What do you do with a $30 million gift? Carmel’s American Songbook Foundation has that enviable task as it assesses the best use for Asherwood, a 107-acre estate with a fully furnished mansion, guest house, clubhouse, two golf courses and several additional structures. It is the former home of the late businessman Mel Simon and his wife, Bren, who gave it to the foundation in January.
Since then, a committee has been meeting to figure out how the property can best serve the mission of the foundation, says President/CEO Jeffrey McDermott. Early ideas focused on a museum, but McDermott says they are considering many other options as well. There is no shortage of suggestions, he says, as the committee follows a “thoughtful and deliberate” process.
Here is a glimpse of the spaces included in one of Hamilton County’s most impressive estates.
Old Town Design Group transforms Carmel neighborhoods
By Stephanie Miller
“Outstanding Locations, Timeless Designs” - this rubric in action elevated Old Town Design Group from new unsettling neighbor to established well-respected resident just months after presenting their first model home in one of the city’s oldest sections. By securing obscure pockets of raw land and replacing aged structures with lively homes, partners Jeff Langston and Justin Moffett steadily transformed Carmel’s core community from retired to inspired.
Agents of Change
Born and raised in same the neighborhoods they are sprinkling with indelible charm, the pair share a passion for community, camaraderie and investing with the goal of making their hometown a great place to live, work and play. “We started building in the heart of downtown Carmel during the recession in 2009,” says Justin, CEO of Old Town Company, the land development and commercial property division. “Due to the downturn, we didn’t have work and figured we had nothing to lose.” The younger member of the team, just starting his career and a family, Justin expresses appreciation for his wife who was very patient with all of the struggles of launching the new business in tough times.