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

Adelante: conozca las seis mansiones más caras de la Florida

MIAMI.- Si tiene entre 35 y 60 millones de dólares, tal vez le interese conocer cuáles son las posibilidades para su nueva casa.

Real Estate Hispanos se dedica a ofrecer noticias y asesoría sobre bienes raíces en español. (Zillow Home Rentals)

MIAMI.- El estado de la Florida es famoso en todo el mundo por ser la capital de los cruceros, de la diversión, del Sol pero también de las mansiones de ricos y famosos que encuentran aquí un paraíso para disfrutar de sus fortunas.

Las seis mansiones más caras de la Florida se encuentran entre los 35 y 65 millones de dólares y todas tienen acceso al mar. Si les interesa alguna de ellas les cuento que tienen entre seis y nueve cuartos además de lujosas y extravagantes amenidades sin contar los taxes o impuestos anuales que en el caso de la más cara ascendieron a 279 mil 899 dólares en el 2013.

#La Romántica– Precio: $35,000,000     Dirección: 110 Arvida Pkwy, Coral Gables, FL 33156    Cuartos: 6    Baños: 9.5   Dimensión: 12,756 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $ 98,584   Año: 1993

#Casa Avatar–   Precio:      36,000,000   Dirección: 699 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach, FL 33160   Cuartos: 8   Baños: 10.5   Dimensión: 4,419 pies cuadrados   Taxes: EXEMPTION   Año: 2014


# Casa Moderna– Precio: 37,000,000   Dirección: 5446 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140   Cuartos: 8   Baños: 9   Dimensión: 13,000 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $179,606   Año: 2014

#La Rústica– Precio: 40,000,000   Dirección: 5800 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140   Cuartos: 7   Baños: 9.5   Dimensión: 12,153 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $209,785   Año: 1929

# Perfecta para los amantes de animales–   Precio: 45,000,000   Dirección: 40 Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139   Cuartos: 7   Baños: 6   Dimensión: 87,991 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $220, 981   Año: 1925

#Para los amantes del sol-   Precio: 60,000,000   Dirección: 775 S Mashta Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149   Cuartos: 6   Baños: 8   Dimensión: 11,588 pies cuadrados   Taxes: $ 128,153   Año: 1991

* Adriel Reyes. Realtor y periodista, combina sus dos pasiones ayudando a la comunidad hispana a través de su propia revista digital, Real Estate Hispanos, dedicada fundamentalmente a ofrecer noticias y asesoría sobre bienes raíces en español. Tiene contactos en todas las ramificaciones del Real Estate: Asociación de Realtors de Miami, abogados, prestamistas, desarrolladores, compañías de título, diseñadores, entre otros. Puede contactarle escribiéndole a su email: o dejándole un comentario en esta sección.


A Peek Inside Chad Oppenheim’s $5.9 Million ‘Bora Bora’ Stunner

Chad Oppenheim’s newest single-family creation—a magnificent two-story abode spanning 7,500 square feet in Miami, Florida—has just hit the market for $5.9 million.

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Situated along the Atlantic, the stunning home features six en-suite bedrooms, eight full baths and two half-baths, and a guest wing, along with two powder rooms and separate staff quarters.

Bora Bora Chad Oppenheim

The main level is dedicated to a formal dining room, bar, and lounge with 180-degree views of the garden; an open-plan entertainment space; reading den; movie lounge; formal living room; media room; and play area, plus a private office with an en-suite bath.

Exclusive marketed by Douglas Elliman’s Alexander Team, Bora Bora encourages seamless indoor-outdoor living; outside rests an outdoor kitchen deck, an ocean-view sun terrace, and a lap pool and hot tub, all surrounded by lush flora. A tropical garden with water flowing through the residence creates a tranquil atmosphere inside and out. A staircase suspended over the gentle stream leads to the second floor, which showcases the master suite—complete with a balcony overlooking the pool—plus an exercise area with a meditation terrace, and several guest rooms.

Constructed out of concrete, the vine-adorned “smart” residence boasts an exterior facade finished in smooth white stucco, with details including impact-resistant windows, storm shutters, stacked stonewall, wooden slats, and oolite stone.

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“The design of the house was inspired by the architecture that sits on water in Bora Bora and the way the water goes around these pavilions and into the house,” said Jacob Abramson, director of operations at Miami Golden, LLC, the project’s developer. “There are multiple levels of outdoor space connecting to the luscious landscape. It’s a tropical experience, like a private resort in the elegant community of Golden Beach, which has become the neighborhood of choice for people seeking a peaceful oasis within easy reach of Miami’s urban lifestyle.”

Oppenheim Bora Bora

Bora Bora is sited in the elegant enclave of Golden Beach, home to a smattering of A-listers includingTommy Hilfiger, Eric Clapton, Bill Gates, Paul Newman, and Ricky Martin.


$139 Million Florida Mansion is One of the Country’s Most Expensive Listings


By Elena Dimarco

A Florida mansion with extremely lavish design features is believed to be the most expensive listing in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newly-built 60,500-square-foot home located in Hillsboro Beach, between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, is currently listed at a whopping $139 million. The design of the breathtaking 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom home, called “Le Palais Royal,” was reportedly inspired by the architecture of the Palace of Versailles in France. Encircled by a gate decorated with 22-karat gold leaf, this magnificent dwelling is bursting with the finest amenities, including a $2 million marble staircase, 30-car subterranean garage, and an 18-seat IMAX theater with a 50-foot-widescreen. And if the state-of-the-art security system is not up to par, there are also kennels on the lower level built specifically for guard dogs—for extra protection.

The property’s extraordinary level of opulence does not end with its interior. Just outside, there is a 4,500-square-foot infinity-edge pool complete with an LED-lit, double-loop water slide and—perhaps the most jaw-dropping feature of all—a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi suspended above the pool.

Miami-based architect Denio Madera is the interior designer responsible for the wall-to-wall splendor of this awe-inspiring abode, which sits on 4.4 acres, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The home is currently in the final stages of construction and, according to the owner’s representative, the home is projected for completion by late 2015.


Tropical Deco


This photographic project was prompted by a walk through the Art Deco district of Miami’s Southbeach.

It’s an exploration of colour and shape, a look at the machine age. The neighbourhood and its pastel-painted buildings which once stood for the arrival of a new era, now make one think of a dream world or a film set. Like gracious steamliners moored along the shore, the buildings sit against a back-drop of peachy coloured sand and turquoise water. The pale colours induce a sense of all that has faded, like an old postcard or photograph which has been sitting on a window sill. The sea breeze greens are cooling. Shades of blues seem to offer soothing refuge from the heat. Pale pinks feel powdery.

Round portholes, like dark eyes, seem to be staring out onto the ocean. A wild array of motifs is to be found on the facades. There are abstract designs of the Aztecs, next to art nouveau flowery arrangements, flamingoes, sunbursts and geometric shapes. Altogether it’s like the content of bag of Haribo sweets: candy to the eye.

German-born Silke Klinnert is a graphic designer and art director based in London. Having studied Communication Design at the Royal College of Art, she enjoys working across multi-disciplines.


Louis Vuitton’s Modern Beach House: Design Miami 2013


Louis Vuitton delivered this weekend with a modern, U-shaped beach bungalow entitled “House by the Shore.” Assembled in Italy and shipped to Florida exclusively for Design Miami, this gorgeous display boasts fluidity between indoor and outdoor spaces and raw iroko and okoume wood floors and furnishings.

The minimalist living space is intended to be a temporary shelter for beach dwellers, showcasing found objects as décor and what seems to be a simple tin roof. It also offers some leather furnishings, plain vintage pieces and a hide statement rug.

Another unusual feature? The space was made in a way that it can easily be assembled and disassembled whenever necessary.


Enrique Iglesias Unloads $6.7M Bay Point Pad with Miami Skyline Views


By Allie Early

Spanish popstar Enrique Iglesias just sold his extra special Bay Point property for $6.7M. This custom home is perfectly positioned in a very exclusive Floridian community with views of Miami’s skyline.

Bay Point is known for it’s private setting, the Iglesias’ 6,400-square-foot estate was built in the exclusive community in 1998.

The property offers 100 feet of waterfront, tropical landscaping, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The home is also the highest-priced listing (per-square-foot) sold in the neighborhood to-date.

Esther Percal of Christie’s International Real Estate represented Iglesias in the transaction.



Herzog & de Meuron: Residential tower in Miami


The 198-metre Jade Signature tower by Herzog & de Meuron on an estate in Miami’s Sunny Isles district will accommodate 192 residences, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to a 975-square-metre penthouse.

The building’s parallelogram-shaped plan will help to angle the apartments towards the southern sun and floor-to-ceiling windows will provide views of the ocean. Hourglass-shaped columns will feature at the extremities of the balconies encircling the tower.

Interiors will be designed by Pierre Yves Rochon’s Parisian firm PYR and Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles will create a tropical garden surrounding the building.

Herzog & de Meuron’s first building in Miami was an angular concrete and glass car park with a retail area at its base.

The firm recently completed an extension to an exhibition centre in Basel and has been granted planning permission for a new building at Oxford University.


Matt Damon Lists $20M Mediterranean-Style Miami Mansion


By Allie Early

Matt Damon recently listed his Miami Beach mansion for $20M, and it’s waiting to be someone’s next luxury escape.

Purchased in 2005 for $14.5M, the seven-bedroom, ten-bathroom pad with home theater, private waterfront terrace and relaxing luxury master suite is a beautiful find. Additionally, the property features a guesthouse with two bedrooms and a pool house, both with views of Biscayne Bay.