THE PRICE of LUXURY: A GLOBAL COMPARISON of SQUARE FOOT PRICES

On a per-square-foot basis, the glamorous Monaco ranks as the most expensive market for luxury housing worldwide, followed by Hong Kong and London

The average starting price for a luxury property worldwide is $2,200,000. But how much does a luxury property cost in a markets like Singapore, London, or Toronto? Is the typical price per square foot US$300 or US$3,000? Local context as well as supply and demand all figure into the prices found within different real estate markets, each of which has a unique set of characteristics. In its comprehensive report Luxury Defined 2016, Christie’s International Real Estate experts consider the factors that shape global cities’ real estate profiles and assess how these cities stack up against one another in terms of relative cost.

Many premier global centers—as well as prized second-home resort destinations—continue to command exceptional prices for prime property. A snapshot of 36 luxury primary and resort housing markets (see chart below) reveals that on a price-per-square-foot basis, global economic hubs Hong Kong, London, and New York are the most expensive markets for luxury real estate worldwide by a significant margin. Million-dollar-plus homes in the majority of other luxury housing markets span from just under US$1,100 per square foot to US$200. The exception to this rule is the tiny city-state Monaco, which towers ahead of all other markets and averages more than US$4,500 per square foot for luxury homes.

The following is a snapshot of relative values of luxury homes around the world.

Average Luxury Home Prices (Per Square Foot)
$1 million-plus-home sales, 2015

Monaco leads the pack of the highest priced (per square foot) luxury home prices in 2015, followed by Hong Kong and London.
Monaco leads the pack of the highest priced (per square foot) luxury home prices in 2015, followed by Hong Kong and London.

Monaco
US$4,500: Average price per square foot for luxury property

Monaco's ideal climate and coastal perch at the south-eastern edge of France has made it a perennial favorite among sun-seekers and sailing enthusiasts.
Monaco’s ideal climate and coastal perch at the south-eastern edge of France has made it a perennial favorite among sun-seekers and sailing enthusiasts.

Home to the world-famous Grand-Prix motor race, a glittering yacht-lined harbor, and glamorous casinos, the world’s second smallest nation is also home to the world’s most prized real estate on a price per square foot basis. Luxury properties sell for US$4,500 per square foot on average—more than double the next highest city or country around the world. This elegant waterfront estate overlooking Port Hercule exemplifies the allure of Monaco’s idyllic perch on the French Riviera. This apartment truly shines at dusk, when the sun sets over the nearby cliffs, affording residents prime views of the Mediterranean from both the floor-to-ceiling windows and the comfortable balcony.

London
US$1,930: Average price per square foot for luxury property

A four-bedroom row house in Notting Hill blends historic charm with state-of-the-art amenities in a classic family residence.
A four-bedroom row house in Notting Hill blends historic charm with state-of-the-art amenities in a classic family residence.

A cosmopolitan city since its days as the ancient Roman outpost of Londinium, London tops the 2016 luxury index with an average market sale price of US$2,356,000 and a typical luxury property starting at US$7,000,000. London is extremely desirable to international buyers, and it currently has more properties over US$1 million offered from sale than any other city. In 2015, London had the second-most expensive residential property in the world sell for US$140,000,000 or £92,000,000. This lovely four-bedroom row house in desirable Notting Hill (US$7,200,000 or £4,950,000) shows how a historic property that’s been skillfully and stylishly updated can suit a growing family and offer room for entertaining as well. A landscaped garden and cleverly designed wine room are among its many charms.

Hong Kong
US$3,000: Average price per square foot for luxury property

The vibrant waterfront city of Hong Kong remains one of the world’s most luxurious, with record-setting prices and high demand.
The vibrant waterfront city of Hong Kong remains one of the world’s most luxurious, with record-setting prices and high demand.

In 2015, the fashionable harbor city of Hong Kong edged out London for the most expensive residential sale in the world with single family home selling for $194,000,000 or HK $1,500,000,000. Typical luxury residences here start at US$5,000,000, and sell on average for US$3,000 per square foot. Hong Kong is also the site of the highest price paid per square foot on a single residential sale (US$19,563).

New York
US$1,860: Average price per square foot for luxury property

With its floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views, this luxury condo on West 23rd Street is typical of Chelsea, one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods.
With its floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views, this luxury condo on West 23rd Street is typical of Chelsea, one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Known across the United States as the eternal home of the next “it” neighborhood and some of the costliest real estate in the country, New York ranks as the fourth most expensive city for luxury homes worldwide on a per square foot basis. Perhaps no neighborhood in Manhattan better illustrates the constant evolution of the city’s luxury market than Chelsea, where the art world elite dominate the streets along 9th and 10th Avenue and the High Line brings fresh blooms and serene green space to a former industrial rail line. New luxury condos are constantly taking shape here. In a West 23rd Street building designed by Neil Denari with interiors by Thomas Juul-Hansen, this exquisite 12th-floor residence has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide spectacular skyline (and High Line) views.

Paris
US$960: Average price per square foot for luxury property

Paris offers unparalleled access to art and culture, and its luxury properties are refined and stylish, as evidenced by this Beaux Arts apartment near the Champs-Élysées.
Paris offers unparalleled access to art and culture, and its luxury properties are refined and stylish, as evidenced by this Beaux Arts apartment near the Champs-Élysées.

The City of Light remains an international symbol of luxury and style. With its unparalleled concentration of art, culture, architecture, food, and fashion, Paris belongs in any list of top luxury locations worldwide. High-end homes in Paris range from new-build condos to grand Beaux Arts-style apartments that line the city’s leafy boulevards. Million-dollar-plus homes sell on average for just under US$1,000 per square foot. The city is now one of the least expensive European economic hubs for luxury property and prices are 20 percent below their 2011 peak. This exceptionally well-maintained two-bedroom apartment near the Seine and the Champs-Élysées is rich in period detail with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, ornate plasterwork, and herringbone floors. At approximately US$5 million, it represents a typical offering with all the qualities that make Parisian luxury living unique.

Miami
US$750: Average price per square foot for luxury property

Miami’s spectacular waterfront is a prime setting for penthouse residences with commanding views.
Miami’s spectacular waterfront is a prime setting for penthouse residences with commanding views.

Neon-lit Miami is being stylishly transformed by the construction of sophisticated luxury condos along its iconic waterfront that are setting a new bar for interior square footage, spectacular views, and high prices. In 2015, the city broke a regional record with a US$55,000,000 sale of a new-build penthouse. Typical luxury listings in this culturally vibrant tropical mecca hover around US$1,000,000.

Sydney
US$680: Average price per square foot for luxury property

Sydney is home to the unique and historic Elaine estate, which has an exceptional waterfront perch in Point Piper.
Sydney is home to the unique and historic Elaine estate, which has an exceptional waterfront perch in Point Piper.

Australia’s most populous city set regional records in 2015 with a US$53,500,000 sale of a single residence, brokered by exclusive Affiliate Ken Jacobs. Luxury homes in the harbourside city sell on average for US$680 per square foot. With its cosmopolitan culture and spectacular sunny weather, Sydney is becoming an established global hotspot for prime property. It currently claims one of the most exceptional listings in the Pacific, the Elaineestate, a historic property located on the harbor. The estate is composed of multiple waterfront parcels as well as a magnificent Victorian that was once the residence of a prominent Australian media family.

Toronto
US$680: Average price per square foot for luxury property

This spacious five-bedroom estate in Kleinburg near Toronto was designed to resemble a French château.
This spacious five-bedroom estate in Kleinburg near Toronto was designed to resemble a French château.

Canada’s most populous city, Toronto, where luxury properties sell for an average of just under US$700 per square foot, ranked as the second “hottest” city for luxury property in this year’s Luxury Defined report.  Like Sydney, Toronto is known for its Victorian architecture mixed with innovative new designs as well as its spectacular waterfront position. This five-bedroom estate in nearby Kleinburg is listed at US$7,543,712. It sits on 1.28 acres of pristine land adjacent to a ravine and boasts top-of-the-line finishes throughout. Its many amenities include a 2,500-bottle wine cellar as well as a unique swimming pool and impressive gardens.

San Antonio
US$284: Average price per square foot for luxury property

This spacious two-story home in San Antonio combines sumptuous material finishes inside with a classic and beautifully-landscaped exterior.
This spacious two-story home in San Antonio combines sumptuous material finishes inside with a classic and beautifully-landscaped exterior.

On a comparison of luxury real estate on a price per square foot basis, one of the cities that offers the best value for money is San Antonio in south-central Texas. Million-dollar-plus homes sell on average for less than US$300 per square foot in this historic city, the seventh largest in the United States. This grand and impeccably crafted two-story home is a perfect example of San Antonio’s finest estates. Its expansive, 5,421-square-foot interior boasts scores of luxurious finishes, including warm wood paneling, porcelain and marble, hardwood floors, and an ornate wrought-iron stair rail.

*Fuente: Luxurydefined

EXCHANGE-RATE CHALLENGES and OPPORTUNITIES for OVERSEAS HOME BUYERS

Shifts in the global economy are influencing prime property buyers, presenting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for some and challenges for others

High-net-worth-individuals (HNWIs) are becoming increasingly global in their investment outlook. Extensive fluctuations in global exchange rates—the US dollar hit a 10-year high in mid-2015 after climbing from an all-time low just four years earlier—have presented exceptional opportunities, as well as challenges, for buyers seeking to acquire prime property outside their resident country.

As part of Luxury Defined 2016, our annual report on the prime property market, we explore the impact of exchange rates on the cross-border movements of important buyer groups and examine how currency-strong buyers may benefit from exchange rates that are positioned in their favor.

Source: Luxury Defined 2016 by Christie's International Real Estate
Source: Luxury Defined 2016 by Christie’s International Real Estate

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Gateway US markets such as Phoenix and Miami, where overseas buyers were a steadying post-financial crisis force, have seen the number of international buyers trending down as the rising dollar made US luxury homes more expensive.

Overseas buyers now comprise 35 percent of luxury sales in Miami, a nine percent decrease from 2014. “This reflects the financial uncertainties of countries whose residents have historically been active purchasers of South Florida real estate,” says Ron Shuffield of EWM Realty International. “Despite the downward trend, affluent foreign buyers continue to purchase property in Miami as a currency hedge and a safe store of wealth.”

Gateway US markets such as Phoenix and Miami, where overseas buyers were a steadying post-financial crisis force, have seen the number of international buyers trending down as the rising dollar made US luxury homes more expensive.<br/><br/>One of Phoenix's prestigious property offerings: a classically inspired residence in the Biltmore Circle Estate.
Gateway US markets such as Phoenix and Miami, where overseas buyers were a steadying post-financial crisis force, have seen the number of international buyers trending down as the rising dollar made US luxury homes more expensive.

One of Phoenix’s prestigious property offerings: a classically inspired residence in the Biltmore Circle Estate.

Although many of our 100 surveyed markets reported decreases in buyers from oil and commodity-dependent countries including Russia and Canada, there has been limited dropoff in Chinese buyer interest.

Wealth has grown fivefold in China since the beginning of the century and Chinese nationals now make up eight percent of the global UHNWI population. After years of widely reported capital outflows, the country’s slowing economy has yet to have significant impact on the global luxury real estate market, with most brokers reporting an increase in Chinese buyers and only a few observing a slight dropoff.

Amid this headline-grabbing national turmoil, Chinese buyers are still purchasing prime property at top prices across the globe. 2015’s highest price residential sales in several important markets (Sydney, Hong Kong, Seattle, and the New York Adirondacks, among others) were sold to Chinese nationals or recent emigrees. And wealthy Chinese nationals aren’t just buying real estate—they are also purchasing art at the top end of the market. A$170 million Modigliani painting, sold at Christie’s in November, went to a Chinese art patron.

A declining euro is also presenting opportunities for affluent second-home buyers in Europe as well as several destinations in the Caribbean. “2015 saw a boost to the market from American clients who are starting to reinvest thanks to the strengthening of the dollar,” notes Zarek Honneysett of Sibarth Real Estate in St Barths.

Resort town San Miguel de Allende saw an uptick in South American buyers. Mexico's strengthening economy and increasingly welcoming environment for multinational firms grew its appeal for foreigh buyers.<br/><br/>One of San Miguel de Allende's prestigious property offerings: Casa Heyne, a luxury hacienda-style villa.
Resort town San Miguel de Allende saw an uptick in South American buyers. Mexico’s strengthening economy and increasingly welcoming environment for multinational firms grew its appeal for foreigh buyers.

One of San Miguel de Allende’s prestigious property offerings: Casa Heyne, a luxury hacienda-style villa.

*Fuente: Luxury Defined

¿Dónde viven los famosos?

 

Encontrarse con una celebridad no es inusual cuando se recorren las calles de Los Ángeles. Tanto así que la historia de algunos vecindarios, como Beverly Hills, ha estado fuertemente ligada a la construcción de impresionantes mansiones que alojaron a famosos artistas desde la época dorada de Hollywood.

Con el paso del tiempo, lugares como Malibu y Pacific Palisades, han sido incluidos en la lista de zonas preferidas por las celebridades, atraídas por su magnífica ubicación, cercanía a la playa y sus impresionantes vistas. Esta situación ha sido muy bien aprovechada por empresarios del sector turístico, organizando recorridos guiados por las calles donde viven los artistas. Algunos de estos tours son:

– StarLine Tours.                                                                                                                                                 – Legends Of Hollywood Tours.
– Another Side Of Los Angeles.
– Hollywoodland Tours.

A continuación, encuentras algunos de los barrios angelinos que han sido elegidos por reconocidas estrellas del mundo del entretenimiento.

Bel Air

  • Jennifer Aniston.
  • Nicolas Cage.
  • Danny DeVito.
  • Fergie.
  • Kim Kardashian.
  • Heidi Klum.
  • Helen Hunt.
  • Meg Ryan

Beverly Hills

  • Jessica Alba.
  • Christina Aguilera: Mulholland Estates.
  • Christina Applegate.
  • Antonio Banderas.
  • David Beckham.
  •  Annette Bening: Mullholland Dr.
  • Halle Berry.
  • Courteney Cox.
  • Aaron Eckhart.
  • Kelsey Grammer.
  • Hugh Hefner: Mansión Playboy.
  • Nicole Kidman.
  • Adriana Lima.
  • Eddie Murphy.
  • Ryan Seacrest.
  • Jessica Simpson.
  • Britney Spears.
  • Gwen Stefani: Mulholland Dr.
  • Lisa Vanderpump.

Brentwood

  • Jessica Biel.
  • Jim Carrey.
  • Lauren Conrad.
  • Harrison Ford: Mandeville Canyon.
  • Goldie Hawn.
  • Avril Lavigne.
  • Alanis Morissette.
  • Conan O’Brien.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Mandeville Canyon.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • John Travolta.

Calabasas

  • Justin Bieber.
  • Alyssa Milano.

Hidden Hills

  • Jamie Foxx.
  • Jennifer Lopez.
  • Sharon y Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Denise Richards

Hollywood Hills

  • Chris Brown.
  • Sheryl Crow.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Zac Efron.
  • America Ferrera.
  • Daisy Fuentes.
  • Angelina Jolie.
  • Ashton Kutcher.
  • Adam Levine.
  • Eva Mendes.
  • Amaury Nolasco.
  • Matthew Perry.
  • Winona Ryder.
  • Alicia Silverstone.
  • Channing Tatum.
  • Charlize Theron.
  • Justin Timberlake.
  • Dita Von Teese.

Los Feliz

  • Gerard Butler.
  • Colin Farrell.
  • Scarlett Johansson.
  • Robert Pattinson.
  • Charlie Sheen.

Malibu

  • Pamela Anderson: Malibu Colony Road.
  • Cher.
  • Cindy Crawford.
  • Fran Drescher.
  • Sally Field.
  • Mel Gibson: Lavender Hill Farm.
  • Dustin Hoffman.
  • Anthony Hopkins.
  • Axl Rose: Malibu Pacifica Estates.
  • Will Smith.
  • Tori Spelling.
  • Barbra Streisand: Paradise Cove.

Pacific Palisades

  • Ben Affleck.
  • Bill Cosby.
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Kate Hudson: Amalfi Drive.
  • John Mayer.
  • Chris O’Donnell.
  • Dennis Quaid.
  • Adam Sandler.
  • Hilary Swank.

Palm Springs

  • Suzanne Somers.

Santa Monica

  • Ellen DeGeneres.

Studio City

  • George Clooney.
  • Erik Estrada.
  • Bruno Mars.
  • Ben Stiller.

West Hollywood

  • Javier Bardem.
  • Jason Bateman.
  • Emily Blunt.
  • Cameron Diaz.
  • Keanu Reeves.

*Fuente: http://enlosangeles.about.com/od/Vecindarios/a/donde-Viven-Los-Famosos.htm

THE 10 ‘MOST LUXURIOUS’ PROPERTY MARKETS WORLDWIDE

London topped the list of the world’s top “luxury” housing markets and Hong Kong edged out New York to claim the second spot in this year’s Luxury Defined Index rankings

om recent stock market fluctuations to the shifting fortunes of emerging market buyers, the global prime property market traversed a challenging geopolitical and economic landscape in 2015 and into 2016.

The annual Christie’s International Real Estate Index, which synthesizes and compares luxury housing metrics, reflects these developments and acts as a measuring stick for the global luxury market. The Index forms part of Luxury Defined 2016, an in-depth study of more than 100 prime residential property markets worldwide.

The Index ranks the world’s 10 top property markets under two performance measures:

  • The Luxury Index rates the relative “luxuriousness” of primary market cities with at least one million residents (see the latest Luxury Index rankings below).
  • The Luxury Thermometer assesses the “health” of the million-dollar-plus market and compares international primary and resort housing markets.

London Tops the World’s Most Luxurious Cities for Prime Property:

Source: Luxury Defined 2016 by Christie's International Real Estate
Source: Luxury Defined 2016 by Christie’s International Real Estate

2015* Luxury Index Rankings
1) London
2) Hong Kong
3) New York
4) Los Angeles
5) Singapore
6) Sydney
7) Miami
8) San Francisco
9) Paris
10) Toronto

*Luxury Index rankings are based on data for the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The Index aggregates local market metrics measuring market record sale price, average price per square foot for luxury homes, number of sales over $1 million, percentage of listings over $1 million, average price for luxury home sales, percentage of international and non-local homebuyers, and percentage of secondary home sales. 

Highlights from this year’s Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Index include:

With more prime property listings than any other city, as well as the world’s second most expensive residential sale in 2015 ($141 million / £92 million), London retains its position as the most luxurious property market worldwide. In spite of slower growth due to new taxes on prime property purchases, the city continues to attract strong domestic and international buyer demand. London has topped the Luxury Index for four years running.

A residence in the prestigious London borough of Chelsea
A residence in the prestigious London borough of Chelsea

Even with negative annual overall sales growth and pressures from a decline in mainland Chinese capital outflow, Hong Kong narrowly edged out New York to place second in theLuxury Index. The harbor city posted the world’s top residential sale in 2015 ($194 million / HK$1.5 billion).

A luxury home in the upmarket Hong Kong enclave of Shouson Hill
A luxury home in the upmarket Hong Kong enclave of Shouson Hill

Miami achieved a local record sale ($55 million for a new-build penthouse), which offset declines in overseas and cash buyers, ensuring a solid performance in the Luxury Index. New luxury stock and slowing buyer demand evidenced in late 2015 and early 2016 however, is likely to move it down in next year’s rankings.

The penthouse at the Capobella building in Miami Beach
The penthouse at the Capobella building in Miami Beach

Singapore joined our Index rankings after showing signs of an uptick following several years of declines due to government cooling measures. Singapore knocked Dubai—where pressures from declining oil prices and an oversupply of luxury properties caused price and sales volume declines—out of the world’s top 10 luxury markets.

The penthouse at Marina Bay Residences in Singapore
The penthouse at Marina Bay Residences in Singapore

*Fuente: Luxury Defined http://luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com/blog/market-insights/ranking-the-worlds-top-performing-luxury-property-markets

¿CASA O DEPARTAMENTO?

Debemos considerar necesidades de espacio, ubicación y dinero disponible para enfrentar la compra y los gastos recurrentes a la hora de mudarnos. Vivir cuesta, pero no tiene por qué ser un desafío encontrar la mezcla óptima entre inversión, gasto y beneficios de vivir en un determinado sitio.

Trata de hacer una comparación revisando los pros y contras de los tipos de inmuebles; puedes considerar el precio, el gasto de mantenimiento, el espacio, la seguridad, la localización, los accesos, el estilo de vida y los servicios cercanos.

El atributo más importante, probablemente, es la ubicación, pues de ella se desprende si gastarás mucho en transporte, o tendrás acceso a los servicios básicos.

¿Queda la propiedad cerca del colegio de los hijos, pero lejos del trabajo? ¿La propiedad es muy barata, pero queda lejos? ¡Aguas! Esa ecuación no siempre es ganadora, especialmente cuando vives en la Ciudad de México y cada minuto es valioso para poder estar con la familia.

Quizás te alcanza para comprar tu casa, pero por temas de distancias y tráfico, tal vez lo mejor sea que adquieras un departamento. Te recomendamos que elijas una o dos zonas, y vayas comparando en cuánto sale la propiedad por metro cuadrado. Esto te dará una sensibilidad importante para privilegiar ese techo que tanto quieres.

Adquirir casa o depa no es nada trivial y nada obvio, a pesar de que algunos piensen así. Acuérdate que en estos temas nos movemos con base a la crianza recibida de nuestros padres, porque es lo que aprendimos en la convivencia cotidiana. Pero los hábitos de consumo cambian con las generaciones y debes estar atento a los nuevos paradigmas que pueden llegar.

En estos tiempos se tiene un abanico de propiedades que pueden presentar un desafío al momento de compararlas, aquí compartimos unos criterios para tu análisis:

          Enfoque

Casa

Departamento

Áreas privativas (azoteas, fachadas, jardines) Todo lo que pase en la casa es tu asunto. Debes respetar las reglas del condominio.
Comercios (puede haber) Casa con locales comerciales. Departamento con locales.
Mantenimiento y limpieza. Todo es tuyo. Adentro es tuyo, afuera y áreas comunes lo compartes por indiviso.
Convivencia en áreas comunes No hay, a menos que estés en condominio, por lo demás es tu espacio y son tus reglas. Tiene muchos retos en la convivencia cuando hay muchos habitantes (la fiesta, el ruido, el mal vecino, etc.).
Espacios Más generosos, puedes tener actividades distintas por área (habitación, sala, cocina) y mejorar la interacción de los habitantes. A veces tienes que organizar los espacios y darle a los ambientes una modulación de multi-tarea (cocina/antecomedor, etc).
Mascotas Tú decides si tienes animalitos en casa. Algunos “depas” son restrictivos y no dejan que metas ni al canario.
Limpieza Aunque todo se hace cuándo digas y cómo quieras, el tiempo y los gastos corren por cuenta tuya. Más sencilla, y se comparte con las áreas comunes.
Seguridad Sola Una casa sola es más vulnerable. “Estás solo”, y si pasa algo no hay tanta cercanía de vecinos. Departamento sin seguridad ni conserje, aunque al tener más tráfico, puede desalentar a los ladrones.
Seguridad Compartida Se prorratea el gasto.
Estacionamiento “¡Hay o no hay!”, revisar bondades y desventajas.
Crecer la familia ¿Piensas tener hijos? Ojo con los espacios, pues un departamento con pocas habitaciones será un lío; una casa muy pequeña también.

*Fuente: http://decabienesraices.com.mx/blogs/62-casa-o-departamento

Las 10 casas más impresionantes y lujosas de los famosos

La celebridades suelen comprarse lujosas casas con algunos espacios excéntricos o poco comunes. Aquí les presentamos las más impresionantes.

Oprah Winfrey. La poderosa animadora y emprendedora de medios de comunicación tiene varias propiedades. Su casa principal es su terreno de 16 hectáreas en Montecito, California. La mansión de 50 millones de dólares tiene ocho habitaciones y 14 baños.

Casas famosos

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La propiedad tiene además un casa para las visitas y una construcción que es la favorita de Winfrey: la tea house (casa del té) donde la comunicadora va a leer, tomar té y alejarse de los negocios.

Casas famosos

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Su otra propiedad favorita es su casa en Hawaii.

Casas famosos

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John Travolta. El protagonista de Grease tiene una de las casas más extravagantes de todas. Su hogar tiene un aeropuerto y no uno pequeño ya que ahí es donde guarda sus aviones y uno de ellos es un Boeing 707. La casa está ubicada en Ocala, Florida.

Casas famosos

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La casa llamada “Jumbolair” tiene vista a los aviones desde el comedor y otras partes de la vivienda. En una oportunidad Travolta estaba grabando en California y viajaba diariamente en avión a trabajar para luego volver a Florida para estar con la familia cada noche.

Casas famosos

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Celine Dion. La cantante tiene también una casa muy llamativa. En su propiedad en Florida, Dion tiene un parque acuático. Cuenta con toboganes, trampolines, cascadas y hasta una casa en un árbol con el fin de ser el lugar perfecto para sus hijos y sus sobrinos.

Casas famosos

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La casa además tiene una piscina un poco más sobria con vista al mar y claro, un bajada directa a la playa. Para mantener todo esto tienen cinco pozos. La vivienda está valorada en 20 millones de dólares.

Casas famosos

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Will Smith. El actor tiene una gran propiedad junto a su esposa Jada Pinkett y sus hijos. Ubicada cerca de Calabasas, California, la casa tiene una cancha de tenis, una de básquetbol y tres hoyos para jugar golf.

Casas famosos

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La casa estimada en 20 millones de dólares tiene una piscina y además su propia laguna privada. La construcción tiene varios espacios abiertos para aprovechar el clima y una sala de grabaciones con la última tecnología donde la hija de la pareja, Willow, grabó su single “Whip my hair”.

Larry Ellison. El fundador de la compañía de software Oracle y multimillonario tiene muchas pero muchas propiedades. Pero una de ellas destaca por tener una cancha de tenis, una casa con camarines para hacer uso de ese espacio, una piscina y un funicular para ir desde la terraza de la casa principal a la piscina.

Casas famosos

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Además de sus casas en varias ciudades de Estados Unidos, Ellison compró más de 10 casas con entrada a una de las playas más exclusivas de Malibu. Algo no fácil ya que cada una de esas propiedades tiene un costo millonario.

Casas famosos

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Jerry Seinfeld. El comediante y protagonista de Seinfeld tiene una casa en East Hampton, Nueva York. Esta propiedad de 32 millones está en 5 hectáreas y tiene 24 habitaciones y 13 baños. Además cuenta con gimnasio, piscina interior y exterior, pista para jugar bowling, una sala de música y una cancha de beisbol.

Casas famosos

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Mariah Carey. La cantante junto a Nick Cannon tienen una mansión en Beverly Hills llamada Fleur de lys. La super casa costó 125 millones de dólares y es una de las más caras de Estados Unidos.

Casas famosos

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La propiedad tiene 15 habitaciones y paredes de mármol italiano. La casa tiene un salón de baile, dos cocinas, una biblioteca y un cine para 50 personas. No podría ser menos para la diva y su familia.

50 Cent. El rapero ha intentado desde 2007 vender su mansión en Conneticut, pero no ha sido posible. El precio por el que empezó a vender la casa es de 18 millones de dólares.

Casas famosos

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La propiedad tiene 52 habitaciones, una sala de cine, un discotheque con piso iluminado, un bar y un espacio para DJ. Tiene una cancha de racquetball, una de básquetball y piscina. También tiene un jacuzzi para 40 personas y otro jacuzzis más repartidos por la casa.

Tony Hawk. El skater profesional tiene nada más y nada menos que un skatepark en su propia casa. La construcción del parque costó más de 100 mil dólares.

Casas famosos

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El deportista que se reitró a los 31 años asegura que así puede hacer lo que le gusta sin que los fans lo sigan.

Al interior de la casa también hay una excentricidad, ya que gastó más de 150 mil dólares en videojuegos y un sistema que cualquier gamer amaría tener conectado a una pantalla gigante.

Bill Gates. El fundador de Microsoft no podía quedar fuera de esta lista. La mansión ubicada en Medina, Washington cuesta más de 140 millones de dólares. La casa claramente tiene mucha tecnología como pisos sensibles al tacto y parlantes escondidos en cada habitación que sienten cuando cada persona ingresa a una habitación y así la música que escogiste te sigue adonde vayas.

Casas famosos

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La piscina tiene un sistema de sonido bajo el agua para poder escuchar tu música favorita mientras nadas. La propiedad tiene 24 baños y un ascensor. Además hay 23 espacios para autos en el garage.

*Fuente: Guioteca.com

¿Por qué es importante asesorarse con una empresa inmobiliaria profesional?

  1. TIENEN LA CAPACIDAD DE VENDER TU INMUEBLE MÁS RÁPIDO

Una empresa inmobiliaria profesional tiene las herramientas, el conocimiento, los prospectos y la percepción del mercado para lograr la venta de las propiedades al mejor precio en el menor tiempo posible. Sus asesores están completamente dedicados y enfocados a la búsqueda de los mejores resultados para tu beneficio.

  1. CONOCEN EL PRECIO CORRECTO

Tienen la capacidad de hacer una estimación comercial de la propiedad en base al mercado y a las últimas transacciones realizadas en la zona. Esto ayuda a fijar el precio correcto de venta de la propiedad para no sobrevalorar o malbaratar logrando los mejores resultados en el menor tiempo posible y con el mejor beneficio.

Contar un una empresa inmobiliaria profesional que te represente en la compra-venta de una propiedad es muy importante, por lo que también es indispensable elegir a la empresa adecuada para asegurarse que lo hará correctamente y de esta manera pueda tener una operación y experiencia satisfactoria.

  1. BRINDAN SEGURIDAD

En todos los casos el hecho de contratar una empresa inmobiliaria profesional brinda mucho más seguridad, al estar capacitados para investigar y evaluar de antemano a las personas que van a visitar su propiedad además el asesor responsable estará siempre presente para evitarle pasar molestias.

Sus Asesores Inmobiliarios tiene la capacidad para detectar que la persona interesada en la propiedad tenga la posibilidad de adquirirla y esto permite que las transacciones sean más efectivas y seguras.

Además podrá darle la adecuada asistencia legal durante todo el proceso de la venta o compra del inmueble. Verificando que toda la documentación legal esté en orden y supervisando con el Notario Público que la escrituración de la compraventa y/o arrendamiento este correcta.

  1. CUENTAN CON EXPERIENCIA Y CONOCIMIENTO DENTRO DEL MERCADO INMOBILIARIO.

La empresa inmobiliaria profesional capacita y supervisa a sus asesores inmobiliarios para llevar a cabo los procedimientos a seguir en todo el proceso de la compra-venta de la propiedad, asesorándose con notarios públicos, fiscalistas, contadores, etc., para garantizar que la operación sea exitosa.

  1. TIENEN HABILIDADES DE NEGOCIACIÓN

Una de las principales ventajas de una empresa inmobiliaria profesional es que sus asesores inmobiliarios han sido capacitados para negociar y llegar al mejor precio posible, por lo que puedes estar seguro que se lograran los mejores resultados en tu beneficio.

Es importante

  1. PROMOCIONAN TU INMUEBLE

mencionar que el vender una propiedad implica costos de publicidad, por lo que recomendamos asesorarse con compañías inmobiliarias profesionales, ya que ellos cuentan con los análisis de los medios correctos y la publicidad idónea para el tipo de propiedad que se quiere promocionar. La publicidad puede incluir desde letreros de venta, publicidad en periódicos de mayor impacto, Internet, revistas, redes sociales, entre otros. Al trabajar junto con un una empresa inmobiliaria profesional, se tiene la ventaja que ellos se encargarán de elaborar una efectiva estrategia de mercadeo que incluye toda la promoción del inmueble utilizando todos sus recursos, incluso más de los mencionados anteriormente, dándole prioridad a aquellos medios que por su experiencia son más efectivos.

     7. EXCLUSIVIDAD

Una empresa inmobiliaria profesional te da la oportunidad de promover tu propiedad de manera exclusiva, lo cual es una ventaja ya que genera un mayor compromiso entre ambas partes para agilizar las decisiones para promover la propiedad de manera única y especial, logrando conseguir la venta de esta en las mejores condiciones y en un tiempo adecuado.

Al tener varios asesores inmobiliarios promoviendo tu propiedad al mismo tiempo puedes caer en una mala promoción causando que la propiedad pierda valor e interés en el mercado. Además de que no creas ningún compromiso de resultados entre los asesores inmobiliarios y tú, y tu propiedad se convierte en una más del mercado.

Fuente: GerenciaRED

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HOW to MAXIMIZE SUMPTUOUS OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES

From poolside cabanas to open-air living rooms, elegantly appointed outdoor spaces are a key selling point in today’s luxury market.

Long gone are the days when a simple pool and patio set would do to maximize the value of your luxury home. Outdoor living as defined by today’s luxury market doesn’t entail a few extras on a long list of amenities as much as it does a true extension of a home’s interior living spaces, and a seamless blend of interior with exterior. The furniture, textiles, and overall design of outdoor living rooms, terraces, and poolside patios are carefully considered as yet another reflection of a home’s design aesthetic. Outdoor living spaces are well on their way to becoming a requisite rather than simply a value-add; responding to buyer demand, the global luxury market continues to raise the bar for outdoor luxury ever higher. This week in “Luxury Defined,” global experts in the Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate network share six trends for bringing the indoors out.

1. Four-Season Outdoor Living Room
Fully realized alfresco living rooms are distinguished by one signature feature: fire. Whether a dramatic stone hearth and fireplace, a firepit, or a chiminea, a fire element turns an outdoor space into an outdoor room that can be used year-round in warm-weather states throughout the U.S., including Florida, California, Texas, and Arizona. “Florida’s weather is such that you can do virtually all of your living and entertaining alfresco, especially during the winter months, when the weather is characteristically warm and dry during the day and deliciously cool and comfortable at night,” says Michael Saunders of Michael Saunders & Company. Fire elements generate warmth and a welcoming ambiance; additionally, two-sided fireplaces can create a natural separation between outdoor spaces, such as a living room and dining area.

Fire elements provide warmth and enhance the ambiance of the outdoor living room of this luxury home in Nokomis, Florida.
Fire elements provide warmth and enhance the ambiance of the outdoor living room of this luxury home in Nokomis, Florida.

2. Poolside Cabanas 2.0
A perennially popular poolside accompaniment, the cabana today is designed to serve triple and even quadruple duty at summer homes in New England, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. In addition to being a respite from the sun’s rays, cabanas may be furnished with a wet bar and stools, a kitchenette, and even a full-size dining table. “Our clients enjoy being able to spend the day outside with little need for going indoors,” says Liza McKenney from Great Point Properties. “Being able to fix drinks and food, dine outside, and get some shade is a plus for many. Stepping out your back door into an outdoor living area makes you feel like you have your own private oasis.”

This deluxe poolside cabana creates the sense of a true private oasis on the grounds of a summer retreat in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
This deluxe poolside cabana creates the sense of a true private oasis on the grounds of a summer retreat in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

3. Designer Flourishes
“Carefully selected furniture adds to the sense of stylish outdoor living,” says Maria Gryllaki of Ploumis Sotiropoulos. Gryllaki has worked with numerous properties in Greece where the designer treatment has been given to the outdoor patios and terraces of centuries-old villas: importing pieces from shops as far-ranging as London and Hong Kong adds just the right touch of contemporary sophistication. Comfortable, elegant seating and pillows done in luxurious fabrics further blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.

The patios and terraces at this centuries-old villa in Hydra, Greece, have been designed with great care so as to blend the old with the new.
The patios and terraces at this centuries-old villa in Hydra, Greece, have been designed with great care so as to blend the old with the new.

4. Blended Indoor-Outdoor Living
Oceanfront estates from California to the Caribbean are being designed with an open-air concept that takes full advantage of the desirable weather and gentle ocean breezes. The concept is essentially built into a home’s design, notes Peyton Cabano from Willis Allen Real Estate. Architects are bringing the outside in by creating permanent, covered living spaces with all the same amenities as an indoor family room, living room, or kitchen— only one or more walls are absent.

Expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors afford unparalleled ocean views.
Expansive open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors afford unparalleled ocean views.

The resulting designs capitalize on sweeping ocean views and make for an impressive space for living and entertaining. “When it comes to entertaining guests, there is no nicer setting than by the sea,” says Dominique Silvera, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at One Caribbean Estates. “Entertaining in a beachfront property creates an unmatchable ambience.”

Arguably the most luxurious property ever built on Barbados, One Sandy Lane features residences designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind.
Arguably the most luxurious property ever built on Barbados, One Sandy Lane features residences designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind.

5. Dining Alfresco
Dining outdoors against the backdrop of a breathtaking natural vista is a cherished tradition amid the desert landscape of the American Southwest and the majestic mountain ranges of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In these places of rugged, natural beauty, understated elegance is best, so as not to take away from the grandeur of the surroundings. That being said, outdoor dining sets have come a long way. Today they are made in a variety of materials that are both luxurious and able to stand the test of time and the elements; teak and cypress are popular choices. Tabletop flourishes including candles, floral arrangements, and elegant tableware and stemware set the stage for an unforgettable evening under the stars.

Spectacular views from the patio of this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, retreat are the ultimate backdrop for an evening under the stars.
Spectacular views from the patio of this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, retreat are the ultimate backdrop for an evening under the stars.

6. Next-Gen Pool Design
Ocean Home magazine reports that the latest iteration of pool design trending in the northeastern states—including the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—is inspired by nature. Characterized by forest-like landscaping, rock work, and water elements that one might happen upon during a stroll through the woods—waterfalls, lily pad–topped ponds—these designs are as much about creating an environment as they are about the actual pool. Taking a page from nature’s playbook doesn’t mean scaling back on luxurious finishes, however. These homes may well have an outdoor kitchen or firepit, or perhaps both.

Featuring a cascading waterfall, natural rock work, and landscaping evocative of a forest, this stunning pool at an estate in Holmdel, New Jersey, characterizes the natural-pool trend.
Featuring a cascading waterfall, natural rock work, and landscaping evocative of a forest, this stunning pool at an estate in Holmdel, New Jersey, characterizes the natural-pool trend.

*Fuente: Christie´s International Real Estate /Luxury Defined

 

¿Como es un asesor exitoso?

Como es un experto inmobiliario exitoso?

Durante 14 años he trabajado con intermediarios, corredores, brokers, como quisiéramos llamarlos, algunas veces desde mi posición como buscador de predios en mi anterior empresa, a veces como comercializador, a veces como contraparte en una operación de compraventa y también ha habido mucha gente que se me a acercado a pedir consejo o asesoría de como llevar su practica inmobiliaria a un nivel mas alto

Caracteristicas del Inmobiliario Exitoso

No soy experto en eso, ni el mas exitoso como para comentarte desde arriba de la montaña lo que debes hacer para tener exito en tu negocio inmobiliario, sin embargo si conozco gente exitosa y te puedo compartir algunas de las caracteristicas que en mi opinion los han llevado al exito

Caracteristica 1: Son Enfocados

Se ¨pegan¨ a una marca, a una empresa o a un inversionista, conocen sus requerimientos, sus parámetros y sus necesidades, se empapan tanto de su cliente que muchas veces conocen mejor que el mismo cliente lo que le conviene y lo que no le conviene, con esto desarrollan una mirada experta que les permite identificar inmediatamente que inmueble le puede servir a su cliente y presentárselo antes que los demás expertos inmobiliarios.

Obviamente no es posible alcanzar ese grado de expertise con 15-20 clientes, así que estos inmobiliarios exitosos no trabajan con mas de 2-3 marcas/clientes con ese grado de intensidad así que no trabajan mas que con ellos, casi como si fueran de tiempo completo, se enfocan en ellos y dejan pasar lo demás.

La mayoría de nosotros en el ramo inmobiliario tenemos el síndrome del objeto brillante, cualquier cosa brillante que veamos llama nuestra atención y la empezamos a seguir, eso no nos da el tiempo suficiente para conocer bien a estos clientes importantes, ya que antes de conocerlos a profundidad estamos persiguiendo el proyecto nuevo, que nos va a dejar todo el dinero que no hemos ganado en el año.

2.- Desarrollan relaciones fuertes con sus clientes, de igual a igual

Uno de los grandes problemas que tenemos como expertos inmobiliarios es que vemos a los clientes y prospectos en una posición de abajo hacia arriba, la mayoría de las veces por temor a contradecir lo que ellos opinan  que nos quiten el trabajo o que nos saquen de la operación, sin embargo un intermediario exitoso opina de manera fundamentada sobre el negocio que se va a hacer, siempre buscando el beneficio de su cliente, primeramente, y de las 2 o mas partes involucradas en la operación, recuerda que tus opiniones, sugerencias y comentarios deben de estar bien fundamentadas, de lo contrario perderás credibilidad y a nadie le va a importar tu opinión.

Un exitoso profesional inmobiliario se convierte en el asesor de su cliente y al hacerlo establece una relación de igual a igual donde valen lo mismo el dinero del inversionista o cliente y la experiencia del profesional inmobiliario.

3.- No desprecian las operaciones pequeñas

En todos lados me encuentro gente que se encuentra con operaciones pequeñas que son sencillas de hacer y que requieren una inversión de tiempo no tan grande, sin embargo como están “por cerrar” el trato del año o del siglo, o traen un pipeline de proyectos mucho mas grandes no atienden estas operaciones pequeñas, dejando un buen dinero de comisiones en la mesa, el cual nunca esta de mas.

Los intermediarios exitosos que conozco aprovechan esas oportunidades, por varias razones:

1.- Las operaciones pequeñas que se cierran con cierta frecuencia son las que permiten ganar el dinero para mantener operando el negocio, son las que dan para el día a día, la gasolina, el teléfono, la renta de la oficina, el pago de la asistente, etc. No siempre se cierran operaciones grandes y cuando se logran es importante que ese dinero se mantenga lo mas completo posible, es decir que no lo usemos en pagar cosas atrasadas sino que capitalizemos esa comisión grande en un proyecto propio.

2.- Las operaciones pequeñas en ocasiones, son el detonador de grandes relaciones de negocios; un cliente es un cliente y nunca sabes a que personas vas a conocer, muy probablemente si ese cliente quedo satisfecho te pueda referir negocios de mas mportancia

3.- Sirven para que los integrantes de nuestro equipo también ganen dinero, si bien en ocasiones es difícil disponer de todo el tiempo para hacer estas operaciones podemos simplemente coordinarlas y que alguien de nuestro equipo haga el cierre y se gane esa comisión, esta acción de compartir genera muchos beneficios entre el equipo, desde animar a la gente viendo que se están ganando dinero hasta hacer saber al equipo que no somos tan ambiciosos como para querer todas las operaciones para nosotros,  sino que sabemos que en este negocio hay que ganar y hacer que los demás ganen.

Caracteristica 4: Consiguien un inventario de calidad y lo aprovechan con otro cliente

Estos expertos exitosos al buscar inmueble o inversiones para sus 2 o 3 clientes primarios desarrollan un inventario de altísima calidad, si por ejemplo están buscando esquinas para una tienda de conveniencia y encuentras 3 ubicaciones viables en la misma zona, su cliente solo puede tomar 1 de esas ubicaciones, y ellos se quedan con 2 opciones igual de buenas las cuales pueden ofrecer a giros que no hacen competencia con sus clientes, en este caso por ejemplo una casa de empeño.

Así aprovechan al 100% el trabajo realizado para sus clientes primarios

Se que hay mas características de las cuales hablar, pero en mi opinión estas son 4 de las características mas importantes que tiene todo profesional inmobiliario exitoso.

 

David Parra

*Fuente: Davidparra.com – El Blog de David Parra, Como Invertir en Bienes Raíces.

THE TWELVE DAYS of CHRISTMAS

Traditional Christmas markets in Europe and America make town squares merry and bright

Visiting a Christmas market – known as a Christkindlmarkt in German or a Marché de Noël in French – is like stepping into a real, live Advent calendar. In the weeks that lead up to December 25th, cities and towns all over Europe light up with hundreds of festive outdoor stalls where shoppers can find handmade ornaments, seasonal sweets, and unique gifts. Christmas markets originated in the Holy Roman Empire and Scandinavia during the late Middle Ages. When Queen Victoria and the German-born Prince Albert married in 1840, they introduced German traditions to their Yuletide celebrations in England. As a result, both Christmas markets and Christmas trees gained wide popularity in Britain and America. Christmas markets traditionally take place in town squares and nearby pedestrian streets, and typically feature a nativity scene, or crèche, and a huge Christmas tree.

For full-time residents of cities like Paris, Stockholm, Salzburg, London, or New York, a visit to the local Christmas market is a wonderful neighborhood ritual to celebrate the season and ring in the new year. Count down the Twelve Days of Christmas by learning about Christmas markets all over the world, and explore the spectacular nearby estates that could each become a cozy and luxurious holiday perch.

1. Christmas Market at Champs-Elysées, Paris, France
November 15–January 4
The most famous avenue in Paris is home to the annual Christmas Market at the Champs-Elysées, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. The charming vendor stalls are designed to resemble chalets, and goods range from specialty foods to toys and ornaments. This elegant, turn-of-the-century apartment in the 8th Arrondissement is within easy walking distance of the Christmas Market at the Champs-Elysées-—and of many of Paris’s top cultural attractions year round.

This elegant apartment on the ground floor of a secure turn-of-the-century building benefits from a private entrance from the main courtyard.
This elegant apartment on the ground floor of a secure turn-of-the-century building benefits from a private entrance from the main courtyard.

2. Salzburg Christmas Market, Salzburg, Austria
November 19–December 26
Salzburg’s Christmas Market is one of the oldest continuous holiday markets in Europe. Nestled at the foot of the iconic Hohensalzburg fortress, it dates back to at least the 15th century. The nearby Baroque Salzburg Cathedral just happens to be the church where one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized. Appropriately, the Salzburg Christmas Market has an extensive program of events, including choral music that’s performed right in front of the cathedral. During the holiday season, this rooftop apartment in Salzburg is the ideal place to enjoy the city’s beauty from indoors: its panoramic views of snow-covered rooftops and churches are picture perfect.

This contemporary, state-of-the-art rooftop apartment boasts a truly spectacular 360-degree panorama of the historic center of Salzburg.
This contemporary, state-of-the-art rooftop apartment boasts a truly spectacular 360-degree panorama of the historic center of Salzburg.

3. Old Town Christmas Market, Stockholm, Sweden
November 21–December 23
Stockholm’s Old Town Christmas Market is a tradition five centuries in the making. Set just in front of the city’s Nobel Museum and not far from the Royal Palace, it offers a chance to enjoy Swedish holiday fare like pepparkakor (thin ginger cookies) and glögg (mulled wine), while browsing handcrafted gifts, many of which feature the trademark Swedish Christmas colors of red, silver, and white. This modern, four-bedroom villa located nearby is a prime setting for a chic Scandinavian holiday celebration.

This luxury 1960s waterfront villa offers panoramic views of Gröndal and the strait of Essinge.
This luxury 1960s waterfront villa offers panoramic views of Gröndal and the strait of Essinge.

4. Bordeaux Christmas Market, Bordeaux, France
November 23–December 30
Every November, a stretch of downtown Bordeaux metamorphosizes into a sparkling fairytale village full of wooden stalls when the Christmas market on Allées de Tourny opens to an eager public. This being France, the Bordeaux Christmas Market is especially famous for its local wines, artisan perfumes, and Landes foie gras. Enjoy these holiday treats in anearby duplex apartment on one of the city’s loveliest streets. With the Bordeaux Public Gardens nearby as well, it’s an ideal location any month of the year.

In one of the nicest streets of Bordeaux, between the docks and the Public Garden, this beautiful duplex apartment of 236 sqm is located in a beautiful stone building with an elevator and garage.
In one of the nicest streets of Bordeaux, between the docks and the Public Garden, this beautiful duplex apartment of 236 sqm is located in a beautiful stone building with an elevator and garage.

5. Canterbury Christmas Market, Kent, England
November 28–December 24
Whitefriars Square in the medieval cathedral city of Canterbury is home to the Canterbury Christmas Market, in addition to being the famed site of poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and the seat of the Anglican Church. The setting is every bit as charming as the description suggests: colorful stalls have roasted almonds, gingerbread, and tin toys on offer. This 16th-century timber-framed estate with a courtyard garden nearby has the look and feel of a quintessential English country estate, yet it’s within walking distance of the historic city center. A lush courtyard garden frames the property.

A beautiful Grade ll Listed property with wonderful riverside views close to Canterbury West train station.
A beautiful Grade ll Listed property with wonderful riverside views close to Canterbury West train station.

6. Salisbury Christmas Market, Wiltshire, England
November 26–December 20
The Salisbury Christmas Market in Wiltshire’s Guildhall Square is known for its vividly colorful paper lantern parade, musical performances by local school choirs, and the Father Christmas Grotto. Its food stalls offer award-winning cheeses, local wines, French sausage, and homemade chili jams for a savory holiday treat. This gracious four-bedroom Georgian estatein Wiltshire has a light-filled dining room, a wonderful setting for a Christmas dinner.

An impressive Georgian Grade II listed country house in the heart of a pretty Wiltshire market town.
An impressive Georgian Grade II listed country house in the heart of a pretty Wiltshire market town.

7. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Winchester, England
November 19–December 22
A relative newcomer only in its tenth year, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is already renowned as one of the most spectacular in Europe. Taking a cue from the older historic markets and inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, the Winchester version features mulled wine, bratwurst, stollen, and the English holiday favorite, mince pie. Talented craftspeople including jewelers, painters, glass makers, and textile artists make it an ideal place to browse for unique gifts. This stunning, modern estate known as the Dutch Barn is inspired by the proportions of a historic Cotswolds farmhouse. With six bedrooms, landscaped grounds, stables, and a five-oven AGA stove in the kitchen, it’s ready for holiday entertaining.

An inspired exciting Cotswold Revival house-  a pioneering concept which strikes a careful balance between high quality of design and simplicity of purpose.
An inspired exciting Cotswold Revival house- a pioneering concept which strikes a careful balance between high quality of design and simplicity of purpose.

8. Belgravia Christmas Market, London, England
December 5–6
London lights up each year for the Belgravia Christmas Market with its trademark striped awnings atop each stall on Pimlico Road. For just two days in early December, the streets appear to dial back the clock to an earlier era, and festive stalls offer food, drink, toys, and ornaments while music plays and electric lights shimmer. A particularly London-style touch is the iconic Black Cab photo booth, where Santa poses with kids in one of the city’s famed taxis instead of his traditional grotto. The light-filled, modern Penthouse at 59-60 Cadogan Place is situated a short walk from the location of the Belgravia Christmas Market. Charles Dickens wrote of Cadogan Place in his 1838 novel Nicholas Nickleby, and though London has certainly changed since the famous author’s time, Cadogan Place remains a lively street full of historic charm and character—especially at Christmas.

This superb 4,185-square-foot triplex penthouse is situated in exclusive Cadogan Place in the heart of London’s Belgravia.
This superb 4,185-square-foot triplex penthouse is situated in exclusive Cadogan Place in the heart of London’s Belgravia.

9. Union Square Holiday Market, New York City
November 19–December 24
It’s no surprise that New York City’s Union Square Holiday Market draws nearly 1 million visitors each year to its more than 150 stalls offering food, ornaments, jewelry, toys, and crafts beneath their red and white striped tents. Since 1994, it has been one of the city’s most festive and popular holiday attractions, located about two miles due south of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. With its huge windows and spacious kitchen and dining area, this spectacular Upper West Side residence overlooking Central Park is a lovely place to watch the snow fall and prepare a sumptuous holiday meal after a shopping sojourn to the Union Square Holiday Market.

On the 38th floor of 15 Central Park West, this gorgeous apartment boasts 2,846 interior square feet of luxurious living space and a coveted 211-square-foot terrace overlooking Central Park.
On the 38th floor of 15 Central Park West, this gorgeous apartment boasts 2,846 interior square feet of luxurious living space and a coveted 211-square-foot terrace overlooking Central Park.

10. Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, Berkshire, Massachusetts
December 4–6
Northwestern Massachusetts is a storybook winter wonderland with its rolling hills, famously robust snowfalls, and charming New England architecture. Each Christmas, the town of Stockbridge hosts Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas, which includes a market, historic holiday home tours, a candlelit carolling walk, holiday-themed storytime for kids organized by the Stockbridge Library, a holiday concert at the First Congregational Church and, of course, lots of great food. Nearby in historic Lenox, Thistlewood, an 1880s estate, has been exquisitely restored. Grand, spacious rooms for entertaining, period woodwork and details throughout as well as multiple fireplaces make this six-bedroom home a magical winter getaway.

A luxury estate on over 12 acres just outside the center of Lenox.
A luxury estate on over 12 acres just outside the center of Lenox.

11. Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco, CA
November 21–December 20
San Francisco does its best to recreate Victorian London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, which occupies more than 120,000 square feet of space. Going well above and beyond the traditional arrangement of festive stalls, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair is actually held in a miniature London cityscape complete with winding streets, actors wearing period costumes, lamplit shops selling pewter wares and ornaments, and vendors selling roasted chestnuts. And with a staged performance of the Dickens holiday masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, it’s about as close to London as one can get without leaving California. And in keeping with the 19th-century spirit of the Dickens Fair, this three-bedroom Victorian “painted lady” on Pine Street has been beautifully restored and updated. Originally designed with ample space for displaying art, its spacious interior and chef’s kitchen are ideal for entertaining.

This impressive home is a modern interpretation of a classic San Francisco Victorian.
This impressive home is a modern interpretation of a classic San Francisco Victorian.

12. Canyon Road Farolito Walk, Santa Fe, NM
Christmas Eve
Santa Fe’s Canyon Road Farolito Walk offers a different twist on the historic Christmas markets of Western Europe. Inspired by the region’s Spanish heritage, this event takes place on Christmas Eve, when thousands of visitors walk along Canyon Road holding paper lanterns (“farolitos” in Spanish). Small sand-filled paper bags, illuminated with a votive candle, light the path while carolers sing. Not far from Canyon Road sits the exquisite Casa La Luna. Built in the 1920s and expanded in the 1990s, Casa La Luna is one of Santa Fe’s most striking heritage homes. With 13,400 square feet of space and six bedrooms, it is a spectacular retreat for holiday visitors who will no doubt be enchanted by Santa Fe’s luminous holiday celebrations.

 Dating back to the 1920s, this one of the oldest houses in Santa Fe which has been preserved and revitalized with a 1990s addition.
Dating back to the 1920s, this one of the oldest houses in Santa Fe which has been preserved and revitalized with a 1990s addition.

*Fuente: luxurydefined.christiesrealestate.com