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Luxury Home Features That Last Lifetimes

Acquiring luxury real estate properties is more than just an opportunity to build memories in some of the world’s most spectacularly designed residences. It’s long been a vehicle to build wealth; a way to maximize the enjoyment of the present, while also possessing an asset that will accumulate value.

So it’s incumbent for would-be buyers to identify what aspects of a home will provide both short- and long-term returns. There are a few central tenets of luxury to take into consideration––premium long-lasting materials, clever architecture, and thoughtful design details are all key indicators of an artful investment.

Whether you’re seeking a home base or alternative lodging, these four exceptional properties highlight features that are easy to appreciate upon purchasing—and subsequently appreciate in worth.

For All Seasons and Sensibilities

Jason Friedman & Rudi Friendman – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Opting for homes with a host of private amenities, a blend of classical design and modern comfort, or a sense of rural escape with proximity to urban life is a surefire method to maximize an investment in long-lasting luxury.

Situated in upstate New York, this Old Westbury home is a stunning example of the instantly recognizable New England aesthetic—transcending contemporary design trends and boasting modern fittings and state-of-the-art fixtures throughout. The sprawling, secluded estate features all the amenities of the most exclusive country clubs, from a tennis pavilion to a basketball court, to spacious reading rooms and lounges, and a wine cellar fit for the most avid connoisseurs.

Jason Friedman & Rudi Friendman – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

To accommodate the east coast’s diverse climate, there’s an in-ground outdoor pool and an indoor counterpart featuring an attached spa, steam room, and sauna; and a spacious central kitchen and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen that’s perfect for soirees during the warmer months. Located just an hour from New York City, this country property epitomizes having the best of both pastoral serenity and metropolitan exuberance.

Simple and Sensational

Despina Laou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty 

When seeking a potential home away from home, consider simplicity the order of the day. A place to escape regular routines and refresh the spirit will feature open spaces and low maintenance construction and design, while also inviting the addition of thoughtful personal touches.

Despina Laou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Such is the case for this modern holiday villa hidden away in Greece’s Ionian Islands, nestled elegantly into the Mystique hillside. The property is an altar to the Mediterranean’s divine views, with several terraced lounge areas, gardens, and a clifftop infinity pool that harmonizes effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. The interior features vaulted ceilings and large windows that flood each room with natural light, with a clean design that provides ample space to accommodate treasured art or other bespoke preferences.

Strength in Material

Eric Latta & Vivian Lin – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

There are certain fundamental elements to a home that accommodate all tastes. These anticipatory design elements hold appeal that extends beyond the contemporary into the realm of timeless elegance.

With Brazilian cherry floors and floor-to-ceiling glass, this oceanfront West Vancouver home is a breathtaking example of enduring charm. A low-profile entrance belies a stunning and expansive house built directly into the steep coastal landscape, with every level making the most of priceless Pacific Ocean views.

Eric Latta & Vivian Lin – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

While an attached indoor private yacht garage with direct elevator access from the house above is unique in its bombastic opulence, more subtle design considerations underscore the magnificence of the property. This includes geo-thermal radiant heating throughout, a fully equipped chef’s kitchen constructed with premium local granite and hardwood, and a five-car heated garage.

The Bedrock of History

Francesca Loddo – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Any investment involves taking a leap of faith—and one of the strongest promises for that future is a traceable and robust provenance. When a location has maintained its desirability for generations, it provides a trustworthy foundation even the most discerning investor can acknowledge.

Set amongst Tuscany’s undulating hills, this 1,000-year old estate offers the opportunity to embrace old-world Italian charm. A hilltop manor features 360-degree views of the countryside, surrounded by organic olive groves and iconic cypress trees sprinkled amongst sturdy holm oak: the sense of permanence is immediate.

Francesca Loddo – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Gentle renovations through the years have preserved the historic features of the property, highlighting exposed brick walls, broad ceiling beams, and stone window frames. It’s a dramatic atmosphere that supports bold interior design, including large chandeliers and restored renaissance frescoes—and modern fixtures, such as the industrial kitchen and outdoor pool area, make 21st-century living here effortless.

For investors in luxury real estate, the promise of today is inextricably linked to the prosperity of tomorrow. And while trends and idiosyncrasies are fleeting, properties in stunning locations that are rich in world-class materials and life-enhancing amenities bring a value that transcends time.

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