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Lenny Kravitz, Interior Designer

  • By The House of Realty Team
  • 27 Feb, 2017

The New York Times

Lenny Kravitz, Interior Designer
A rendering of a seven-story, 38-unit building at 75 Kenmare Street in NoLIta. The condos will combine a sense of the area’s scruffy art-fueled past with the lavish finishes of luxury Manhattan apartments.

When Dan Hollander began planning a condominium to replace a parking garage at the northeast corner of Mulberry and Kenmare Streets in NoLIta in 2015, he wanted a designer who intimately knew the area and exuded an aura of downtown cool.

 

He didn’t have to look far. Just blocks away, on Crosby Street, was Kravitz Design, an interior and product design firm helmed by the Grammy Award-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz.

 

“They’re kind of choosy about what they take on, but they loved the site,” said Mr. Hollander, the managing principal of DHA Capital, which is developing 75 Kenmare with AMS Acquisitions and First Atlantic Real Estate, pointing out that it sits directly beside DeSalvio Playground. “They got the project right away. We shared a vision.”

 

Lenny Kravitz, whose interior and product design firm, Kravitz Design, was selected to work on the seven-story, 38-unit building at 75 Kenmare Street in NoLIta. “I wanted it to be moody, sexy, warm,” he said of the condos.

 

That vision, according to Mr. Kravitz, was to somehow blend a sense of the area’s scruffy art-fueled past with the lavish finishes that have become de rigueur for luxury Manhattan apartments.

 

“It’s really about trying to capture some of that original downtown feel that I experienced in the ’80s,” Mr. Kravitz said. “I remember when it was all my friends squatting in lofts that now cost $10 million. People were just painting and sculpting.”

 

Of course, buyers who spend millions of dollars on an apartment typically desire a level of polish absent from abandoned lofts. So, Mr. Kravitz’s strategy was to juxtapose rough and refined surfaces, and install materials in creative ways.

 

In the lobby, for instance, a shimmering wall of mirror and iridescent mosaic tile will play off an exposed concrete ceiling, while the floor will consist of four different types of natural stone set in a geometric pattern.
Prices start at $1.695 million for a one-bedroom and run up to $15.5 million for a four-bedroom penthouse.

 

In individual units, kitchens will have a mix of matte white lacquer and elm millwork, and white marble islands will be paired with wood breakfast bars. Master bathrooms will be bisected by dark titanium travertine walls and flooring on one side, and creamy French-vanilla marble on the other.

 

“We definitely wanted to mix several different things together to get a more sensual feel,” Mr. Kravitz said. “Things you can touch and feel. I wanted it to be moody, sexy, warm.”

 

Since founding Kravitz Design in 2003, Mr. Kravitz’s many projects have included wallpaper for Flavor Paper, furniture for CB2 and Kartell, door levers for Rocky Mountain Hardware, a chandelier for Swarovski, a watch for Rolex, public spaces for Miami’s Paramount Bay condo building and penthouse hotel suites for SLS South Beach. This is his first multiunit residential project in New York.

 

On the outside, the seven-story, 38-unit building, designed by Andre Kikoski Architect, will be clad in sandblasted precast concrete panels with deep vertical grooves. Mr. Kikoski said the treatment was inspired by the area’s traditional masonry construction as well as newer neighbors, such as Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass condo building at 152 Elizabeth Street.

Kitchens will have a mix of matte white lacquer and elm millwork, and white marble islands will be paired with wood breakfast bars.

 

“We asked ourselves: What can we do to create a facade that relates to the history and fabric of NoLIta, but at the same time might set the tone for what will follow,” said Mr. Kikoski, who traveled to Montreal last month to personally oversee the sandblasting of samples for a suitably eroded appearance.

 

The rear of the L-shaped building will include an outdoor courtyard designed by Future Green Studio. Below grade, four levels of automated mechanical parking will offer space for about 165 vehicles, open to the public. Construction is underway, and Mr. Hollander expects the project to be completed in the second half of 2018. Prices start at $1.695 million for a 601-square-foot one-bedroom and run up to $15.5 million for a 3,017-square-foot four-bedroom penthouse. To keep prices at least somewhat tethered to reality, “A lot of the units are smaller than what developers have been building,” Mr. Hollander said. “Our average unit size is only 1,100 square feet.” For that reason, they should move quickly, said Fredrik Eklund, an associate broker with Douglas Elliman Real Estate who is overseeing sales with John Gomes.


“Brokers in New York, friends of mine who want to buy for themselves, have been hounding us to get in,” Mr. Eklund said, shortly before beginning sales recently. “That’s a good sign.”

By The House of Realty Team 16 Oct, 2017

From a funky granny flat in a suburban back yard and architect-designed homes, to a sand bypass system, and a dam that stores the region's drinking water, the Gold Coast Open House 2017, which starts on 4 November, has something for everyone.

The Gold Coast Open House will open 40 buildings to the general public, including heritage treasures and Commonwealth Games-ready sports venues.

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The region is well known for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, and the buildings and places in this year's events reflect these influences. The program provide a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast. Some buildings date as far back as the late 1800s, and the program also includes cutting-edge design by some of the Gold Coast’s top architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event and suitable for all ages.

To see the program and to book tickets, visit the Gold Coast Open House web site.

This article was found in The Real Estate Conversation - https://www.therealestateconversation.com.au/2017/10/10/gold-coast-open-house-2017-40-houses-buildin...

By The House of Realty Team 08 Oct, 2017

It was the little house on a small block that country music singer Adam Brand jokingly referred to as “The Shack”.

The tiny two-bedroom house was riddled with asbestos and in desperate need of some TLC when Adam found it – and it was exactly what he was looking for.

As a touring artist, Adam is on the road a lot. But in between gigs he found himself with quite a bit of downtime and a strong desire to find a property project to work on.

“Many years ago, I bought a couple of rental properties, did some very basic renovations where I ripped up carpets, repainted and cleaned up the yards,” Adam explains.

“I found that I loved the whole process of finding something rundown that’s dirty and neglected that everyone drives past and looks at the place and thinks they wouldn’t go near it.
I enjoyed pouring love into it, and having people go ‘Wow!’ at the end result.”

He hadn’t yet tackled a major renovation, but with a little time on his hands between tours, “I just needed a good project to sink my teeth into,” he says.

So he bought a house to renovate in his hometown on the Gold Coast.

“It was located in Palm Beach, a beachside suburb, on a very small 408sqm block. It was really a tiny little shack with two bedrooms and one bathroom that was built in the
’50s,” he says.

“It’s on the other side of the highway, something that will make sense to people who know the area – so it’s not on the real fancy side overlooking the beach. But the first dozen avenues in the suburb are basically five minutes’ walk from the cafes in Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth [Avenues], and it’s so close to the water you’re literally a few minutes’ walk away.”

Pounding the pavement in search of property

Adam approached his renovation project in a strategic manner by planning what he wanted to achieve well before he began browsing the classifieds

By The House of Realty Team 01 Oct, 2017
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By The House of Realty Team 26 Sep, 2017
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By The House of Realty Team 24 Sep, 2017

You want to do everything you can to help your home sell for a high price, right? Well, you can put the demolition tools down and take a step back from the bathroom remodel.

Mozo has surveyed over 1,000 Aussies to find out what’s most likely to stop them buying a property, and it turns out small fixes can mean a big difference when it comes to selling your home for a good price.

But it’s not always easy to know where to start - so here are the top 10 things that might turnoff a prospective buyer and some tips on how you can fix them in your home

By The House of Realty Team 18 Sep, 2017

These are the hottest renovation projects in the country this year, and they also have some of the hottest kitchens.

Seven homes, including two from Queensland, made the National Architecture Awards shortlist for Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations & Additions), with competition described by the jury as being at “its most fierce” this year

By The House of Realty Team 11 Sep, 2017

Building our city

The 'Building our city' project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment in certain areas by the City, the Commonwealth and State Governments, and provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

The methodology is simple. Specific locations are selected; indicators (economic, urban planning, social and environmental) are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline. The indicators are then measured again every two years and the results are compared to identify changes. The key to the project is the simplicity and clarity of the presentation of the data in a highly visual report with the aim of making the data accessible for a wide range of stakeholders.

The overall aim is to track the impact of infrastructure planning and investment in these specific locations over time, and to utilise this data to inform future public policy development and decision making, as well as allowing for successes to be measured and communicated.

For further information please contact our Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.


Light Rail Corridor - Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast light rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination. Fast, frequent trams now connect 16 light rail stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2013 Baseline Report  to see the statistics prior to the operation of the light rail.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report to see what’s changed since 2013.

The 'Building our city – Light Rail Corridor 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Southport PDA

Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in October 2013 with the Southport PDA Development Scheme being approved by the State Government in September 2014, marking a major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD and significantly boosting the City’s plans to revitalise Southport.

Read the Southport PDA 2015 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.

The 'Building our city – Southport PDA 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct  is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work. The 200 hectare health and knowledge precinct, located at Parklands in Southport, is rapidly growing and includes the state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, and Griffith University.

Works have begun for the development of the 29 hectare Commonwealth Games Village (adjacent to Griffith University), which will accommodate 6500 athletes and team officials in the lead up and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ .

Read the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.


Li ght Rail Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

The Southern Light Rail Corridor will extend the existing route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta. Extending the light rail will make it easier to get around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities. Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

The development of the ‘Building our city – Southern Light Rail Corridor 2017 Baseline Report’ is currently under development and is due for publication in early to mid 2018.

By The House of Realty Team 04 Sep, 2017
The true pioneer of Surfers Paradise is James Beattie, who in the 1870s became the first person to farm the area. He sold out not long after to Johann Meyer, who opened the Main Beach Hotel as a tourist destination.

By 1889 the area had been given the name Elston, which it kept until 1933 when, due to lobbying by Jim Cavill, it was renamed Surfers Paradise – also the name of his popular hotel.

When Kinkabool, Surfers Paradise's first highrise, was built in 1959, it signalled the injection of further entrepreneurial spirit and a drive that would soon define the region as Australia's favourite beachside playground.

The next three decades saw a development boom unlike any in the country, a growth spurt that would push Surfers Paradise and the wider Gold Coast (which was named in 1959) from sleepy coastal holiday town to major urban centre.

Today, the Gold Coast – with Surfers Paradise at its heart – is the sixth largest city and fastest-growing region in Australia. Surfers Paradise is now a home to many and a dream holiday destination to many more. It's a place of work for business owners and professionals and still, a timeless beachside playground for one and all.
By The House of Realty Team 27 Aug, 2017

A syndicate that includes former Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan, is set to pay $21 million for Brisbane's Queen's Arms Hotel, on trendy James Street in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.  

It is understood the syndicate is headed up by Sydney publican and former Lewis Hotels’ head, Peter Ashelford, and Nick Politis.

The new fund is believed to be worth $100m, and recently purchased Tree Tops in Burleigh, and bought the Robert Frazer-Scott’s Boat House Tavern, Coomera, from receivers.

The vendor of the Queen's Arms is Chris Condon.

Condon, who has owned and operated the Queen's Arms Hotel for eight years, recently refurbished the pub to the tune of $5 million, taking particular care to modernise the building, but preserve its history.

It is understood Tony Bargwanna, director hotels Savills Australia, negotiated the sale on behalf of the syndicate, but he declined to comment.

The sale is expected to settle in September.


This article was first published on The Hotel Conversation.

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