Luxury means many different things to many different people. The real estate industry classifies a property as "Luxury" if it is priced over $750,000, but any decerning buyer or seller should know that luxury is much more than just a dollar figure. As architect and furniture designer Charles Eames once said: "The details are not the details, they make the product". There is perhaps no other segment of real estate where this is more true than with luxury properties. It's being able to tell the difference between generic european cabinetry and a well known product like Bulthaup or Poliform. It's about quality, design and craftsmanship. Those are the details that catch my eye every time I walk through a property with you. For someone selling a luxury property the same rule applies. The details make the product, starting with proper staging and an interior design consultation if needed, and then professional architectural photography. It's the product of all the little things that come together to make the whole.
Interested in buying or selling a luxury property in Austin?
Below are some luxury properties that I have featured on my Austin Modern Homes blog recently.
If ever there was a home that was more than meets they eye it's this one. I wrote a story about it for East Side Magazine a while ago which you can read here. Long story short, good design, next level construction and great location. Hit me up if you want a tour.
Details: 1,694 sqft, 2 Bed, 2 Bath
This is an absolutely gorgeous house designed by Alter Studio. I really appreciate all the natural light and the strong indoor outdoor connection on this one. Those windows in the kitchen / living absolutely kill me. As expected the detailing and materials are fantastic.
Detail: 2,058 sqft, 3 Bed, 3 Bath
The market for luxury modern farm house homes continues to be strong. This spacious house sticks to a simple formula of white walls and dark floors and cabinetry. It might not be the most creative but as long as you get the details right it's a perfect base to add on to.
Details: 3,687 sqft, 4 Bed, 4 Bath
This was the first Bercy Chen Studio house I saw in person when I moved to Austin. It's an fantastic house full of delightful details, all the more impressive considering it's a remodel. Make sure you hit the "more info" link below to see all the photos.
Details: 6,046 sqft, 5 Bed, 6 Bath
Man, there is something about this Alter Studio designed house that is just really speaking to me. It makes me think of a really minimalist rural building in the countryside of Europe. The 3 million dollar price tag is a bit over my head but when you consider the 5 acres of land and all that square footage it actually starts to look like a bargain.
Details: 4,444 sqft, 5 Bed, 5 Bath
Remember this one? Absolutely stunning work by Alter Studio who incidentally just had another local house on the cover of Dwell (with an article written by me). This house was on the market last year and it's back again. I've spent a decent amount of time in this one and I absolutely love everything about it. Tech geek will rejoice about the depth of home automation and A/V that is integrated too. PS it has a boat slip.
Details: 4,809 sqft, 4 Bed, 5 Bath
Pretty things don't come cheap. Amazing work here by the office of Dick Clark Architecture. Great use of natural materials and you know I love it anytime someone continues a block wall from the outside in. The location sure doesn't suck either.
Details: 2,767 sqft, 3 Bed, 4 Bath
Here is a really lovely remodel of what was a fairly unremarkable 70's home. The stucco give the exterior a really nice minimalist look compared to the stone work (see last photo for before). If you like minimalist there is plenty more of that on the inside as well.
Details: 2,352 sqft, 3 Bed, 2 Bath
To be honest I don't know I love the blue color on this one, but my complaints end there. I love the minimalist interior, especially the kitchen. Upstairs the wood floors bring a welcome warmth into the space as do the transitions to the rooftop decks. The location is amazing too!
Details: 1,850 sqft, 4 Bed, 3 Bath