Listed at: $1,650,000
Prime Dolphin Bay cul-de-sac location, stunning 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath plus office home, with grand entrance, cathedral ceilings, open plan living room, gourmet chef’s kitchen, luxurious master suite, large private yard with flag stone patio & pool, custom finishes make this home a rare find. Walking distance to Boothbay Park, shops, elementary school, sports fields and waterfront dining.
The successful Silicon Valley-ite wastes neither time nor energy. At least, that’s the conclusion some would draw after inspecting four of the strongest kitchen trends seen in today’s luxury Silicon Valley homes. From cutting-edge appliances that shave minutes (or hours) off of dinner party prep work to custom cabinetry designed to work with the cook’s own natural processes, many kitchens in this high-tech area are marvels in culinary efficiency. And though these kitchens of course retain the sumptuous comfort you’d expect in a top-quality luxury home, they do so in an entirely new way. Here are just a few of the trends transforming the traditional kitchen:
User-friendly cabinetry. In some top-quality Silicon Valley homes, even the cabinets are user-friendly. And why not, in an era when everything else in our lives is designed to maximize convenience? Silicon Valley homeowners have taken control of their kitchens by detailing to their cabinet designers the manner in which they cook: the steps they take, and the ingredients most commonly reached for. In turn, expert cabinet-makers use that data to create ergonomic and innovative custom cabinets that enable their clients to move swiftly and effortlessly through their meal preparations.
Cutting-edge appliances. It’s no secret that Silicon Valley luxury kitchens amass a great quantity of expensive wines. This being the case, it should come as no surprise to learn that a wine refrigerator comes standard in many, if not most, of the luxury homes in the area. By cooling and storing wine at the perfect prescribed temperature for the vintage, homeowners can ensure that even visiting dignitaries can enjoy each glass in its optimal conditions—even if they pop by unannounced. Combined with high-end speed ovens that cook quickly without sacrificing quality, Silicon Valley kitchens are among the most efficient in the nation.
Solar-powered skylights. Speaking of efficiency, consider the solar-powered skylight: now a fixture in many top Silicon Valley kitchens. This skylight doesn’t just let the sun in—it ushers in the day’s fresh air by opening and closing of its own accord, depending on weather. Self-charging and operated by sun energy only, it opens when it’s sunny, closes when it’s raining, and makes overhead kitchen lighting merely a once-in-a-while energy expenditure. All while delivering fresh air into the kitchen, waking up appetites and brightening up mornings.
Task lighting. But what if the sun isn’t shining at the exact moment you need to chop garlic? For such an activity, Silicon Valley luxury kitchens instead rely on task lighting: lighting that serves a specialized purpose. After all, why should a Valley-ite labor at chopping leeks in less than ideal light, when LED lighting under cabinets can illuminate the way to culinary greatness? And for small groups casually dining at the central island, drop pendant lighting provides an intimate feel that shines even after the sun has set. A device for every occasion—with no energy wasted. Pretty perfect for Silicon Valley, no?
Real estate agents and clients build a strong bond by using open and honest communication.
With a few simple steps you can build a lasting and successful relationship:
With open communication you will have a great relationship with your agent who will always want to put their best foot forward to help you find your desired property. Whether it’s today, tomorrow or two years from now.
About Author:Jolene Quinn is the eBusiness Manager at Alain Pinel Realtors. She has almost 20 years in real estate and over 13 years working directly with internet leads. Prior to working with APR she managed the eBusiness department of a large real estate company that spanned 3 states. She was responsible for taking the department from ground level to one of the most successful eBusiness departments in the nation.
Privately positioned on just over one acre, this magnificent property is a residence of chic sophistication and modern elegance. A striking palette of neutral colors and rich mahogany presents a timeless backdrop that allows furniture, lighting, and art to be the focal point of each room. Completed in 2007 with architecture by the world-renowned firm of Hill Glazier, the three-level home is comprised of 5 bedrooms plus a pool-side cabana with every inch of the property offering unparalleled luxury and a soothing ambiance. Cutting-edge technology provides for the ultimate in comfort and convenience, a home theatre and wine cellar have been designed by the best in the industry, and a spa bath and fitness center provide for health and well-being. Completing the setting are formal grounds that evoke a resort-like atmosphere in a palette of white and green with a sweeping limestone terrace beside a sparkling pool and spa.
Offered at: $16,950,000
While “crush” and “love” are words usually used in the context of relationships – they can apply to homes as well. In fact, according to a poll conducted by Realtor.com, the process of buying a home can surprisingly mirror the quest for love. In their search for the one, prospective homebuyers develop “home crushes” on properties they see online or in person – they think about them and are anxious to get another peek.
If you’ve been through the home buying process, you’re probably familiar with this – and you’re not alone. Of the 1,000 people in the poll, 69 percent said they had a “home crush” and were drawn back to looking at it more than once.
Not unlike romance – the poll also showed some differences between the sexes when it came to their crushes. Women (41%) were more likely than men (30%) to develop crushes on homes that were out of their price range. Men were also more likely to move on quickly – 36% said they develop new home crushes weekly, whereas only 29% of women reported the same.
However, both men and women were able to agree on the top attribute that make them fall in “love” – 54 percent of women and 46 percent of men identified outdoor living spaces. For men, the next most alluring attributes included garages (40%), curb appeal (35%), and open floor plans (30%). Attributes identified by women only differed slightly with open floor plans (42%), curb appeal (29%), and updated appliances and fixtures (29%) finishing out their list.
While the statistics are fun, there are some lessons for both buyers and sellers can take away from the poll. The first and foremost is to just be aware that these types of emotional and personal connections can develop. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but much like teenage crushes, they can sometimes cloud your judgment.
For buyers, this can become especially true if you are not clear about your needs and goals. A flashy kitchen might lead to a crush on a home that completely falls outside your budget or does not meet your other requirements. That breathtaking pool you are still thinking about might make you overlook the much more practical property you look at a few days later.
For sellers, a personal attachment to our home might prevent us from being objective about price, staging or other parts of the selling process. In addition, we want to maximize the potential for others to develop crushes on our home. Here are 5 tips to prepare your house to make it more “crushable”:
Whether you are a buyer or seller, the process is an emotional one – and part of that has to do with the fact we fall in love with homes. For buyers, it is the immediate crush that develops when you see the perfect breakfast nook where you can imagine drinking your morning coffee. For sellers, it is the memories you and your family have created in the living room you’re saying goodbye to. It is these attachments that make it so important to work with a skilled agent. You need an objective party with their eye on your goals, needs, and budget while gently seeing you through your crushes, maybe comforting you through some heartbreak, and appreciating the connections you make with homes.
About Author:Rainy Hake currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Alain Pinel Realtors where she plays a role in managing the strategic direction of the company, and also oversees the Marketing, Technology, Training and Strategy departments. She has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry and holds and MBA from the University of Oxford.