Luxury Mansions in Fourways they depend on your information source, you will get a different answer to the question of what can be classified as a luxury home. The greatest difference in definitions is between towns; however, there seems to be agreement regarding the upper end of homes.
Homes that are unquestionably luxurious, are worth tens of millions of dollars or more. They have incredible amenities, professional landscaping and property planning, and are generally massive in size with ten or more bedrooms. These homes are advertised nationally and internationally. Real estate agents for these properties have additional responsibilities involving trusts, attorneys, and anonymity issues.
No one seems to question that these homes, often owned by extremely wealthy and usually famous people, are luxurious. In fact, these homes in Fourways should be called “super luxury” homes to differentiate them from other high end homes.
In an entirely different class, the other group of luxury homes, are advertised locally. Property in the US that is valued at over a million dollars is usually considered luxury real estate. Consumers in high socio-economic groups are the target for these properties.
This second group of homes may have features such as wet bars, designer kitchens, wine cellars, theatre seating, in-ground pools, security systems, professional landscaping, heated floors, and tennis courts. These homes are generally larger than average with good locations, amenities, property entries, and entertainment capabilities.
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Luxury homes tend to have entertainment rooms with features such as built in seating and high end, up-to-date technology for the best movie watching experiences. Designer kitchens are also very trendy in high end homes with features such as custom paneling for appliances, extra under-the-counter refrigerators or beverage centers, and wine bars that fit among the kitchen pantry and other storage cabinets. Designer kitchens also include granite countertops, high end fixtures, customized storage drawers, and pullout pantries.
There’s no question that this second group of homes are also desirable homes to live in. However, are they really in the same class as homes in Fourways which are also called luxury homes?
In both groups of homes, location, amenities, property entry, entertainment capability, and landscaping are considered. Most luxury homes offer a combination of desirable natural elements such as ocean proximity, views, or climate, and professionally designed landscaping and architecture. But really, if a 1.2 million dollar, lakefront home with a dock and a swimming pool is a luxury home, then Mariah Carey’s home must be a “super luxury” home.
If you are unsure how to categorize your home, your best bet is to talk to an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS). Real estate agents with this specialty are knowledgeable about national luxury home trends, luxury buyer and seller needs, and the development of unique high level services.
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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 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
Fourways Luxury MansionsIf you look out into the Atlantic, past the Scituate, Massachusetts, harbor you can see Minot’s Ledge Light blinking 114 feet above the swell. For the past 150 years the lighthouse has warned boaters about the shallow, shipwrecking rocks close to shore, but recently the Coast Guard decided it wasn’t relevant anymore, and this fall the light became private property.
My dad grew up in the harbor the light protects, and my grandmother trolled for striped bass with a handline out past the ledge. Stories about the lighthouse dovetailed with our family’s history. Eight months pregnant with my father, my grandma pointed a skiff out into the teeth of a nor’easter to tie down her boat, the Little Gull, under the flash of the light. I get the lighthouse obsession from both sides. My mom did her architecture school thesis on lighthouses. She spent a summer visiting lights along the eastern seaboard. She started in Hatteras, North Carolina, near where she grew up and moved north, toward Hull, Mass., toward my dad.
Minot’s blinks 1–4–3, so people call it the “I Love You Light,” and before Ray J made it a bad R&B song, my parents would sign letters and then send texts 143. That lighthouse is part of our narrative, and I don’t think we’re the only weirdos who put emotional weight on places. I feel irrationally possessive of Minot’s light, even though I’ve never been in the tower. The fact that it no longer belongs to the public — that it’s owned by an individual who can turn it into a vacation house or tear it down — feels like a transgression.
Part of that is nostalgia. I think it’s the same kind of analog fascination that makes people want to slaughter their own chickens, or take up sewing, but it feels a little more exciting than that. It hits deeper, because it draws back to when you could get lost in the ocean, when you needed a beacon to bring you home.Credit: Boston Public Library
But almost no one navigates just by visual markers these days, which is why in 2009, the Coast Guard decided that they didn’t need to hold on to Minot’s Ledge Light anymore. The U.S. General Services Administration, which is essentially the real estate arm of the government, was tasked with getting rid of it. That summer, they posted a notice of availability. No one bit on the original bid, and this June, they put it up again for $10,000. On October 13th, Bobby Sager, Polaroid’s chairman, won the auction and bought the lighthouse for $222,000.
It’s not just the Minot’s Ledge lighthouse that’s changing hands. The General Services Administration, which likes to call itself “The Nation’s Landlord,” is in charge of selling off any federal property that’s deemed irrelevant. Their website is full of Black Hawk helicopters and former cop cars.
Among the federal detritus, lighthouses are a special case. As a whole, they’re basically obsolete — they’re only designed to do one thing — but they’re also historically significant, so the feds don’t just want to flatten them. In 2000, the GSA, the Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior passed The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It lets the federal government give away lighthouses to qualifying local governments, non-profits, or community development organizations. They try to put them in the hands of groups that will keep them open to the public, but sometimes, like in Minot’s case, no public entity wants the responsibility. Then the property goes to a private auction. Since the act passed, they’ve transferred ownership of 68 lighthouses to non-profits and historical commissions for free, and sold 39.Credit: Boston Public Library
Minot’s light has been giving people feelings since it was built in 1860. The ledge it’s built on was notorious for wrecking boats because of its steep shelf and twitchy tides. Minot’s was constructed to replace an earlier light, which was swept away in a storm. Two lighthouse keepers were killed when it went down and they’re said to haunt the new house. I’m not sure if it’s the romance, or the ghosts, but it’s always drummed up a kind of fascination. The local brewery makes a Minot Light, Thoreau wrote about it, and it’s been used in ads for Cape Cod Cranberries and American Tobacco cigarettes.
Minot’s has a good story, but it’s not the only one that’s been celebrated. Artist, writers, and poets, from Marianne Moore to James Taylor, have canonized lighthouses. People name churches and rehab centers after them. “Beacon in a storm” might be one of the most overplayed metaphors of all time.Lighthouses aren’t the only kind of obsolete public buildings that we put on a pedestal — I think people feel similarly about fire towers — but lights hit the crosshairs of history, design, adventure, and allegory.
The GSA says they’re “a symbol of the strength and longevity of our country’s trading practices and communal spirit.” In less governmenty terms they’re markers of a kind of simplicity and purposeful adventure, which is now all but obsolete. Unlike my grandmother, I’m not pulling bass into a boat by hand. I barely know how to read a nautical chart (although there is an app for that), and sometimes, even though it’s irrational, that feels like a loss.
Some of the people purchasing auctioned lighthouses feel the same as me, and they’re buying them to save them. Last year, in Boston Harbor, just north of Scituate, Dave Waller bought Graves Island Light, which is a direct design copy of Minot’s, for $933,888. At the time it was the most anyone had paid for a lighthouse. To find the money, he and his wife mortgaged their house, as did his mom, to help them out. “We went all in,” he says. He says he didn’t have any solid reason for buying it, just that same deep-seated nostalgia and a long-standing but loose family tie. As a kid, he sailed by it in his dad’s boat.
Waller has done a ton of work on the tower. He’s rechinked the granite blocks to make it watertight, and put in running water and electricity. He’s arguably made it better. He’s says he’s planning to open it up for occasional tours, and that the response has been really good. Lighthouse fanatics have reached out to tell him they’re glad he’s renovating it, and that they can see the good parts of private ownership.But, ultimately he’s turning it into a vacation house. “I kind of feel guilty buying it, taking it, and making it mine, because it was built with public money, but it was put up for free to non-profits first and there were no takers.”Credit: Boston Public Library
Minot’s future is still up in the air. Sager hasn’t officially said anything about what he’s planning to do; he’s actually been radio silent since the sale. But Waller, who has been in close touch with him because Sager was the other bidder for the Graves light, says that he’s talked to him about his plans, and that, for now, he’s going to leave it untouched. The light, which is powered by solar batteries, will still flash, and the Coast Guard will come by every once in a while to check on it. Sager grew up in Malden, on the North Shore of Massachusetts, so maybe he just has that same nostalgia-fueled fascination. Maybe he just wants to be able to see it flash.
No one in my family lives in the Scituate harbor anymore, and it’s morphed from a fishing town to a summer vacation spot for people from Boston. Most of the boats in the harbor have the names of other places across their sterns, and the dock where my grandma used to drop her catch is now lined with tchotchke shops. Last summer we went back and piled cousins and aunts into a rented house. At night we’d take beers out to the back porch and count the pulses from the light, picking out which ones said “love” and which ones said “you.”
Lighthouse for Sale
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