Luxury Home Trends

ESTATENVY asks a specialist in new construction luxury homes what’s trending in the market right now

ESTATENVY wanted to know what’s in style now in luxury homes, so we called on Izabela Sloma of Sloma Real Estate Group of Sotheby’s International Realty. Over the past 10 years, Sloma has accumulated over $200 million in sales volume, and much of her experience to date has been in the new construction luxury home market. So, when it comes to what’s happening in the industry today, here’s what she has to say:

On the Setting:

“In cities, the size of the home and its location are important. In Chicago, for example, outdoor space is very important. That’s usually a luxury. Having a double lot is also a luxury. In New York, looking at green space is important; having a park in front of you with a beautiful view. Basically, the size of the home and the location are important.”

On the Kitchen and Bath:

“People want to have homes that look beautiful with minimum maintenance. I think more people are looking for brand names for the kitchen cabinetry, plumbing and more high end appliances. Lighter looking Shaker style kitchens have been in style. Porcelain tile that looks like marble. Sustainable material. In the bathroom, heated floors, a sauna and steam showers with a massage top are all luxury choices.”

On the Technology:

“In general, if we look at luxury market, the trend is towards making homes virtual smart home systems,” said Sloma. “They control everything - light fixtures, music, televisions and window treatments. With a phone in hand, you can work this system. People love to have it in their luxury homes. We will see them more and more. Everything is becoming wireless.”

On the Lighting:

“If you look at what these homes have, a smart home system is usually there. Usually you have dimmers and automatic lights as well. LED lighting is high on the list; spot lighting and night lighting is popular, as are brand names for light fixtures. In ultra modern houses, color and texture and a combo of both goes into a different ballgame. You will see elevated lighting features much more in the kitchen in luxury modern homes.”

On Everything Else:

“Beautiful crown moulding, hardwood floors in a darker or gray stain are luxurious. Walk in wine coolers. A room you can set up as a home theatre. A room set up for a gym. A beautiful staircase with wood balustrades is also popular. A lot of luxury homes will have an elevator. A garage life that lets you put four cars in a two car garage is also a great amenity in tighter lots.”