For those building in the Hamptons with a budget that affords, investing in a luxury home is a highly attractive option. Featuring amenities that other properties usually do not possess, living in a home with these amenities can provide an invincible level of peace, comfort and total indulgence.
When looking for a property that fits the "luxury" marque, there are some specific features and qualities that you need to watch for. These will ensure that you get the most out of your investment and find a home that you will love spending time in year-round.
The first feature of a luxury home should come with great views; this is non-negotiable. Although many properties on the East End will have nice views of parks, gardens or even the ocean, many also find themselves looking into neighboring yards, busy roads, car parks and other scenery that might compromise the value of the home.
Leisure entertainment is a must. (Photo courtesy of CP Complete)
If you are investing in a high-end property, there should be a panorama to match. Many property builders will ensure that this is part of the deal, with every wing of the luxury property literally designed for the full Hamptons experience. This usually includes reserved lands, ocean and bay views, farm lands - without looking into your neighbors windows. Builders, such as Consiglio Builders, have constructed many homes overlooking the Atlantic
on the East End for decades and build according to the view
. Their homes often feature entire floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize the Hamptons oceanfront experience.
A second feature that all luxury homes on the East End demand is outdoor lifestyle elements. These can include large pavilions that house fireplaces, full outdoor kitchens, sports bars, fire pits, dining sets and more with gorgeous outdoor lighting to accent the day. Outdoor living is the whole point of living or vacationing in the Hamptons. After a day at the beach, what better way to cap the day than a barbecue, watching the day's golf game on a flat-screen over the fireplace on your patio sectional while the sun sets above you and your friends and loved ones?
Tennis courts and pickle ball courts are a mainstay of the luxury home. (Photo courtesy of Smart Sport Surfacing)
While we're on the topic of outdoor living, the third feature most luxury homes demand is leisure entertainment such as a pool, bocce, basketball, pickle ball and tennis court. The pool requires a pool house which can also house guests with its own kitchen and bathroom. The pool also means beautiful masonry, lounges and sometimes a mini-bar within the pool house. Tennis courts and pickle ball courts are a mainstay of the luxury home and specialized builders of them include Smart Sport Surfacing who has been building them on the East End for decades.
The fourth feature of luxury homeownership on the East End is the sheer level of security your home needs. For years we have read about homeowners coming back to their homes to find squatters that utilized their homes in the off-season or break-ins where valuables were missing. The instrumentation can be in the form of an integrated security system throughout the property, or even an app with video capabilities so that the home can be watched off-site. As luxury properties are potentially a target for crime, high levels of security are essential.
A fourth thing that you should demand from your home is all the latest and highest quality fittings, including triple-glazed windows, electrics, plumbing, heating and insulation. If you are splurging on buying your new home, the last thing you want is to end up spending on fixing faulty wiring or heating in a property that always seems to be cold.
The fifth element that all luxury homes utilize is that it should come with an exceptional standard of finish. (Photo courtesy of CP Complete)
The fifth element that all luxury homes utilize is that it should come with an exceptional standard of finish, whether this is in tiling, painting, flooring, bathroom and kitchen furnishings or light fittings. For a property in the luxury price-point, developers should don't pinch pennies in any of these areas; instead only choosing the most aesthetically beautiful, highest quality and most functional fittings.
When thinking of buying or building such a home, check the portfolio and reputation of the master builder that built the home. In new builds, you will have the chance to add your own selection of finishes during construction, which is a certain way of getting a luxury finish that you are sure to relish and a home that you and loved ones will enjoy for decades to come.
Chris Hall is a partner at CP Complete, a landscape design and construction company. He has been a luxury gunite pool and landscape consultant for over thirty years and shares his observations and advice each month on Hamptons.com. cpcomplete.com