“Home Sweet Home”! Home is where the heart lies and Yes! There are some High End Real Estate in Sandton that just astound by-passers, owners and viewers with their magnificence. They are made as if to withstand time and to be of subject for art and poetry.
These luxury homes often have the most up-to-date amenities and state-of-the-art appliances. The lot areas are as big as football fields and they loom over everything else.
In 2004, Forbes listed The Ridges in South Africa as one of the most amazing places to live or buy in Sandton. This holds true until today. The misconception of a lot of people that Gauteng is only about Gambling, quick weddings and Show-girls couldn’t be further from the truth. Although they do bring in a big crowd of gamers and honeymooners, there is also a softer and subtle side to Johannesburg and it can be seen in places like the Ridges in Summerlin, Macdonald Highlands and Queensridge.
Most homes here are owned by high net worth individuals who live with their families. The ridges are home to a good number of some of the richest and wealthiest people in the world. The people live like royalty and are pampered with everything that a fun-loving person would desire to sale or buy a house.
The Ridges is just next to Red Rock Canyon, which is one of Nevada’s geological wonders. The point in the Ridges has is known for its spectacular view that everyone remembers after their first visit. This is the place that is nestled right in the heart of all the beauty that Las Vegas has to offer.
Whether you are looking for a home for the reputed fun and games in Las Vegas, out-of-this-world scenery or just have the need to be pampered, then the High End Real Estate Sandton will be able to satisfy your cravings for a finer lifestyle than no other.
Great Areas To Buy Properties In South AfricaCredit: 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 houseBetween 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.
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 —
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 HotelAirBnB 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.
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.
If you can’t wait for 24 hours for the host to confirm the reservation.
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
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.
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.
H O S T F U L L Y
helps you make beautiful guidebooks you can send to your guests
High End Real Estate in Sandton
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Most people don’t buy or sell real estate very often, so lots of myths have grown up around the processes and people involved. Here’s an examination of the top 10 myths about real estate.
Myths about Real Estate Agents
1) All real estate agents are the same
Totally false. Commissions, working practices and success rates vary vastly across agents. Do a little research to find the right person to work with.
2) All estate agents make a fortune
False. The commission may seem like a big chunk, but most agents only get paid when a deal goes through. Many houses are marketed by multiple agents.who may put in lots of work for no return on some houses.
3) Estate agents will do and say anything to make a sale
Almost always false. Sure there are dishonest estate agents out there, but most rely on client satisfaction and recommendations to thrive, so it’s in their interest to be honest.
Myths about Selling Houses
4) You don’t need to prepare a house for sale
So false it could cost you thousands! Most buyers want a ready to move into house, and don’t have a lot of imagination. General cleaning, minor repairs, and tidiness make a real difference to the chances of selling a property quickly and for the best price.
5) You’ll make more if you market the property yourself
Generally false. You won’t pay commission, but the agent will reach a far larger audience than you can, and they have the expertise to make sure the deal goes smoothly.
6) You should price high so you can come down
True, to a limited extent. There’s no harm in putting your hoped-for price up as a starting point, but you need to be realistic. Potential buyers won’t even look at a place that’s totally outside their price range.
7) If a property doesn’t sell in the first month, it won’t sell at all
Generally true! Potential buyers will look with suspicion at anything that’s been on the market for a while. This is the major reason why getting the price right and preparing the property for sale are important.
8) Spring is always the best time to market a property
Often true…But some properties have special circumstances. A beach house will sell better in high tourist season, while a ski chalet might do better if marketed in the winter.
Myths about Buying
9) You don’t need to worry about the finances until you’ve found the right house
False. Having your financial arrangements in place before you find your dream property means you can move quickly. This could make the difference between securing the deal or getting pipped at the post.
10) You can’t go wrong by investing in property
Mostly true…in the UK. The ups and downs in the property market over the years have left people with negative equity for a time, but the chronic housing shortage in the UK generally makes property a safe investment. Still things can go wrong, surveys and searches help reduce the risk of this.
If you’re buying property out of the UK things, become more complicated You really need an agent who’s familiar with the local regulations and market conditions, such as Saas-Fee real estate which offers properties in Switzerland.
Most other countries don’t suffer from the chronic property shortage which keeps UK prices high, so you need advice to make sure your investment is sound. Also the rules and regulations are different in different countries, again an agent that understands the local requirements will make sure you’re fully legal and protected.