Loews Atlanta Hotel, the anchor of the 12th and Midtown development, is now open to guests. As the first new-build hotel opening for Loews Hotels in more than five years and the brand’s first property in Georgia, Loews Atlanta Hotel has 414 guest rooms and 44 suites complemented by Exhale Spa and Fitness Center, eleven and Bar eleven, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar, as well as more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include flat-screen televisions in the main suite and bathroom, free wi-fi and more. The hotel’s signature restaurant, eleven, will serve contemporary interpretations of Southern classics with a Mediterranean twist and will utilize farm sourced local produce, artisan cheeses and organic meet and poultry under the helm of Chef Olivier Gaupin. www.loewshotels.com/atlanta.
The Cecil and Hermione Alexander House on Mt. Paran Road has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.The nomination was sponsored by the property owners and the nomination materials were prepared by graduate students in the Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University. Designed by Cecil Alexander, the modern house is striking for its circular plan and its sensitivity to the wooded hilltop site. The Alexander house was featured in Progressive Architecture in 1959 and Life magazine in 1957 and 1959.
Atlanta’s realtors commemorated the100th anniversary of the founding of the Atlanta Real Estate Board at a gala last month. The evening featured a preview of the pictorial and archival exhibition on the role of Realtors curated by the Atlanta History Center. www.atlcbr.com
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is hosting Luxury Living Show at Phipps Plaza, May  6 to 9. Visitors can explore the very latest in home furnishings, products and services available for inside and outside the home. Over the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in events including: chef demos, kids cooking classes, book signings as well as various events at Phipps Plaza stores. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. www.AtlantaLuxuryLivingShow.com
Atlanta residential designer Frederick Spitzmiller, co-founder of Spitzmiller & Norris, was honored with the Philip Trammell Shutze Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America for the second consecutive year.  The 2010 award is for Spitzmiller’s work on Redland, a circa 1852 Greek Revival style cottage that he acquired for his own country residence.
The Bainbridge Companies is expanding into the Atlanta market with an agreement to manage Alexan MetroWest Apartments, a newly-built 397-unit luxury community on the westside.?Located at 1040 Huff Road, the complex is a pet-friendly community with studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Amenities include a “beach entry” pool and four large themed courtyards, a fitness studio and clubroom with coffee bar, high definition TVs and seating areas.   www.bainbridgecompanies.com.
Lisa Johnson has been named managing broker for the Intown office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Johnson brings to the position more than 13 years in the real estate industry, including four years as managing broker for Coldwell Banker’s Roswell office and three as associate broker at the Buckhead office. www.coldwellbankeratlanta.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.