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10 Luxury home features to have in a modern luxury home

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Key Insights

  • Luxury can be in the eye of the beholder, but these are the most popular 10 luxury home features we’re seeing.
  • spaces like a state-of-the-art home theater, wine cellars and tasting rooms and private gyms and yoga studios meet the needs of busy professionals and enthusiasts.
  • Luxury home amenities such as a smart home automation system, heated floors and towel racks, indoor pools and spas and panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling windows are important to luxury living.
  • Outdoor kitchens and entertainment spaces, expansive walk-in closets and rooftop gardens and terraces all add a touch of lux to homes.

If a homeowner is the king or queen of the castle, shouldn’t the home be full of little luxuries? Luxury home features aren’t reserved for mansions; they can be part of even modest homes. Some of the most popular trends include:

  • Smart home automation systems
  • Heated floors and towel racks
  • Outdoor kitchens and entertainment spaces
  • Indoor pools and spas
  • State-of-the-art home theaters
  • Wine cellars and tasting rooms
  • Private gyms and yoga studios
  • Expansive walk-in closets
  • Rooftop gardens and terraces
  • Panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling windows

A modern luxury home shows a level of care and attention to detail that’s hard to ignore. But as times change, what are considered luxury house amenities change too. Advancements in technology and the aftermath of COVID-19 have had major impacts on what luxury house items are craved by buyers.

Here are the top 10 luxury house features that you’ll be seeing in listings all over Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Smart home automation systems

A smart home automation system is like having your own butler. Integrating cooking appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, security and entertainment can turn basic homes into contemporary luxury homes. Imagine your blinds rising in the morning to allow the sun to gently wake you up, your oven to start preheating on your way home from work, or your entertainment system incorporating surround sound and specialty lighting effects for an immersive experience.

A smart home automation system offers convenience and efficiency. It can also save you money by adjusting temperatures and turning off lights. A smart home can add a layer of security by implementing safety features like turning off electricity to an iron after a set amount of time has passed and locking doors at bedtime.

Heated floors and towel racks

Any bathroom can turn into a spa with heated floors and towel racks. Luxury home amenities like these might seem like indulgences, but they make mornings so much more tolerable when you live in a cold climate. Heated floors can be used in other areas of the home, too. Laundry rooms, kitchens and other high-traffic areas are great candidates for heated floors.

If you’re a seller making some fixes, consider incorporating heated flooring during your updates for a truly luxurious home.

Outdoor kitchens and entertainment spaces

After being cooped up indoors during a long, harsh winter, there’s nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors when warmer weather finally arrives. Having an outdoor kitchen and entertainment space allows for maximum outdoor time with friends and family. For those who own beautiful luxury homes, being able to host social gatherings both indoors and outdoors is a great bonus that increases the functionality of their outdoor space and makes the most of our Minnesota and Wisconsin summers.

Indoor pools and spas

A pool and spa appeal to people at all stages in life, whether they’re used for fun, exercise or health benefits. Add in the opportunity for year-round use and it’s no surprise that indoor pools and spas often feature prominently in luxurious houses. Having a privately owned pool and spa allows for customization you can’t get elsewhere, like the materials and style as well as the temperature and chemicals used. Not to mention the convenience of having it right at home, the ability to use it whenever you want and the privacy you’ll enjoy.

Search for homes with swimming pools.

State-of-the-art home theaters

A dedicated home theater is all the rage these days, with big, oversized chairs, wall-sized screens and integrated sound and lighting. With many blockbusters streaming right after release, people across the country are forgoing trekking to the theater for a night in–and not missing out on the theater experience.

Wine cellars and tasting rooms

Any wine connoisseur would love to have a wine cellar and tasting room in their luxury property. Valuable wines need to be stored in specific climates to best preserve the taste, color and quality, and a dedicated space that offers temperature and humidity control allows a wine investment to stay in peak condition to be enjoyed with family and friends.

A luxury home isn’t just about the rooms—it’s about lifestyle and a luxurious house with a wine cellar and tasting room delivers on both.

Private gyms and yoga studios

Busy professionals and fitness enthusiasts love having a private gym and yoga studio in their own home. Designed to motivate and inspire, a dedicated space with all the essentials and favorite high-end equipment allows for convenience and customization. Luxury home features like a private gym and yoga studio are perfectly on trend with the focus on health and wellness seen in the last few years.

Expansive walk-in closets

Luxury contemporary homes wouldn’t be complete without an expansive walk-in closet. Bespoke organizational systems not only provide storage, but they also allow an owner to showcase beloved accessories like sunglasses, purses, shoes and more. Large closets can be broken up to include additional spaces, like a dressing area, vanity or seating area to personalize the space and utilize it for optimal functionality. Lighting and personalization are also key components of upscale walk-in closets.

Storage is a highly desired benefit for any homeowner, and expansive closets featuring quality materials can set a luxury property apart.

Rooftop gardens and terraces

For a modern luxury house in an urban setting like Minneapolis, a slice of outdoor greenery via a rooftop garden and terrace is a welcome respite from big-city living. Rooftop gardens and terraces can suit a large range of styles and purposes from zen gardens to outdoor kitchens, and they can be a private oasis for entertaining or relaxing. Regardless of the landscaping, rooftop gardens and terraces provide a unique opportunity to bring the indoors outside–while enjoying the view.

Panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling windows

With more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesota has no shortage of cities with beautiful luxury homes with equally beautiful views. Architectural marvels like floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views of scenery all from the comfort of your home. Bringing in natural light and nature through large windows is a known mood booster and ties the outdoor space and indoor space together for a seamless experience.

Invest in your next luxurious home with Edina Realty

This list is by no means exhaustive, especially as luxury can be in the eye of the beholder. Luxury home features like a sports court may appeal to one family while another seeks a chef’s kitchen or a five-car garage. However, these 10 luxury house items have stood the test of time and are very desirable to buyers seeking contemporary luxury homes.

Finding the perfect modern luxury home that suits your lifestyle requires a discerning eye and a professional agent who is well-connected, knows the local area and has experience with luxury properties. Edina Realty’s Exceptional Properties agents have the network and expertise to help you sell your current home or purchase your next exceptional property. Reach out today to learn more about the beautiful luxury homes available in your area.

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