Wine lovers, sports fans, and environmentalists can all find something to love about The Southmore, another luxury high-rise apartment project from Houston-based international real estate firm Hines—yes, as in Gerald Hines.
Why, you ask? Well, there's the private tasting room with a jaw-dropping mural by Scott Gunderson hand-crafted from 60,000 wine corks; a sports lounge with a giant flat-screen TV, shuffleboard, and poker table; and electric vehicle charging stations, to name a few amenities at the 24-floor, 303,000-square-foot apartment building at 5280 Caroline St. in the Museum District.
Like Hines' other multifamily project, The Southmore draws influence from its location, a bustling and artistic community with a rich history. Designed by Munoz+Albin Architecture & Planning and Mayfield & Ragni Studio, the slender building marries art (including site-specific installations) with architecture and also pays homage to its neighbor, the Asia Society building, expressly cited as a key influence by both architects and interior designers who sought to channel its serenity and evoke an Asian minimalist aesthetic.
Inside, there's also a dedicated screening room; 24-hour gym; catering kitchen; guest suites; bike storage; 233 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units; and 14 penthouses. Amenities continue outdoors with a seventh-floor pool including grilling stations and plenty of room to lounge on the 11,000-square-foot pool deck with panoramic views of the city skyline. There's plenty of urban greenery, too, including a private 10,00-square-foot "pocket park" and water garden connecting to a ground-level 3,000-square-foot future restaurant.
Back inside, regular units feature 10-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows and range in size from 851 to 1,890 square-feet. Penthouses, which include two- and three-bedroom options, on The Southmore's top two floors boast 12-foot ceilings and range from 1,454 to 2,988 square feet. Monthly rent begins at $2,380 and goes up to $12,775.