For February 20, 2004
Guest Column for the Palm Beach Post
Jackie Slatkow or Kelly Husak
LUXURY HOME BUYERS WANT CUSTOM
RETREATS TO REFLECT THEIR DREAMS
By Rebecca Gismondi, vice president
of Sterling Communities
PALM BEACH GARDENS – With more
and more families selecting luxury home features to create
the ultimate retreat, the trend in the real estate market
is to provide the amenities which will enhance the buyers’
lifestyle and allow them to be as comfortable as possible
without ever leaving home.
Luxury home builders today are providing buyers with
creative solutions, incorporating every provision imaginable,
so there is no reason to go out for anything. The trend
today is toward ‘cocooning,’ and making homes
the ultimate oasis.
Many upscale luxury communities are offering homes with
a plethora of creative solutions, with expansive designs
and innovative features – all planned to offer buyers
an exceptional lifestyle.
Customization is the key. Buyers in today’s luxury
market want a home which is a perfect complement to their
lifestyle and their families needs. In addition to requiring
a spacious home, estate buyers want a floor plan which
has a lot of versatility, and one which can be transitioned
Buyers at San Michele, for example, have been provided
with numerous considerations, including courtyard homes
complete with outdoor summer kitchens, bars and informal
entertainment centers, master bedroom suites with sitting
rooms, exercise rooms and hobby areas, and spacious secondary
The loft has been an important feature for our buyers
at San Michele -- our two-story home designs include an
upstairs loft, which has been showcased as a billiard
room in one design and a children’s play area in
another. Lofts are used as a second family room and are
often positioned just off the bedrooms, providing space
which can serve changing needs for the growing family
over the years.
For example, a loft designated as a children’s
playroom is dually functional: not only does it keep the
children’s toys, books and play things near their
bedrooms, but it leaves the family room presentable for
adult guests. As the children grow older, the loft can
be easily transitioned into a separate family room for
them, providing computer space, a separate music area
and even mini kitchen.
With teenage children, many families transition the loft
to be a billiard room, card room or even an art studio
or hobby/crafts area.
Other features popular with today’s luxury home
buyer include formal foyers with two-story dome ceilings,
grand spiral staircases, walk-in wine vaults, and master
bedroom suites. These master suites are designed with
dressing areas, morning rooms or sitting areas which could
also be customized into a fully-equipped gym, accessed
through the master bath so buyers can enjoy a quick shower
after a workout.
Bedrooms, in general, can be transitioned into a number
of versatile uses, even into media rooms, home theatres
of wherever your families’ dreams and needs take
Our buyers not only want a spectacular new home, but
they want it customized with amenities that best suit
their own needs. They want an elegant home with all the
bells and whistles, so they can stay home and enjoy their
lives and their children.
Rebecca Gismondi may be reached at Sterling Communities
in Boca Raton at (561) 994-4778 or at San Michele in Palm
Beach Gardens, (561) 691-9100. More information on San
Michele is available at www.sanmichelerealty.com.