The Princess brings you only the truth as she sees it, and this instance is no different. Or as was said in The Princess Diaries, “It’s twue, it’s twue.” We’re talking (of course) about the Americana at Brand shopping/condo/apartment complex in Glendale, California. Developers of this project also did The Grove in the Fairfax section of Los Angeles. The ‘official’ opening for the we-are-so-not-a-mall development is this Friday, May 2nd. If you want to watch the countdown clock, just visit the Americana blog.
Among the “utterly divine” places awaiting your American Excess card? Barney’s New York Co-op is a no-brainer IMHO, as are Tiffany, Kate Spade and Calvin Klein. Exploring the first Peter Alexander store in the US (an Aussie with to-die-for jammies and other goodies) will be fun, as will popping into Lacoste and Vera Bradley.
Here is the interesting part of the equation: this is not “just a shopping center.” For those desirous of the convenience of crawling out of bed and walking out the door to J. Crew or perhaps Martin & Osa, this is your answer. There will be 238 rental apartments in the $2,000 to $5,500 per month range plus 100 condominium homes starting in the low $700,000s and topping off near $2 million, very reasonable prices by southern California standards, even in this temporarily hiccuping economy. As if this were not enough, the fountain at Americana will dance to a variety of melodies, including “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White and “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli. The Americana blog shares more insightful information on the fountain, saying “Eat your heart out Sin City… there’s a new fountain in town!” Indeed.