Soaring views, contemporary style in Buckhead’s Ritz-Carlton Residences

Returning from dinner one night to their condo in the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Atlanta, Mark Kanov remembers his wife, Sara, asking: “Please give me the key. I want to go to the room.”

“I said, ‘Honey, it’s not a room. We live here,’” said Kanov, former senior vice president and general manager of Star 94.

Their Buckhead condo, which they bought within an hour of hearing it was on the market, gives the feeling of living in a luxury hotel, though, from the concierge services to its contemporary style and expansive views. The couple had lived in a house in Sandy Springs for 15 years before moving to the condo earlier this year.

“We looked at this building, it just had everything we wanted,” he said. “We feel like we’re on vacation every day.”


Residents: Mark and Sara Kanov. Mark was senior vice president and general manager of Star 94 before retiring.

Location: Ritz-Carlton Residences, Atlanta in Buckhead

Size: 2,700 square feet, three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths

Year built: 2010

Year bought: 2013

Architectural style: Contemporary

Favorite architectural features: Floor-to-ceiling windows. "The view is really the whole essence," Mark said. "It's something that you never get tired of. A view like that, every day you walk in and look at it and go, 'Wow.'"

Interior designer: Johnna Barrett of Barrett Design

Interior design style: Contemporary

Favorite interior design features: Custom-made furniture by Bradley, located at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (living room console) and the Furniture Works (sofa with chaise). For the sofa, they wanted the chaise portion to be extra-wide so they could both sit on it while watching movies together, Mark said. The few furnishings they brought from their former home include the table in the entryway, which was made from a cast iron balcony railing and fitted with a granite top. It was purchased by the Kanovs in the New York City neighborhood of SoHo.

Favorite artwork: Pieces by artists Susie Pryor and Lawrence Taylor and ceramic artist Jutta Golas are among the artwork on display.

Favorite outdoor feature: The views of Buckhead, Midtown, downtown Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain from their unit on the southern corner of the building.

Favorite memorabilia: A guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora from a show they did when Mark Kanov worked at Star 94. He also has baseballs signed by Phil Niekro, Hank Aaron, John Smoltz, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine and Ernie Banks.

Resources: Furniture, lighting and accessories from Bradley, Bernhardt, Lighting Loft and Global Views.