Reporting Mike Binkley
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO is ‘Unlocking the Twin Cities’ and going behind the scene to see some cool luxury places in Minnesota. This week we tour of one of the highest and most elegant condos in Minnesota.
Rising 39 stories above the Mississippi riverbank, the Carlyle is Minnesota’s tallest residential building. Keyvan Talebi, 39, owns half of the 37th floor.
“I love the building,” he said. “I love the location. I love urban living.”
His nearly 5,000 square foot condo is a mix of modern and traditional styles. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den, powder room and plenty of space for entertaining.
“It’s very spacious and has a nice flow to it,” said Talebi.
He is co-owner, with his older brother Kam, of the Crave restaurant chain, which is about to open its seventh location in Coral Gables, Florida. They also own Sopranos restaurant, ReVamp SalonSpa and Urban Eatery.
Hospitality is key, he says, not only for customers but also visitors to his home.
“Like the restaurants, when you come in, lighting, music, the ambiance, the energy (are all important),” he said.
It starts in the entry, with walls lined in mother of pearl. Many of the light fixtures are made with glass from Murano, Italy.
“I wanted something that was modern and sophisticated and timeless,” he said.
He worked with an interior designer from Riehl Designs for more than two years to come up with just the right look and feel.
“I think sensory stimulation is really important,” he said, “and I really wanted to make sure people experience that through the unit when they’re going in.”
But for all he’s created inside, some of the most priceless amenities are outside his condo. He has three separate terraces, with breathtaking views of the Minneapolis skyline, the Mississippi River, and even downtown St. Paul.
“It’s great to be out here and unwind, have a glass of wine or be able to grill outside,” he said. “It’s a fabulous view.”