The main focus of this month’s newsletter is on the prolific list of proposed hotel developments throughout our extraordinary valley that Paul Franson put together after gathering information from the City and the County of Napa. When I reviewed the list it reminded me of when I was living in Sydney in the early 90’s when there were virtually no residential buildings in the City of Sydney. Then in 1993, Sydney won the rights to Host the 2000 Olympic Games. The City subsequently approved the redevelopment of many old unattractive commercial buildings and vacant lots for luxury condominiums and retail developments, all of which had to be completed prior to the Games in 2000. I was most fortunate to be hired by many of the international real estate developers and builders to produce marketing videos and materials to help them sell and lease off the plan, locally and offshore. It was the beginning of a new era and the first time Sydney siders would enjoy luxury city living, complete with spectacular harbor views, concierges and resort amenities, not to mention escalating real estate prices and demand for inner city living that continues unabated today. I was even more fortunate to be given first choice, by the developers, of what I wanted to buy in Sydney’s most luxurious development, The Horizon, designed by Harry Seidler. Today, 20 years later, I still own two fabulous properties in The Horizon and I barely recognize the city when I return there each year.
So let’s check out the hotel developments that recently opened here in Napa Valley and those being proposed, and just imagine the social and economic impact they will have in years to come:
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