Of Note: California Dimensions

Stay AKA {Various locations} Inspired by a perceived need, AKA offers luxury extended-stay apartments with hotel services in major cities around the globe. Under the leadership of President Larry Korman, AKA combines the […]

Stay AKA

{Various locations}

Inspired by a perceived need, AKA offers luxury extended-stay apartments with hotel services in major cities around the globe. Under the leadership of President Larry Korman, AKA combines the style and hospitality of a hotel with the comfort and spaciousness of a luxury condominium. AKA supports destinations in Beverly Hills, London, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Extended stays of a week or longer are welcomed, and each location provides exclusive terraces, fitness centers, executive board rooms, and entertainment centers such as cinemas for use. AKA Beverly Hills (pictured) also offers guests the private experience of a mobile suite in addition to the standard and penthouse suites. Guests can load up into a fully stocked, top-of-the-line Airstream for luxury on the go while taking a five-day road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or “glamping” in Yosemite.
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La Bella Toscana

Toscana Country Club {Indian Wells}

Named for and inspired by Italy’s most vibrant and storied region, Indian Wells’ exclusive Toscana Country Club celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the release of 59 developer golf homesites for sale and the start of construction on the final holes of the Jack Nicklaus Signature North Course, overseen by The Golden Bear himself. This ultimate golf-style community is the brainchild of William Bone, who founded parent firm Sunrise Company in 1996 and is a nationally recognized expert in resort residential, hotel, and recreation development. He received a “Legends” Award from the National Association of Homebuilders in 2003 and is a 1992 California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame inductee.

In addition to the unparalleled golf courses and luxury residences, Toscana also includes The Spa Bella Vita and adjoining Sports Club, a 28,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with luxurious treatment suites and expansive fitness facilities. The 21 north- and east-facing homesites along Via Pisa on the North Course are available for immediate contract ranging from $475,000 to $1,050,000. CSQ contact: Warren Smith, 760/772.7000.


Follow the “Northstar” Home

Mountainside Northstar {Lake Tahoe}

Residents have it all, from 275 days of sunshine per year to 12 months of recreational opportunities, 3,170 acres of skiable terrain, and more than 15 miles of hiking, biking, and running trails. The development’s newest extension, The Stellar Collection, elevates mountainside living to new heights with living spaces designed to LEED-certification standards and a timeless-but-fashionable aplomb by Bay Area firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (the lead design agency for Apple, Inc. stores worldwide). Indoor fireplaces, kitchen appliances by Bosch and other top brands, and plenty of storage space for skis and other outdoor gear are among the amenities.

Exclusive homeowner privileges include direct access to the Northstar Ski Resort’s trails and facilities, membership to the Tahoe Mountain Club, and use of the TreeHouse, a recreational center with fitness room, pool, and events that include family movie nights, Discovery Speaker Series, and wine-tasting sessions. New homeowners will also receive a two-year membership to the spa of the five star Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. Starting at $3,395,000. mountainsidenorthstar.com; 530/550.2010.


Golden Gate of Opportunity

Ritz-Carlton Residences {San Francisco}

What’s old really is what’s new. In this case, it’s the landmark Chronicle Building, designed by Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and John Root. Built over a century ago, this building was brought to life with the intention of bringing modernity to the city. The Ritz-Carlton team’s extensive restoration not only brings the building back to its original splendor but carries its purpose into the 21st century with its historically significant architectural appointments, dramatic floor plans and attentive service executed by the dedicated staff and a 24-hour on-site concierge.

The best of San Francisco is just outside the front door, from easy access to the financial district to Union Square shopping to the fabled cable cars and proximity to the city’s most significant cultural landmarks and venues. A mere 20 minutes to San Francisco International Airport, 25 minutes from Sausalito and Berkeley, and one hour from Napa and Sonoma,  amenities include a private lounge on the 12th floor, wine storage, executive boardroom, a secure in-building parking garage, and housekeeping. One-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans available. 866/770.2619.