Grand Impressions

by Steve Van Derodar

Turnberry Miami luxury property | Photo via Steve Van Derodar

They say there is more than meets the eye. In real estate, you know what it is like to live in not just inviting properties; it makes you feel that all you have worked hard through life are about getting the best you want.

While all of us agree that there are always decisions to make, unavoidably, what is all beautiful, often, grand and something you wish you could own naturally draws our impulses.

I was blown away by great residential properties on my first day touring a mega-development South of Manila as a property specialist. It was my first few days as a property seller in the country’s top developer. I was so impressed that people can live away from the city. Such as in the foothills of Mount Makiling in Calamba, Laguna, and enjoying the breeze from Tagaytay Ridge and the panoramic views of Laguna de Bay and far Makati.

Several properties are almost magical wherever we go, and if the price isn’t an issue, we could just decide on relocating. I hope that I may reside in such properties for retirement one day. Why not? I had assisted clients in the project and had seen their houses built from the ground. And it is such a bonus that a golf course club membership is part of the homeownership as all lots come with a proprietary share in its Golf and Leisure Club.

A grandness of something is never wrong, in fact, it is an attribute that determines choices. Whether it’s a property in the mountains, on the beaches, or even the metropolitan developments, one thing in common, they represent a distinctive lifestyle only few may realize. Still, it remains an option for those willing and can afford it.

“A grandness of something is never wrong, in fact, it is an attribute that determines choices. Whether it’s a property in the mountains, on the beaches, or even the metropolitan developments, one thing in common, they represent a distinctive lifestyle only few may realize.”

Perhaps, developers cater to segments attracted to grand living, when the lobbies of a condominium offer a port de cochere, multiple swimming pools, a helipad, and what not? As they say, they customize Homelife for those who can afford luxury living, which holds a different meaning for different people. The size, price, and location of home are only surface-level ways to identify a luxury property. As for me and my experience having seen properties in the market, they are easily identifiable. It’s the lifestyle experience.

Today’s property selection is abundant, with choices that address the peculiarities of tastes and sophistication to a discerning few. We can never doubt a thing of beauty because the value is imminent and appreciated in many ways. These extra spaces in development add to the experience, and the benefits are for the residents’ enjoyment.

According to idealista.com, what sets luxury properties apart from the ordinary includes quality, size, and exclusive features. The aesthetic of a luxury property is possibly the most important aspect in making it so and the deciding feature for many when buying one. As for size, almost always, luxury properties are grand and meet the requirements of the discerning clientele. For exclusive features, saunas, spas, and swimming pools, cinemas, cellars, or guesthouses are classic examples defining luxury properties.

Luxury is a concept of a collection of amenities, and it may not necessarily be for everyone. Luxury represents superior value, quality, and service, which are all remarkably emotionally and practically appropriate by affluent buyers.

When considering property options, it matters the intent of your investment. Is it for primary use or secondary home? Location, the price for the area, luxe amenities, and privacy are among the characteristics of luxury property. You, of course, add the grand impressions, which, first and foremost, brought us into the understanding of prime properties.

“Luxury is a concept of a collection of amenities, and it may not necessarily be for everyone. Luxury represents superior value, quality, and service, which are all remarkably emotionally and practically appropriate by affluent buyers.”

A major manila paper reports that with a more discerning market on the horizon, property developers are faced with a challenge to showcase their strengths in style and substance to appeal to investors willing to spend for design, aesthetics, and use. They often believe that the universality of luxury is one of the most resilient industries. It’s also one of the fastest to rebound after a crisis.

Overall, to borrow from Lisa Gild, an associate partner with Partners Trust, “Luxury is the quality of the build, the location of a home, the magnitude of a property—but it is also very personal.” To some, luxury is privacy with sweeping city views. To others, it’s living on the ocean with a private beach. Some define luxury as a smart home fully wired with every high-tech gadget, and others would interpret ‘luxury’ as an architecturally significant Mid-Century Modernhome.”

Well, well, well, often, it is enough to say that “You had me at grand impressions!”

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(Stevenson’s experience in Philippine Real Estate spans more than 15 years. He has been involved in horizontal, vertical, vacation, and commercial properties. He has worked as an International Property Specialist to markets in Asia, Europe, and North America with Ayala Land, Federal Land, and century Properties. Through PhilHouseHunters, he offers real estate investment opportunities, marketing, and consultancy with a key focus on Metro Manila and mega Cebu areas. Visit www.philhousehunters.com. Email at derodarsales@gmail.com.)

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