Crye’Leike’s Sandy Meloni… where Memphis history meets modern convenience in Claridge House – Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Crye’Leike’s Sandy Meloni… where Memphis history meets modern convenience in Claridge House – Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Mon May 26 (dcclaridge1) Photo by Dennis Coepland. Crye-Leike broker Sandy Meloni(cq) and husband Gary Meloni(cq) stand on the rooftop terrace at The Claridge Condominiums. For May 31 Homefinder. (Please make this the lead photo.)Crye-Leike's Sandy Meloni and her husband, Gary Meloni, visit the 900-square-foot rooftop terrace of the 17-floor structure. (Photo by: Dennis Copeland, Commercial Appeal)

By John Wood, Memphis Commercial Appeal


Sunday, May 31, 2009


If you have a taste for Memphis history and an appetite for all of the exciting Downtown activities, then you may want to consider living at the Claridge House Condominiums, located in the heart of Downtown Memphis at Main and Adams.


Best known prior to conversion as the Claridge Hotel, this 17-floor structure that was originally built in 1924 served as a focal point of Memphis social life for more than three decades — hosting such well-known performers as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the King himself, Elvis Presley.


Positioned directly on the trolley line next to Memphis City Hall and close to AutoZone Park, Beale Street, FedExForum, the new University of Memphis Law School that is opening in December and Cook Convention Center, Claridge House is one of the most convenient residential locations in the Downtown area.


And Claridge House is an even better place to live today, now that a 900-square-foot deck has been added to the roof level to provide residents with a grand view of the Mississippi River, the Government Plaza fountains, the Hernando DeSoto (I-40) Bridge, The Pyramid and all of Downtown Memphis.


“It is so nice to just relax on the new deck and take in the view,” said Sandy Meloni, Crye-Leike sales agent for Claridge House Condominiums. “Our Claridge House board played a big part in building this deck, but many others contributed their personal time to fulfill the dream. Two of our residents, Bob Jacobson of Code Solutions Group and Gary Meloni of S. Meloni Metal Products, who has been in the stair and railing manufacturing business for more than 40 years, gave freely of their expertise and volunteered hundreds of hours of their personal time to help manage the project to completion.”


As a testament to the appeal of the Claridge House, only one of the 158 units involved in the conversion is still available for sale, but as Sandy Meloni is quick to point out, there are a few resale units available for people who would like to live at the Claridge House.


“Claridge House is only a block and a half away from the location of the new U of M Law School, and we’ve already had three law students purchase a home here,” Meloni explained. “It’s pretty obvious they see the advantages of living at the Claridge House.”


Besides the new roof deck, residents enjoy many of the other amenities of the Claridge House, like the stainless steel indoor swimming pool, the hot tub and fitness center that is available 24/7, the party room that comes complete with big screen TV, a bar and catering kitchen, and lots of space for invited guests. Built in a segment of the 17th floor of the Claridge House that originally was a rooftop party area, the history of this party room is as grand and extensive as the views of Memphis from its windows.


For more information about the Claridge House Condominiums or possibly to take in the view from the new roof deck, call Sandy Meloni at 218-4416. She’ll be happy to arrange a tour of the building and as well as the studios and the one- and two-bedroom units that are still available for purchase at the Claridge House.