|By Mackenzie Mays, The Charleston
Gazette, W.Va.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Aug. 03, 2011--CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tourists from across the country visit The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs year-round to catch a glimpse of its luxurious, history-rich scenery. Some wish they could reside in its lavish rooms with five-star hospitality on hand.
Soon, that may be possible.
The Residences at The Greenbrier, a 59-unit deluxe condominium complex, is being built at the front entrance of The Greenbrier resort, and will mirror the landmark hotel, inside and out.
John Klemish, broker-in-charge for The Greenbrier, said the six-story complex should be finished by the fall of 2012. He said the development should "never ... be known as just condos."
"This is much greater than that. These are luxurious, five-star homes with all of the high-end finishes and amenities," Klemish said.
He said the idea has been in the works for about six months, because of Greenbrier owner Jim Justice's goal to provide homes to the public that mimic the celebrated hotel.
"We hear time and time again from guests that they wish they could live here. We decided we're going to give them what they want -- a residency inside the hotel," Klemish said.
The Shope Reno Wharton architecture firm, of South Norwalk, Conn., has worked hard to design a close replica, from the hotel's Classical Georgian architecture to its Dorothy Draper rhododendron decor, Klemish said.
"If you've never been here before, you wouldn't know you weren't in the hotel. In essence, the residences will feel like a piece of the resort" he said. "It will be brand new and look like it's been here for 250 years."
The complex will offer two and three bedroom units, measured at about 1,700 and 2,500 square feet each. The price range will be set between $1.1 million and $3.9 million, depending on size.
All of the amenities offered to The Greenbrier resort's guests will be part of everyday life for owners of The Residences, from room service to a variety of membership opportunities.
"It's literally as if you're living inside the hotel. All the amenities available to guests will be available to residents, from concierge services to golf and tennis memberships," Klemish said. "They will be able to book dinner and spa reservations with ease."
Other benefits will include a rooftop pool, an underground parking facility and private protected storage during vacation times.
About 100 names have been added to a list of interested clients gathered at the Greenbrier Classic this past week, and Klemish foresees possible residents ranging from businesses to families.
"This could appeal to families -- there are a lot of people who don't want the maintenance aspects of owning a home, like mowing a lawn. So, this is something easier," Klemish said. "It could also appeal to corporate America. It's perfect for businesses to purchase a unit and hold private meetings."
Workers are scheduled to begin to build The Residences at The Greenbrier this fall. For information, call 304-536-7773.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at Mackenzie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5100.
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