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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.

Sandton Homes Luxury at its Best

Laguna Beach is a city located in the county of Orange County, California. Being a modern city with a big population of human beings, the real estate business is doing pretty good since the majority population in the region need to live in Homes for sale in Laguna Beach.

The KistlerGroup, is however classified as the best real estate agent in Laguna Beach. It was founded in the year 2007 with its offices being owner managed so that to ensure all services to clients are done with a super energetic spirit in Homes for sale in Laguna Beach.

This Real Estate agent deals in the following services.

·Management of property

·Selling of residential places

·Property valuations at no charge.

·Commercial sales.

The owner of KistlerGroup has received praises from his clients for offering honest housing deals. It has been in great positions of being able to make good negotiations and getting the best property for clients.

KistlerGroup will be your first choice in case you to make any purchase of real estate property ranging from land to residential apartments.

Luxury homes in Laguna Beach CA

Laguna Beach has luxurious homes and houses that have been built to offer ultimate satisfaction to the prospective owners.

The following are some of the luxury homes for sale in Laguna Beach CA:

Top Real Estate Laguna Beach

This luxurious home is well fitted with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. It is therefore ideal for a considerably large single family. Its interiors have been well decorated and has a fireplace made by white marble in Laguna Beach Real Estate.

The average price range in Laguna Beach is $1,000,000. This can also be done making a deposit of 20% of the cost the services the remaining amount by making monthly installments with specified terms from the agent.

The interiors are furnished with French doors, crown molding besides also being fitted with smoke detectors that are very crucial for preventing fires that may start unnoticed in Laguna Beach Real Estate.

In the confines of this classy home, you also get a car garage that is able to contain 2 of your automobiles.

The exterior of this house has a shed for the occupant’s comfort during the sunny or hot days. The exterior also has a tennis court and a pool ground. There is a brick drive way outside the house which has been designed in a circular manner. The gate to this home is automatic hence providing exceptional comfort.

5 Reasons Why 30A Luxury Homes Make the Best Investment

Credit: Joshua Earle

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.

H O S T F U L L Y

helps you make beautiful guidebooks you can send to your guests

Why choose luxury villas in Waterfall

After months of anticipation, the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Loch Rannoch has finally announced plans for their grand reopening.

Nestled snugly against the banks of Scotland’s River Tummel sits a quiet, unassuming village known as Kinloch Rannoch. Resplendent in its own air of tranquility, and surrounded at all sides by truly enchanting views of the remote Scottish Highlands, the area has long been favoured as a destination for those seeking serenity, relaxation, and a certain sense of calm.

Yet over the past few months, there’s been a disturbance in this usually peaceful village, a hive of activity as a veritable army of designers, decorators and tradesmen headed en masse to the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in the heart of Kinloch Rannoch..

Not that any of the local residents seemed to mind this sudden breach of the peace. For them, the arrival of the workmen actually signalled good news.

Multi-Million Pound Refurbishment

After all, that small army of professionals were not heading there for a conference, nor even for a much needed Scottish getaway and the chance to trade paintbrushes and screwdrivers for hiking boots, golf clubs, and fishing rods. Rather, they were there to carry out work on a multi-million pound refurbishment project, transforming the historic venue into the ultimate luxury Scottish Hotel.

As part of the remodelling work, the Dunalastair’s trademark Victorian features -a staple of the hotel’s architecture since it was first built- have been lovingly restored, blending in seamlessly with a new, contemporary design and state-of-the-art modern amenities.

The boutique hotel suites have been lovingly decorated in gentle, relaxing tones to match the tranquil ambiance which surrounds Loch Rannoch. A cutting edge eConcierge system has been put in place to offer an added level of convenience to hotel guests, and the whole venue has been upgraded to create a luxury Scottish hotel which caters to the needs of modern guests, all whilst retaining that timeless style that makes the Dunalastair unique.

Dunalastair Hotel Suites — Romantic Scottish Hotel Reopening May 2017

That refurbishment, according to the team behind the new-look Dunalastair Hotel Suites, has finally been completed, meaning the team can now start looking ahead to their grand reopening on May 1st, 2017.

At time of writing, the Dunalastair team were putting the final finishing touches to their boutique accommodation, channelling all their efforts into establishing their hotel as a top choice for romantic Scottish getaways.

Soft, inviting beds adorned in the finest Egyptian cotton, hotel suites arranged to take advantage of the breathtaking Highland views, room service provided by their own in-house cafe/restaurant, no expense has been spared when it comes to achieving the Dunalastair Hotel Suites’ goal of making their boutique accommodation a must visit for couples who want nothing more than to escape for a few days of quality alone time.

A Multi-Purpose Luxury Hotel for All Scottish Holidays

Whilst they may be going all out to offer an idyllic haven for anyone looking to escape to the highlands for a few days, the Dunalastair Hotel Suites are eager to note that they offer much more than romantic Scottish breaks.

Taking advantage of their prime location in the heart of Perthshire, with its abundance of walking and cycling trails, golf courses, climbing centres, and fishing spots, the Loch Rannoch hotel are also pitching themselves as an ideal place to stay for those booking Scotland activity breaks and family holidays.

Several of their boutique suites have been re-designed especially to accommodate families and groups, a bicycle hire service has been established, and the brand’s eConcierge directory has been updated with details on a plethora of activities taking place throughout the Perthshire Highlands.

Now Available for Bookings

At time of writing, the last of the designers, decorators and tradesmen were making their way out of Loch Rannoch, casting one last long, proud look over the refurbished hotel that has been such a big part of their life for the better part of the past twelve months. Peace, serenity, and tranquility has returned to Loch Rannoch, and will remain so, even when lovestruck couples and adventurous families alike descend on the reopened Dunalastair Hotel Suites come May 1st.

For now though, the hotel team are focussed on adding those all important finishing touches, and relaunching their website, where couples, families, groups and solo travellers can now reserve their luxury boutique accommodation in time for 2017.