Be Captivated With Spacious Attached Designs

New home designs feature up to three bedrooms, tech areas per plan, large Great Rooms, and convenient two-car garages. Tristania homeowners can experience a vibrant lifestyle within the newest enclave of homes in the family-oriented setting of Cypress Village, with access to beautiful parks, resort-style recreational amenities and award-winning Irvine Unified Schools. Continue reading “Be Captivated With Spacious Attached Designs”

A 61-unit Condo Building With Posh Interiors

The last few years have seen a flurry of luxury activity in Noho, with the area around Lafayette Street—home to Annabelle Selldorf’s 10 Bond, Morris Adjmi’s 11 Great Jones Street, Herzog & de Meuron’s 40 Bond Street, and the under-construction 1 Great Jones Alley all rising within the past few years. Now, there’s another high-end condo building to add to that list: Welcome 40 Bleecker, which just launched a teaser site, to the crowd. Continue reading “A 61-unit Condo Building With Posh Interiors”

A Polished Apartment in a Famous Beaux Arts Building

“Putting together two apartments in a 110-year-old building in New York has its challenges,” admits Alexander Gorlin, principal at Alexander Gorlin Architects of the pied-à-terre he overhauled with project designer Kate Kaiser in the famed Upper West Side Beaux Arts building, the Ansonia. Still, the challenges were ones he was more than ready to embrace. His clients, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Amy Chua and her mystery-writer husband, Jay Rubenfeld, wanted a comfortable home to unwind in when visiting the city (the pair are also both professors at Yale University), with enough space to host their two daughters. Something modern, but with traditional Asian touches. Continue reading “A Polished Apartment in a Famous Beaux Arts Building”

Closing Down Street Restaurants to Make Way For An Office Project

Chez TJ owner George Aviet in his Michelin starred restaurant on Jan. 7, 2014. Photo by Michelle Le On Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council is set to discuss what to do with two historic Villa Street restaurants that are part of a new downtown office project. Representatives of the restaurants Chez TJ and the Tied House brewery announced last month they were planning to eventually close down to make way for a four-story office project. The office development by the Minkoff Group could provide space for the eateries to reopen, possibly as a merged gastropub. The Mountain View City Council has not yet sanctioned the office project, and the proposal already faces some hurdles. City staff note that both restaurants are located in historic buildings that are supposed to be protected and preserved. Elected leaders could allow the structures to be demolished. Or city staff suggests a better option might be to relocate the historic buildings to a new site. This would be complicated and costly, but the staff report notes that these problems would mostly be the responsibility of the developer. They say the buildings could be reused as affordable housing, classrooms or for other public uses. The Mountain View City Council will discuss the project in a study session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza Conference Room at 500 Castro St. An agenda of the meeting can be found here. Continue reading “Closing Down Street Restaurants to Make Way For An Office Project”