September 5, 2008

Orchard Development Group chose carefully the name of its new Trianon high-rise, going up in Clayton’s prestigious Carondelet Plaza.

    “Two Trianon structures near the French Palace of Versailles were a popular urban retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Paris,” says Ellen Reid, Trianon director of sales and marketing. “They were architectural masterpieces where people could relax and entertain. Our Trianon blends these same characteristics. The building is a fusion of modern architecture and design, and contemporary features and amenities, all with the influence of Parisian charm.”

    With St. Louis’ French origins, Trianon is set to blend seamlessly into Clayton’s upscale skyline, with an eco-conscious twist: The building is designed to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The main tower is 60 percent glass, with each of its 140 residences featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows. “There will be breathtaking views in every direction,” Reid says. Other contemporary features include gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms and open floor plans. “We will provide all the luxuries buyers are accustomed to having in their homes,” Reid promises.

     Amenities will include a 70-foot lap pool, hot tub, spa and grilling area on the rooftop garden. A state-of-the-art fitness center and full indoor club room also will be available to residents, as will a dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up station on the lobby level. A full-time front desk attendant will ensure security and privacy. Finally, the building is designed with convenient above-ground elevator access parking on levels two through seven.

     “The location itself is a prime draw,” Reid adds. The Trianon will be located just east of The Ritz-Carlton, and its residents will enjoy grounds with tree-lined plazas and gardenscapes modeled after those at the Palace of Versailles. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants will dot the base of the development, where water features and public art will be on display. “This will truly be a residence where people can relax and entertain,” says Reid.

  The residential tower will be tucked behind a mid-rise building with 30,000 square feet of retail space, giving direct access to a cornucopia of shops and galleries. A new floor plan, the Versailles Residence, offers a special layout. “It has three bedrooms with two expansive, east-facing private terraces, a formal dining room, standard wet bar, butler’s pantry, gas fireplace, his and hers closets, and every feature you could ask for,” Reid says. “It is offered on the higher floors of the tower, with prices starting in the mid-$900s.”

    Continued excitement exists about the project, Reid says, and buyers have been taking advantage of preconstruction pricing. Sixty-five condo homes have sold in just more than a year, and only five homes remain at preconstruction pricing. “With the residential development’s range of different sizes and price points, many people still have the opportunity to enjoy their own piece of ‘Versailles in the sky,’” Reid says. “Our condos start in the mid-$300s and go to more than $1 million. Our luxurious residences are accessible for everyone, which is why the interest level has included young professionals, empty nesters and families.” Occupancy will be in late 2010, and interested readers can view a full-scale floor plan model located at the Trianon office, 7515 Forsyth Blvd.