Developers seek to transform Simon estate into upscale residential development, inn  

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The 107-acre estate of Melvin and Bren Simon could be transformed into an exclusive neighborhood known as Asherwood. (Submitted photo)

The 107-acre estate of Melvin and Bren Simon could be transformed into an exclusive neighborhood known as Asherwood. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel estate of Melvin and Bren Simon could soon be home to an exclusive new neighborhood and club.

Developers Paul Estridge, Jr. and Michael Browning have filed plans with the Carmel Plan Commission to redevelop the 107-acre site on Ditch Road between 96th and 106th streets to contain more than 100 new homes ranging from $800,000 to $2 million. The 70,000-square-foot Simon mansion, 9,000-square-foot chateau and existing gardens will remain part of the development, known as Asherwood.

“Our intent is to honor the culture and heritage of Carmel with an exceptional community unlike anything this area has ever seen,” Estridge said in a press release. “Lushly landscaped with tree-lined lanes and three distinct housing areas, the centerpiece will be the former Simon residence.  The 70-thousand square foot home has welcomed presidents and many celebrities over the years, and the Residence Club will become an asset for those who live at Asherwood and those who visit to take in its amazing features.”

The mansion is proposed to be converted into the Residence Club and Inn, offering space for overnight stays, meetings and dining. The development will include a private club for residents, corporate members and a limited number of non-residents.

This story will be updated.


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