With lofty ceilings, luminous floor-to-ceiling windows, and heart-stopping vistas, luxury estates represent the epitome of living. And yet, in an overcrowded luxury market, high-profile properties don’t just possess infinity pools and chef’s kitchens. Rather, they shine — and make an enduring statement while they are at it with extravagant features.
Whether you are perusing luxury homes with the plan of putting in a purchase offer or are upgrading your elegant estate, here is Linda Pond’s expert guide on the attributes that make a stunning and lasting impression.
Custom aquariums are an exceptional method to accomplish this. An abundance of luxury estates feature entire walls dedicated to housing and displaying marine life, but custom aquariums elevate this by several notches. Few things will be as mesmerizing to your guests or prospective homebuyers as glancing up to see an array of vividly-colored aquatic creatures dancing across your ceiling, or taking the stairs as a circular column of fish dart and swim. Fish also have a soothing effect, while aquariums themselves add depth, color, and dimension to homes.
A custom library
In-home libraries are the ultimate in discernment and the perfect place to escape with a book or to work on an artistic pursuit. The loveliest in-home libraries are often outfitted with inviting fireplaces and ample shelves with either movable ladders or staircases to allow residents to climb to the upper shelves to reach their favorite first editions. Window seats are also a terrific feature for an in-home library, particularly if the window seat peers out at a gorgeous garden view.
Media rooms are expected; home theaters are above par. These spacious and welcoming sound-proofed rooms are equipped with plush, immensely comfortable seats, superb and immersive surround sound systems, high-end lighting and climate control, immense high-definition screens, and dramatic architectural designs to emulate classic or modern theaters. Theaters furnished with bars are especially appealing and will turn a Saturday night into a spectacular experience.
Luxury billiards rooms
It is not just children who will enjoy a space specifically created for amusement. Billiard rooms evoke the child in all of us and allow families and guests to move straight from dinner and drinks into hours of entertainment. Custom-designed pool tables, built-in fireplaces and bars, ambient lighting, and sections devoted to gaming all create a sense of playfulness in luxury homes and encourage friends and family to gather together for a memorable time.
Luxury dressing rooms
Spacious, walk-in closets are standard in well-heeled homes, but a room entirely dedicated to dressing is a true luxury. These well-lit, amply-spaced rooms feature thoughtfully-placed (and often ornate) mirrors, lavish seating areas, hanging shelves, sofas, bathrooms, and top-notch motorized racks to grant residents ease when selecting their attire.
Palatial showroom garages
Spa-grade, high-tech bathrooms
From sauna steam showers to waterfall showers, these luxurious bathrooms offer serenity, beauty, and function for residents to beautify, tidy up, and unwind. High-tech baths amplify this concept and present tons of amenities, from the capacity to heat up your towels to warming up the floors.
Bars are essentially a given in luxury estates, but specialty bars work to set your home apart. Specialty bars, akin to what you would find at gourmet markets, run the gamut from smoothie and espresso bars to tequila bars and those devoted wholly to candy.
Elegant gallery space
Below-ground wine cellars
Wine aficionados know that temperature and climate are crucial to preserving your most precious bottles. Underground wine cellars are luxe and enthralling, particularly when they feature an adjacent tasting room supplied with glass displays and deluxe seating.
Vineyards and orchards
If you are in the market for a luxury Silicon Valley home or exploring the idea of selling your property, reach out to Linda Pond for expert guidance. Committed, passionate, and exceptionally experienced, she brings her expertise, success-oriented mindset, and dedication to the table to ensure you have a streamlined, successful experience.
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