Ulster County Real Estate: Luxury Homes

Posted by Meg Ehmann on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 12:24pm.


Ulster County Real Estate And Luxury Homes

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Many of you think of a luxury home as being these enormous 6,000 square foot mansions.  Well that may not always be the case.  Now days, especially in today’s market smaller might be better, it might even be greener.  It is what's on the inside that counts, not always on the outside as your mother may have taught you.  Besides, luxury home standards in your community and neighborhood may be much different from the others.

Many seekers of luxury homes are very seasoned and affluent home buyers, ones that are pretty specific about what types of features that they may want or that they may need.  Some examples may be a formal and separate entry way maybe with some type of exotic wood or natural stone flooring.  Perhaps a formal dining room with tray ceilings, an outside patio perfect for a pre dinner cocktail a finished rec room/media room with a wet bar and even maybe a wine cellar.

Ulster County Real Estate - Kitchens

Kitchens….Kitchens….Kitchens…..the heart of the home.  The kitchen needs to be well equipped with granite countertops, and solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, preferably sub-zero, and stone tile backsplash.  It also has to be inviting for overall family fun and casual entertaining.  While we are on the topic of kitchens, what about the outdoor kitchen which goes perfect somewhere along side of the swimming pool or grotto?  The pool may not be so important, but to have enough room in the back yard large enough to accommodate one would be ideal.

The current list of must-haves for extraordinarily luxurious homes includes in-floor heating such as radiant, steam saunas or shower , advanced home automation systems, and of course, a significant focus on green features such as passive solar design, or energy efficient insulated glass windows that are maintenance free. If it’s eco-friendly, sustainable, non-toxic or – best of all – a mix of all three, wealthy homemakers want to know about it.

The latest luxuries include things such as warming drawers, to keep towels nice and toasty after your bath, and seamlessly integrated technology that connects electrical components to sensor panels throughout the home to help you with saving energy costs. For instance, you could dim the pool lighting from the kitchen, or draw a bath in the master suite while you’re watching television in the living room. In the world of luxury, and luxury real estate, anything and everything is possible.

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