On Location: Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

3 ocean watch photo courtesy of Haig Point; all others ©Dennis burnett photography

Daufuskie Island offers Southern charm and comfort that can only be found on an island with no bridges. Accessible by a 30-minute ferry ride, my journey to the Haig Point community began and ended with relaxation. Catching a glimpse of diving dolphins as I left the mainland behind was a warm welcome into the exclusive area. The sea island just off the coast of South Carolina, which is easily accessible from Savannah, is one that wholeheartedly embraces the easy pace of the Lowcountry.

“As soon as people step off the ferry they
typically fall in love with the island lifestyle,” says Lauren Hunt, the programming and communications manager at the private, member-owned Haig Point. “Their genuine commitment to the island is why they choose to build and live here.” Members welcomed me with open arms and shared the island’s charming attributes, all with similar stories of visiting and deciding to stay for the long haul. 

If the 29-hole Rees Jones golf course, equestrian center, award-winning tennis facility, and beach club don’t entice you, the real estate will. It ranges in size and price, creating a diverse community with something to offer everyone. Haig Point goes beyond vacation and second homes. Permanent residents are enjoying the influx of younger residents. “More families under age 55 joined in the past three years than the previous 10 combined,” says Hunt. An island destination with no traffic — the island runs on electric golf carts — is an ideal opportunity for those hoping to enjoy a smaller, safer environment for their families.

Homesites for building your dream home and a collection of existing properties make up the variety of real estate within the current 270-home development. On the market for $2.995 million, 3 Ocean Watch in Haig Point was designed and built to the highest standards with stunning heart pine and woodwork soured from a 200-year-old house. Other properties range in price from the mid $300,000s to $3 million.

The island won’t be threatened by commercialization or overcrowding, due to building restrictions, according to Hunt. The community’s Architectural Review Board ensures the nature and integrity of the island remain intact alongside development. Across the water, Hilton Head Island is visible. “Hilton Head Island has 2 million visitors annually. That means easy accessibility to great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. And with only an eight-minute commute, our hourly water taxi makes it easy to escape back to the solitude of Haig Point,” says Hunt.

3 Ocean Watch offers Calibogue Sound views.

Enjoy uncrowded, pristine beaches.

Haig Point offers a private Equestrian Center.


YOTELPAD Mammoth is set to break ground this spring in the heart of the popular Mammoth Mountain village as the first major on-mountain resort development in more than a decade.

YOTEL is a pioneer in modular building with a signature design concept that centers around transformative spaces with multi-purpose furniture and convertible configurations to maximize interior space along with built-in technology and a modern minimalistic design.


The property will implement the newest technologies, such as robot butlers making in-PAD deliveries and a robotic luggage concierge, as well as an interactive app offering ski and car valet, check-in, keyless entry, on-demand Fix-it (IT) and Cabin (housekeeping) Crews, mobile dining orders, Amazon lockers, and more. PADS (condos) range from 410 to 629sf and start in the $300,000s. The property will also unveil the brand’s new DOMO concept with 21 townhomes offering 1,503sf of living space that can sleep up to 10, priced from $1.5 million. Owners will have access to:The Terrace social hub with a bar, numerous fire pits, year-round pool and hot tub, a dog park, a dedicated area for yoga, table tennis and bocce ball courts.


The community fireplace lounge will have the first-ever YOTELPAD bar that connects the outdoor social spaces with the indoors. KOMYUNTI will serve as a multi-generational space, offering a place for guests to warm up fireside, mingle at the bar, dine at the on-site restaurant or takeover the fully-equipped kitchen available to owners.

Little ones will be plenty occupied with endless activities in dedicated zones for kids and teens, and other amenities in and around MISSION CONTROL (the central lobby area) will include a 24/7 gym, steam room and GRAB+GO light bites. Gear storage, as well as bike storage, will be available to owners seasonally.

Photos courtesy of YOTELPAD Mammoth.

Approximately 220 residences and an office building will join the year-round, live/work/play community, development accelerating growth in Greater Green Bay.


Green Bay Packers’ real estate development branch, Titletown Development LLC, announced its plans for Phase 2 of Titletown, the mixed-use real estate development in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, located directly west of Green Bay’s iconic Lambeau Field. Highlighted by approximately 220 residences and a four-to-five story office building, Phase 2 adds to the “live” and “work” elements of Titletown’s appeal.


The residences will be built at the site along Brookwood Drive, and include up to 150 units in an apartment building, ranging from studios to three bedroom-units. The remaining 70-90 residences are anticipated to be a mix of three different styles of townhomes available for ownership. The design of the Titletown residences will be a homage to the area’s industrial history and its natural surroundings, while envisioning Greater Green Bay’s burgeoning future.

“Titletown thus far has exceeded our expectations and we’re excited to add the residential component and office building to the development, and to the region,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We’re looking forward to continuing to create a special place for residents, community members and visitors, and this next step in the development will elevate Titletown to a place many will call home.”


Final details of the residences, including cost and available options, are being completed and will be announced later this year. Construction for both residences and the office building is slated to begin in spring 2019. Reservations for those interested in Titletown’s residences will begin later this football season.


“Titletown’s first phase has generated a tremendous about of enthusiasm, both for our programming and our tenants,” said Packers Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Ed Policy. “Now we are going increase the density by attracting more people with high-quality residences and premium office space, with a variety of opportunities for everyone to enjoy in a shared, vibrant community.”


Titletown is the redevelopment of a nearly 45-acre parcel of land that is designed to maximize its unique location to attract visitors, spur regional economic growth, offer amenities to residents and compliment Greater Green Bay’s draw as an excellent location to live, work, play and visit on a year-round basis.


Renderings courtesy of KTGY Architecture + Planning and NBBJ

In today’s market, the demand for unique luxury residential amenities has never been more important. For those who live in ever-growing urban jungles across the nation, buyers want to have everything they could ever need right at their fingertips while enjoying the cityscapes surroundings.

With this in mind, this residential community is taking luxury amenities to new heights. Positioned seven stories above the bustling city of Baltimore, the custom sky park at 414 Light Street features an elevated amenity-laden lifestyle — with everything from a pet spa and pet park to a 16-foot outdoor dual-sided movie theater.


Developed by Questar Properties, 414 Light Street is a 44-story tower of 394 luxury residences and is the tallest residential tower to stand in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Featuring hospitality-inspired services and amenities, the apartment tower includes 40,000-square-feet of outdoor and indoor amenity space.

“We were looking to do something unique and distinguishing,” says developer and owner Stephen M. Gorn, CEO of Questar Properties. “We really like what we’ve done here. We’re truly creating a new standard of luxury, which is a blend between a five-star resort, five-star hotel and a luxury, residential building.”


The sky park offers multipurpose activity lawns, Al fresco kitchen and dining, community and resident gardens, a skyline terrace with a pool and cabanas, and an urban bosque with bi-monthly harvesting.


There are also several outdoor seating areas, all offering sweeping views of the city. While some offer privacy and seclusion, much of the space is also curated with entertainment in mind — boasting activities such as pool tables and televisions.

Indoor amenities include a fireside retreat room, game room, media room, entertainment kitchen and bar, yoga and meditation room, club-caliber fitness room and business lounge.

“The combination of unique amenities is really my favorite part about 414 Light Street,” Gorn says. “The sky park was inspired by this desire to create a full living experience, and to serve this market that was really underserved.”

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Oceanwide Plaza is following a similar trend. As the largest mixed-use development in Downtown Los Angeles, Oceanwide Plaza comprises three towers and boasts a 100-foot high, 2-acre sky park outfitted with 2 dog parks, a basketball court, lawns, a running track and swimming pool.

According to Gorn, the expansive design process took around six to nine months, and the project took more than 3 years from start to finish.


From the exterior to the interior, the team was very mindful of design. “We really wanted to create a design that appealed to a diverse demographic palette, from millennials to baby boomers and everything in between,” Gorn says.


Questar Properties worked in collaboration with landscape architect Wolff Landscape, and architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz. “We got together and we really challenged each other to do something creative. We wanted to do something that was very dynamic and creative,” Gorn says.

Whether it’s a 48-story tower in New York City or a Mediterranean-style development in Fisher Island, Florida, these developments have been meticulously crafted to reflect early renderings.

While renderings are often closely aligned with the final project, there are often changes made to the design during construction.

With constant advances in technology, computer generated renderings have become almost indistinguishable from reality. Can you spot the differences?


From renderings to reality, these developments are pushing the boundaries of design and architecture.

Palazzo Del Sol

American Copper


Designed by SHoP Architects to be the tallest copper-clad building in the world, The American Copper Buildings presents two bold and dynamic residential towers on New York City’s East River. The approximately 800-unit luxury rental community reaches 41 and 48 stories in height with an iconic skybridge connecting the two towers.

Photos by JDS Development

Palazzo Del Sol


Designed by Kobi Karp, Palazzo Del Sol’s exterior design adds to Fisher Island’s Mediterranean aesthetic while the amenity spaces and lobby, designed by Antrobus +Ramirez, draw inspiration from the elegance of old world architecture.

Palazzo Del Sol



Located in the northeast corner of Baltic Street and Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, this 43-unit, boutique condominium is distinguished by its quality construction and exceptional living space. Wrought in golden gray brick, the building integrates a range of beautiful stones, including marbles, granites, quartz, and labradorite, as well as woods such as walnut and oak.

Photos by JDS Development

111 West 57

This New York City project will serve as a combination of the original landmarked Steinway building designed in 1925 by Warren & Wetmore, and a new tower designed by SHoP Architects and Studio Sofield.

Photos by JDS Development

Photos by JDS Development

From Punta Cana to Belize, all eyes are on the Caribbean as it becomes bigger and stronger. Boasting fine architectural features, these six projects in the Caribbean are playing an integral role in the region’s growth.

Photo courtesy of Rock House




Set amidst the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of Ambergris Caye island, Alaia Belize is the newest boutique community resort and residential property debuting as the first Marriott International Autograph Collection property in the country. An ideal balance between high-end living and barefoot luxury, the idyllic beachfront resort will sit on 20 acres and feature 112 hotel room, 56 two-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas available for purchase. Conceived by visionary developer Andrew Ashcroft to embrace the Belizean spirit, Alaia will boast world-class amenities.

Photos courtesy of Alaia Belize


Key Largo


Baker’s Cay Resort, a new upscale beachfront oasis carved into Key Largo’s most lush and secluded region, debuts this fall. Located on the Gulf side of the Overseas Highway, this beachfront resort is tucked away on 13 acres of lush tropical groves and provides exclusive access to one of the most secluded white-sand beaches in the area. Situated on a former pineapple plantation, the retreat is also supporting the local environment through a vast list of initiatives like coral restoration with the world’s largest coral reef foundation and collaborative efforts with Dolphin Plus Marine Mammal Responders to rehabilitate dolphins in the wild.

Photos courtesy of Baker’s Cay Resort

Punta Cana


After closing to undergo extensive enhancements, the adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana is undergoing a soft launch as of September 1st and will celebrate its grand opening come November 2018 with the completion of the resort’s two new towers. Situated on the coveted eastern tip of the island, Sanctuary Cap Cana spans more than 20 tropical acres, including 2,100 feet of pristine oceanfront. The renovation, overseen by Carrillo Projects Co., will introduce completely reimagined guest rooms, enhanced public spaces, and two new towers with 140 additional suites.




Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Cap Cana

The British Virgin Islands


One year after Hurricane Irma, Oil Nut Bay will unveil seven new villas available for rent, a complete Marina Village, a new boutique spa and a redesigned welcome pavilion featuring a new resort pool, bar and lounge. Available for rent this December, The Bay Suites are one-bedroom villas that sit mountainside and feature private terraces and outdoor showers. Soon after the Bay Suites launch will be the highly anticipated opening of Oil Nut Bay’s Marina Village. Come 2019, The Marina Village will also be home to three new villas available to rent.



Photo courtesy of Oil Nut Bay

Turks and Caicos


Inspired by the glamorous beach resorts of the French Riviera, Grace Bay Resorts’ Rock House is creating its own version of a Mediterranean rendezvous. Overlooking the glittering sea, this residential resort will be tucked into the rugged, untouched limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore. Interior designer Shawn Henderson and local Coast Architects will design each space with nature in mind  — whether it’s using spa-like outdoor shower gardens, walls made of the limestone, or floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Photos courtesy of Rock House


Altamer’s Antilles Pearl Villa, set to open November 2018, is an uber-exclusive resort comprised of three villas on Anguilla’s secluded West End. Developed by New York City-based real estate firm Time Equities, the resort’s villas have spacious layouts and can accommodate up to 40 guests. Altamer’s key amenities range from a 24-hour butler service and onsite personal chef to boat charters to neighboring islands and in-villa massage and spa treatments.



Photo courtesy of Qualls Benson

Unique Homes takes a behind-the-scenes look at the new and exclusive resort, Mandarina, in Nayarit, Mexico.

By Kristen Ordonez

The curves and ridges of the cobblestone streets describe the character of the charming, seaside town of Sayulita, located on the western coastal state of Nayarit, Mexico. Unique Homes was recently invited by RLH and RSC and The Agency to stay in the town of Sayulita as part of a larger effort to discover and learn about Mandarina, a new exclusive resort that will feature hotel rooms, one of the world’s first collections of One&Only branded residences and other world-class amenities.
Though only a 15-minute drive separates Sayulita from the land Mandarina is located on, entering the site is like stepping directly into a tropical jungle, surrounded by the sounds of native creatures and the crashing waves along the Pacific coast. The site of the resort is expansive and includes a variety of landscapes that will feature amenities for every kind of adventure-seeker. The flat plots of fertile farmland lining the road to the property will offer locally grown produce for an authentic farm-to-table experience at the restaurants that will be on the site. In the background was an amazing protected mountain range that nestled us closer to the cliffs and the shore.

The steep climbs and alternating landscapes provide a challenge for active guests on the trail system, open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. These trails take you through thick patches of jungle that are both reminiscent of how out of our element you are, but also envelope you in a sense of quiet wonder that fill you with a sense of contentment. On the shore, two stretches of beach will satisfy those looking to relax somewhere that feels world’s away from everything. This property is the definition of unique, providing incredible vistas of every terrain imaginable, from the crystal clear waters you can see from cliffs formed by a long-dormant volcano many years ago, to the green flatlands that will eventually play host the world-class Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club.
Apart from certain sections of the site that were already under construction, a large part of the property is waiting to be developed, which according to Ricardo Santa Cruz, RSC President and CEO, will be done in stages coinciding with sales of the One&Only Private Homes. Santa Cruz has been working and negotiating with citizens and authorities within the region for more than 10 years to acquire the land for Mandarina, an endeavor that has formed a closer relationship between Mandarina and the town along the coast of Nayarit. Santa Cruz, alongside architect Rick Joy, aim to bring a tailored luxury experience that immerses you into the landscape and the surrounding communities by keeping authenticity a key principle.
A sense of individuality and uniqueness are undeniable, as few have come to find once they set foot in Mandarina. There will be no other place quite like it.
A closer, in-depth look at the Mandarina project will be included in Unique Home’s upcoming Ultimate issue, which will be on sale in May.

Photos courtesy of Mandarina and Hayes Davidson

In honor of National Spa Week (starting today, October 30 through Friday, November 3), we’re taking a look at luxury developments that are taking wellness to the next level by incorporating top-of-the-line spa amenities. Inspired by luxury spas found in five-star hotels, developers and designers have created an opportunity for residents to effortlessly live an unparalleled wellness lifestyle by incorporating some of the most relaxing and extravagant pampering amenities.
From Himalayan salt therapy rooms to beauty bars and steam rooms to phytotherapy and more, these six spa domains are anything but ordinary, providing the utmost relaxation to residents without them ever having to step foot outside their homes.

The d’Orsay

The d’Orsay, a boutique condominium of 21-luxury homes, located at 211 West 14th Street, in the nexus of the West Village, Meatpacking District, and Chelsea will provide residents with the luxury of not having to leave their home to access innovative and hotel-quality spa amenities. Legendary French designer Jacques Garcia thoughtfully implemented his renowned hospitality experience into the project by incorporating a private spa, complete with an art deco plunge pool, steam room and treatment room which can be booked for facials or massages.


1000M, the curving, cantilevering, 74-story luxury condominium coming to Chicago, will provide residents the opportunity for effortless relaxation and pampering right at home. Residents can mark their destination to the 11th floor 1000M spa, where they can take full advantage of the five-star hotel-like spa amenities including a meditation room, plunge pools, steam room, beauty bar and a Himalayan salt therapy room.

1 Seaport

Situated thirty floors above the hustle of New York City, residents of the Hill West Architects-designed 1 Seaport enjoy a sanctuary in the sky that rivals even the swankiest of spas, including a hydrotherapy circuit with a steam room, misted water passageway and teak sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking New York’s most notable landmarks. The 30th-floor amenity suite of this Lower Manhattan luxury condo also includes a breathtaking indoor pool and sun terrace with custom chaise lounges, creating a true refuge from the city below.

The Grand at SkyView Parc

The Grand, a 743-unit luxury condominium nestled in the heart of Flushing, features The Grand Club, a full-service spa for its residents. Located at the Grand Tower Three, residents can treat themselves to a relaxing massage or hangout at the social whirlpool area with friends. Those looking to melt away the stress can leave it all behind once they step inside one of The Club’s steam, sauna or treatment rooms. Whatever they choose, it’s the perfect way to find a little “me” time during National Spa Week and beyond.

Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences

Spanning over seven acres in picturesque Singer Island, Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences is a new paradigm of mindful living, developed in partnership with world-renowned ESPA and the Himalayan Institute. Every ESPA treatment unites the best of aromatherapy, thalassotherapy and phytotherapy combined with ancient and modern Oriental, Ayurvedic and Western European philosophies. Within the natural surroundings, Amrit’s enhanced lifestyle experiences, customized programming, and spa offerings will be focused around the “Five Pillars of Wellness,” a selection of integrated areas of wellness that address sleep deprivation, nutrition and diet, relaxation and de-stress, personal training, fitness, beauty treatments, mindfulness, and more.

Caroline Bay

Caroline Bay, a 182-acre destination in Bermuda with branded residences and hotel by Ritz-Carlton Reserve will boast beautiful spa-like amenities and each home is situated to take full advantage of the mesmerizing pink sand beaches and azure blue ocean views, while still offering a sense of privacy with retractable glass walls. Various residences feature plunge pools, while the remaining residences will be equipped with outdoor kitchens.

With a premier location, limited inventory and no comparable offering in the Valley, it is no shock these homes are selling fast.

Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Napa Valley, which is slated to open in early 2019, will offer 20 private residences — 14 of which have already been reserved. The homes sold in only seven months, leaving only 6 residences available.
One of the most unique offerings available to residence owners will be the winery and vineyard located on the property, which will be led by renowned winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Residence owners will have the opportunity to be involved in the winemaking process, from harvesting and fermentation to blending and bottling. In addition, the winery’s private wine room and private tasting area will be accessible exclusively to residence owners.
The residences, designed by Architect John Hill, feature spacious indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, multiple master suites, a 2-car garage and private terraces.
Residence owners may also choose a furnishing package designed by Erin Martin Interior Design, have the option to utilize a short-term rental program or enjoy VIP access to the resort’s collection of amenities. Amenities includes a restaurant, spa, and indoor and outdoor fitness center. It is also within close proximity to the 47-mile Vine Trail.
Construction of the 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom residences has begun under the management of Bald Mountain Development. Pricing for homes begins at $3.5 million.

Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Napa Valley

By Alyssa Apuzzio
Palmetto Bluff, the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast, has debuted its second residential community, Moreland Village. Surrounded by rich history dating back 12,000 years, the architecture is designed to create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors.

Crescent Communities at Palmetto Bluff has committed to the recent expansion of the Crescent-managed forest area by an additional 90 acres, protecting this land from development and allowing the organization to study and maintain the land. This increases Palmetto Bluff’s protected acres to 12,631.

“The needs and interests of the land and wildlife lead everything we do here at Palmetto Bluff, and we’re in great hands with the Conservancy team helping to ensure that the Bluff’s original inhabitants, its wildlife, prosper,” said David O’Donoghue, Crescent Communities executive vice president, resort and second home.

Amenities include The Boundary, which features a bowling alley, restaurant, smokehouse, two pools, a fitness center and an art loft. Palmetto Bluff is also home to the newly expanded AAA Five Diamond
Montage Palmetto Bluff with fantastic golf, spa, canoe club, and culinary offerings — all surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront and extensive nature trails.

Palmetto Bluff is currently home to 466 families, with the long-term plan of developing another 3,500 homes.

Photo courtesy Crescent Communities

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

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