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El significado de CAS, COS, CUS

Cuando se habla de propiedades, es importante conocer los coeficientes de un inmueble, pues en ello depende lo que se puede construir en la propiedad. Estos coeficientes pueden variar según la ciudad o el municipio en que se encuentre dicho inmueble y según el tipo de vivienda que se desea construir. Para esto, es importante conocer el significado real del CAS, COS, CUS para evitar multas o cancelación de permisos por parte del gobierno.

 

CAS – Coeficiente de Absorción del Suelo

Señala la parte de un predio que debe dejarse libre, es decir, sin construcciones (como techos, pavimentos, sótanos o cualquier otro material impermeable).

 

Ejemplo – Si se tiene un terreno de 100 M2 con un CAS de 10, significa que se deberá dejar 10 por ciento de área libre para absorción (10m2).

 

COS – Coeficiente de Ocupación del Suelo

Este coeficiente indica el área de terreno donde se puede desplantar (ocupar) el edificio, el resto debe dejarse libre de edificación.

 

Ejemplo –  Si el predio de 100 M2 tiene un COS de 80.00, quiere decir que se deben dejar 20 M2 libres de construcción.

CUS – Coeficiente de Utilización del Suelo

El CUS indica el máximo de metros cuadrados que se pueden construir en un lote. Se expresa en número de veces, en relación con el tamaño total del predio.

 

 

Ejemplo – Si el  mismo terreno de 100 M2 tiene un CUS de 4.0, significa que en el se pueden edificar (utilizar) hasta 400 M2 de construcción (por ejemplo hacia arriba).

Fuente: Gerencia RED
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Las ventajas y desventajas de una vivienda en preventa

Estás en la búsqueda de comprar una casa o un departamento y durante el proceso de búsqueda te das cuenta que existen proyectos llamados en preventa.   Pero, ¿Sabes realmente que es una desarrollo en preventa?

Una propiedad en preventa es aquella que se encuentra aún en etapa de construcción entre la etapa inicial y la final, los desarrolladores ofrecen los inmuebles a precios competitivos y con atractivas promociones.

Debes saber que comprar una casa o departamento en preventa es una de decisión importante ya que este tipo de compras va orientado aquellos que tienen la posibilidad de esperar un tiempo mientras se termina la etapa de construcción.

PROS:

  1. Costos Accesibles: Uno de los mayores beneficios que una propiedad en preventa ofrece es el costo más barato ya que por lo regular, las desarrolladoras sacan promociones para incentivar la venta de proyectos. Sin embargo, mucho influye en que etapa del proyecto se encuentra.
  2. Escoges la casa o departamento que te guste:  Otra ventaja es que, desde un inicio puedes escoger el modelo disponible de tu agrado. Incluso existen desarrolladoras  que te dan la oportunidad de diseñar los espacios a tu gusto.
  3. Pagos diferidos: Algunas desarrolladoras te dan la ventaja de pagar el enganche en pagos esto ayuda totalmente a la economía.
  4. Estrenas instalaciones: Cuando un departamento se compra en preventa, tienes la ventaja de que todas las instalaciones son nuevas y puedes estrenar. Y ¿sabes cuál es la mejor noticia? Que existen cláusulas de seguridad para reparar fallas en caso de que existan algunas.

CONS:

  1. Tiempo de espera:  Al comprar una vivienda en preventa se debe de tener en cuenta que al estar rentando en otra casa se puede implicar tener gastos dobles, ya que aun aparte de la renta habitual se estaría pagando la propiedad que se intenta comprar en preventa. Ten en cuenta que pudiese tomar de 1 a 2 años en terminar dependiendo de que tan avanzada se encuentre el proyecto.
  2. Problemas de construcción o circunstancias sobrevenidas: En ciudades o países tropicales con mayor cambio radical de cambios climáticos, se pueden presentar algunas intervenciones en la construcción.
  3. Retraso de entrega: Ten en mente que pueden existir ciertas circunstancias que no siempre salen como se tienen planeadas. Es probable que la constructora no entregue en la fecha pactada. Debes tener un margen de tiempo y dinero ante cualquier eventualidad. Recuerda siempre tener un plan alterno.

 

Fuente: Gerencia RED, Lamudi 

Una Visión del Mercado de Lujo Residencial

Después de un año de crecimiento en 2016, las ventas de casas de lujo internacionales se recuperaron en 2017, registrando la mejor tasa de crecimiento anual en tres años con un 11 por ciento. El aumento de la confianza de los consumidores, las bajas tasas de interés, un sólido mercado de valores y una economía global estable impulsaron la demanda de propiedades de lujo el año pasado, continuaron en 2018, a pesar de los focos de incertidumbre localizados que hicieron que algunos compradores se detuvieran. La investigación se presenta en Luxury Defined, el análisis anual recién publicado de la dinámica de viviendas residenciales de lujo a nivel mundial por parte de Christie´s International Real Estate, el principal experto mundial en bienes raíces de alta gama.

Las ventas mundiales de casas de más de un millón de dólares en los mercados de viviendas primarias aumentaron un 10 por ciento cada año, las mayores ganancias anuales en esta cohorte de viviendas de lujo registradas en los tres informes anteriores de Luxury Defined. Con dos ventas residenciales de más de US $ 100 millones, una por US $ 360 millones, y el precio más alto por pie cuadrado de cualquier área urbana, Hong Kong obtuvo el primer lugar por segundo año consecutivo en el Índice de lujo, que se ubica entre los 10 principales principales de lujo Los mercados inmobiliarios a nivel mundial. La ciudad de Nueva York, que experimentó aumentos de precios de lujo y volúmenes de ventas estables, subió al segundo lugar, colocando a Londres en el tercer lugar.

Victoria, Columbia Británica, encabezó el termómetro de lujo de los mercados primarios más calurosos, y Santa Fe, Nuevo México, que alcanzó volúmenes de ventas de casas de más de un millón de dólares que no se habían visto desde años anteriores a la crisis, encabezó el termómetro de lujo de los mercados de segunda residencia. Los volúmenes de ventas de los destinos de estilo de vida de un segundo hogar y centro turístico aumentaron un 19 por ciento, en comparación con un descenso anual del siete por ciento en el año anterior.

Con pocas excepciones, aparte de en el ultra-high-end del mercado de lujo, las restricciones de inventario en muchos mercados de propiedad primarios, e incluso en algunos mercados de segunda residencia, continúan en gran medida sin que los gobiernos hagan poco para mejorar la situación. Los compradores de diferentes grupos de estilos de vida y demografía tradicionalmente no competidores compitieron por un suministro limitado de residencias de alto nivel, especialmente en los niveles de lujo de nivel de entrada. El stock limitado y la alta demanda redujeron el tiempo necesario para vender: las casas de lujo en más de 80 mercados de viviendas de lujo en todo el mundo se vendieron en un promedio de 190 días en 2017, frente a los 220 días en 2016. Sin embargo, como lo revela el informe, las ventas de casas de trofeos cayeron ligeramente como lo demuestra el hecho de que solo tres casas lograron el “punto de referencia del multimillonario” de más de US $ 100 millones y las 10 casas más caras del año vendidas por un total de US $ 1,24 mil millones, menos que los US $ 1,32 mil millones en 2016.

 

Fuente: Luxury Defined: Christie’s International Real Estate

6 Tips para Decorar tu Estancia Familiar

La estancia familiar es el lugar más frecuentado en un hogar. Sea para ver un poco de televisión, convivir con la familia o trabajar, este es un espacio donde lo esencial es sentirse cómodo. Ya sea que tu estilo sea moderno, tradicional o contemporáneo, te damos 6 tips para decorar tu estancia familiar para que esta se convierta en tu espacio favorito dentro de tu hogar.

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  1. Paredes llamativas

Agrega un poco de diversión a tu espacio con una pared llamativa. Una pintura de color brillante o un papel tapiz con un patrón puede ser el detalle perfecto para crear una pared que llame a atención. Para un look pasajero, puedes colocar una tela con tachuelas. Si te llegas a aburrir o cansar del diseño, es fácil de quitarlo y colgar uno nuevo.

2. Galería de paredes

Una galería en la pared es una manera económica de decorar tu espacio. Puedes mezclar una colección de fotos familiares con obras de arte. Recuerda que para que tu diseño se vea limpio y organizado, se debe de usar un espacio grande, acomodar las piezas con un espaciado uniforme y dejar un espacio de 2 pulgadas entre cada cuadro.
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3. Tapetes

Un tapete grande en tu estancia familiar creará una sensación de comodidad agregando un toque de estilo único y diferente.Un tapete oriental hará un look más clásico para tu estancia familiar mientras que uno novedoso que rompe con las costumbres de tela, patrón, colores y forma agregará un elemento más divertido y ecléctico.

4. Espejos

Los espejos pueden hacer que tu cuarto se vea mas grande y amplio. También, llenar tus espacios y paredes vacías con espejos puede darle a tu espacio una sensación de lujo

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5. Plantas y flores 

Las plantas verdes y los arreglos florales son una gran decoración para cualquier espacio. Se pueden colocar plantas grandes en las esquinas del cuarto para agregar un poco de textura. También, puedes agregar detalles más suculentos en coffee tables y repisas.

6. Luz

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Todo espacio en tu hogar debe de estar alumbrado de la manera correcta. Este espacio necesita una luz central o empotrados. También, es necesario incluir accesorios de iluminación como son las lámparas de coffee table o los empotrados debajo de gabinetes y repisas. Recuerda de siempre dejar entradas de luz natural, de esta manera se necesita menos luz artificial para alumbrar el espacio.

 

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La Regla de Oro es NUNCA dejarse presionar ni TOMAR DECISIONES CON PRISA, siempre busca cuidar tu patrimonio para hacer una operación segura y satisfactoria que te dará tranquilidad a largo plazo. Sigue tu intuición y si algo no te suena es mejor buscar otra opción de inversión.

Invertir en propiedades es un excelente negocio cuando se hace de manera correcta, por eso es importante acercarse a una empresa profesional inmobiliaria ya que con su asesoría las posibilidades de éxito se duplican.

Para que tu inversión sea la esperada debes ser muy claro al establecer cuáles son tus metas a largo plazo, que se quiere lograr y con cuanto presupuesto se dispone. Una vez definido esto debes enfocarte completamente en estas y no perder de vista el objetivo.

Es importante encontrar la ubicación correcta; el estar trabajando con la empresa profesional inmobiliaria, te ayudará a elegir una buena zona que indique gran plusvalía. Lo ideal es que sea una zona con áreas verdes, comercios, centros educativos, etc., la ubicación es un factor clave, ya que éste será un factor fundamental para realizar una inversión con éxito.

Deberás informarte de los precios de mercado de la zona en los últimos años para confirmar si es una zona en la cual vayas a tener plusvalía, cerciorándote que el precio que vayas a pagar sea de acuerdo al mercado.

Deberás cuidar que el retorno de tu capital invertido en una propiedad sea de acuerdo a lo que estas esperando; para esto te sugerimos investigar los precios de renta de propiedades similares en la zona.

Verificar que la propiedad esté libre de gravamen, que esté inscrita en el Registro Público de la Propiedad y no tenga problema alguno; te sugerimos siempre buscar la asesoría de una inmobiliaria profesional y hacer la operación a través de un notario público que le dará seguridad a tu operación.

Verificar el plan de desarrollo urbano para visualizar el futuro de la zona y evitar cualquier ampliación de avenidas, pasos a desnivel, afectaciones entre otros.

En caso de comprar una propiedad ya construida es importante asegurarte de que tenga el mantenimiento correcto y al comprar una propiedad dentro de un desarrollo o fraccionamiento es importante hablar con el administrador para asegurarte de que no existan deudas y se haya corrido el derecho de preferencia.

Verificar que las partes involucradas en la operación y/o en el desarrollo inmobiliario sean personas o empresas con prestigio y experiencia.

Debes ampliar tu conocimiento financiero, algo indispensable es tener habilidad con los números, esto te ayudará a estudiar el inmueble para garantizar una inversión rentable y lograr decisiones más acertadas, involucrarte durante el proceso de inicio a fin.

Ninguna inversión se debe hacer a la ligera y sin experiencia por eso hacemos hincapié en buscar a una empresa profesional inmobiliaria para tener una buena asesoría y lograr una inversión lo más segura posible siempre utilizando los servicios de un notario público.

Nos Encantaría Atenderte

Fuente: GerenciaRED

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Los riesgos al adquirir una casa que tuvo remodelaciones o ampliaciones y no tramitó los permisos correspondientes

Antes de comprar verifica los metros ya que acarrea multas adquirir un bien que no tiene registrada toda la construcción.

Comprar una propiedad que tuvo modificaciones sin los permisos correspondientes puede traer riesgos. Para hacer una ampliación en una casa se necesita un permiso por parte del Municipio, pero no todas las personas la tramitan.

¿Cuáles son los riegos que existen al adquirir un inmueble que se amplió sin los permisos correspondientes?

Actualmente se están tomando fotografías aéreas de las propiedades y en caso de que se den cuenta de alguna ampliación sin regularizar estarían sujetos a posibles multas.  75% del cobro del permiso es lo que se genera como monto extra por no registrar una ampliación a tiempo. También es necesario verificar que el uso del suelo sea el correcto ya que se puede cometer el error de comprar un inmueble y no tiene uso de suelo autorizado.

¿Se puede vender una casa que cuenta con metros de más construidos sin regular?

No se debe de vender, se tendría que regularizar los metros adicionales ante las autoridades del municipio, siendo esto un trámite muy sencillo.

¿A quién se debe acudir si alguien se da cuenta que el inmueble que planea comprar tiene adecuaciones no registradas?

Se puede acudir antes las autoridades del municipio y también puedes asesorarte ante un notario público o empresas inmobiliaria expertas en bienes raíces.

¿Hay papelería que se entregue con la casa y que nos haga darnos cuenta que hay ampliaciones sin permiso?

Los antecedentes de las escrituras de la compra venta

El último predial pagado donde vienen claramente los m2 de terreno y construcción registrados y los planos autorizados por el municipio.

¿Cómo debemos asesorarnos para que no nos ocurra algo así?

Con una empresa inmobiliaria profesional o un arquitecto o empresa constructora que realice un levantamiento topográfico o  físico de las medidas de la propiedad.

¿En cuánto podría llegar a salir una multa por no regular una construcción a tiempo?

Depende del municipio donde se encuentre la propiedad.

La multa no se le dará a la persona que sea responsable de las remodelaciones sino a quien este como dueño del inmueble.

La recomendación es asesorarte con un notario público y una empresa inmobiliaria profesional para evitar multas y adquirir una casa en orden.

Nos Encantaría Atenderte

Fuente: GerenciaRED, El Norte

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TOP 10 RESORT LOCALES for DREAMY DESTINATION WEDDINGS

From Mykonos to Malibu, these vibrant international resorts offer picture-perfect settings for luxurious wedding ceremonies and once-in-a-lifetime celebrations

The world’s most enchanting wedding destinations tend to have certain characteristics in common: they’re usually warm and sunny, they have great food and cultural attractions, and they’re relatively easy to get to. While some couples find that renting an estate for family and friends simplifies a destination wedding, others choose a locale that’s en route to an exclusive honeymoon spot. The 10 resorts noted below have their own local color and character, making them ideal for different types of wedding festivities, from the exotic and adventurous to the traditional and serene.

New York-based event planner and wedding expert Joseph St. Cyr, President and CEO of Joseph Todd Events, says that choosing the right place is the key to planning an unforgettable event. “Start with the look and feel you’re after,” he advises. “White linen and bare feet on a Hawaiian beach is a different vibe than a black-tie wedding at an Italian villa.” Each of these luxurious international locales offers the promise of an unforgettable wedding that’s well worth the extra mile.

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island is nestled just across the water from the city of Nassau in the Bahamas. It’s family friendly and lively—one of its resorts was the site of the movie Casino Royale—yet its pace is unhurried. Formerly a private estate belonging to a Swedish industrialist, the island is home to a cluster of historic residences. Its newer houses tend to blend modern amenities with classic seaside architectural features. As a destination, Paradise Island has a feeling of delightful remoteness but is easy to reach. “When selecting your dream destination, be sure to consider the travel involved for your guests,” advises St. Cyr. “A direct flight with a short ground transportation hop is always a win.” A non-stop flight to Nassau followed by a ferry ride to Paradise sounds just about right.

To obtain a marriage license in the Bahamas, the happy couple must provide government-issued photo identification such as a passport and reside in the Bahamas for 24 hours prior to the date of the marriage license application. Additional requirements and advice about organizing a wedding ceremony in this picturesque Caribbean destination are available from the country’s Weddings and Honeymoon Unit of the Ministry of Tourism

When selecting your dream destination, be sure to consider the travel involved for your guests.
Joseph St. Cyr President and CEO of Joseph Todd Events

Tulum, Mexico

Mexico’s spectacular beaches draw swimmers and surfers from all over the world. Its unique mix of ancient ruins, sophisticated cuisine, and natural beauty make it a top choice for wedding planners as well. The coastal city of Tulum is known for its 13th-century Mayan archaeological sites—and one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches in the region. In honor of the local surrounds, couples may choose to be married by a Shamen or incorporate ancient Mayan rituals into their wedding celebration, such as the groom gifting the bride a muhul (gold chain), listones (wooden hair barrettes), as well as a traditional sleeveless dress called a huipil in order to take a temazcal traditional purification bath prior to the ceremony.

Direct flights from New York City to Tulum are just under four hours, and the city has an array of superb restaurants, five-star and boutique hotels that are ideal venues for a dreamy destination wedding. Luxurious venue options include the boutique hotel BeTulum which is ideally situated between the rainforest and the ocean, the eco-friendly Jashita Hotel located directly on the beach, and the new ultra-luxe Nest Tulum hotel.

Malibu, California

Malibu and California’s sunny and not-too-humid climate are hard to beat, and weddings here at any time of year are apt to be idyllic. Known for surfing and for its modern beachfront architecture, Malibu also hits many of the right notes for a destination wedding. It’s beautiful, convenient, and has “locavore perks like California wines,” as St. Cyr puts it. Its regional specialties can spark great ideas for day trips and adventures or souvenirs and gifts for the wedding party.

Couples must apply for their marriage license in person at the County Clerk’s office and provide proof that both parties are single. Malibu offers numerous luxurious options for wedding venues including Calamigos Ranch in Malibu wine country and the 75-capacityStone Manor Estate in the Malibu Hills.

 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a great destination for couples who love sports. Known for its golf resorts as much as for its beaches, the Dominican Republic allows wedding parties and guests to play on world-class courses in the tropical sun. Private enclaves such as the exclusive Puntacana Resort and Club on the eastern tip of the country offer proximity to the beach, and access to the highly rated Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Course.

Couples choosing to marry in this picturesque beach destination must bring a number of documents prior to the wedding ceremony. These include a sworn declaration stating that they are both single and eligible to marry, a valid passport, and a copy of a foreign birth certificate that has been translated into Spanish.

 

Encourage your guests to make the most of their stay by planning a few optional activities.
Joseph St. Cyr President and CEO of Joseph Todd Events

Mykonos, Greece

The Greek islands are hard to top when it comes to wedding locations. One of the best known, Mykonos, has an irresistible combination of culture, food, sandy beaches, and ocean views that combine to cast a romantic spell on visitors from all over the globe. Mykonos has historical sites stretching back several millennia and spectacular beaches in equal measure, so it’s worth making schedules flexible enough for some spontaneity. “Encourage your guests to make the most of their stay by planning a few optional activities,” says St. Cyr, “and be sure to leave enough free time for them to explore on their own.”

In order to marry in Mykonos, the couple must place a notice announcing the wedding in a local Greek newspaper and foreigners must provide an official translation of their birth certificates. Luxurious wedding ceremony options include five-star boutique hotel Kivitos amnd Mykonian Royal, a luxurious hotel located above a reserved section of Elia, one of Mykonos’ famous beaches.

Kahuku, Hawaii

Hawaii offers American travelers the fun of a Pacific adventure without the need for a passport. For those on the West Coast, Hawaii is about six hours away on a direct flight. The islands that compose Hawaii are spread across 1,500 miles in the Pacific Ocean and are home to an astonishing array of plants, wildlife, and climates. A variety of beaches that cater to surfers as well as swimmers plus volcanoes, jungles, mountains, and canyons await, making Hawaii a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

In a location with so much to explore, St. Cyr recommends helping guests get their bearings. “Go the extra mile, which they have done for you,” he says, “and provide your guests with welcome-bag goodies including sweet and savory local nibbles, water, sunblock, and the wedding-weekend schedule.” Kahuku in particular is an especially lovely setting for a wedding. Its ocean vistas provide a scenic backdrop that’s both laid-back and exquisitely beautiful.

White linen and bare feet on a Hawaiian beach is a different vibe than a black-tie wedding at an Italian villa.
Joseph St. Cyr President and CEO of Joseph Todd Events

Porto Cervo, Italy

Porto Cervo offers visitors a particular variety of la dolce vita, with a leisurely pace that sets it apart from the vibrant metropolises of Milan and Rome. Yet it has everything that makes Italy the world’s romance capitol: the cuisine, the poetic language, and the beauty of the Sardinian coastline make Porto Cervo an ideal wedding destination. Established as an enclave for the the 1950s jet set by Prince Karim Aga Khan, Porto Cervo remains the premiere resort on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.

Home to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, it remains a favorite of serious sailors from all over the world, and offers plenty of sights and adventure for those who prefer to remain on land, including the Maddalena Archipelago National Park and the Museo Nivola. Foreign couples intending to marry in Sardinia must bring birth certificates that have been translated into Italian, an Atto Notorio declaration from their home country which states that there are no impediments to prevent the couple from marrying, as well as a Nulla Osta which states that the couple is free to marry in Italy and must be obtained locally.

Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Like Hawaii, Puerto Rico offers US citizens a refreshing change of scenery without the need for a passport. While Old San Juan is steeped in colonial charm, the island’s tropical rainforests and extraordinary biodiversity appeal to nature lovers of all types. Fajardo, Puerto Rico is about a four-hour flight from New York City and offers outdoor activities and pure relaxation in equal measure. The El Yunque National Forest, where hikers will find waterfalls and spectacular plant life, is about 10 miles away and serves as a popular wedding venue location in the Fajardo vicinity, as does El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel.

County Cork, Ireland

For couples who crave adventure in cooler climates, Ireland offers a green, rugged landscape dotted with castles and cliffs—as well as some of the best seafood in Europe. While the cultural mecca of Dublin attracts scores of tourists, some of the quieter pockets of this picturesque country are breathtaking. County Cork at the southern tip of the island is home to numerous attractions including the famed Blarney Stone and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world. Visitors might even hear Irish spoken here in one of Cork’s Gaeltacht regions. Wedding parties can find both grand historic houses and fairytale cottages for hosting family and friends, such as Hayfield Manor and Castle Martyr Resort.

Couples may choose to incorporate traditional Irish rituals into their wedding ceremony for added local flavor including handfasting, where the couple is tied together to symbolize their union (handfasting is also the origin of the phrase “tying the knot”), as well as incorporating horseshoe trinkets throughout the ceremony, a traditional symbol that bestows good luck upon the couple.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions are a must-see for architecture lovers, and the city itself is every bit as charming as the colorful boats that line its busy harbors. In addition to having a fascinating history, Newport is a sophisticated foodie mecca as well as a destination that’s quite easy to reach from New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. Newport’s spectacular coastline is the ultimate backdrop for a summer wedding, and the city offers plenty of excursions for visitors to enjoy. Its grand coastal estates were designed to hug the shoreline in order to maximize water views and provide a completely secluded escape.

*Fuente: LuxuryDefined, Christie’s International Real Estate

ECHOES of THE ROARING TWENTIES: SIX HOMES of IMPECCABLE STYLE

The Roaring Twenties are no longer a distant murmur in this striking collection of homes that evoke the glamour, grace, and architectural ingenuity of the Jazz Age

turn to a golden era of opulent living as Luxury Defined presents its collection of fine homes that evoke the Jazz Age exuberance and the glitz, glamour, and style of 1920s’ architecture. Gone are the speakeasy, the flapper’s beaded dresses and cloche hats, the collegiate “Oxford bag” trousers, and wasp-waisted suits. But the iconic architecture of, what F. Scott Fitzgerald dubbed, the “age of miracles, the age of art, and the age of excess” will never go out of vogue. Whether the style is Art Deco, Moderne, Bauhaus, Neo-Georgian, Spanish Colonial, or Mission Revival, you will see simplicity and richness of design, clean lines, warm-toned palettes, lavish textures, and visual grace notes as refreshing to contemporary taste as they were to the Gatsbyesque residents of that excessive, often turbulent, but ultimately glamorous epoch of the 20th century.

Splendid Chateau (1927)
Westmount, Quebec, Canada

Taking the form of a French château, this opulent seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the affluent Montreal suburb of Westmount is graced with a host of lavish features for a taste of 1920s panache layered with all the modern luxuries.
Taking the form of a French château, this opulent seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the affluent Montreal suburb of Westmount is graced with a host of lavish features for a taste of 1920s panache layered with all the modern luxuries.

The spirit of post-WWI affluence and style lives on at this château-like manor in a leafy enclave of Montreal. Built in 1927, the four-story, seven-bedroom residence commands 8,000 interior square feet and nearly half an acre of tranquil wooded grounds. The interior architecture harks to the splendor of the past: nine-foot ceilings and mahogany floors, crafted millwork, wainscoting, and coffered ceilings. A library with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the garden. Fireplaces warm the grand salon and dining room, which seats 16 comfortably. Creature comforts include an elevator, gourmet kitchen, numerous fireplaces, wine cellar, bar, billiard room, sauna, and gym. There are ample accommodations, seven bedrooms including staff quarters and a master suite complete with fireplace, dressing room and boudoir/office with a private terrace with breathtaking views of Montreal.

Casa Espanol (Mid-1920s)
Long Beach, California

The essence of classic, California Spanish architecture is captured in this 2,300-square-foot, turreted home in the historic Long Beach enclave of Belmont Heights. Its elegant exterior exudes privacy, yet encloses a lush, open courtyard.
The essence of classic, California Spanish architecture is captured in this 2,300-square-foot, turreted home in the historic Long Beach enclave of Belmont Heights. Its elegant exterior exudes privacy, yet encloses a lush, open courtyard.

Buster Keaton shot silent movies in Long Beach, and he would feel at home in this classic,three-bedroom Spanish Colonial hacienda, restored to its mid-1920s’ grandeur. The interior’s earthy palette uses cream and tan walls accented with dark wood tones, with custom fresco hand-painted crown moldings and ceilings, burnished wood floors, and Spanish tile throughout. The sensational amenities include a gourmet kitchen, separate kitchenette, laundry room, powder room, and library/den. French doors off the formal dining and living room open to the courtyard’s resplendent garden with waterfall, pond, and seating area surrounding a fire pit. Upstairs, the three bedrooms all have individual balconies and cedar walk-in closets. The garage includes superb guest quarters above.

Riverfront Grandeur (1920)
James Island, Charleston, South Carolina

This Stono River home offers spectacular views from airy interiors with a formal living room, a vast galley kitchen, and a cedar-clad library, as well as its own private dock — and that river to dream on.
This Stono River home offers spectacular views from airy interiors with a formal living room, a vast galley kitchen, and a cedar-clad library, as well as its own private dock — and that river to dream on.

This star of this elegant waterfront home is a breathtaking front-row panorama of Charleston’s Stono River. Adding to the splendor is a deepwater dock with a 30-foot floater, eight-ton boat lift and a dry slip, all serviced by a generator, water line, and boat shed. The ornate 4,560-square-foot interiors have retained all of their 1920s opulence. A study with cypress built-ins adjoins the family room and formal living room with fireplace. The covered patio with Jenn-Air grill is just off the eat-in kitchen with Wolf appliances and a wet bar. The second floor’s master suite has a large walk-in closet and a lavish spa bathroom. The third and fourth guest bedrooms look out upon enchanting views of the river.

Rationalist Villa (1928)
Benimàmet, Valencia, Spain

This Rationalist-style villa in the Moorish enclave of Benimàmet in the city of Valencia was built in 1928. A restoration in 2008 has preserved its striking façade and 1920s architectural motifs, such as stained glass windows and mosaic-tiled floors.
This Rationalist-style villa in the Moorish enclave of Benimàmet in the city of Valencia was built in 1928. A restoration in 2008 has preserved its striking façade and 1920s architectural motifs, such as stained glass windows and mosaic-tiled floors.

This traditional Valencian villa was built in 1928, during the Spanish Rationalism period, when clean lines, geometric forms, and structurally defined spaces were paramount. Renovated in 2008, the residence features a multi-tiered façade and original Art Deco elements such as ornate stained glass finishes, beautiful mosaic-tile floors, and decorative beamed ceilings. There are five bedrooms, formal reception rooms, and luxury amenities including a wine cellar and lower-level recreation area for entertaining in style. The mature landscaped garden is an oasis of serenity complete with spaces for alfresco entertaining, including a unique paella cooking area.

Mediterranean-Revival Manor (1923)
San Antonio, Texas

From its grand foyer to its Neoclassical-inspired terraces, this 7,849-square-foot Mediterranean Revival mansion in San Antonio is the epitome of Roaring Twenties glamour — Texas style.
From its grand foyer to its Neoclassical-inspired terraces, this 7,849-square-foot Mediterranean Revival mansion in San Antonio is the epitome of Roaring Twenties glamour — Texas style.

Built in 1923, this Mediterranean Revival is distinguished by its exquisite proportions and craftsmanship. Evoking a Gatsbyesque grandeur, a gated entrance opens to a long driveway that winds past close-cropped lawns to arrive at sumptuous Neoclassical-inspired checkered terraces and a grand foyer. Arched sliding pocket doors open onto a library with outdoor access, a dining room, and a formal living room with a detailed fireplace and adjoining sunroom. The large-scale kitchen offers restaurant-grade appliances and a butler’s pantry. A grand staircase ascends to a spectacular living area that opens onto a balcony revealing enchanting views of the parklike grounds, replete with a canopy of trees and specimen plants. Seven classically appointed bedrooms and five bathrooms comfortably accommodate owners and overnight guests.

Villa Hoogenoord (1923)
Doorn, Utrecht, Netherlands

A stately mansion built in 1921, Villa Hoogenoord has been exquisitely restored and updated for 21st-century country living.
A stately mansion built in 1921, Villa Hoogenoord has been exquisitely restored and updated for 21st-century country living.

Villa Hoogenoord was built in 1921 on three quarters of an acre of landscape-sheltered grounds in the pastoral, Medieval province of Utrecht. Behind massive wooden double doors, roomy, light-filled interiors await, especially the 645-square-foot living room, with its monumental tiled fireplace and half-round sunroom. The dine-in kitchen is an epicurean’s dream with a fireplace, wainscoting, and a coffered ceiling. The upper floor has a balcony revealing a pastoral perspective at the front of the house. The central hall accesses three bedrooms (two with a balcony) and the luxe master suite. A detached stone outbuilding provides a cozy living space with underfloor heating, kitchen, sauna, and parking garage. In addition to glorious grounds, this exclusive estate enjoys proximity to the historic center of Doorn, famous for the eponymous castle that was home to the last German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II.

*Fuente: Luxury Defined, Christie’s International Real Esate

BEAUTIFUL FLOORING: THE WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET

Think floors are boring? Think again. Arguably it was photographer Sebastian Erras’s project @parisianfloors that got us studying the world beneath our feet so intently.His Instagram account features pictures of the intricate and colorful floors that he found himself surrounded by in Paris, and has more than 80,000 followers. But this isn’t news to designers and architects the world over, who have long known the power of a solid floor, from glittering marble to humble wood, to make or break a building.

Mosaic: Sicis
Sicis, located in Ravenna – itself on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its spectacular collection of mosaics dating back to the fifth century – uses marble, silver, and gold in its dazzling creations. Each design is produced by master craftsmen, who combine centuries of acquired knowledge with cutting-edge technologies to create bespoke, contemporary mosaic works of art for homes and public spaces.

Above, and banner image: Mosaic designs by Sicis. The company's founder and president, Maurizio Leo Placuzzi, hopes the new flagship store in London will become a “destination venue for professionals and clients looking for inspiration, uniqueness, and fine craftsmanship.”
Above, and banner image: Mosaic designs by Sicis. The company’s founder and president, Maurizio Leo Placuzzi, hopes the new flagship store in London will become a “destination venue for professionals and clients looking for inspiration, uniqueness, and fine craftsmanship.”

Marble: I Vassalletti
Tuscan design company I Vassalletti also looks to the past when it comes to manufacturing its sumptuous inlaid floor designs, paneling, and one-off pieces of furniture – to the artisan shops of the Renaissance where young masters learned their craft from the elder statesmen of design. To create unique floors, handcrafted paneling, and interior schemes, the firm works exclusively with a small team of trusted local craftsmen, who between them have thousands of hours of experience, and who are keeping traditional craft alive in an ever-more-mechanized world.

Noteworthy I Vassalletti projects include an oak wardrobe inset with transparent resin that is backlit to glow ethereally in different colors, and the Giona flooring (above) in absolute-black marble, which features oak inlay that's finished with natural wax.
Noteworthy I Vassalletti projects include an oak wardrobe inset with transparent resin that is backlit to glow ethereally in different colors, and the Giona flooring (above) in absolute-black marble, which features oak inlay that’s finished with natural wax.

Tiles: Heath Ceramics
Known for its beautiful glazes, handcrafted character, and high quality, Heath Ceramics was originally founded by Edith and Brian Heath in 1948. Edith was the first non-architect to win the prestigious AIA Industrial Arts Medal, for the exterior tiles on Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, and original examples of her work can be found in the permanent collections of museums such as MoMA. The California company – now with showrooms in San Francisco and Los Angeles – has been run by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey since 2003, and although the iconic, midcentury aesthetic remains, these days the company collaborates with artists, mavericks, and individuals looking for something extra-special for their home.

Hand-glazed and characterized by a midcentury aesthetic, Heath Ceramics’ tiles provide endless opportunities for creative, custom designs – such as this mix-and-match concept by Stacia Garriott Kass for her vintage store, Sojourn, in Sawyer, Michigan. Photograph: Mike Schwartz
Hand-glazed and characterized by a midcentury aesthetic, Heath Ceramics’ tiles provide endless opportunities for creative, custom designs – such as this mix-and-match concept by Stacia Garriott Kass for her vintage store, Sojourn, in Sawyer, Michigan. Photograph: Mike Schwartz

Wood: Dinesen
For those who like their floors pale but interesting, this 118-year-old family-owned Danish company is the place to turn to. They passionately believe in the natural beauty of wood; their mission is to “preserve and respect the personality of the original tree” when producing their 50-foot (15-meter) planks of Douglas fir, responsibly sourced primarily from the Black Forest.

Favored by design aficionados and architects worldwide, Dinesen epitomizes the Scandi-luxe look, and was the floor of choice when Copenhagen's Noma was redesigned.
Favored by design aficionados and architects worldwide, Dinesen epitomizes the Scandi-luxe look, and was the floor of choice when Copenhagen’s Noma was redesigned.

*Fuente: Luxury Defined, Christies International Real Estate

Focus On These 5 Features To Sell Your House Faster

From kitchen updates to backyard decks, these are the features to consider if you’re hoping to sell to a first-time homebuyer.

If you own a midsized home (especially in a hot suburban real estate market like Cary, NC, or Chesapeake, VA), you may be selling to a younger demographic. Millennials have begun entering the home-buying market and, according to a Trulia survey, are specifically interested in homes between 2,000 and 2,600 square feet. If your house already includes these five features, you’re in luck: Your house has the amenities this group will be looking for by 2018, when 72% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 plan to buy a home. Read on to learn which features will help you sell your home fast, and how you can renovate your home now to be ready to sell in a few short years.

1. Backyard deck

Few things disappoint a millennial more than discovering their otherwise-perfect dream home has no back deck. If you don’t have one, or if you have a tiny afterthought-type deck, consider building one for the 59% of millennial homebuyers who, according to Trulia’s survey, adore this feature.

Besides pressure-treated pine, there are composite deck materials, which many homebuyers prefer. Composite materials require less maintenance and can be just as beautiful as wood — or even more so. But they often cost more to build with. Split-level decks and built-ins are also great features to consider when designing a back-deck addition.

2. Gourmet kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen can be a great way to see a sizable ROI and will keep your home attractive to buyers in a competitive market — 53% of young buyers surveyed are interested in gourmet kitchens. But do you know what constitutes a gourmet versus a functional kitchen? Here’s your formula for a millennial’s dream kitchen: state-of-the-art appliances, impressive surfaces, and storage galore.

Gourmet cooks and gas ranges go together like love and marriage. Double ovens (one being convection), warming ovens (much better to keep foods warm than zapping in the microwave), and a microwave drawer are other impressive features to include in a kitchen overhaul. And if you don’t have room for a separate fridge and freezer, choose a fridge with a freezer drawer on the bottom.

Stainless steel or stone countertops are good options, especially when paired with a subway tile backsplash. If those just aren’t in the budget, choose a laminate that mimics the look. “Millennials have grown up on HGTV and want the look of a granite countertop, even if the seller has used less expensive materials to achieve that look,” says Melissa Rubenstein, a New Jersey real estate agent. And you know cooks will open all the cabinets and drawers to see what’s what. Impress potential buyers with a big pantry, impressive use of space — such as a sliding spice rack — and lots of cabinet room.

Can’t afford to go totally gourmet? “Definitely spend the money on a cosmetic update,” says Ann Wilkins, a San Francisco, CA, real estate agent. “New counters, subway tile backsplash, and freshly painted (white) cabinets go a long way in updating a kitchen for minimal money.”

3. Open floor plan

If you have an open floor plan, you’ll attract 45% of millennials, who use the space for socializing while cooking, keeping an eye on the kids, and having a more impressive entertaining space. Plus, the open floor plan lets in more light, which makes your house show better. If your house still has a staged living and dining room, be honest: How many times a year do you use these rooms? Only on holidays, right? Remove those walls and create an open floor plan. (Of course, you might need to leave up a partial wall or install some posts to hold up the house!)

4. Balcony with a view

If you’ve got a balcony with a view, you’re golden — 60% of millennials put this at the top of their lists in Trulia’s survey. While you can’t create a view from scratch, you can make your balcony more inviting. Add some flower boxes on the top railing for enhanced privacy. Create a welcoming seating area with bench seating along the walls or add outdoor tables and chairs to show potential buyers how they can enjoy dining alfresco.

5. Vegetable garden

Question: What do millennials and the sweet grandma down the street have in common? Answer: They both love vegetable gardens.

Besides posting pictures on social media of their homegrown produce, large numbers of millennials are truly interested in getting back to nature and living a simple, healthy lifestyle. Buying organic can be pricey, so being able to grow produce is hugely attractive to 40% of millennials surveyed. Start a garden yourself, or at least point out the perfect spot in your yard for growing vegetables.

 

*Fuente: http://www.trulia.com/blog/5-things-that-help-sell-your-home-fast/