Everything is swathed in gold: Model unit at the Montage
While the Montage in Beverly Hills opened in late 2008, there hasn't been a lot of news about those 20 condo units on top of the 201-room Beverly Hills hotel. Well, today's Los Angeles Times interviews the one resident who actually moved in: Meet Larry Field, a local Beverly Hills developer. Field, who runs NSB Group--the company which helped Frank Gehry do that deal for that El Segundo campus--paid $7 million for his Montage pad, downsizing from "several" other homes, according to the paper. Field's basically got run of the place, according to the Los Angeles Times, describing his life as "just like some fairy tale, [and] Field's every wish is the staff's command, whether he wants a hot pastrami at 3 a.m., a chartered jet at 7 or a delivery of daisies at 8."
Continuing the theme of hotel-living, the Times mentions the Residences at W Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton, all sort of some Eloise trend that harkens back to the days of John Belushi shacking up at Chateau Marmont (Belushi was probably ingesting something other than pastrami at 3 am), and Warren Beatty living at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, in terms of sales at the Montage: According to a press release from the Montage, six units have sold, and an additionally two are currently under contract. Prices range from $3.85 million for a 1,900 square foot two-bedroom up to $16.85 million for a 5,750 square foot five-bedroom. And in terms of why no one else has moved in yet, a spokesperson for the Montage condos tells us some buyers are either still decorating, or these are second homes.
· Hotel as home [LA Times]
· Getting to Know You: Beverly Hills Montage [Curbed LA]