The most desirable luxury homes satisfy important practical, financial, and emotional concerns. Prestige and proximity to quality education is important to almost everyone—at least for their primary residence. Having easy access to transportation hubs is another nearly universal concern for the ultra-wealthy.
Other factors vary in importance. Some people want homes that are close to shopping and cafes. Others prefer homes convenient to outdoor activities like hiking or watersports.
Regardless of what is important to the individual buyer, unparalleled comfort, beauty, and convenience are of utmost priority when choosing a luxury property. Different cities offer access to different kinds of living experiences, each having its own specific appeal. Joseph Pingaro thinks these cities have the most luxurious real estate listings in the United States. Check them out and dream about what you could do with your next several million dollars.
New York, NY
When you think of luxury homes, New York City is, of course, one of the main locations to come to mind. NYC is home to the largest number of billionaires in the world, and it is no surprise. Proximity to multiple top universities, airports, shopping, leisure activities, and one of the most prominent financial districts in the world, make New York, NY, one of the most desirable places to live. Plus, there is something for everyone; from the small-town feel of Little Italy, to artsy Greenwich Village, to the vibrant East Village and Midtown.
Check out this gorgeous apartment offered by Keller Williams NYC that boasts 19,000 square feet of indoor living space and 4,500 square feet of outdoor terraces, spread out over five floors with an elevator. A rooftop deck invites you to enjoy life in the saltwater pool and jacuzzi, while your pets enjoy the luxury of an on-site pet spa. Every corner of this 11-bedroom, 14-bathroom home is imbued with quality and comfort.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is known for being one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country and for good reason. The quality of living here is unparalleled, with access to arts and culture, quality transportation, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, and mild weather year-round make this city one of the most desirable to live in.
This stately mansion offered by Sotheby’s International Realty is a work of art. Built in 1905 and fully renovated, it features soaring etched ceilings, marble staircases, a Tiffany fountain, and panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, and East Bay.
Chicago is rich in architectural history. It boasts plenty of cultural activity, with art museums and theatre life. One of the most important financial districts in the world after Manhattan is housed in Chicago, and there are high end shopping districts and restaurants to satisfy every style and taste.
If a quieter lifestyle is what you are looking for, Lake Michigan offers homes that will take you away from the bustle of the big city and into all the tranquility nature has to offer.
This subdued Lincoln Park property offers the best of both worlds, with its close proximity to Chicago’s center and it’s extra large property, taking up eight full city lots. A reflecting pool and garden are featured parts of the green space surrounding the home. Inside, enjoy soaring ceilings, etched marble, and carved hardwood features and adornments in every room.
With its tropical climate and some of the best air and water quality in the world, Miami is also one of the richest cities in the world. It houses the most popular cruise port in the country and exclusive nightclubs that are unlike any other. The Caribbean-fusion music and culinary scene are unique to the region, and the clean streets invite everyone to explore what Miami has to offer.
This waterfront property has spectacular views from every room. With a private entrance garden, an infinity pool and outdoor kitchen, and an elevator to your own rooftop terrace, you are sure to soak up all the enjoyment life has to offer here. It also features a guest house to give your company the welcome and privacy they deserve.
Aspen is home to just 7,000 residents, which makes it the perfect retreat to call home if you are looking to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of a mountain setting. It has the most expensive real estate in the country, averaging $4.5 million dollars for homes and condos. With an active community focused on health and beauty and one of the premier ski destinations in the world, it is no wonder people are willing to pay such a high price to live there.
This 18,000 square foot mountaintop home sits on six acres and boasts panoramic views of all the local ski resorts. Full of rich wood and earthy hues, this spectacular home is listed for $39.5 million. It comes fully furnished with luxury custom furniture and is ready for you to move in and call it home.