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Uhhhh.... is this even real?

 

A READER WHO was sent a link to an earlier version of this long promotional video earlier today is eager to learn whether the Skye, Rise, and Edge — the 3 condo towers promised in it — are “real or vaporware.” And continues: “The promise of a 12 month delivery was what immediately stood out for me. Anyone in commercial construction will tell you that it is next to impossible unless it’s a vanity project in Dubai with no budget limitations.” Otherwise, the reader notes, “It felt like an SNL skit.

 

 

http://swamplot.com/why-our-condo-towers-will-be-so-much-better-than-everybody-elses-and-why-were-building-3-of-them/2014-05-22/

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trRORK_fnlE

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Sounds too good to be true.  Indoor car wash and dog park, and a fleet of cars?   :unsure:   It sounds like the kind of development proposal that gets made immediately before the market crashes.  

 

Registration starts June 2, so we should find out soon if it is legit.  

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Right, lots of Toronto imagery, and there are some Chicago images as well.  Could be the same developer/architects who did those projects designed for Toronto?

 

There was another tower shown - the only one from the ground up - those other three were just place holders from what I gather - visuals?  Could be wrong?

 

Luckily June 2nd is only a little ways off, so the wait for more information won't be too long.

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Well... the same video trailed off with night shots of a city that was very much not Houston.  Marketing images... "what ifs" if you will.  Most outside of the architectural community wouldn't recognize these buildings as existing or proposed for another city.  I would assume it is not  bogus?  Not yet.

 

Guess we shall find out.

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^Probably so.  What is with the second site though?  Odd name.

 

Though, even a bogus "school project" some one could google images of Houston and videos of Houston.  That and school (colleges) are out and have been for quite a couple weeks for the most part.

 

Seems a little too unprofessional though for something touting 3 residential highrise condo's.

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Images of buildings in another city, coupled with total use of stock photography, give it more than a whiff of bogus.  There's nothing here except someone's school project perhaps.

 

You mean like this...

 

TexacoRend1_early2013.jpg

 

 

This must be how they can promote moving in in 12 months...

 

Once completed, Aura will be the tallest residential tower in Canada.  So tall in fact that it was split up into 2 separate condo corporations so that the developer could start moving in the residents on the lower floors while the upper floors are still under construction.

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The website was registered 4-15-2014.

Hmmmm.

All private registration stuff is with a Canadian firm.

Hmmmm

 

 

Right, lots of Toronto imagery, and there are some Chicago images as well.  Could be the same developer/architects who did those projects designed for Toronto?

 

There was another tower shown - the only one from the ground up - those other three were just place holders from what I gather - visuals?  Could be wrong?

 

Luckily June 2nd is only a little ways off, so the wait for more information won't be too long.

 

 

And, the site has private registration in Toronto......

 

 

I noticed the Toronto high-rises as well, a lot of developments going on there that includes multiple high-rise condos. Could indeed be a Canadian firm.

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Also spotted the Dallas skyline and the Empire State Building. And some city with a river, which ain't Houston, of course.

BUT stock backgrounds seem common in these things. The first aerials were Houston, and quite nice. If it's bogus, why go to the trouble?

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Also spotted the Dallas skyline and the Empire State Building. And some city with a river, which ain't Houston, of course.

BUT stock backgrounds seem common in these things. The first aerials were Houston, and quite nice. If it's bogus, why go to the trouble?

It's a conspiracy. I blame Jax... He's Canadian.

The video clearly disses the current Houston condo market, showing 3333 Allen Parkway, Mosaic Towers, Four Leaf Towers, and the Cosmopolitian, and 2727 Kirby.

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Could this be the rumored 2 billion dollar project?

That's what it sounds like. Should be quite a few units in this development. Just hope it comes to fruition and is actually downtown. It looks like they really want to do something great. Might even be a game changer!

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Hey, are there anymore tinfoil hats left?? xD I liked the text in swamplot about this being similar to a "vanity project in Dubai". While I completely agree with this, I think this really could be the type of development that puts downtown over the edge. Just hope with those billions they really hit a home run.

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I think a lot of you guys are looking deep into the location for the renderings. I think what their purpose using those is to show what their work looks like to people. Doesn't necessarily mean they'll use the same design or it'll be the same height.

If this is an actual project then it looks very good. I think someone recently mentioned condos are gaining traction in the Houston market, as are foreign investment, and this would fit both bills easily.

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According to my magical reverse image search:

"Rise" is Number One Bloor in Toronto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_One_Bloor), and

"Edge" is the Limelight Condos in Muissisauga, Ontario (http://www.limelightcondos.com/select.html)

Edit: One Bloor looks like Aqua's fraternal twin: http://www.onebloor.com/

Clearly a Canadian plot to destroy our purity of essence.

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I noticed the CN Tower in the video, but chalked that up to the pervasive cheesiness of the whole thing. 

 

If one were seriously marketing what could be in the neighborhood of a billion dollars worth of condos, you'd think you might want to scrub the materials a bit to rid them of the Nigerian crown prince selling Amway and used cars vibe. 

 

They used Keller-Williams name/logo on their website, which would be courting legal action if they were faking the whole thing. Maybe their marketing team is just horrible. 

 

Anyone friendly with a K-W agent? 

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Here's the deal on these:  the same promises have been made in other cities by the same "developer" and it's highly likely this is a scam.   

 

The red flags are:

-unnamed location

-unrealistic timeline

-price too low to make profit (and certaintly too low to fund a 'fleet of cars' and other amenities)

-odd sign up process which claims to be via HAR but no information is provided

-no contact information provided

-no bank contact / logo provided

-no builder listed

-stock images of highrises from other cities and developers who have no connection to the project

 

The same site was up with an almost-identical building in Austin and Dallas by this guy:

 

https://sites.google.com/site/andywestpublicrecord/

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I know it sounds bizarre but people do go to the trouble of making up projects and renderings.  On HAIF v1 someone posted detailed renderings of "Trillion Tower" as a joke.

 

I suppose that in this scam people are expected to put down a deposit for their unit, which will eventually conveniently disappear.

 

 

Moved out of "Going Up", because it almost certainly isn't.

 

 

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Here's the deal on these: the same promises have been made in other cities by the same "developer" and it's highly likely this is a scam.

The red flags are:

-unnamed location

-unrealistic timeline

-price too low to make profit (and certaintly too low to fund a 'fleet of cars' and other amenities)

-odd sign up process which claims to be via HAR but no information is provided

-no contact information provided

-no bank contact / logo provided

-no builder listed

-stock images of highrises from other cities and developers who have no connection to the project

The same site was up with an almost-identical building in Austin and Dallas by this guy:

https://sites.google.com/site/andywestpublicrecord/

Are you saying that Huey, Dewey, and Louie aren't going to happen? I mean, Skye, Rise, and Edge?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Me :P. Here's the email I got a few days ago after signing up.

Dear *******,

I am pleased to confirm your place on the certified list for Elevated Living Houston’s new high-rise luxury condo developments. The developer has chosen to guarantee a very open and fair sales process. The Marketing Center will not be open to the public. Your place on the list ensures your invitation to the Marketing Center, which opens this summer.

We will contact you soon with dates and times that accommodate your schedule. Please explore the attached Elevated Houston Introduction. I will also forward all updates from the developer.

The email contained additional contact information - another email adress and a phone number. No "Elevated Houston Introduction" was attached to the email. I emailed them back, asking for the introduction but have yet to receive a response.

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