Photo Credits: The Greenbrier Sporting Club and Photographer Mike Wyatt of Greenbrier Photography image) and Hamady Architects LLC and Photographer Robert Llewellyn of Charlottesville, VA (header image)
HAMADY ARCHITECTS LLC AWARDED INAUGURAL JOHN RUSSELL POPE AWARD FOR MOUNTAIN HOME DESIGN AT THE GREENBRIER SPORTING CLUB
White Sulphur Springs, WV – May 5, 2015:
Hamady Architects LLC was recently awarded the inaugural 2015 John Russell Pope Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), Mid-Atlantic Region, for its work on a mountain home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, the private residential estate at The Greenbrier, the historic American destination resort in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains.
Hamady Architects LLC (Kahlil Hamady, Owner) was recognized at an evening ceremony on Friday, April 17th at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. The firm received the award in the category of “New Residential Design Over 5,000 Square Feet” for its home at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid-Atlantic region. The design submitted featured an elegant home situated in The Ridges neighborhood at the resort’s renowned private equity club and residential community, The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The home was completed in 2010 with a classical style designed to take advantage of the sweeping mountain vistas that surround it.
“This house is the result of the close collaboration between the owners, the architect and the general contractor,” said Kahlil Hamady, Owner of Hamady Architects LLC. “The John Russell Pope Award is a recognition of the harmonious integration of thoughtful architecture with its natural setting. Ultimately, according to Robert Ogle of Historic New England this award ‘sheds a bright light on the splendor of the West Virginia landscape.'”
The Greenbrier Sporting Club is highly acclaimed for the quality of its homes and the respect given to the surrounding natural and historical environment. Accordingly, homes are shaped in a style sympathetic to either The Greenbrier’s classically inspired architecture or the rugged beauty of the Allegheny Mountains. Site planning, as well as architectural and landscape design, are controlled by the Architectural Review Board (ARB), a permanent committee of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Community Association, which oversees harmonious development, preservation and enhancement of natural environments, while assisting owners in obtaining maximum utilization and enjoyment of their property. Upholding this vision of The Greenbrier Sporting Club are the Architects and Builders who have been approved by the ARB. Using their talent, creativity and experience, they design and build homes that compliment the land and add lasting value to The Greenbrier Sporting Club. Hamady Architects LLC has been an approved architectural firm for The Greenbrier Sporting Club since 2004, for demonstrating outstanding quality in their work and an understanding of, and ability to design in, the architectural styles consistent with the ARB Design Guidelines.
The Awards given by the ICAA are named for John Russell Pope, 1874-1937, best known as the architect of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Educated at the American School of Architecture in Rome (later called the American Academy in Rome) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Pope was renowned for interpreting European classicism in a new, American form. The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.
With 2014 behind us, and being well into 2015, the future looks bright in terms of sales at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. 2014 brought over $36 million in total sales volume, putting us 22% ahead of 2013. Existing home sales remained strong at The Club through the end of the year, particularly in the Copeland Hill neighborhood. To date, we are sold out within both Copeland Hill and Old White Cottages on Howard’s Creek neighborhoods.
What we have found as a “trend” in 2014, is that buyers are looking for a place they can call a “home away from home”, according to Greenbrier Sporting Club Associate Broker & Sales Executive, John Weber. “They are also looking for a club to join, with like minded members.” The importance of community is something very high on a client’s list, and The Greenbrier Sporting Club continues to offer that and much more. With 15 neighborhoods to choose from, plus a central hub which is The Members’ Lodge, that sense of community and camaraderie is quickly formed by actively living The Sporting Life. Through backyard gatherings, golf outings, or annual events at The Club, many of our members have built lifelong friendships here. Providing that sense of community is really what The Greenbrier Sporting Club is all about, and is one of the many reasons why we continue to be the most sought after private community in the U.S.
Not only is our community thriving, so is our homesite construction. We are seeing continuous activity, with 11 homes currently under construction and 4 going through the Architectural Review Board (ARB) process. As we look to what 2015 will bring, all signs are pointing to a positive increase in real estate activity, both nationwide and here at The Greenbrier. According to Realtor Magazine, “it is expected that solid growth will occur in 2015, keeping home sales on an upward path.” In fact, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) forecasts “existing-home sales will reach 5.3 million, an increase of almost half a million over 2014.”
It is likely that the expected return of more “sensible” mortgage underwriting standards will contribute to increase in sales for 2015. This change put in place by lenders will help steady the interest rates, with suggestions that it will hover below 5% for most of 2015 according to the Homebuying Institute. If in fact these interest rates “defy expectations and remain close to where they are currently, this will be another boost to housing sales” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.
*A reminder that this is simply an educated guess, and in no way is this an exact prediction as to what the results the market will produce this year, or in following years.
Sources: Realtormag.org & Homebuyinginstitute.com
Official Press Release
Posted by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (January 28, 2015) – The 9th Annual Luxury Real Estate International Symposium was held Tuesday, January 20th through Thursday, January 22nd in Venice, Italy at the famous Hotel Danieli. Stuart Penney, entrepreneur and founder of the new British start-up, Moneypenney Digital, was the keynote speaker at the event and spoke on the secrets to making content fly online.
The event brought together the top real estate brokers from all across the United States, Europe and Australia to discuss international real estate trends, digital marketing ideas and insight on pleasing clients in regard to marketing, negotiating and concierge service and more. Symposium attendees participated in several networking opportunities including a speed networking activity that was designed to accelerate business interactions at the event.
Attending on behalf of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, John Klemish shared a few words on his experience at the symposium: “Attending the LRE Conference in Venice, Italy was an amazing opportunity to meet and learn from the top brokers from around the world. I was honored to be asked to be a speaker during the conference and during my time on the dais I discussed not only the incredible beauty, history and amenities here at The Greenbrier but also solicited referrals. My hope is to convince Luxury Real Estate to hold a future conference here at America’s Resort knowing full well that the brokers will be impressed enough to send their friends and clients here to become part of our incredible family of property owners.”
John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Luxury Real Estate shares that, “Creating and strengthening connections with fellow high-end real estate professionals is an integral part of being successful in the industry. Our annual events provide members of the network a place to cultivate new ideas and strategies and further expand their international business.”
Symposium attendees experienced Venetian culture during a sightseeing tour to kick off the event as well as on a property tour including some of the most coveted addresses in Venice. The event concluded with a dinner at the renowned Bistrot de Venise. Following the International Symposium is the Luxury Real Estate European Ski Trip that takes place just north of Venice in Canazei, Italy from January 24th – February 1st.
Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Annual Fall Conference took place from Sunday, October 5th to Wednesday, October 8th in Boston, Massachusetts at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. The Greenbrier Sporting Club was honored with two prestigious awards including the Outstanding Development award, which is given to the Luxury Real Estate member representing an exceptional development, and John Klemish, Adviser to the Chairman and Broker-in-Charge at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, was presented with the Billionaires Club award, which is given to those individuals who have sold at least $1 billion in real estate throughout their successful career.
The Fall Conference is hosted by Luxury Real Estate Chairman/Publisher, John Brian Losh, and is one of four annual invitation-only events that bring together the most prominent luxury brokers from across the globe to discuss current real estate trends. Keynote speakers included Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot, who discussed inbound marketing principles and tactics, and Kermit Baker from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, who shared insight on current housing trends.
Members of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network participated in expert panel discussions on a diverse range of topics including working with international buyers, the latest technologies to win and market a listing and cultivating your network. More targeted discussions were led by Luxury Real Estate members and partners, including John Klemish of The Greenbrier Sporting Club who shared insight on marketing a lifestyle for resort destinations. Other presentations included negotiating from a number of different perspectives, technology tips to sell more real estate, current findings on Chinese real estate investment, how to find and activate the top 1%ers and tips on growing your business to the next level while keeping a healthy work/life balance.
2013 was another exciting year. Last year brought excellent growth to our community, including 30 real estate transactions (11% increase from 2012) with a total sales volume just over $26 million. The average home price was $1,453,692 and the average homesite was $437,911. Part of this growth can be contributed to three developer-owned model homes built in our Greenbrier Summit Village neighborhood located 3,300 feet atop Greenbrier Mountain.
These three homes, Greenbrier Summit Village 19, 46, and 48 were designed by E.L. Roach Architects and built by The Pinnacle Group, Inc. and are each stunning examples of living at the pinnacle of luxury (no pun intended). John Klemish, Advisor to the President and Broker-in-Charge, states that, “I receive calls from other communities and developers all the time asking me how we do it and why The Greenbrier Sporting Club is so ‘hot.’ I tell them to come take a look as seeing is believing. Once here they all believe. Heck one was so impressed after his tour that he and his wife even bought a house. Now that’s a testimonial! I am already in the planning stages to start three more model houses in the spring of 2014. The future is now and the place is The Greenbrier.”
The Greenbrier Sporting Club already has five real estate transactions on the books for 2014 and despite the bouts of cold weather that Mother Nature has dealt the east coast, we are pleased to see guests taking advantage of The Greenbrier’s Discovery Series themed weekends to experience this lifestyle during our shoulder season.
Above photo courtesy of Mike Wyatt at Greenbrier Photography
The sales season at The Greenbrier Sporting Club is winding down as we prepare for the winter, and to date there have been 35 properties that have been purchased or gone to contract in 2010. As the economy begins to recover nationwide, The Greenbrier resort and The Greenbrier Sporting Club continue to offer the best value in resort living.
Our sales team has been hard at work this year. The addition of the Casino Club and the grand success of The Greenbrier Classic dovetailed perfectly into a fall season that found families from around the country purchasing properties at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. In all, over $30 million in real estate purchases were contracted by the end of the year. We continue to see resale closings outpace developer by more than 6 to 1. Since inception of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, there has been over 600 real estate transactions totaling over $460 million and current membership stands at 393 active members, representing over 30 different states and Canada. Needless to say, our community is vibrant and growing, and we look forward to what 2011 will bring!