What Makes a Luxury Home Truly ‘Luxury?’
By Jacquelyn Nause
Chances are if you’ve looked at real estate listings recently, you came across the word “luxury.” But what does that word mean, anyway? It’s more subjective than just price, so let’s take a look at what makes these homes so special.
Craftsmanship is king when it comes to luxury real estate. Architectural features such as high ceilings, archways, nooks and built-ins lend character and a luxe feel to a home. But even more minimalist, modern spaces can have a luxurious feel. The quality of the construction – from solid wood doors to stone tile and marble countertops – are what set a luxury home apart from the rest.
An open floor plan is one of the most important features of a luxury home. Grand entryways, airy floor plans and living spaces that extend to the outdoors are popular features in luxury real estate. While a large floor plan is not necessary, the flow and feel of a space lend a luxurious atmosphere.
A high priority for luxury homeowners is plenty of space to store and display garments, shoes and accessories. A walk-in closet is an absolute must, and not just in the master suite. Many luxury homes have multiple walk-in closets and en-suites for guests as well. Proper lighting, mirrors and storage space is key for any high-end storage space or closet.
Integrated technology and eco-conscious features are becoming more popular as smart homes become more common. A home security system, smart thermostat, integrated sound and lighting are important features for luxury homes. Many smart-home features are controlled by the simple touch of a smartphone button.
One amenity that is an absolute must for any modern luxury home is an outstanding kitchen that seamlessly marries function and style. Professional-quality appliances and ample space for entertaining are the basis for a kitchen that will genuinely wow. Bold colors and rich textures, exotic materials and high-end finishes are the hallmarks of a designer kitchen.
A beautiful penthouse or mountain view are nice, but not necessary when it comes to defining a luxury home. Downtown condominiums and rural single-family homes can have luxury finishes without an expansive view, though a beautiful view is one thing that can definitely make a property stand out.
Features such as a pool, game room or theater, exercise room or wine cellar are additions that many homeowners look for in luxury real estate. Additions such as built-in barbecues and indoor saunas reflect certain things about the personality and lifestyle of the homeowner.
From the quality of construction to personalized amenities and spaces, the word “luxury” references the look and feel of a space as well as how well it fits your lifestyle. More than a price point, luxury is an experience.
Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in real estate, parenting and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.