Owner-developer Heller Stone Properties, today announced that it has broken ground for a new leasing center at The Retreat at Mountain Brook, located at 4816 Sharpsburg Drive. Arlington Construction is the General Contractor for the project, designed by the architectural firm of Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds.
The 2200 sq. ft. leasing center will be the gateway to the re-imagined 517- unit luxury apartment community nestled against the Mountain Brook community. Positioned prominently atop a hill with large expanses of windows and sweeping views of the surrounding neighborhood and landscape, it will serve as The Retreat at Mountain Brook’s primary leasing office. It will also serve as the anchor for future village development, providing space for retail, restaurants, and office space, within walking distance of the community.
“When we purchased what was known as The Enclave in 2013, we knew massive renovations lay ahead,” said Ken Heller, co-founder of California-based Heller Stone Properties that owns the newly renovated and branded 770,000 square foot luxury apartment community. “The bones of the property were excellent, and even though several styles of architecture were represented throughout the community, we’ve been able to address those through renovations. We’ve re-energized the landscaping, given building exteriors a fresh look and added architectural detail to entries. Interiors have been completely gutted and reinstalled with new paint, wood plank floors, stainless appliances and more.”
“This, in tandem with monument signage designed to complement Mountain Brook’s signature street signs, the fountains installed this summer, new street lighting, and community gardens, positions us to complete the next phase of revitalizing this property. The new leasing center will be a beacon—a unifying factor, setting the tone for the type of community we envision. ”
“Our goal for the new leasing center was to integrate a prominent design into the community, coalescing the varied architecture throughout The Retreat,” said Scott Burnett, architect, Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds. “We looked for subtleties throughout the property’s three distinct villages, and factored in recognized design elements from the city of Mountain Brook, like the Clock Tower in Crestline Village, to create a design that would resonate.”
The new leasing center is scheduled to open in late fall 2016.
About The Retreat at Mountain Brook: Built in 4 phases from 1974-1987 the former Sharpsburg Manor Apartments, also known as The Enclave, has undergone significant renovations and rebranding as The Retreat at Mountain Brook, since its purchase by Heller Stone Properties, Los Angeles, California in 2013.
The 517- unit, one, two, and three-bedroom apartment community, is situated in three unique villages; Highlands Village, Canterbury Village, and Greenbrier Village, and borders the City of Mountain Brook, Ala. It is ideally located for residents to take advantage of Avondale, Crestline and Crestwood restaurants, shops, downtown and the Interstate 20 – 459 corridors.
Averaging 1,500 square feet, each apartment home at The Retreat at Mountain, has undergone complete renovation with all new kitchen and bath cabinetry, plank flooring, ceiling fans, a conversion from wood to electric fireplaces, energy efficient hot water heaters, and is pre-wired for AT&T U-Verse. Owner-Developers, Heller Stone Properties, further enhanced unit interiors by adding stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer’s and modern lighting. Resort type saltwater pools, tennis courts and outdoor grilling stations, dog park, along with two resident lounges and fitness centers, will be joined by the new leasing center Fall 2016.