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In today’s economic environment, many new property buyers are encountering a vast array of houses that are available on the market and selling them. One area of real estate that may be as confusing as it is intriguing is that of luxury homes. Luxury homes are widely available, yet there are many prospective home owners that may not be aware of what exactly differs between a luxury home and more standard fare.

Luxury homes are almost always in a highly desirable location. Sometimes this means that the home is located within a gated community with access to tennis courts, a fitness club, or a private golf course. Other times, this may mean that the home is more secluded, surrounded by land, nestled within mountains, or with a waterfront view. The luxury home could be on a private island or could be in the midst of a large, bustling city. Whatever type of location the prospective home owner prefers, luxury real estate can likely be found quite easily.

Another aspect of a desirable location is the presence of excellent schools, museums, or parks. Low crime rates, the absence of noise pollution, and low traffic also contribute to the peace and charm of luxury living. More standard houses can quite possibly offer some of these items, but may not do so in as lavish a fashion as a luxury home. Such houses are generally very well appointed, with a great deal of square footage, multiple bathrooms and bedrooms, and space to move about freely. Though it is possible that some luxury homes can be on the smaller side, they always provide the home owner with an experience that is unique to those who purchase these more exuberant houses.

Local landmarks can also add to the desirability of an exclusive location. Luxury houses can be located near a waterfall, national park, ocean, or architectural structure. Ease of access to items such as these only enhances the enjoyment of luxury living. Many homes in this category even offer spectacular views of these items, giving the occupants an even grander sense of extravagance. Homes such as those with a view of New York City’s Central Park; within the secluded, mountainous region of South Africa or a beach front villa in the Turks and Caicos Islands are just some o the examples of luxury living at its finest.

An oft overlooked sign of luxury real estate is the serenity one feels when dwelling in an environment that is not only mostly free from crime, but is also located within a serene environment, giving the home owner a sense of freedom and ease. Because of this, luxury living is a wise choice for almost anyone. Families with young children can benefit greatly from seeing their offspring grow with an atmosphere of quiet and calm. Those who live singly are able to relax without being met with the noise or frantic pace of other types of real estate. Seniors can retire in tranquility, taking advantage of the ability to unwind in an opulent location. A luxury home is desired by many, but what these individuals do not realize is that they can reap far more rewards from living in a luxurious environment than they ever thought possible.

Select the Best Homes for Sale in Johannesburg

Everybody dreams to buy a luxury house. The fact is, only a few can afford it. Even if you have the money to buy, sometimes, getting a good location becomes a problem. Of course, you can take help of estate agents to take that entire headache, but that does not free you from the responsibility to find an ideal place for family. So, how do detect a good property in Hoboken?

Hoboken is a small city in the Hudson County, New Jersey. It is an island surrounded by the Hudson River on the East and the tidal lands on the West. The city also has a close proximity to New York and the Jersey City. People looking for an easy commute to these places for work can easily do so. Luxury apartments in Hoboken, NJ can be a perfect match for your dream house. But, before looking out for the option remember to take care of these things.

  1. Location is the most important aspect of buying a house. If you can find a place that is closely located to parks, fitness centres, shopping areas, hospitals, school and other options of childcare and recreation, secure the deal.

2. Price is a major determinant when it comes to buying a house. There are many hidden factors that determine the price of any new construction in Hoboken. Ask you estate agent to find a good deal within your budget. Do not settle for low quality construction because of price even if it means exceeding your budget limit.

3. If you are buying a house for your own use and not for rental purpose then, you should be much more careful in making your choice. Hire a registered estate agent only. If you are not taking any help from an estate agent, then be sure to check the certifications or authorisations of the builder before signing any contract. If your builder has good reputation in the market, then you can find about them more from the online sources.

Never hesitate to clear all your doubts before making payment. There is no point in discussion after you have signed the contract. Take time, think over again and research thoroughly about the builder, location and other details. You should always keep in mind the safety and comfort of your family before buying a house.

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5 Reasons Why 30A Luxury Homes Make the Best Investment

If you are one of the many people dreaming of owning a gulf front home as an investment property but are confused with all the choices on the market, you could start by looking at 30A luxury homes for sale with gulf views. If you are looking for low-maintenance properties, you may want to consider a gulf front condo.

Many buyers are anxious, or hesitant, about buying Gulf front properties because of the high cost associated with maintenance. However, there are fabulous 30A luxury homes, with gulf views, or even gulf front condos, where the maintenance is less costly. In fact if you purchase a gulf front condo (or any condo for that matter) the Condo Association is responsible for the maintenance!

Here are 5 reasons why you should buy a 30A luxury home for sale:

1. A beach home is more than just the structure.

Buying a home along 30A is more than just buying gulf front property…It’s a lifestyle. If you prefer to walk and bicycle everywhere (park your car when you arrive and don’t think about driving until you leave), then check out these Scenic 30A communities: Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale, Rosemary Beach homes for sale or Alys Beach Homes for sale.

Maybe you want to be a bit more ‘remote’? And ‘remote’ along Scenic 30A is a 5–10 minute drive to get to your destination! If so, then one of these communities might be of interest: Seagrove Beach, Grayton Beach or Blue Mountain Beach.

Properties with beach access are just as popular whether or not they are directly gulf front.

2. A struggling economy makes beach homes more affordable.

A struggling economy, in general, lowers the demand for luxury homes and beachfront property. This means that it is a great time for investors to buy gulf front property and luxury homes along 30A at a reduced price. Waterfront properties are priced lower than they were just a few years ago and will be the first to recover now that the economy is starting to improve.

3. Beach homes make great rental properties.

You can rent out your 30A luxury home on a weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis, to help offset costs. Scenic 30A is a special place where people can take a vacation any time of the year. Let your luxury home earn for you all year long by having the guests pay for it!

4. Take a beach vacation any time.

Because you already own a home along 30A, you can save thousands of dollars when you take a vacation by simply visiting your luxury home. Having your own rental property can make vacations easier to plan and more affordable. You get to take a vacation, in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, without having to worry about lodging expenses in a faraway place.

5. Live in your very own home along 30A.

If you choose to, you can make your 30A luxury home your primary residence. In Florida, when you live in a property full-time, you can save money on property taxes by claiming a homestead exemption. Living in your own beach home along 30A allows you to enjoy the pleasures and laid back lifestyle of living in the area!

When choosing an investment property, make sure you are making the right decision by consulting an agent who knows the area well and has a lot of experience with 30A luxury homes. You can visit www.30ALuxuryHomes.com to get more information about buying homes along 30A.

Call me, Debbie James at 850–450–2000. Let me provide you with all the information and tools you need to make your dream 30A luxury home a reality.

Debbie James
Broker Associate
Somers & Company
Accredited Luxury Home Specialist
“When Quality Service & Experience Matter”

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Table of Contents

  • Live in someone else’s house
  • $1,000/night Luxury house to $25 Hacker house
  • AirBnB vs Hotel
  • Finding ‘Right’ Place
  • 3 issues with AirBnB
  • Live like a Local and become Local

Live in someone else’s house

Between September to November 2016, I lived in 25 different AirBnB, from San Francisco, Peninsula, South/East Bay, Oakland to the suburban of Bay area.Map of Bay Area, CA

I moved from New York City to Bay area due to my new job at Startups.
(Recommended read: A Life Before & After The Startup)

I was looking for a place to settle and wanted to know the different areas in the Silicon valley.

I thought the best way to really know the neighbors are to actually live in.So I lived in different areas, switching the places in every few days until I find the right area to settle in.

What is AirBnB?

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. — Wikipedia

$1,000/night Luxury house to $25 Hacker house

AirBnB offers different type of houses.

Yurt (a tent) to a Tree house, Hacker house to Luxury house. 
Entire house, Private room and Shared room.The choice is yours.Yurt in Carmel / Tree house in Burlingame ( I did not stay there)

Depending on your need, there is a ‘right’ place for you, if you search and book them well in advance. Good ones goes first.

I tried different types of setup, room, house, area and neighbors.

I first picked some well-reviewed rooms/houses in SF Peninsula area with costs between $60 — $120/night, then read reviews to know more about the places.

My First AirBnB was a private ‘studio’ house in Redwood City, CA. $90/night.

The studio house was located on the backyard of the host family’s main house, completely private, very clean and true to the description on the site. 
My first AirBnB experience could not be better than this.

My First AirBnB — one of the best experience, if not the best.I moved to the second AirBnB with 3BR house because I had 2 guests staying with. The house costs about $200/night.

If we book hotel rooms for three. Each will cost more than $100/night, so it’s much cheaper than staying in a hotel. 
Besides, this was much better setup for early stage startups like us, since we can do —

Meetings, Hacks and Party — All night long 🙂3BR house in Red Wood City / celebrating test results

After they left states, I switched back to a smaller place, with a private room. The flexibility is one of the merit of AirBnB. You can easily switch places as you please.

A private room in San Carlos / San Francisco

I also tried a type of shared house called ‘Hacker House’ — specially set up for the early stage Tech-Startups entrepreneurs, providing an affordable working space with desks and shared bedrooms. Costs $25~/night.

Hacker House in East Palo Alto and in Cupertino

In Oakland, I booked a beautiful 4BR house for team building activities —

A lot of Meetings, Hacks and Party — All week long :-)After me trying many different neighbors in the Bay area.I got a pretty good idea of how the each neighbors are like.

AirBnB vs Hotel

AirBnB vsv Hotel

You all stayed in Hotel before, so you know what you expect from Hotel.

There are cheap hotels and expensive hotels, but they all comes with a private room with almost identical rules and expectations.

For AirBnB, each place can provide you a very different experience
Some are very private, while some are extremely invasive.

Good thing about AirBnB is that there are so many options. I believe you will get a better experience (value) out of AirBnB if you know how to pick the ‘right’ place.

Finding ‘Right’ Place

When you go to AirBnB.com, you will probably be overwhelmed with all the choices you have (depending on the location, some places may not have many choices). Luckily there are filters to eliminate some unworthy places.

Room Type:

If you are with group, or require complete privacy then select “Entire House”. If you are okay to share the living room, but not okay to share the bed room, then you should select Private room.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to filter for Private Bath room if that’s your thing.

Instant Book:

If you can’t wait for 24 hours for the host to confirm the reservation.

Super Host:

Superhost is a Five-Star host and they are tested and trusted by other users.

3 issues with AirBnB

After trying many different places, there are 3 issues I noticed:

AirBnB — require IoT Smart Lock

Access Management

This is a most obvious and critical issue. Me as a guest entering to the house, the host has to be present to hand over the house key.

Some host installed a keypad door lock and texted me an access cord to enter.

I am hoping that AirBnB is already working on some kind of IoT type solution here.

Ideally, there should be an integration between AirBnB booking and Access Management system,so that when I arrive, the door opens automatically for the duration of my stay.

Privacy

Since you are living in someone else’s house, you can’t expect complete privacy unless the room is physically separated and access management systems are in-place.

Quality of Service

QoS is very much depending on the places. The Five-Star reviewed places are always booked first, so you sometime have no choice but to choose from the places with mixed reviews or less reviews.

Live like a Local and become Local

“Live like a Local” is their slogan — Providing a local information through the host and enhancing the guest experience.

This is kind of true. I had much better feel of the local neighbors/areas while I was staying at AirBnB compared to Hotel.

After living more than two months in AirBnB across many different neighbors in the Bay Area,I finally settled in an area that I loved most.One of the merit of AirBnB is that you can actually live in the neighbor you like as a short term try out.

I hope you enjoy the post.

I loved the experience I had with AirBnB and highly recommend to try if you haven’t tried it yet.

Tack T.

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