As Intown and Buckhead residential popularity waxes and wanes, new developers are betting on downtown Sandy Springs for their new Gregory condominium project. A to Z Developers Limited, Anosh Ishak, Zvi Bekerman, Daniel Bekerman and Cary Blumenfeld plan to break ground, later in 2022, on Sandy Springs Circle at Clifton by reinventing the Radcliffe project (reported in the Atlanta Jewish Times, April 30, 2020) previously marketed by retired real estate veterans Gary Unell and Ed Goldberg.
Blumenfeld feels the timing is right and said, “This type of property in Sandy Springs is long overdue where there is significant demand. Sandy Springs is one of the most desirable areas in metro Atlanta due to its proximity to downtown, Buckhead and most other significant points of interest. The city of Sandy Springs has done an amazing job with the evolution of entertainment and dining options; and The Gregory’s location is in the heart of it all. Though Buckhead has traditionally been home to many of Atlanta’s luxury condominiums, we have found that many prefer to be in Sandy Springs if given the option.”
In selecting the name, The Gregory, they considered the overall energy of creating a luxury product with a connection to someone local. Cary said, “When A To Z purchased the property, we knew we wanted to start anew. Gary and Eddie did a tremendous job of developing their concept, but we wanted a name with meaning to us while still keeping the same regal and sophisticated feel that The Radcliffe offered. We decided on The Gregory because Zvi, one of our managing partners, was given the name Gregory at birth. When his family immigrated to Israel in 1957, they changed his name to Zvi.”
With prices starting at $1.2 million per unit, The Gregory will offer contemporary two- and three-bedroom luxury condominiums. The architect strove to bring the outside inside by maximizing the outdoor views, enlarging the outdoor living space and allowing the natural light to shine throughout. The open floor plan includes high end appliances (likely Thermador), top of the line finishes and ample room to entertain. Oversized balconies will act as a seamless extension of the living space. The bedrooms will offer privacy with the master offering a large walk-in closet and spa bathroom.
Blumenfeld added, “Our focus is offering a secure building with resort-style amenities and an abundance of storage. We will have concierge services, a gated parking structure and secure entrances. The main level will include a fitness center, an event room and kitchen, a golf simulator room, an elevated outdoor terrace with a pool and outdoor seating. Each unit will have a personal climate-controlled storage unit in the garage large enough to accommodate a car.”
The partnership evolved when Blumenfeld, a Georgia State University student, met Daniel Bekerman at an AEPi function. As the relationship built, Blumenfeld became an established real estate broker, and Daniel Bekerman became vice president of B&Z Construction Services Inc. They began working closely under the guidance of Zvi Bekerman and Ishak. Chuckling, Blumenfeld said, “Working with two older Israeli gentlemen can be challenging at times, but they expect the best out of us, and will do anything in their power to see us succeed. “
Anosh Ishak, who has made a career out of identifying areas ripe for growth like, midtown Atlanta in the late 1990s, and Edgewood in the mid-2000s, identified Sandy Springs as viable for condominium development. He had already started a condominium project there when he discovered that Unell and Goldberg were looking to sell The Radcliffe property.
Blumenfeld said, “Ishak has over time proven his ability to identify development opportunities. It’s his specialty. He is currently working on two projects in Sandy Springs and feels as though this will be very successful.”
A to Z praised Goldberg and Unell for selecting Brooks Hall as the architect while changing the elevations and floor plans. Blumenfeld continued “Eddie and Gary knew how important it was to choose the right architect, with Brooks Hall, one of the best. Brooks is someone that we’ve also worked with previously and they embraced our vision.”
The building will have 36 units on six floors and aims for a 2024 completion.