Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sky High in Atlanta's Tallest Residential Building, Sovereign

Towering over Buckhead and dominating the Buckhead skyline is the tallest residential building in Atlanta and second tallest in the city, Sovereign.  I had the great pleasure of showing this building to a client recently and toured with Kevin McBride of Atlanta Fine Homes International.  Many say that this 50 story building is the most architecturally significant building in Atlanta.  I have to say that I think this is the most cutting edge buiding in Atlanta and has brought a much needed  modern, international flair to our skyline.  Construction on this 635' tall masterpiece began in 2007, before the real estate market tanked.  The building features restaurant and commercial space with 82 residences beginning on the 28th floor. 

The commercial space has already satisfied the debt on the building which shows stability in this very volatile market.  I think it's amazing that the commercial space is leased in this building considering the glut of commercial space on the market.  Also amazing is the fact that one of the penthouses which is over 7000 square feet, just sold for over $5 million dollars with a projected $2 million to finish out the raw shell space.  The buyer already had a unit in Soverign and apparently liked it so much that he went all the way... up!  Artist Todd Murphy was commissioned to decorate the building with fine art seen throughout the public spaces.  Among the pieces are giant lit boxes on each residential floor that reveal a huge tree that grows on Peachtree Battle Avenue.    Singer/Artist Michael Stipe from R.E.M. fame created a sculpture  installation of a pack of foxes in polished bronze that greet visitors at the entrance of the building.   The Buckhead Club is located in this building and is available for residents featuring conference space, meeting and event space, restaurant/bar and fitness center.  Many other luxury amenities are the gorgeous two story club house and pool area.  Fab-u-lous~ .   There are many floor plans to choose from and one of the most outstanding features is that every unit features a huge balcony (or two or three) that have amazing views.  As you can imagine, the units are luxuriously appointed.  The look is clean lined and modern.   It is also very exciting to walk out of the buiding and have so many restaurants and shopping right at your heels.  Bistro Niko, one of the Buckhead Life Group restaurants, is prominent on the front corner of the building. 

What I really loved about this building that I found to be unexpected was that even though it is one of Atlanta's premiere luxury residences, it has a feel that is approachable and unintimidating-much more relaxed and effortless than I had expected.  But fabulous all the same.  Home prices start at $800,000.

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