor and outdoor amenities perfect for entertainment or relaxation. These include private cabanas and summer kitchens, as well as a rooftop pool deck, in addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga studio, and his-and-hers spa facilities to name a few. Construction has begun on phase one of ALINA, which will deliver 121 residences. Marisela Cotilla: Marisela@alinabocaraton.com; 954-829-1677

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Oasis in the City 

If you dream of serenity, you might find it in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, at 561 Pacific Street, a 63-unit condominium now under construction. Omri Sachs, one of the principals of developers Adam America Real Estate, tasked design firm ODA New York to create a retreat from the busy outside. “Once you step into the lobby,” he says, “you enter a beautiful, Japanese-inspired world.”

Art is central to Sachs’ other building, Galerie, a 182-unit condominium in Long Island City, Queens, across the street from the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1, dedicated to experimental, contemporary art. One resident moving into a one-bedroom unit this month says “the major appeal is being able to own a well-designed new condo that suits my lifestyle, because Galerie also provides a fitness center, a swimming pool and an easy commute to work.”

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