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Came back from Denver, CO yesterday.   So lucky to get these inflight shots of Arabella! You have a good view of Uptown from this shot as well   Night shot. Pilot flew us in a

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Mostly empty, maybe. But it will form part of the skyline. And it's not as though one empty tower will impact retail development in this area.

Mostly empty, maybe. But it will form part of the skyline. And it's not as though one empty tower will impact retail development in this area.

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Personally, I like it.  It will be interesting to watch the sales competition between this one and The Wilshire nearby, which while nice also, will have a much more conventional facade.  Quite a few wealthy folks from Mexico buy high-rise condos in this area and I wonder if they would have a preference for this less conventional (for Houston) kind of design.  

 

Ultimately, if I were to purchase in any such place, I'd be more concerned about the interior layouts, quality of construction, and access ... rather than how cool it looked on the outside.  

 

 

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Blue LED lighting will go up the side of the V on the north face of the tower, according to this article. the other 2/3rds+ of the property is under negotiations for a "high end retail development".. and the facade has a Richard Meier treatment according to Davis.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/04/27/private-terrace-top-pools-planned-for-new-galleria.html

 

 

Perhaps Arábella’s most striking feature will be its facade, which features 10-foot-tall sections of fritted glass with white dots that resemble clouds in the sky, Davis said. The idea was popularized by architect Richard Meier’s high-rise projects in New York City, Davis added. On the north side of the building, Davis is planning a thin blue LED lighting that runs along the edge of the building.

The Houston real estate developer has partnered with local entrepreneur Roberto Contreras on the Class A project, which will be located on about 0.57 acres near Westcreek Lane and San Felipe Street. The balance of the 1.8-acre parcel, which Randall Davis Co. purchased in the third quarter of 2014, is under negotiations with an undisclosed third party for a high-end retail project, Davis said.

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you can actually see the blue LED lighting glowing in this picture. wraps around the side of the base/over the entrance facade, and appears to wrap around to the eastern face of the roof.

I'm interested to hear more about this "high end retail project" on the remaining 1.2 acres. i guess that will go between the tower and the target parking lot, facing San Felipe?

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^^^ should randall davis actually pull this off, as his magnificent / enthusiastic plans are now indicating... ARABELLA, could possibly become the best and most luxurious condominium tower constructed in houston.  am i correct?  can anyone possibly point out a better high end luxury tower, with all of the amenities / details as this prospective edifice?  anyone?  

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hard to hate anything about this.. its the iconic signature design we all wanted for Westcreek. a Richard Meier-esque fritted glass facade, straight out of NYC. LED lighting down the side, a la International Tower. and a high-end retail center coming at the foot of the tower, so both ends of Westcreek are bookended with ritzy shopping options. thank you Randy!

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attn HAIF!  can someone out there please please please appease me?  where oh where oh where, is my god for saken W HOTEL?  you know, now, that they are thinking about tearing down the old sakowitz building downtown, wouldn't that particular block be absolutely perfect for a high end hotel brand such as W / RITZ CARLTON?  where is my W HOTEL......

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Nice catch Lockmat, but I think it's just a reverse of the western face. The flat portion of the facade will be to the south (on the east face), wifh the balconies staggered on the north side.

edit, just got on the computer to check it out on a bigger screen. i feel like my theory is definitely correct in that it is the same facade, just flipped. i thought i saw staggered balconies on the north east when i drove by, and it looks that way from the picture of the model.

wait. there is a picture in Urbs original post. facing the southeast side.. somehow we both missed it. i dig it. slight change up on the south face from the V up the side of the north side, but i think the east face is basically the same design.

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I know this is a Randall Davis project, but lets give this guy some credit. If he can pull this off, I will have the up most respect for him. Houston lacks high end development and is now getting the attention it deserves. For other projects like The Marlowe, and The Windsor. I have no doubt in my mind that both those towers will break ground here very soon.

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RD definitely has a leg up on everyone in terms of marketing. I want him to keep building projects just so I can watch videos similar to these.

 

Also, it's much taller than I imagined it would be, pretty cool.

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RD definitely has a leg up on everyone in terms of marketing. I want him to keep building projects just so I can watch videos similar to these.

Also, it's much taller than I imagined it would be, pretty cool.

Yeah I didn't think it would be taller than the soon to be old Amegy Building. It looks +/- 500ft. Could be the new tallest residential!
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Strangely enough, there is another Arabella in Houston (spelled Arrabella though). 

 

http://thearrabella.com

 

It's a recently-completed (or almost completed) apartment complex on I-10 just west of BW8 where the old Room Store Furniture used to be. I wonder if Randy will have any issues with using the name, since this one clearly used it before?

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Great news! We will begin construction on ARABELLA in October!

From the stunning entrance facade, to the spectacular lobby, ARABELLA aspires to move the “design needle” forward for Houston.

Please note we will be closing the Sales Center for the next few weeks. We will make an announcement when reopen. We can't wait to break ground on ARABELLA!

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Dear *****

 

Good Afternoon,

 

The Arabella sales center has now re-opened. GROUND BREAKING is still projected for September 2015! Sales did not slow during the past month we were closed. Arabella is now approaching 45% PRE-SOLD. I have new pricing, and available should you have an interest.

 

Exciting Times!

 

 

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Randall Davis Co. plans to break ground this fall on a new high-rise condominium, which is seeing brisk sales despite the oil slump.
 
The Houston developer and its development partner, DC Partners, expect to start construction in mid-October on Arabella, a 33-story, 99-unit condo tower at 4521 San Felipe. The condominium project, which will feature 10 units with private terrace-top swimming pools, is planned for the former site of Westcreek at River Oaks apartments near Westheimer Road and the 610 Loop in the Galleria area.
 
Buyers have purchased about 45 percent of the condo units inside Arabella since Randall Davis Co. began presales in April. The project — which will be built near the River Oaks District, a high-end retail development from San Diego-based OliverMcMillan — is expected to be completed in January 2018.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2015/09/groundbreaking-set-for-new-condominium-tower-in.html

The Houston developer and its development partner, DC Partners, expect to start construction in mid-October on Arabella, a 33-story, 99-unit condo tower at 4521 San Felipe. The condominium project, which will feature 10 units with private terrace-top swimming pools, is planned for the former site of Westcreek at River Oaks apartments near Westheimer Road and the 610 Loop in the Galleria area.

Buyers have purchased about 45 percent of the condo units inside Arabella since Randall Davis Co. began presales in April. The project — which will be built near the River Oaks District, a high-end retail development from San Diego-based OliverMcMillan — is expected to be completed in January 2018.

I'm curious who all these condo purchases are. Retired couples? Foreign Investers, or just the usual rich elite looking for a view instead of a house (maybe a combination of the three).
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