(BPT) – Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today’s luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technology to increase safety and security.
Junaid Siddiqi, CFO for the developer of the exclusive Four Seasons Private Residences in Baltimore, offers some of the latest trends seen in today’s luxury home designs.
* Luxurious outdoor spaces
Today’s luxury home buyers want more than just a patio and pool. Outdoor spaces with unique, extensive seating areas for homeowners to relax and entertain are a must. This might also mean specially designed water features like ponds or fountains to create a zen-like experience, plus a fire pit or even a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, for people to gather and socialize outdoors.
* Bathrooms that rival a spa
The finest luxury home bathrooms now resemble five-star resort spas. Desired elements might include a large standalone or sunken tub, walk-in showers – with enough space for two – complete with seating, radiated heated floors, towel warmers and even heated toilet seats. Bathrooms with a view are a recent trend, appealing to homebuyers in terms of their natural lighting and enhanced ambiance. Natural stone and wood elements create a beautiful effect seldom seen in bathrooms in the past.
* Kitchens fit for a chef
While top-notch kitchens have always been a must-have in the finest homes, modern state-of-the-art kitchens for the gourmet and gourmand alike require the most high-tech, commercial quality appliances. Would-be sommeliers look for a climate-controlled wine fridge or cellar, and java lovers want the highest quality coffee brewers or espresso machines. And the kitchens should look as great as they perform.
“The Four Seasons Private Residences Baltimore, for example, are outfitted with designer chef kitchens, equipped with professional-grade Miele appliances,” says Siddiqi. “Gorgeous waterfall marble countertops and the finest quality Eggersmann cabinetry complete the extraordinary kitchen experience.”
* Enhanced privacy, security and technology
Luxury homeowners expect the best use of modern technology to ensure their safety and peace of mind, including everything from outdoor surveillance cameras with night vision, safe rooms, back-up generators and automated security systems. Smart home features that connect homeowners easily to their appliances, security and entertainment systems are also increasingly expected in luxury homes.
* State-of-the-art gyms
Fitness facilities in modern luxury homes are not just about the latest workout equipment. Today’s fitness fanatic wants a flat screen TV for workout videos, built-in speakers for music plus a spa or indoor lap pool.
“The recently completed club level at the Four Seasons Private Residences Baltimore includes a private fitness and health center,” Siddiqi notes, “plus a sauna with windows overlooking the sky-high panoramic view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and a heated indoor infinity pool designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker.”
* Unique design elements
Today’s luxury homebuyers are attracted by special design finishes such as textured accent walls using reclaimed wood, shiplap, stone, tile or brick. Even unique wallpaper with a European flare is showing up on the walls of modern luxury homes. “Open concept designs with high ceilings or skylights, large windows and a light, airy ambiance are on the top of homebuyers’ wish lists,” shares Siddiqi.
Luxury home design has reached new levels of innovation and sophistication. The Four Seasons Private Residences Baltimore was developed for those looking to experience a ground-breaking lifestyle in the heart of Baltimore. The luxury condominiums range from 900 to 7,000 square feet, each with unique finishes such as herringbone-walnut floors.
“Every detail of the design, from the size of the outdoor balcony, the materials used in the kitchen, to the various offerings included on the club level were carefully researched, planned and executed by our team, and we are thrilled with the ultimate result,” says Siddiqi. ‘I have traveled the world, and I can proudly say that this property shines for its sophisticated design and sleek aesthetic.”